While celebrating 90 years of boat building this year, Hinckley Yachts introduces its new outboard-powered performance brand, Hinckley Sport Boats, with two new models: the Sport Boat and Sport Boat Center Cabin. With this range, the builder aims to meet the needs of time-pressed boaters through performance, while still providing comfort and elegance. “The key design parameters are agile handling, performance at sea, and ease of use,” the builder says of the range, adding that “impressive speed is a byproduct of that design philosophy.” Reportedly, these two models can get owners from Greenwich Connecticut to Manhattan in 35 minutes and Palm Beach to Old Bahama Bay in an hour.
Single bond, vacuum-infused carbon epoxy construction from bow to stern creates a strong, yet lightweight vessel, which contributes to the 42-foot-7-inch yachts’ speed and agility. Hinckley says the two models are the first production outboard boats constructed this way. Additionally, an outer layer of Kevlar provides puncture-resistance. The builder’s lifetime guarantee for its hulls and decks is a result of its construction methods.
Both the Sport Boat’s and Center Cabin’s exterior are penned by Ray Hunt Design studio, and each has a “modern update” of the deep-V hull form, which also enhances speed and seakeeping. Owners of either vessel will have multiple hull color options.
Primarily, however, the Sport Boat’s 45-knot top speed and the Center Cabin’s 47-knot top-end come from standard triple 300 hp Mercury Verado four-stroke outboards. Optional triple 350 hp Verados or twin 627 hp Seven Marine engines are also available. Best top-end with the optional motors is about 54 knots.
While they share the same hull design and similar performance attributes, the models’ layouts are where they differ. On the Center Cabin, owners and guests descend belowdecks through a companionway door forward of the helm seat. Once inside, immediately to port is the galley, including a refrigerator, cooktop, microwave and cappuccino maker (an amenity that comes standard on the Sport Boat as well). Opposite the galley is a head with shower and fully forward is a U-shaped settee for three that converts into a queen berth. Up on deck, owners can opt for an ice maker and electric grill abaft the center console, and the boat’s foredeck, with wraparound seating and a small table, is the spot to catch some wind in your hair when underway.
The Sport Boat model doesn’t have foredeck seating, but instead has an L-shaped settee with table under the hard top where guests can relax and chat with those occupying the twin helm seats. Additionally, the Sport Boat has more cockpit area than the Center Cabin. Belowdecks, a stateroom aft and the V-shaped settee with table forward that converts into a berth would share the head that’s amidships and to starboard. Her galley is opposite the head.
Hinckley says its first boat from this range will be launched this coming July. Learn more about each model here.
LOA: 42’ 7”
Beam: 12’ 5”
Draft: 3’ 1”
Displ.: (Center Cabin) 19,000 lbs., (Sport Boat) 20,000 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 450 gal
Water Capacity: 50 gal
Top Speed: (Center Cabin) 47 knots, (Sport Boat) 45 knots
Optional Power: 54 knots