Hinck­ley 40 Pic­nic Boat

Power & Motor Yacht - - DRAWING BOARD - hinck­leyy­achts.com —Daniel Hard­ing Jr.

At first glance, the ren­der­ings for the Hinck­ley Pic­nic Boat 40 look, in many ways, con­ven­tional. From the flag blue hull to the sweep­ing teak sheer­line and open salon, you’re for­given if you think you’ve seen this boat be­fore. How­ever, this new 40 has tricks up her sleeve. Those that first catch my eye are an in­no­va­tive hull­side door that ac­tu­ally slides away into the gun­wale and a cock­pit step that low­ers into the hull with the goal of not im­ped­ing on valu­able en­ter­tain­ing space while con­tribut­ing to the boat’s clean lines.

An­other sig­nif­i­cant el­e­ment of the 40 will be the tech­nol­ogy in­cor­po­rated into the hull. Penned by de­signer Michael Peters, the hull will be built with a process called Tri­guard con­struc­tion, where an E-glass outer skin and car­bon-fiber in­ner skin sand­wich Core­cell foam. The re­sult will be a boat that’s strong and light—it’s ex­pected to weigh 25,000 pounds.

Propul­sion for the largest pic­nic boat to date (her sib­lings are 34 and 37 feet LOA) will be 480-horse­power Cum­mins diesels paired to Hamil­ton 322 jet drives. This pow­er­plant should push the hull, with 19 de­grees of dead­rise at the tran­som, to about 34 knots, ac­cord­ing to Hinck­ley.

With styling bor­rowed from the pic­nic boats of yes­ter­day and the tech­nol­ogy of tomorrow, the Hinck­ley 40 might just com­bine the best of both worlds when she splashes in sum­mer 2018.

Be­lowdecks, the 40 will of­fer a down gal­ley and hi-lo dinette.

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