Best Of The Best 2006: Easy Rider

<< Back to Robb Report, June 2006
  • Marilyn M. Mower

In 1994, Hinckley gave aging sailboat customers a gracious way out of the cockpit when it introduced its Picnic Boat. Now America’s most venerated name in production sailboats may en­tice them back—and perhaps also lure a new generation to the pastime—by presenting a vessel that eliminates the inconveniences from sailing. The Hinckley DS42, a marvelous day sailer designed by classics master Bruce King that starts at about $700,000, can be sailed by one person while six or eight friends relax in the spacious cockpit. Departing a dock or a mooring is a snap when using the boat’s single-lever joystick, which controls a quiet electric engine powered by a dozen 12-volt batteries and a smooth-purring 4.5-kilowatt generator. Hydraulics control the lifting keel, mainsheet, halyards, and jib furler, and the carbon/Kevlar hull sails joyfully, even in light air.

Hinckley
866.446.2553
www.hinckleyyachts.com

From Around the Web...
Riva and Fiat team up to create a car that’s a pleasure cruise to drive…
Damen Yacht Support will showcase their newest support vessel at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show…
Whether in search of fine wines or architectural masterpieces, these two cruises have you covered…
The Shaddai concept features an owner’s suite cantilevered 125 feet above the aft deck…
Admiral announces the silent new 164-foot superyacht Ouranos…
Gulfstream is making stops around the country this summer to show off a full-scale G600 cabin…
©ACEA 2016/Photo by Ricardo Pinto
Fukuoka, Japan, will host Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series…
From French Polynesia to Antarctica, here are some unique destinations to cruise this summer…
Jeff Brown
Coral Ocean is a prime example of how elegance never grows old…
The 55-foot boat’s seating, materials, and layout are all fair game for customization…