Let’s go aboard and get acquainted with this unique
yacht. Boarding is via gates in the stainless liferails on
each side of the boat or, from a floating dock, by
stepping onto the 28-inch-deep teak swim platform
and through the transom door. External brightwork is
limited to a substantial teak caprail running around the
The 6-foot extended hard top provides an ample
amount of shade over the 84-square-foot aft deck and
supplies storage above for the Avon 310 RIB, launched
with a Quick Lift hydraulic crane. Bob and Lynn often
enjoy eating dinner on the aft deck at the built-in dinette.
Side decks, with an average width of 20 inches, are
easy to navigate; deep bulwarks and stainless steel rails
provide 39 inches of vertical protection. “This was an
important feature for me, and I have never felt the least
bit uncomfortable while docking,” says Lynn.
Stainless steel rails on the cabin top also add safety
when moving forward to the wide foredeck, which
terminates in an anchor platform with an Anchorlift
windlass handling 250 feet of chain-and-rope rode. Bob
likes the Delta anchor: “It provides excellent holding and
repositioning during wind shifts,” he says.
A large storage hatch on the starboard side is
available for docklines and fenders. The forward deck
cleats seem a bit small and do not provide room for
securing additional lines. The aft and midship cleats
are all combination hawseholes/cleats, and they are
all sized appropriately.
Entry to the main saloon is through either of the two
sliding Diamond/Sea-Glaze doors, one aft and one to
starboard. The operation of these doors is first rate; they
have a heavy, solid feel and a built-in interlock to prevent
them from accidentally sliding closed. Unlike most other
side doors, use of the starboard door does not interfere
with the work of the helmsman, as it is located behind
the helm seat. The door opens into a short passage
containing a combination washer/dryer and a bookcase.
Once inside the 9.5-foot-square saloon, an immediate
feeling of spaciousness is apparent, a result of the wide
passages between areas and the abundance of light
entering from 360 degrees through the large Bomar
A generous L-shaped settee is to port, with a
high-low table that can be used for cocktails or dining.
The U-shaped galley, on the starboard side of the
saloon, is equipped with a Force 10 three-burner LP
gas stove and oven, a GE microwave, and a Nova Kool
refrigerator and freezer. Lynn appreciates the galley-up
arrangement, as she is not isolated when cooking and
has a terrific view.
Big Pond 42
BIG POND 42 Sarah Lynn III
RANGE AT CRUISE SPEED
360 U.S. gal.
165 U.S. gal.
50 U.S. gal.
9k W Onan
540hp Cummins QSC8.3
14. 8 knots
310nm at 14. 8 knots;
665nm at 10. 5 knots
DESIGNERS Keith & Pat Nelder;
Bob & Lynn Doneff
BUILDER Big Pond Boat Shop
PRICE AS TESTED Available on request
For more information:
Big Pond Boat Shop
8575 East Bay Highway
Big Pond, Nova Scotia B1J 1Z7
Bob retained the services of Imtra not only to supply
the halogen fixtures but also to design the lighting layout
throughout the boat’s interior. Virtually all of the lighting
is on separate dimmers, giving the owners great control
over both the function and mood of the interior.
Forward of the saloon and galley, the boat is divided
equally in half, with the helmsman’s position to starboard
and the navigator to port. Both seats are large enough to
hold two people, so guests can be accommodated while
under way for day cruises. The helm station is equipped
with a complete Raymarine electronics package and
Cummins’ engine-management system. As you might
expect, visibility in all directions is excellent. The
navigator station includes a substantial area for laying
out large charts.