From stem to stern, the 42 DS has lots of smart little features. The forward cabin boasts a well-thought-out and roomy hanging locker, with generous storage shelves included. Tanks are stashed under the V-berth. The laminated-wood floor is both handsome and durable. The Scheiber electrical panel graphically displays voltage and fuel and water levels. There's an abundance of handholds, as there should be in such a beamy boat, and they're stylish as well. The port and starboard settees will also work as excellent sea berths. In the aft owner's stateroom, the 77-inch-wide bed ("berth" doesn't do it justice) is something you won't see on many 42-foot sailboats. By pulling a couple of pins at its base, the companionway-ladder module can be removed for excellent engine access (though it might be a bit of a challenge stashing the stairs, especially under way). The engine starter can be serviced via a watertight hatch in the central head.