Offshore 42 Interior Layout

Without sacrificing performance, reliability or function, the interior of the Offshore 42 is designed to feel like home for a long distance sailing couple or dual handed crew. There is ample storage for personal items and sailing gear. The comfortable seating area in the main salon has a large table with room to invite friends for a meal or plenty of space to go over paper charts and pilots. With the bed forward, two settees and the bunk aft, there are sleeping arrangements to compensate for sailing conditions or to have an additional crewmember.

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Bow Locker 

Accessed from a deck hatch, the bow locker is ideal for lightweight storage including mooring lines, fenders and sails. Heavier items can also be stored here but keep in mind too much weight forward will increase pitching and decrease comfort.

Forward Cabin

Clothing and personal items can be stored in the drawers under the modified queen sized bed and in the hanging lockers on both the port and starboard side. Either hanging locker can easily be converted later to shelves if preferred. Standing headroom in the forward cabin is 6ft 3in (1.91m).

Main Salon

Seats 5-6 people comfortably. Both the starboard and port side settee, have storage behind the backrests. Water tanks are located under the seating and easily accessible for inspection and cleaning. There is a hatch located above the table for light and ventilation and two portlights on each side for additional daylight. The table is fixed on the port side and has a folding leaf that opens to the starboard side. Both settees can be used as sea berths during passages. Bordering the forward bulkhead on the port side are two additional storage lockers and the chain locker. The chain locker cover is easy to remove for cleaning or untangling chain. The navigation desk is located on the forward end of the starboard settee. Instruments can be mounted on the bulkhead and will also be visible from the port side of the cockpit. The standing headroom in the main salon is 6ft 7in (2m).


The L shaped galley optimizes the counter space. While the stove location makes use of the wall beside the stairs for added support when cooking underway. Galley items can be stored in the above counter lockers on the port side and below the counter. Two opening portholes give ventilation and daylight. The standing headroom in the galley is 6ft 7in (2m).

Aft “Cabin”

Is accessed through the galley. The door is tapered at the bottom to clear the gimbaled stove. This cabin can function as a sleeping berth, workbench or both. Since there is no full standing headroom in this cabin as the clearance is only 4’7” (1.4m), a foldable seat is provided to make the workbench a comfortable place to work.

Equipment Bay

Is an easily accessible space for additional equipment to be added, removed or replaced during the lifetime of the Offshore 42. These items might include a battery charger, water heater, watermaker, generator, or dive compressor.

Engine Access

The engine is in a well sound insulated compartment under the companionway stairs and can be accessed from the front, port side and aft to make maintenance hassle free.

Head & Shower

Located at the base of the companionway stairs on the starboard side. The head door is positioned to be minimally intrusive in the main passage way. The shower is accessed via the head compartment. Both compartments have an openable porthole for daylight and ventilation.

Starboard Cockpit Locker

Is for large, heavy items, such as a dinghy and spare sails. The diesel tank is located under the floor of this locker.

Starboard Lazarette

Can be used for items such as stern anchor and extra lines.

Port Vented Locker

Is vented for gas and outboard storage and includes a separate vented locker for propane that fits two cylinders.


2 thoughts on “Offshore 42 Interior Layout

  1. Chris says:

    I love watching the interior layout evolve. I’d say that you at a state of perfection now. I like that you now can get to the storage/equipment room without going through the shower. Very good if using the pipe bunk in there. Still, my absolute favorite is the interior on Bagheera.


    • offshoresailboats says:


      Thanks for the kind words. We went through a few iterations before arriving at this layout and we think it was worth the effort. The interior of Bagheera is a bit more custom than we can do for the Offshore 42 but they should both be comfortable for sailing.


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