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Ted Brewer's 42' Center Cockpit

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 fine.

Here are some links to more information about Brewer and Whitby sailboats:

Brewer 42 Sales Brochure (778 KB)

Brewer 42 Standard Equipment (54 KB)

Whitby 42 Article, Good Old Boat magazine, September/October 2005 (683 KB)

Whitby 42/Brewer Sailboat Association

Ted Brewer Yacht Design



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