DESCRIPTION    Islander is a Bristol 42 Trawler designed by the highly regarded naval architectural firm, Eldridge-McGinnis. This full displacement trawler is both beautiful inside and out, with high sides, walk around decks and a large deckhouse. She not only appears seaworthy, she is a fully equipped, serious cruiser. Bristol 42’ trawlers are heavily built of hand–laid fiberglass, display a very graceful sheer and a deep, prop protecting keel. Her unusual round bilges make for a very comfortable ride, huge tank capacities, a large engine room, and less snap roll in a seaway than with hard chined trawlers.

Islander features include a forward and aft berth, each with private sink and washroom, a very user-friendly galley, three deck levels – a picnic table on the mid aft deck and seating for 8 on the upper helm area. Her mast supports a steadying sail, useful when seas are on the beam. The current owners have taken Islander south to the Keys and she is ready for the Loop, or wherever your interests take her. She is a full displacement, single crew trawler powered by a naturally aspirated, Caterpillar 210 HP engine. 



ISLANDER Bristol Cockpit Cruiser 1973 4 $3000 Rockland, ME $5000/wk


Design Bristol Trawler
Designer Eldridge McGinnis
Builder Bristol Yacht Co
Hull Construction Fiberglass
Year Built 1973
LOA 42' 3"
LWL 39' 9"
Beam 14'
Draft 4' 6"
Displacement 30,000 lb
Weight 16 tons
Ballast NA
Engine Single Diesel 210 Caterpillar  
Holding Tank 40 gal
Water Capacity 150 US Gallons
Fuel Capacity 200 US Gallons

With two private cabins with ensuite heads on opposing ends of the boat, Islander offers unparalleled privacy, space, and comfort in this price range for four people. The roomy aft cabin has two single berths, a large closet for hanging clothes and storing luggage, a head with electric toilet, shower, sink and plenty of storage.  First aid items are located in the cubby behind the toilet.  There is a large mirror centrally located in the cabin with a 6-drawer built in teak dresser underneath.

The forward cabin features a v-berth with individual reading lights, a hanging locker, several drawers for storing clothing and a head with sink and toilet.

Both cabins are 4 steps down; the steps to the forward cabin can be raised to access the engine room.Galley

Salon: Galley, Lower Helm, Settee and Additional Seating.

Islander’s salon is roomy, comfortable and quite lovely with carefully joined teak cupboards and woodwork as well as teak and holly parquet sole.  It is accessed by either the port or starboard doors and sits between the two cabins. The settee accommodates 4 people, there is a dining chair with the table as well as a comfy chair for relaxing.  A folding stool and deck chair for additional seating can be found in the aft cabin closet.  You’ll find games (Scrabble is in the aft closet) and the radio in the cupboards above the settee and cleaning supplies in the cupboard just forward of the port side door.

The lower helm is just forward of the starboard side door and has its own chart plotter and radar/depth finder.

The galley features a propane Force 10 3-burner stove with oven/broiler.  The fridge is a roomy ¾ size which runs off the house battery. There is a microwave above the fridge (generator or shore power) There is a double sink and ample cupboard space:  You will find pots and pans under the sink, baking trays in the drawer under the oven, room for dry goods above the stove and the refrigerator; the central galley island contains the sink, an aft facing set of drawers containing cutlery, a Corelle set for 6 with additional plates, a drawer with mugs and more cooking implements and another drawer with ziplocs, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, etc.  The forward-facing side of the island has a double-doored cupboard housing the glasses and cut-outs for liquor bottles.  The cupboard opposite the island contains some bowls and baking dishes and has plenty of storage room left over.  You’ll find local cruising guides and chartbooks on the shelf above the bowls. There is a steamer pot in the low cupboard just aft of the starboard side door.

Picnic deck

The mid-deck sports a small picnic table!  Easily seats 4 and there is additional seating on the adjacent dock box which has its own cushion.  The aft anchor is here in the  event you need to anchor fore and aft.  The chain/rope for the anchor is stored aft of the table.  You’ll find a bucket, scrub brushes and a bright yellow awning that can be deployed over the picnic table (pvc poles are fitted together to form spreaders – projections on the ends allow line to be tied to the awning and the lifelines/deck rails).

