The Picnic Boat 40 is the first yacht with Hinckley’s dynamic-steering 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.