Reviewed: Hinckley Sport Boat 40x

We give the 46-knot-plus Hinckley Sport Boat 40x a wringout off Sag Harbor, New York.

Hinckley’s Sport Boat 40x
A standard, power SureShade awning protects most of the cockpit from the sun.Courtesy Hinckley Sport Boats

There is the straight sheer line. A raised trunk cabin with oval ports. And the gently cambered hardtop. These ingredients help create the ageless lines of the Hinckley Sport Boat 40x: a positive attribute when thinking about the yacht’s long-term value. However, this vessel is also packed with modern features, starting with what lies beneath her profile.

The hull is carbon fiber (inner layer) and Kevlar (outer layer) with Corecell foam coring, all infused with epoxy via the Seemann Composite Resin Infusion Molding Process. The relatively lightweight hull—20,000 pounds with full fuel, half water and four people—is then post-cured to further enhance strength. Hinckley guarantees its hulls for life for the yacht’s original owner.

Hinckley’s Sport Boat 40x
Hinckley placed ­aft-facing cockpit seats to port and ­starboard. The footrests lift with the flip of a switch for some downtime with a book or a nap under the awning.Courtesy Hinckley Sport Boats

The Taylor Made windshield is a single pane that wraps around the 40x’s bridge deck like sunglasses. There’s no warping or distorted views—even down low in the corners—a helpful characteristic for the skipper when making hard-over turns. Side windows slide open, creating a cross breeze when desired, and two hatches over the bridge deck lift to increase airflow even more. A power-hatch option allows them to dog down automatically.

Belowdecks, flip a switch on the satin-finish cherry bulkhead, and the forepeak master berth opens like scissors, forming two bench seats. A teak table rises from the below, converting the sleeping space into a dining area for four or more people.

Hinckley’s Sport Boat 40x
1,275 Horsepower. That’s the total muscle with three optional Yamahas on the 40x. Standard engines are triple 300 hp Mercury Verados. Options from Mercury and Seven Marine are available too.Courtesy Hinckley Sport Boats

A second berth amidships faces athwartships and is the spot for the kids to sleep during weekend getaways with the family. Everyone shares a single head with a shower to starboard, between the two berths.

These and other contemporary design touches give the 40x a cool factor, but the Ray Hunt-designed, deep-V hull form matched to triple (and optional) 425 hp Yamaha outboards is what gives this cruiser a notable “wow” factor. During sea trials on the waters off Sag Harbor, New York, the 40x made an average top hop of 46.5 knots at 6,000 rpm. At this speed, the engines consume 108 gallons per hour. Considering a 10 percent reserve on the yacht’s 450-gallon fuel tank, range is about 174 nautical miles at her top speed. Dial those engines back to 4,500 rpm, and fuel burn drops to 56 gph while cruise speed is 34.8 knots. At cruise, the 40x’s range increases to around 251 nm. At 4,000 rpm and 30 knots, fuel burn is 44 gph and range ticks up to 276 nm.

Hinckley’s Sport Boat 40x
Hinckley Sport Boat 40x owners get a four-button key fob that comes programmed to manage courtesy lights, the shore-power cord and house batteries. Owners can choose to add CZone vessel monitoring or control functions to their fob as well.Courtesy Hinckley Sport Boats

Classic style cues. Modern build techniques. High performance. These three attributes sum up the impressive whole that is the Hinckley Sport Boat 40x.

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