The Hinckley 36 Picnic Boat: A Game Changer

Hinckley took cues from performance boats and luxury yachts to create this iconic craft.

Hinckley 36 Picnic Boat
Rumor has it that this 36 Picnic Boat’s Hull No. 1, Dasher, will be on the brokerage market soon.Courtesy Hinckley

The year was 1994. The vessel was Hinckley's 36 Picnic Boat. Yachting's Oliver S. Moore III described the boat's ride as "knife-through-butter smooth." The model has since enjoyed a 22-year production run. Among the classic, extended pilothouse and MKIII versions, 491 hulls have been built.

Notable features: The jet-drive option coupled with a 350 hp Yanmar six-cylinder engine allows for an 18-inch draft, 29-knot top speed and 25-knot cruising speed.

Belowdecks: There's a compact galley to port and a forward V-berth large enough for comfortable weekend cruising.  Availability: At press time, 31 Hinckley 36 Picnic Boats were for sale, ranging from $179,000 to $389,000.

From the Archive: "In a world of monkey see, monkey do high-volume production boats, it is refreshing to experience something as revolutionary and practical as this new Hinckley. Beauty is as beauty does, and this boat really does it." — Yachting, October 1994