All of CW's Boat of the Year judges had a blast sailing the H42. With the smallest displacement-to-length and second largest sail area-to-displacement ratios of any tested cat, the boat was a sprightly sailer. It will slow down a tad when humping around a cruising load, but the large, efficient rig, the deep, angled daggerboards, and the long waterline will help the H42 maintain a swifter pace than most. Since all the accommodations are contained within the span of the bridgedeck, the ends of the boat remain light to reduce pitching. The deck is straightforward to negotiate, and access to the traveler is good. The boards were easy to operate, and the mast controls were well within reach. I champion the simplicity and efficacy of twin tillers, which, with their outboard seats, offer a good look at the sails, uncomplicated emergency steering, and a convenient position for docking.