Update: Goblin has been sold. Our best wishes go with her and to her new owner, where we hope she'll be a cozy home and for partner in exciting travels.

Goblin, our beloved 1983 Whitby 42 center cockpit ketch, is for sale.

We have moved aboard Abeona and are finally ready to part with our beloved home of the past three and a half years.

On deck she has a cockpit that is both spacious and well protected; we never felt unsafe letting the kids play in the cockpit underway. A dodger keeps most of the spray off and there's a zip on cockpit shade for use at anchor.

Below, starting at the bow, the V berth has a drop-in that makes the mattress cover the full triangle of the space, or can be left out to have some more floor space behind the door. There's a hanging locker to starboard in the V berth.

Moving aft, on the port side there's a head with doors into the V berth and the main salon. The forward head is currently converted to child's bunk (you can see the construction here: [part 1]({% post_url 2015-09-03-building-a-bedroom-phase-1 %}), [part 2]({% post_url 2015-09-06-building-a-bedroom-phase-2 %}), [part 3]({% post_url 2015-09-08-building-a-bedroom-phase-3 %})), but it could easily be converted back by removing the mattress and reinstalling the door and faucet; the toilet is still in place underneath.

The main salon is incredibly spacious. This wide open space is one of the first things we fell in love with when we saw her. The settee on the port side converts to a full size bed. The table folds down from the wall, revealing a large cabinet behind. It can seat 4 at the settee or fold out the additional leaf and seat even more.

On the starboard side the wall is covered with built in cabinetry and has a small fold down table in the center. There are a pair of captain's chairs that can lock to the floor there on either side of the fold down table. We chose not to use the captain's chairs, because then with the table folded up we had an enormous (for a boat) dance floor -- this was wonderful when we were trapped inside by the weather -- but we've still got them in storage for you. Between these cabinets and the storage under and behind the settee, she has the storage to swallow a truly ridiculous amount of stuff.

Continuing aft, the U shaped galley is on the port side, with a three burner propane stove, a dual stainless sink facing forward, and a large refrigerator and freezer aft. There are cabinets all along the outer wall and several drawers.

Across from the galley is the navigation station, with radio, chart plotter, and a large work surface. Both the galley and nav station open out to the main salon. The main companionway ladder is between them.

Behind the nav station is a hall with a work bench and the electrical panel on one side, and double doors into the spacious engine room on the other. Both sides of the engine are easily accessible. The far side of the engine room has the generator and the compressors for the refrigerator and freezer.

At the aft is a large cabin with a cross wise bunk, some floor space, many cabinets, and the aft head. There is a second companionway here, leading back up to the cockpit.

She is well set up for living aboard. If you stay in New England she has insulation that is unusual for a fiberglass boat but that will really help keep you warm in the winter.


  • LOA 42 feet (45 including the bowsprit)
  • Beam 13 feet
  • Draft 5 feet (the Whitby 42 has a full keel with a well protected rudder)
  • Displacement 23,500 lbs
  • Sail Area 875 sq ft
  • The engine is a 80 HP Ford Lehman engine with a velvet drive transmission
  • The generator is a westerbeke
  • 210 Gallons of fuel in three tanks (only one currently commissioned)
  • 150 Gallons of water in two tanks
  • Jib and staysail are on roller furlers, main on electric in mast furler, and mizzen on rope drive in mast furler

Over the past few years we put a significant amount of work into her, including:

  • Replacing the standing rigging and the jib furler with a new Harken furler
  • Replaced lifelines, several stanchions
  • Replaced almost all of the running rigging, including T-900 main and jib halyards and VPC elsewhere
  • Replacing the house battery bank with four 6 volt Trojan T-145+ batteries, for a total of 520 amps at 12 volts
  • New main and mizzen sails, still lightly used
  • Significant electrical work, cleaned up and replaced much wiring, simplified charging system, upsized battery cables
  • New Sterling Pro-Charge 60 amp battery charger, echo charges for engine and generator start batteries, Balmar smartgauge
  • Re-insulated freezer, new Sea Frost 12 volt fridge and freezer units
  • Improved plumbing of both side deck scuppers
  • Inspected and rebedded all chainplates; replaced two that showed microscopic pitting
  • New fire extinguishers, well more than required; installed CO detectors
  • Replaced propane panel, added gas detector
  • New Raymarine electronics: chart plotter, radar, wind instrument, etc.
  • Converted cabin and running lights to LED
  • New Standard Horizon VHF/AIS/GPS receiver (with PA/auto-foghorn and helm station remote)
  • New 65# Mantus anchor
  • Replaced aging fuel lines, fuel lift pump, starboard fuel sender
  • Rebuilt propane locker to make it safe
  • Rebuilt and rebedded aft cabin hatch
  • New lifesling
  • Rebuilt manual bilge pump; replumbed automatic bilge pump
  • Added high water alarm
  • Replaced shore power inlet
  • Added galvanic isolator
  • Added more docking cleats
  • Added Coastal Marine WiFi booster
  • Replumbed fresh water system, added filter
  • Rebuilt aft head
  • Added 300 watts Solar; enough to run indefinitely with generator needed only for extended cloudy weather
  • New fans
  • Insulation behind cabinet backs and Dri-dek to minimize condensation
  • Added USB power outlets
  • Main engine fresh water system overhauled, freshwater pump replaced
  • Added folding wheel to increase cockpit space at anchor
  • Many other fixes and improvements

You can read more about her here and in lots of the blog posts.