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CAPER is a lovely little Hinckley Pilot, built at the Hinckley Boatyard in 1966. She’s been professionally maintained since her christening, and is in Bristol condition now, with recent brightwork and a good bottom cleaning. This is a boat we know personally at YotLot and have coveted her for years. Her owner is an experienced and knowledgeable skipper who has babied her throughout and provided everything she’s needed.

She’s an excellent sailer in ready to go condition. She’s been kept almost completely original, with the exception of a propane conversion on the galley stove, and needs nothing – though she’s an ideal platform for a fastidious restoration to like new condition, if that’s your thing.

CAPER’s decks and coach roof are not cored; but are instead rock-solid fiberglass. She’ll never have deck rot, a very serious consideration in older boats.

The Hinckley Pilot is, of course, a true sailing classic with an impressive pedigree. CAPER embodies all that has made this model so celebrated.

“Sparkman & Stephens unveiled the design for the first Pilot class in Yachting’s October 1945 issue.  Aage Neilson, a freelance designer working with S&S at the time, drew the first Pilot class lines. In 1955 Hinckley purchased the design and created what was known as the “New Pilot” and “the ultimate in combining livability, seaworthiness and speed”. Constructed in wood, eight boats following these lines came off the production line, only one a yawl.  Hinckley wanted to build the boat for the “out-and-out cruising man and long distant racer”.

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A rarity among Pilot’s, CAPER comes equipped with a nifty little wood-burning stove that extends the cruising season. Her 7 seven sails are all in good condition, and while she was converted to tiller steering a while back (a great choice on a Pilot) she does come with her original wheel, Edson pedestal, binnacle and compass. Converting back to wheel steering would not be a major undertaking, but her owner encourages you to sail under tiller first as it is “very rewarding”. See full listing for everything included.

If a classic Hinckley is your thing, and we know it is, then CAPER is an excellent candidate. Listed for a very attractive $59,750 in Austin, Texas.

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