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I never meant this to be a Hinckley week (the Offical Maggie's Farm Sailboats are the Alerion line, or maybe plain Cape Cod catboats), but this is an example of what Hinckley used to be best known for: classic, elegant cruising sailboats. In my experience, they can't point worth a darn but they are a good ride.
This 1986 Hinckley Bermuda 40 yawl is for sale for a reasonable $330,000.
I have a Hinkley tale, in brief.
When I first tried to learn sailing on a sunfish, I studied a book.
Then, tried to take out sunfish on Maine Long Pond, but didn't put in daggerboard at dock, and was swept away by the winds. I jumped ship with halyard in my teeth, swam for the daggerboard and lugged myself back.
Next day, after midday, I noticed noone on the Lake, except for a young fellow who was setting up his Laser. I figured I would follow his tacks to learn the technique. I learned that no one took to the Lake after midday, because the crosswinds were fierce, complex. The young fellow whipped away, leaving me in circles. It was a Hinkley. Not the boat. The guy. His Laser was the fun boat.
Several weeks later his 11 year=old son took off in the Laser with a friend. Mido-lake, they turned turtle. I saw his mother run out the length of the pier, looking worried. At the edge, she cupped her hands and yelled: "Don't lose the daggerboard!"
Well, yes, it does look like a Hinckley*. Just wondering though - what are those odd white things draped on those aluminum poles mounted to the decks of the other boats in the photo? Do they help the engines in some fashion?
You may be right in that they won't point worth a damn but there is one thing they will do that lesser boats don't do nearly as well. That's close-haul on a beat in gale-force wind just a few degrees off the best pointing boat and do it all night long, if you can stand it. The boat may beat you silly but it won't roll your guts out.
I believe your picture is the Hinckley Boatyards at Sou'west Harbor at high tide. That looks like mostly Hinckleys at the dock and on the moorings. I was there in early summer '05 looking to help bring a single-digit Sou'wester 42 back down the east coast. It had been up in the yard for repairs and refurbishment. We didn't make the trip. The morning we left the boat on the moorings there to be trucked back down south looked just like the picture of your Bermuda 40.