Finesse42' J Boats 1997

Thomaston, ME


  • Yacht Details 42' J Boats 1997
  • Location Thomaston, ME
  • Engines Yanmar
  • Days on MarketInquire
  • Last UpdatedJun 8, 2021
  • Asking Price$225,000
  • Cruising Speed7 kn
  • Maximum Speed
  • Max Draft 6' 1''

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Denison Yachting is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Lyman-Morse Yacht Brokerage.

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  • Cruising Speed: 7 kn
  • Beam: 12' 2''
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Max Draft: 6' 1''
  • Displacement: 19,600 lb
  • Fuel Tank: 1 x 31|gallon
  • Fresh Water: 2 x 100|gallon
  • Holding: 2 x 30|gallon
  • Single Berths: 4
  • Double Berths: 2
  • Cabins: 3
  • Heads: 2

Finesse Yacht Description

We are just going to say it.  Finesse is the best J42 available.  From stem to stern, Finesse is prepared for your next adventure.  Pristinely maintained and custom upgraded over the years, Finesse is equally set up for local cruising, blue water cruising, or racing.  The current owners have used her for all.

Before getting to the ownership and care let discuss the most recent upgrade.  Finesse had the Lyman-Morse Electronics department completely remove the old Raymarine system and upgrade her with the B&G Zeus system fully integrated to a NEMA2000 backbone.  The on-deck instruments package is thorough and carefully laid out with the experience of this racing yachts family.  The navigation station is complete with everything need to cruise the coast or get line honors in Bermuda.

Her sail package is extensive.  Too many to list here, but there is a set up for every occasion.  For simplified cruising or blue water racing, you will not need to do any shopping.  They are all here.  Doyle sails throughout and for every condition you will encounter. Finesse has many races under her belt, numerous Bermuda races, including 3rd in class twice.

Possibly the best quality of this vessel is she has always been owned by the same family.  A multi-generational sailing and racing family, they know how to care for boats.  Finesse has been in the annual care and maintenance of Lyman-Morse since day one.  This relationship will allow the next owner to sail in safety and confidence knowing preventative care and top performance was the standard and upgrade were constant.

Hull & Deck


The hull and deck are hand laid FRP with end grain balsa coring using the Scrimp method which provides superior weight to strength and insulation qualities. 


  • Awlgripped in 2012 - "Flag Blue"
  • White boot stripe
  • Bottom was faired, wet sanded and painted (Vivid Red) in 2020
  • Red molded in cove stripe


  • Two tone decks (Grey nonskid areas on white) Repainted in 2012
  • Dorade boxes with cowl vents
  • Anchorwell salt water wash down
  • New dodger in 2020
  • New Cockpit cushions 2011
  • Custom deck layout of sailing hardware
  • Custom S.S. Pedestal Guard over the B&G H5000 display
  • Custom cockpit locker to port of helm for winch handles, snatch blocks, etc.
  • Custom asymmetrical tack fitting forward of headstay
  • Cockpit hot and cold fresh water shower
  • Lewmar Electric Windlass with customized double channeled stem head fitting
  • 60lb Plow anchor with 40' chains & 300' rope

Interior Layout

FINESSE features berths for up to 8 in a three-stateroom layout. The interior has an open feeling with inordinate ventilation and light sources.  This airiness is complimented by the "Herreshoff" styling and the cherry ceiling located throughout.  Beneath the surface, every space has been thought through and optimized for stowage and easy access.

Forward in a very roomy stateroom with V-berth and en-suite head.  The hull sides are covered with cherry battens.  Storage abounds under and outside of the v-berth  with a generous hanging locker aft.  The head has a handheld shower and overhead opening hatch for good ventilation. 

The salon area of the boat is bright white with custom canvas doors located outboard of the port main salon settee.  A removable custom carbon fiber/Kevlar pipe berth has been fitted to port in the main salon to create an additional secure and comfortable berth when at sea. When not in use, it discretely stows under the outboard starboard shelf in the aft Pullman berth. A second additional custom berth is located outboard to starboard

A lovely folding table seats 6 for dinner.  The table is flanked by a custom L-shaped settee to port and a straight settee to starboard.  The cabin sole was replaced with a custom L-M teak and holly sole.  This sole can be covered with a custom racing blue water sole, which provides a safe, durable, non-slip surface.

