Hinckley Talaria 55 MK IIThe 55 MK II is Hinckley’s elegant response to customer demands for more space and power. The boat retains that classic Hinckley look but now has two en suite cabins, an especially spacious cockpit, and the ability to hit close to 46 mph with the hammer down—a spritely top speed for one of yachting’s true
There are no second acts in American lives.” This famous quote from author F. Scott Fitzgerald buzzed in my head as I arrived at Old Port Marina in North Palm Beach, Florida, ready to board Friendship, a new Hinckley Picnic Boat MKIII. The 37-footer, a redesign, represented a second act of sorts for Hinckley, which defined the category when it launched its original 36-foot picnic boat in 1994.
I had three questions in mind when I pulled into the parking lot behind the venerable, white-clapboard house that serves as the Hinckley sales office in Southwest Harbor, Maine. First, why was Hinckley, originator of the most popular jet-powered 36-footer ever built, the Picnic Boat, introducing two new sport cruisers, each offered with nothing but plain ol’ twin-screw inboard power? Second, what
If you mention the name Hinckley around your local marina, most boaters may respond (add your local accent here), "Aren't they that sailboat company that started building those diesel-powered jet-drive picnic boats a few years ago?" Yes, Hinckley is that, and quite a bit more. For instance, it is one of a few production boatbuilders that sells factory-direct, exclusively. In addition, it