Matt Smith 42' Coastal Cruiser


Naval Architect, Matt Smith was commissioned to think outside the box on the design of this custom 42’ Coastal Cruiser. The owner requested easy on and off access for an 11’ RIB without davits on the transom. His cruising requirements dictated very shallow draft to enable easy access to smaller harbors and the ability to anchor close to shore in the Bahamas. The brief called for simple yet comfortable accommodations in two cabins and an open salon helm area for entertaining. Cruising speed around 24 knots with a top speed of 35 was an important consideration together with cost which needed to be competitive with existing production boats on the market.


Matt Smith’s design specified outboard power for this project. Twin Mercury Verado 300 HP engines would provide plenty of power to meet the speed requirements while also having the advantage of providing shallow draft capability. Economical performance and minimal installation costs were a plus compared to the cost of a more typical inboard installation with associated running gear. Extra beam aft on the stable shallow draft hull enabled the outboards to be installed 6 feet apart so the hard bottom inflatable could be easily rolled up over the transom and stowed securely in the wide open cockpit.

AC power onboard for air conditioning, battery charging and other typical cruising amenities was provided by a 5.5kw Westerbeke Diesel generator. A diesel fired cabin heater was required to extend the cruising season in New England waters.


NEB built a Matt Smith designed 34’ cedar strip sloop with carbon fiber skins for the same owner back in 2001. For the 42’ motor yacht a laminated wood/epoxy hull and deck was chosen as an economical construction method capable of producing a very strong hull that will last for years to come.


Attention to detail is evident from bow to stern of this striking looking vessel. New England Boatworks listened to the experienced client while working together with Matt Smith’s design team to produce a unique yacht that has already cruised up and down the East Coast drawing considerable interest along the route.

BARBARA E was launched in May of 2011. Photography provided by Joe Beckham of Light Forge Studio

Further design details, contact: Matthew Smith, Naval Architect, (401) 447-4152