The U-shaped galley is very well laid out and would please any cook at sea.  Generous counter space and storage is found here.  A large well insulated ice box fitted with Sea Frost engine driven refrigeration is located forward of the 3 burner Force 10 propane stove with oven (new in 2011).  The large double sink is fitted with H&C pressure water as well as a water filtration system and a foot pump for fresh and water.

Just aft of the galley area is the second head which features a hand-held shower and a wet locker for foul weather gear.  The head is light and airy with good ventilation and a properly sized foot print which allows adequate elbow room yet safely sized for being at sea.

Across from the galley is the nav station which features a forward-facing seat with large charting area.  Outboard of the charting area is a deep storage shelf, the vessel's electrical panel an additional instrumentation.  Under the seat is a custom storage locker.

Behind the nav station is the third stateroom with a double berth measuring over 6'6".  Storage is found on the outboard shelf and under the berth.  Just forward of the berth is a bureau and hanging locker

Electrical & Mechanical

When you love your boat, you take care of it.  The owners of Finesse truly love her.  They have never shied away from the preventative maintenance and upgraded need to keep this vessel and all her occupants safe and comfortable

  • Engine rewired (2018)
  • Yanmar 47 hp Engine overhaul in 2012
  • Gori Overdrive Prop Rebuilt 2020
  • New Alternator and starter motor (2018)
  • Entire boat rewired (2007)
  • Custom L-M electrical panel (2007)
  • 12 volt electrical system
  • Reading lights in both cabins and salon
  • Fans
  • Custom 660 amp hour House battery bank - 3 Northstar batteries 
  • Engine starting battery 90 amp
  • Two battery selector switches and secondary selector switch at helm
  • Solar panel - 2 amp trickle charge (keeps batteries charged while on mooring)
  • Voltage meter and regulator
  • 6 gal hot water Heater
  • All Mechanicals are consolidated under the galley sink for ease of servicing
  • Two Racor Fuel filters
  • Electric and manual Bilge pumps
  • Dome lights


Finesse received a massive electronics upgrade in 2018 to the new B&G Zeus system with a NEMA 2000 backbone. Whether it be long cruising voyages or offshore racing, this system is equipped to properly plan and monitor for everything coming your way.


  • B&G Triton displays x2
  • B&G HV displays x2
  • B&G H5000 displays x2
  • B&G Autohelm
  • USB charging ports x4
  • Ritchie 6" Compass
  • B&G 9 Insight 4g Radar (custom carbon pole mount)
  • Maretron WSO100 WX antenna
  • 5 antennas on aft rail

Navigation Station:

  • Big Bay Computer & Monitor
  • Wireless keyboard and mouse
  • B&G H5000 Graphic Display
  • WiFi enabled allows for remote control with tablet
  • Maretron DSM200
  • Motorola satellite phone
  • Icom VHF IC-M59
  • USB charging ports x4
  • Inverter for AC charging
  • Fusion radio integrated in with B&G system


Spars, Rigging & Sails

You are just not going to find another J42 or similar racer/cruiser set up the way Finesse is nor with the extensive sail package.  Finesse is ready to race


  • Mast Carbon Fiber - Hall Spars with slab reefing - lines lead to cockpit
  • Boom (aluminum) Hall Spars
  • Spinnaker Pole (carbon fiber) - Hall Spars
  • Custom asymmetrical tack fitting forward of headstay
  • Harken Boom vang


  • Rod Standing Rigging 2007
  • Running Rigging - upgraded regularly
  • Custom preventer setup integrated into boom
  • Roller furling - Harken (twin tracks for racing)
  • Separate Racing Headstay with Tuff Luff

Sail Inventory: All Doyle except storm sails

  • 3 Mainsails - 2016 Carbon Racing Main; 2018 Aramid Cruising Stackpack Main; 2006 Delivery Main
  • Carbon Racing 145% #1 (2016)
  • Kevlar Light #1 (2008)
  • Carbon 145 % Reacher (2019, never used)
  • Roller furling # 2(2017)
  • Code 0 (2010)
  • VMG super light asymmetrical close reacher (2006)
  • A2 (2016)
  • A3 (2016)
  • Full Radial Spinnaker (2003)
  • Full radial Spinnaker (1999)
  • 2 older asymmetrical spinnakers

Engine 2019 Work

Always constant care and preventative maintenance on the engine

  • New transmission 2019
  • New engine wiring harness
  • New engine mounts and alignment 2019
  • New thermostat 2019
  • New belts 2019
  • New cutlass bearing 2019


  • Safety gear
  • Personal items

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