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Marquis M42 Review

The Marquis M42 is a 40-knot express cruiser with an impressive list of amenities.

August 21, 2020
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Marquis M42
The M42’s flowing profile puts motion into the vessel’s exterior design. Courtesy Marquis Yachts

With an entertaining-focused layout and a striking, aggressive profile, the Marquis M42 is part of a new breed of express-style dayboats.

Consider that the cockpit can handle a dozen friends without imposing on the yacht’s double-wide helm seat or using the 9-foot-wide sun pad stretching partially across the transom (there’s a walkway to the hydraulic swim platform).

Consider that there is a full shower stall with a teak seat and Lucite door.

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And consider the black carbon-fiber helm console with twin 16-inch Raymarine multifunction displays, as well as a joystick to link the two 480 hp Cummins QSB diesels with the bow thruster for maneuvering in tight quarters.

Marquis M42
Boaters can never have enough stowage, which is why Marquis created a bin under the M42’s sun pad for dock lines, the shore-power cord and long items such as brushes. Courtesy Marquis Yachts

And finally, consider the Michael Peters-designed hull form (exterior styling is by the Italian team of Nuvolari Lenard) that carved white chunks from the Gulf Stream while remaining dry and stable and tracking true in a variety of sea states. The M42 we got aboard topped out at just a hair shy of 40 knots; if owners hanker to get into the 50-knot range, an outboard version of the model will sport triple 400 hp Mercury Verados hanging on the transom.

For entertaining, there is a choice of galleys, inside or out. The primary galley is opposite the cockpit dinette, with a sink, a fridge and an optional grill. All of the these are shaded by a cantilevered carbon-fiber T-top that leaves enough space between the top and wraparound windshield for a cooling breeze.

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Marquis M42
The M42’s helm is carbon fiber with dual 16-inch Raymarine multifunction displays. Courtesy Marquis Yachts

If guests are still too warm, the M42′s air-conditioned cabin has a smaller galley and a U-shaped dinette that converts to a berth measuring just an inch shy of king size. Combine that with 6-foot-5-inch headroom throughout and wraparound windows around the cabin, and the result is a bright, airy interior that seems far larger than one might expect on a 42-foot express cruiser.

With an eye-catching choice of hull colors (black, anthracite and charcoal), the Marquis M42 should stop traffic in harbors from St. Tropez, France to Miami.

Engine Room

If you thought that any low-and-lean boat would have a cramped engine room, think again. The M42′s entire sun pad raises, so owners can descend on steps to move between the engines for the service chores. The 7.5 kW Onan genset (optional) is offset and easy to access, and the batteries are reachable as well.

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