Rustler 42 sailing
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Rustler 42

Rustler 42 logo blue

Iconic ocean cruiser with an encapsulated keel

Constantly developed over the years, the Rustler 42 continues to be the benchmark cruising yacht of her size.

The Rustler 42 is a classic looking yacht which combines style that is traditional yet modern. Her cruising layout results in a live aboard yacht that has stability and elegance with the same unique sea-kindly characteristics as the Rustler 36. The Rustler 42 adds a performance element to other essential blue water attributes such as directional stability, stiffness and good load carrying ability. Below the waterline, she looks conservative with a deep canoe body, long fin keel and a big skeg hung rudder.

Rustler 42 illustration


Below decks, the Rustler 42 features a spacious, open plan saloon designed with style for comfort. The large, beautifully finished saloon table can comfortably seat eight. There is a lot of storage within lockers, behind seating areas, bookcases, a bottle storage and lee cloths fitted as standard. A forward facing chart table easily takes a folded admiralty chart plus the usual aids to navigation and a customised ships control panel.

The spacious aft cabin has standing headroom, a full-width double berth and plenty of storage within lockers and a vanity unit with seat. The aft head incorporates a shower unit and a ‘wet oilies’ locker. At the forepeak the grand master cabin has a 6 ft 6 in double v berth. With plenty of storage and an ensuite the cabin ensures comfort.

Principal Dimensions

LOA42ft – 12.81m
Beam13ft 4in – 4.06 m
Draught6ft 2in – 1.89 m
Ballast10300lbs – 4671kg
Displacement26000lbs – 11791kg

Sail areas

Main440sqft – 40.88sq.m
Yankee536sq ft – 49.80sq.m
Genoa670sq ft – 62.25sq.m
Staysail179sq ft – 16.63sq.m


DesignerStephen Jones

Technical details

DesignDesigned by Stephen Jones.
HullA hand laid up system, using glass fibre reinforced polyester (GRP) in accordance with Stephen Jones construction drawings and using Lloyds approved materials.
DeckGlass fibre reinforced polyester (GRP) using hand laid up system.
SailsFully battened mainsail with 3 reefs and Selden MDS car system. Cutter rig standard. UV protection to yankee and staysail. Furlex 300S furling gear to yankee, hanked on staysail. Mainsail cover.
SparsAnderson 28ST mast winch with clutch above. All standing rigging stainless steel 1 x 19 10mm wire throughout and including forestay, cutter stay, forward and aft lowers, cap shrouds and backstay.
DeckwearAnderson 58ST sheet winches. Stemhead fitting in stainless steel with bronze rollers. Pulpit and pushpit in stainless steel.

Engine options

Nanni N4.50 (50hp) diesel engine with 2:1 mechanical gearbox.
100amp alternator.
Engine is flexibly mounted with built-in drip tray.
The engine is located over the keel, perfect for weight distribution.

The Rustler 42 is built to make ocean passages at good speeds while looking after her crew along the way”

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