The Ocean Cruising 42 was a development of the OC 40. In the early 80's we felt
that it would be helpful to have a boat with higher sheer and more volume aft
than was available in the OC40. The OC42 is the result. The OC42 is about
six or seven inches higher forward and four inches aft. The hull has been redesigned
from station eight aft. Interestingly, both the OC40 and OC42 were available as either
centerboard or keel boats. All the OC40s were built as centerboarders and all the OC42s
were built with fixed keels.
Although the boat was designed as an aft cockpit boat, the first two were built
with a mid-cockpit deck. This created an incredible amount of interior space. The
slightly higher center of gravity of the boat did not seem to be a problem when
the gain in living area was so improved. There are pictures of the first two boats
The layout used in the mid cockpit boat is shown below.