2000 Hinckley Sou'wester 70

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The Hinckley 70, the largest boat in the Hinckley line, bucks most contemporary yacht design trends, relying instead on traditional features that include a low freeboard, longish overhangs, an attractive transom stern, and lots of woodwork. The boat comes in four deck plan configurations: stern or center cockpit, and stern or center cockpit with deckhouse. Visibility is good with all of these arrangements. A choice of rig is offered as well: either the standard cutter, or a ketch with a slightly larger sail plan. The interior is spacious and comfortable bearing a close resemblance to classic wooden yachts that are no doubt designer Bruce King's inspiration. Cabin arrangements can suit up to three double cabins plus crew quarters. THE HINCKLEY COMPANY It has been more than sixty years since Henry Hinckley established a small boat building yard in Southwest Harbor, Maine. In the early years, the company developed a reputation for craftsmanship in the construction of fine wooden yachts, both power and sail. By the end of the 1950's the Hinckley yard had become this country's largest producer of wooden sailing auxiliaries. With the introduction of fiberglass as a boat building material in the late fifties, dozens of new companies were established across the country that employed assembly line techniques to produce hundreds of inexpensive fiberglass boats, generally free of quaky detail and woodwork. Having pioneered the use of fiberglass through experiments in the mid-fifties, the Hinckley Company launched the first Bermuda 40 in 1960. But there was an obvious difference, one that would shape Hinckley's future over the next three decades. Intent on preserving the craftsmanship and integrity with which its name had become synonymous, Hinckley chose to blend its expertise in wood joinery with the new fiberglass technology. The result was a rejection of assembly line methods in favor of an individualized approach to the construction of comfortable and capable sailing yachts. Today, Hinckley's philosophy remains unchanged. In 1990, after extensive study, Hinckley became the first American builder to convert entirely to Kevlar - E-glass hybrid composites in all hulls. In 1991, Hinckley engineered the world's first stoway spars in carbon fiber. In 1993 they adopted the SCRIMP process. This process allows the outer skin, core, and inner skins to be hand tailored as dry pieces in the mold. The entire laminate is then vacuum bagged in a single step and the resin is injected under pressure. The use of this advanced technique and materials results in an improved working environment, a stronger boat, and reduces the possibility of voids or delamination. When combined with the fine woods and noble metals which have always given Hinckley boats their distinct character, the result is a modern, high performance sailboat for those who appreciate fit, finish, and attention to detail: a personal yacht with historically unmatched value retention supported by a company committed to its boats and owners.
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