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Name: 42 Sundeck
Length: 42
Hull Type: Semi-Disp.
Gross Weight: --
Fuel Capacity: 500 gals.
Model Years: 1983—1989
Draft: 3'8"
Beam: 13'8"
Water Capacity: 300 gals.
Waste Capacity: 50 gals.
Length w/ Pulpit: --
A successful combination of price, comfort, and performance, the Nova 42 Sundeck (also marketed as the Heritage 40 Sundeck) became one of the best buys in the small motoryacht market during the late 1980s. Like all Nova designs of the period, she was built in Taiwan on a solid fiberglass semi-displacement hull with moderate beam, hard chines, and a long, prop-protecting keel. Among several floorplans offered over the years, a roomy two-stateroom layout with the galley down became the most popular. A lower helm was a popular option, and solid teak cabinetry and teak paneling highlight the traditional interior. Topside, the full-width aft deck—with its teak overlay and built-in wet bar—is very spacious for a 42-footer. Additional features include a large flybridge, salon deck door, hardtop, radar arch, and swim platform. Note the generous fuel and water capacity. Standard 135hp diesels cruise efficiently at an 9–10 knots and reach a top speed of around 12 knots, and twin 185hp Perkins cruise at 12–13 knots and deliver a top speed in the neighborhood of 16 knots. Note that Novatec built an updated 42 Sundeck in 1999–2002.


This classic Taiwan import achieved great success in her era thanks to her handsome styling, a versatile layout, and a very appealing price.


Well-appointed galley down, two-stateroom interior boasts spacious salon, standard lower helm station, convertible dinette (opposite galley), teak cabinets and trim. Note direct salon access to sundeck—very convenient. Teak decks, sundeck wet bar, hardtop were popular options.


A modern classic.


Cruise at 8-10 knots with twin 135hp Perkins diesels; 12-13 knots with 165hp Perkins.

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