Caribbean Soul is a "Brewer 42" built as
Hull 243 by Fort Myers Yacht and Shipbuilding. Ted Brewer
designed this respected cruising sailboat, which was first
built as the Whitby 42 in Canada. The Florida boatyard later
constructed the Brewer 42, 12.8, and 44 models as refinements
of the original design.
Caribbean Soul has features of both the Whitby 42
and the Brewer 12.8. Like the Whitby 42, her underbody is
a fixed keel with an enclosed propeller. She is rigged as
a ketch with a bowsprit and staysail. Some call this a "cutter
ketch," while others (Ted Brewer among them) prefer "double-headsail
ketch." Like the 12.8, the bridge deck is cutaway at
the companionway, the main mast has two spreaders, and molded
rubrails protect the topsides.
In the salon, two builit-in seats are located to starboard
instead of the long bench or removable chairs typically seen,
and an extra hatch improves ventilation. A hard top bimini
and full canvas enclosure keep the crew comfortable and dry
in all weather conditions. The 90-HP Ford Lehman powers upwind
and against currents with ease.
Apparently, Fort Myers Yacht was flexible when it came to
modifying boats from the "standard," which may explain
why there are so many variations of the same boat. We just
say, "She is what she is." And we like her just