Hi, Trying to find out more information or speak with owners of a 42cc. Information seems to be very scarce possibly because only 40 were made. We have had an offer accepted on a 1998 model, currently arranging a survey. Thanks
Hope the survey goes well. There is a short review here: www.boats.com/reviews/perry-design-review-jeanneau-42/ and whilst the CC version was a limited production (I think 46 boats) the sister SO42.2 had the same hull and was produced at the same time and around 240 of those were produced, so pretty well proven and Guy Ribadeau-Dumas is a very well respected designer (still active on facebook if you want to message him). I am not sure if is true but this short-lived venture by Jeanneau in Centre Cockpits (along with the Briand designed 47cc) occurred at the time of Jeanneau's major financial problems and when acquired by Group Beneteau in 1995, Beneteau were already well noted for their own CC's so it has been claimed that there was a drive to give Jeanneau more distinctive models which resulted in the Deck Saloon 40DS and 43DS series.
The 42CC also attracted my attention when I was looking some years ago but as you say they are few and far between and even less has been written about them. I would normally suggest a YouTube search but, again, that doesn't seem to turn up much of any use.
They do seem to hold their price well. Maybe too well. Many owners are asking prices above what you can get a later model 43DS for. Both the 40DS and 43DS have proven to be very popular as they offer performance with old fashioned values of interior wood and finish. In short, what they lack in sexy looks (compared to the 42DS) on the outside they more than compensate for (in our view) in below decks comfort with a traditional, less Ikea, feel.
Sorry this is not helping you much.
Malcolm has covered the old chestnuts. Rudder bearings and mast compression post. Equally of course you need to consider the vintage of nav equipment and what it will cost to replace/upgrade: And because there were so few made the situation regarding spares in general. Jeanneau do not offer spares much after the cessation of a model and in this case there's probably very little third party offerings.
All in all though Jeanneau do seem however to have good sailing characteristics coupled with build quality and longevity.
Good luck with your survey.
I for one would love to see more info on this model if you go ahead with your purchase and find time to write about your experiences.