Endeavour 42'

  1. The heritage
  2. The hull
  3. Designer
  4. On deck
  5. Interiors
  6. At sea
  7. It's in the details


The Heritage

Camper & Nicholsons Yachts is synonymous with the world of yachting. Since yacht and boat building commenced at Camper & Nicholsons back in 1782, some of the finest and most famous yachts in the world have been built by the company.

Several of these yachts have earned immortality in the history books for their illustrious racing careers, particularly the magnificent Big Class cutters and J-Class racers of the 1920s and ‘30s. Both Shamrock IV and Shamrock V were designed by Charles Nicholson and built for Sir Thomas Lipton to challenge for the America’s Cup. Endeavour and Velsheda were also Camper & Nicholsons yachts, the first built for one of Britain’s most celebrated yachtsmen, Sir Thomas Sopwith, who’s aircraft company was largely responsible for building Britain’s First World War air force, and the second for Woolworth Chairman William F. Stephenson.

Camper & Nicholsons also produced one of the largest motor yachts ever built in Britain, the 1629 ton Philante, subsequently converted and renamed Norge for her new role as the Norwegian Royal Yacht. In 1960, Camper & Nicholsons developed the first of their glassfibre range of yachts.

Even with today’s sophisticated technology, it is comforting to know that each Nicholson yacht is virtually hand built beyond the moulding stage. In every sense, Camper & Nicholsons remain yachting’s first family.

The Hull

“C. Raymond Hunt Associates remains one of the most widely recognized and respected names in naval architecture, in particular for designs utilizing the high-deadrise hullform known as the Hunt deep-V. This hullform, innovated by our founder, Ray Hunt, is the most widely used and ocean-proven solution afloat for performance, seakindliness and comfort. As the firm which originated the deep-V, we have more years of experience in the refinement of this hullform to suit applications as diverse as outboard-powered fishing boats, high-speed cruisers and motor yachts, police, patrol and pilot boats, military as well as commercial vessels.

In the Endeavour 42’, Camper & Nicholsons’ first production yacht of the twenty first century, the company has achieved the perfect marriage between traditional craftsmanship and high-end technology to deliver a motor boat that meets the highest standards of excellence in every respect. Camper & Nicholsons wanted a 42-foot luxury, high-performance launch and asked Hunt Associates to supply the basic design, as well as work with the yard and the Italian design team to create a lightweight, high-performance boat with a traditional interior. The result was a modern classic with Italian flair that won the European Powerboat of the Year award.

The Endeavour 42’ features the Hunt deep-V planing hull design, built using a resin infusion laminating system, to ensure top performance, outstanding sea-keeping qualities, and moderate fuel consumption”.
C. Raymond Hunt Associates


C. Raymond Hunt Associates was founded in 1961 as a partnership between Ray Hunt and John Deknatel, the current President of the firm. This association originally was formed to deal with the heavy flow of projects that resulted from the extraordinary performance of Ray’s design for the Bertram 31.

Ray Hunt, whose work was marked by great variety and success, was one of the most innovative designers of his time. His most significant contribution to the field of small craft design was the creation of the high-deadrise, deep-V hull which revolutionized the development of fast powerboats.

C. Raymond Hunt Associates have enjoyed a long association with production builders, having designed lines of powerboats and motoryachts for them which have had popular and commercial success.

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On Deck

Designed in the style that is typical of Open powerboats, the deck offers a variety of spaces dedicated to outdoor activities and entertaining. The cockpit is organized in well defined areas: helm station, living and dining area, and sun bathing. Each zone is easily accessible through a large passageway that is totally uncluttered, and that ensures a direct passage from the hatch to the transom. Starboard and forward the cockpit features the helm station, with a co-pilot settee to port. Both are well protected by a large curved windscreen. The boat affirms its unique style – fundamental for Camper & Nicholsons – with a complete instrument panel, on which all displays and indicators are analog and easy to read. The panel is in stainless steel, and is supported by a large console with leather trim. The wheel is custom made, with a wood rim. The living area offers two facing settees with a foldable wooden table. This layout, which is typical of sailing yachts, offers the advantage of further lounging spaces, and provides the support of the central table during navigation. Further towards the stern, two large sun pads, which double up as seating areas thanks to the backrests provided, leave plenty of room for the passage to the bathing platform through a large transom gate. The entire cockpit can be protected from the sun thanks to a bimini that folds behind the windscreen, and that can be further extended with a second awning. The bow is completely uncluttered by equipment and features a second sunbathing area. The anchor is unfolded electrically, but when stowed leaves the steel stemhead completely unobstructed – one of the many custom features of the Endeavour 42’.


Even though the Endeavour 42’ is an Open design, the interiors offer complete comfort in accommodations that are built and decorated with the luxurious finish of a mega yacht. The central area replicates the layout of the cockpit, with facing settees that can be converted into berths. This seating space also serves the folding mahogany dining table, built in the best British tradition. The galley is large enough to store a complete set of appliances and kitchenware. To port, the head is exquisitely finished with stylish custom elements and has a separate shower. The master cabin forward is large and spacious, with a double berth that is accessible from three sides, The design, a refined mix of British tradition and Italian style, makes ample use of quality materials and precious details, alternating white surfaces with elements in polished, solid mahogany. Though it was conceived and designed as a day cruiser, with such comfortable and spacious interiors the Endeavour 42’ is also perfectly suited for brief cruises or weekends in total self-sufficiency.

At Sea

The deep V Hunt hull of the Endeavour 42’ is designed for safe and comfortable navigation in all conditions. Its qualities excel when the sea become rough; Endeavour 42’ rides the waves powerfully and smoothly, without making its passengers suffer from the effects of a rough sea and without having to slow its pace. The hull shape also has other advantages, such as the ease of control during low speed manoeuvring, or in harbour. The large windscreen protects the guests all the way to the stern, whilst the boat planes smoothly, ensuring an enviably comfortable ride. Vacuum infusion construction is utilized with cored sandwich construction for the topsides and deck, and solid fiberglass for the bottom that includes Kevlar reinforcements in the structural areas. This method guarantees the best fibre/resin ratio, offering maximum strength with a significant weight reduction. This means the yacht has a lower centre of gravity, which limits both roll and pitch in rough conditions. Moreover, the use of Vinyl ester resin for the lamination ensures a better protection over time against osmosis. With twin 480 hp inboard diesel engines provided as standard, the boat has a top speed of 34 knots, and a cruising speed of 30 knots with reduced fuel consumption. Alternatively, the yard can supply twin Volvo IPS 370 hp engines, which improve handling and further reduce fuel consumption. In this case the top speed reaches 36 knots with a cruising speed of 32 knots. Endeavour 42’ is the perfect boat for day trips, or short sporting cruises. It is also the ideal tender for mega yachts that wish to maintain an exclusive style even for their support boats. Its timeless elegance will capture eyes and hearts even after many years of service.

It's in the details

Centuries of tradition by Camper & Nicholsons can be found in the infinite number of custom details manufactured for each single model. The fold-away anchor, that frees the stainless steel stemhead, which is itself curved to fit the bow, and all the steel components, that are both functional and stylish; the solid mahogany trims and all the many intricately crafted interior accessories, each detail is designed for utmost functionality and is treated with the style and elegance that can be expected from a brand with over two hundred years of experience.

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