President 42
MAY 2002
Length overall  44'4"
Beam 14'3"
Draft  3'6"
Displacement  30,800 lb
Fuel Capacity  400 gals
Water Capacity 150 gals
Base Price  $430,000

There's a unique trapezoidal queen-sized berth in the forward stateroom, surrounded by beautifully finished cherry paneling and cabinetry.

It was one of those early spring days you get sometimes on the Chesapeake -- nothing short of balmy. The guys who work in the boatyards in Eastport across the harbor from Annapolis proper had yet to burn their socks in their annual spring ritual, but they were already itching to get out on the water. Luckily, I was ready to go when John Stewart called and invited me along for a test run on the new President 42 trawler. I ran right over to Yacht Haven to meet John, his partner, Bob Hoffman, and Captain Bobby Noyse.

They were aboard hull #3 there at the dock when I showed up, and while they were getting ready to head out, I took a good look at hull #2 up on the hard. It was a good chance to admire the unique features of this semi-displacement hull, with its relatively narrow entry that flattens out as it goes aft, a center skeg for tracking and tunnels for the props, allowing the shafts to come through the hull at less of an angle. All of the exhaust of both engines, the generator, and even the air conditioner condensation comes out through the hull just under the swim platform.

We dropped the lines and slipped over to the Annapolis City Marina to top off the tanks. While we were at the gas dock, I opened up the hatches in the saloon sole and climbed down into the engine room. There's about 5/6' of headroom down there, with lots of room to get at either of the 330 HP Cummins diesels from any angle, and even a small work bench in the forward starboard corner. There's also a second hatch leading up to the forward cabin for additional access. The saddle fuel tanks have sight gauges thoughtfully valved off to reduce the risk of leakage.

As we headed out of the harbor and straight up the Severn River under the bridges, we ran the boat from the centered steering station up on the fly bridge. There's a big dash for all the electronics you could possible want to install. There's an L-shaped settee with an adjustable table and another double settee on the other side next to a convenient wet bar. Thetrawler mast is hinged to drop easily if you need to get under low bridges. You get really good views all around the helm seat up here, and it's a very quiet ride. Curiously, you can be going just under twenty knots from up there, and you don't feel like you're moving all that fast until you step down to the aft deck.

We checked our speed as displayed on the GPS unit on the dash against a hand-held. At 1200 RPM, we were going 8.5 knots, at 2200 RPM, we were going at a comfortable cruising speed of 13.1 knots, and we were wide-open at 2800 RPM, doing 19.1 knots. Overall, a pretty impressive performance. It's good to know you can run 19 knots if you have to.

President trawlers are built in Tainan, Taiwan, by President Marine Ltd., the same yard that for the past 25 years has built such renowned yachts as the Little Harbor 44 Whisper Jet, Krogen 49 and 53 Trawler Yachts, the Offshore 52 and 54, and the first two Marlow Explorer 65's. The Yacht Haven crew of John Stewart, Bob Hoffmanand their partner, Clarence Blackwell, are the exclusive US importers for the President 42. They're having a 47-footer built now and thereare plans in the works for a 52 as well.

The coaming on the upper steering station is the cofferedceiling above thelower steering station inside the saloon, giving the effect of apilothouse without the confinement of a traditional pilothouse. The lower steering station has a neatly curved bench seat. Driving from there, you have good views through the three huge panes of the windshield, the triangular side windows, and somewhat aft through the big, square windows on either side of the saloon. The helm console is graced by a beautiful burled walnut inlaid dash - there's that same accent on the solid cherry cabinetry throughout the interior, and all the woodwork is spectacular in great Taiwanese tradition.

The main saloon has a galley area with a Corian counter along the port side that features a two-burner flush-top electric stove, deep double sink, and a refrigerator/freezer, on the top of which rests a chart table that's handy to the helmsman. There's an L-shaped settee with a beautiful burl-inlaid table on the port side, and carved cherry latticed doors on the cupboards decorating theaft bulkhead.

The aft cabin has an island double berth, a vanity with large Corian counters on either side, lots of cabinet and drawer storage and a very big cedar hanging locker with shelves for linen storage. The head has a big separate shower stall with a salty-looking teak grating. In the aft port corner of the stateroom, there's a unique door to the aft deck, with steps that pull out. The door actually doubles as the steps leading from the aft deck up to the flybridge, bolted in place so that it's totally watertight.

But it's the forward stateroom that's really phenomenal, with a trapezoidal queen-sized island berth, a vanity with a mirror that flips up from the countertop, a big, double-doored cedar closet with hanging shelves, a shelf for a TV/VCR and a head with a hand-held shower. Panels in the bulkhead and ceiling provide ready access to the wiring behind the helm console above. Again, the craftsmanship on the louvered doors is just phenomenal.

As you explore the weather deck, you'll notice some more details that add to the overall impression of quality in design and production that the President 42 represents. You'll see the pretty teak caprail along the bulwarks, which is all the exterior teak you'll need to maintain, and you'll notice that on the hefty 1-1/8' stainless-steel rails, the welds are so perfectly executed, they're practically invisible. The wide side decks are protected by overhangs, there are doors through the transom and through the bulwarks on either side for easy boarding. The integral swim platform is actually an extension of the hull just above the waterline. The starboard side door into the pilothouse is a serious stainless-steel aircraft-style hinged door.