Boat Review: Post 42

The 42 features clean lines and a straightforward arrangement.

You don't make it 40 years in the marine industry without doing something right. And judging by its loyal following and uninterrupted production through the luxury tax days, Post Marine has been doing lots of things right. Post's new 40th Anniversary Edition 42 falls into that category.

The 42 features clean lines and a straightforward arrangement. With nearly 16 feet in beam, the cockpit provides ample space for a billfish crew. A streamlined tackle center on the forward bulkhead, including a recessed bridge ladder and engine-room entry hidden below the deckhouse steps, enhances the spaciousness.

Inside, Post provides the luxurious appointments and accessories that you would expect, including an entertainment center, dinette with storage underneath and a lounge with sleeper hideaway underneath. Teak woodwork is found throughout the galley-down arrangement, as is ample storage. A queen-size master stateroom lies forward, while an over/under to port houses guests or crew. The single head can be entered from either the companionway or forward stateroom.
Powered by economical 430-hp Volvo TAMD72s, the Post 42 attains a top speed of 29 knots at 2,650 rpm, while 2,250 rpm brings a cruise speed of just less than 25 knots and a fuel consumption of 31 gph. At this rate, the 520 gallons of fuel provide a range in the neighborhood of 450 nautical miles.
In addition to offering fuel efficiency, the small TAMD72s also help maximize accessibility to all systems within the engine room. Post also offers the 42 with Cummins 450Cs or Caterpillar 3208s.

With limited production on models from 42 to 50 feet in length, Post focuses solely on what it does best - building midsize convertible sport-fishermen. The company utilizes lighter cores in the decks and cabin tops, but the hull bottom, sides, chines and keel are all solid glass.
Post builds the 42 and the rest of its boats using a simple formula: Deliver the most quality for the dollar. Considering its quality components, proven layout and base price under $500,000, most will agree the 42 meets this objective.