December 15, 2011
In 1940 the Navy was fed up with its fledgling PT program, since the boats were pounding themselves to pieces. When Frank Huckins offered to build it a proper boat, the Navy offered to “loan” him the engines. Huckins began design and construction simultaneously, but was not satisfied with his 72-foot PT’s fi rst sea trial. Huckins solved the problem with an oak “belly band” chine. In the Navy’s competition — dubbed the “Plywood Derby” — Huckins’ design outperformed the pack. He claimed to have earned $28.60 for his effort! Huckins was given just 18 of 511 Pt boat orders, which inspired his “shirt letter” at war’s end. Read it below, or download a copy of the PDF.
October 3, 2007
The flame at Huckins Yacht Corporation burns eternally. This flame, lighted by Frank Pembroke Huckins about 70 years ago, burns for his Quadraconic hull (Design, February 2001). He called it the Fairform Flyer.
Huckins yachts of every size have ridden atop the Fairform Flyer, and the company has formed the bulk of its business during the past several years producing new versions of its older designs. The 53 Offshore is among the latest examples.