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Sonic's 42-footer offers serious headroom! Space, and plenty of it, is but one of the many things people like on the 42SS, which is 41’6″ long, 8’6″ wide and has 6’2″ of headroom in its cabin. The well-constructed, conventional V-bottom boat also demonstrates that a stepped-bottom isn’t a prerequisite for strong performance.
The straightforward 25-degree bottom of the 42SS has flat chines roughly 5-inches wide and four strakes. The inner strakes are about 18 inches from the keel and stopped 10 feet from the transom. The outer strakes are one foot from the chines and run full length.
Bravo One drives are dialed into the 500-hp EFI motors. Each drive spins a Bravo One 14 1/4″ x 28″ four-blade stainless-steel propeller, which rotates inward.
With this low-key propulsion package, the 42SS runs 72 mph at 5,200 rpm—plenty strong for a five-ton offshore boat on a conventional deep-V bottom running on smooth water. Stronger still is the boat’s time to plane.
The 42SS sits tall in the water, but carves turns like a low-profile river hot rod. It leans significantly into turns, but levels off on exit without rolling hard to the outside. The boat doesn’t slip or catch when whipped into a hard 180-degree turns at speed. In full-circle turns at cruising and full speeds, it tracks perfectly.
Running offshore, the 42SS crushes the 3-to-4 footers it comes across. Sea direction doesn’t matter. The soft, smooth ride never leaves you wondering how your back will feel the next morning.
Company principal Jay Ross and his crew at the Hollywood, Fla., company did a fine job executing the boat’s paint-applied, computer-generated graphics. The exterior earns strong overall grades from inspectors and is protected by a sturdy plastic rubrail with a rubber insert.
Sonic joins its hull/cockpit liner, deck and cabin in the molds. The “fused” three pieces are then popped from the molds as a brawny single unit. Materials used in the hand laid construction process include vinyl-ester resin, biaxial fiberglass and Divinycell coring.
Amply endowed with hardware, the 42SS has a nav light and two cleats on the nose. For access to the nose, there is a flat nonskid walkway around the perimeter of the deck. Two hatches are recessed in the deck. Another cleat is on each side of the boat’s attractive fairing. Two more are aft.
Upholstered on top, the fiberglass engine hatch raises on a single screw jack. Access to the motors, which are installed on Mercury offshore racing mounts and L-angles through-bolted to the stringers, is superb.
You won’t find an offshore boat with better lighting than the 42SS. The cabin features five polycarbonate panels, each with two lights, evenly dispersed to create strong, though not overwhelming, illumination.
The cabin layout consists of a V-berth, made private by a curtain on each side of its bulkhead opening. Aft of the berth is a U-shape lounge that, with a pedestal-mounted table in the carpeted sole, converts to a dining area. To port, the galley includes a microwave oven, a Norcold refrigerator and a sink. An air conditioner, which runs on shore power is in a cabinet ahead of the galley.
Across the aisle is the head locker, which is outfitted with a shower and a sink in a molded fiberglass enclosure. Additional cabin amenities include a television, a DVD player and Sony Xplode CD stereo system.
Part of what makes getting into the cabin so easy is the absence of a co-pilot’s bolster. Instead, Sonic installs a two-person bolster with dropout bottoms at the starboard-side helm station, which has a non-tilting steering wheel and Kiekhaefer Zero Effort throttles and shifters.
All gauges are mounted in bezels on polycarbonate panels and arranged in rows at eye level. The rocker switches for the accessories are also in panels. Each switch has its function etched in the panel, and each panel is backlit. That makes them readable at night—an exceptional feature.
Sonic’s 42SS is a contemporary classic, a conventional V-bottom that can hang with its stepped cousins. It’s built to tackle offshore water, and give you all the space you need to do it in comfort.
Specifications, with Equipment and Information:
- Length: 42' 0"
- LOA: 41' 6"
- Displacement: 10000 lbs
- BEAM: 8' 6"
- DRAFT: 2' 6"
- Engine(s): Mercury Racing 500 EFI
- Hours: 375
- HP: 500
- Fuel: 200 gallons
- Water: 25 gallons
- Hull Construction: Fiberglass
- Manufacturer: Sonic
- Model: Sonic 42SS
The cabin layout consists of a V-berth, made private by a curtain on each side of its bulkhead opening. Aft of the berth is a U-shape lounge that, with a pedestal-mounted table in the carpeted sole, converts to a dining area. To port, the galley includes a microwave oven, a Norcold refrigerator and a sink. Across the aisle is the head locker, which is outfitted with a shower and a sink in a molded fiberglass enclosure.
Refrigerator with freezer
B&D coffee maker
Pressure cold water
Electronics / Navigation
GPS - Garmin 3006C Color Plotter
High speed VHF antenna
Compass - Racing compass by Ritchie
Dock side power
Heat and AC
LED Cockpit Lighting
Twin MerCruiser 500HP engines @ 470 hp
375 engine hours
Bravo 1 I/O
Tie bar, stainless
Fresh water engine flush
Balanced, blueprinted stainless 4 blade props
Heavy-duty racing-style engine mounts
Silent choice exhaust
Livorsi Marine gauges
Fuel filters w/ water separators
4 batteries, two house, two start
Heavy-duty GIL battery boxes
Fuel vapor detector
Engine room light
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