Yachting - - EXPERIENCE -

The Pic­nic Boat 40 is the first yacht with Hinck­ley’s dy­nam­ic­steer­ing sys­tem, giv­ing helms­men fewer wheel turns lock to lock at slow speeds, and a looser feel at higher speeds. I found the steer­ing to be ef­fort­less at a 27-knot cruise and a 37-knot top hop, even while skat­ing across a nasty, 3-foot Nar­ra­gansett Bay short chop. The helm also has Hinck­ley’s sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion JetStick, which al­lowed me to point the PB40 into the teeth of the wind, and hold sta­tion with the press of my thumb and in­dex fin­ger. The hy­draulics that make up the sys­tem are mil­i­tary spec and have the same level of strength one would see in a mil­lion-dol­lar ex­ca­va­tor, ac­cord­ing to Hinck­ley. The ves­sel’s bow thruster is also hy­draulic, and the whole steer­ing sys­tem is in­tu­itive. The wa­ter jets make move­ments smooth at slow and high speeds.

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