J42 Finesse is the best J/42 available. From stem to stern, Finesse is prepared for your next adventure.  Pristinely maintained and custom upgraded since her launch in 1997, J42 Finesse is equally set up for local cruising, bluewater cruising, or racing. The current owners have used her for all.

Recently the Lyman-Morse electronics department completely removed the old Raymarine system and upgraded 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 yacht-racing family.  The navigation station is complete with everything needed to cruise the coast or take line honors in Bermuda.

Her sail package is extensive. There is a setup for every occasion. For simplified cruising or bluewater racing, you will not need to do any shopping. Doyle sails throughout and for every condition you will encounter. Finesse has many races under her belt, including numerous Bermuda races, winning third in class — twice.

A great attribute of this vessel is that 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 upgrades were constant.



  • loa 42'
  • lwl 35'1"
  • beam 12'2"
  • draft 6'6"
  • displacement 19,600 pounds
  • fuel capacity 31 gallons
  • water capacity 100 gallons
  • designed by Rod Johnstone
  • builder J/Boats Tillotson Pearson (USA)
  • model J/42
  • year 1997
  • construction Scrimp
  • location Thomaston, Maine
  • boat engine Yanmar ( rebuilt in 2012)
  • cruising speed 7 knots
  • top speed 9 knots



  • 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

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.

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 with B&G system



Finesse features berths for up to eight in a three-stateroom layout. The interior has an open feeling with inordinate ventilation and light sources. This airiness is complemented 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 is 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 six 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 Lyman-Morse teak and holly sole. This sole can be covered with a custom racing bluewater 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

Sails & Rigging

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

You are just not going to find another J/42 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

2019 Engine Work

Always constant care and preventative maintenance performed 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

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Scott Layton