Saunders 42 Launch

Boat Name: Onyx



Built in New Plymouth in 1973, Onyx is a 42-foot Saunders design with a hull of carvel-planked Kauri and 300mm centred frames making her incredibly strong and seaworthy. She worked as a west-coast commercial tuna boat until 2009 before undertaking a 5-year comprehensive rebuild. Onyx has retained her original lines but has been modernised and re-powered with a Yanmar 370Hp engine shaft drive. The fit-out has been conducted with incredible attention to detail and near-survey standard in every aspect, and a full history of the project is available.

Features: Walk around deck; Side helm doors; Hydraulic bow thruster, steering, pot hauler and windlass, Taylor fiberglass wet muffler; Chrome/black VDO engine gauges; Custom Rimu interior; 3.5m Takacat tender; 2x deck/anchor wash pump/hose; 1 start and 4 house batteries; Charger; 12/240v custom fridge unit;  50L Isotemp hot water system, Gas bottle; Carbon game fishing poles; Stainless rod holders; Fenders, warps and boathook; Covers; Electric WOF to 2025; Fully comprehensive specification/equipment sheets available.

Onyx offers the ultimate weekend getaway, cruising at 12+ knots and max at around 19 knots. An extremely rare vessel, she elicits admiration and conversations from other boaters in every anchorage she visits.

Transferable Nelson Marina berth.
For more details for to view this vessel, call Rob Greenwood at our Nelson office on 0272 245 172




  • year
  • make
  • model
  • stock number


  • Hull Construction
    Carvel planked Kauri, 300mm centered frames
  • LOA approx
    12.8 m
  • beam approx
    3.7 m
  • draft approx
    1.4 m
  • hull type
    Semi displacement
  • transom
    Enclosed (removable)


  • enginemake
  • engine year
  • hours approx
  • engine fuel
  • drive system


  • fuel capacity approx
    900 Litres
  • fuel tank
    Hercules plastic to survey
  • water capacity approx
    350 Litres
  • water tank
    2 Plastic baffled


  • berths
    1 Double and 1 single
  • headroom
  • toilet
    Manual flush toilet, 60L black water tank, 12v macerator pump, cockpit shower
  • cooking
    Wallis 800 diesel 2 burner stove
  • cabin no
  • saloon
    Interior carpeting, sound proof underlay, Stidd helm seating (ex USA), clock barometer, Bluetooth Fusion stereo 6 speakers and amplifier plus remote control


  • safety equipment
    VHF Radio, AIS, ACR EPIRB, 12v Searchlight with remote, 2 Inflatable and 2 foam Lifejackets, 2 Bilge pumps, roof mounted DO-A Kahlenburg twin air horns with compressor
  • navigation gear
    Extensive Raymarine gear including E140W multifunction display plotter, B260 bronze transducer, AIS500 class B transceiver, sea talk network switching, Autopilot, Radar, ICOM radio, Compass
  • ground tackle
    45kg Manson plough with 65m x 10m chain, 120m x 16mm rode
  • capstan
    Muir Hydraulic
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