Hydraulically powered, sail-handling gear makes the DS42 a genuine solo machine. Pressing a button hoisted the mainsail from its Leisure Furl boom. Pressing another button unfurled the non-overlapping jib. A row of six buttons, three each side of the steering-wheel well, control the main sheet via a substantial hydraulic ram, tucked under the side deck on the port side of the cockpit. Each button wears a guard to prevent the helmsman from accidentally trimming or easing the main as he moves around. A reasonably dexterous big toe can open each of the guards; if shod you'll need a hand to open them. Hinckley could have chosen only three buttons and placed them on the centerline, but having three each side places them a most convenient reach away, whether you're helming from the high side or low. One of the buttons eases the main, one of them trims it, and the third provides a high-speed trim, which is great for quick jibes.