Bridge deck

The bridge helm has a chart plotter and radar/depth finder.  It’s shaded by a large bimini which should be collapsed in a wind over 40 knots.  There are comfy cushions for all the seats and the port-side freezer (now used only to store barbecue tools and the helm cover) stored in the forward lockers.  The under-bench lockers contain various lengths and thicknesses of line. The charcoal grille is attached to the rails on the port side. 


12 volt battery system with 8 Trojan T-105 6 volt batteries provides a huge capacity which was designed for offshore cruising. 2 full days without any charging is the norm. The DC electrical panel is located In the forward companionway and the various 12V circuits are controlled from there, ie, aft stateroom lights, Salon lights, Aft Head etc. There is 12V strip lighting in the salon, in addition to reading lamps. The staterooms have individual “airline style” reading lamps, as well as LED room lights.

The Engine room is very well lit and contains the engine and 15KW Generator which is used for high demand appliances like the microwave, toasters, compressor, etc. The compressor is used to provide air to the power air horns on the port and starboard sides.  When in fog, the horns are to be sounded with one long blast at two-minute intervals.

There is a Xantrex inverter which converts DC stored power into available AC for charging phones, laptops, etc. Inverter and charging controls are located on the starboard side of the forward companionway. There is an automatic bilge pump located below with a second supplemental bilge pump at a higher activation level. The boat is well protected.

The two helm stations are connected through a Raymarine Seatalk communications bus – that means that the information is shared between stations. Note: To initialize RADAR, press the ON button at the lower station first – follow instructions on the color display, and when active radar is available at both helms.  If the upper Raymarine unit is activated first, then the Sonar and Chartplotter only will be available at both stations. There is a supplemental 7” color chartplotter at the upper helm (where 90% of vessel ooperation occurs). ,

There are two Microphone stations for the VHF radio, one at each helm. The lower unit contains a red emergency toggle which can be flipped in the event of a MAyDay situation. It will automatically transmit vessel name and location to the USCG.

Radio/ CD player control unit on the far left portside locker above the settee.  


The vessel is powered by a single Caterpillar diesel 210HP engine. Average fuel consumption @ 1700 RPMs is approximately 2.5 gph. At that rpm, the cruising speed will be roughly 7.5 knots.

Hull & Deck

 There are three deck levels, newly pained and with non-skid applied.The large upper helm deck can easily accommodate 8 persons on newly upholstered cushions.  Protection from the sun is provided by a large bimini (new in 2018). The mid-deck is great for early morning/late afternoon games and dining “al fresco” on the capacious picnic table. It is the perfect place for a grilled dinner event, as the barbecue is located on a stanchion on the port side of the mid-deck.

The lower deck has plenty of available seating forward, wide walk around decks with protective teak railings that lead to the aft transom door. This lazarette area is great for boarding from the stern. Access/Egress is made easy through the transom door at the stern. When adventuring in the dinghy, we recommend bringing the dinghy to the stern, grabbing one of the davit support lines for support, and using that to help facilitate exiting the dinghy

 Islander is a full displacement boat – she has rounded bilges which makes her very stable in a seaway, but she will have a gentle roll when in a quartering swell. Her running gear is very well protected with a long skeg to rudder, but in Maine, lobster pots abound. There are masks and fins abound in the unlikely event disentangling line is required.



Large bow mounted anchor with 200’ chain and 200’ additional line. A Lofrans Tigress windlass makes anchor retrieval easy! In addition to the pulpit mounted bow anchor, there is a large Fortress anchor with 25’ chain lead and 150’"rode, stored mid-deck 


The dinghy is a West Marine 10’ inflatable RIB with a Mercury 8hp engine.  


Mooring Availability    A prepaid mooring is available for Islander’s use in Belfast.

Location Rockland ME