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Hinckley Bermuda 40 for sale

A 1975 Hinckley Bermuda 40

SERENITY is a spectacular example of one of Hinckley’s most beloved models, the William Tripp designed Bermuda 40. She has been professionally maintained to a high standard for decades.  Recent work includes new brightwork in Bristol condition, and her hull was Awl-gripped in 2011, when the boom was redone as well.

Her sails remain in very good condition and the sellers state that she needs nothing other than a seasonal bottom coat and basic recommissioning.

After the war, Hinckley began experimenting with fiberglass as a potential boatbuilding material, though, true to his conservative Maine heritage, he didn’t rush into it. The Hinckley Bermuda 40, introduced in 1959 and still in production today, was a watershed for the company.
According to company notes on the B 40, “The firm had built a wooden 38-foot yawl in 1959 and had called her a Sou’wester Sr. It was Henry’s plan to sail the boat hard the coming summer and if she proved her worth, he would use her as a plug from which to build the mold for the first fiberglass Hinckleys. But this was never to occur.”
At the 1959 New York Boat Show, Hinckley was approached by a consortium of eight men, who had commissioned Bill Tripp to modify the Block Island 40 for them. The group’s front man, Gilbert Cigal, persuaded Hinckley to build the boats. The decision to abandon the Sou’wester Sr. was difficult, but from a business point of view, it made more sense to invest in tooling for boats already sold.

Practical Sailor

The Bermuda 40’s are centerboarders, which make them so appealing for so many that sail shallow waters. Though not terribly beamy by today’s standards, the B 40’s 11′ 9″ beam is substantial. If you can’t get stability through ballast located deep (remember, the design parameter was for a shoal draft boat; and, fin keel boats weren’t considered suitable in 1960 for offshore work), you must get it from what is called “form stability,” that is, the shape and dimensions of the hull. Similarly, the interior would not be considered very spacious by today’s standards, but in 1960 it had the room of a wooden 50-footer.

SERENITY is well-equipped with a diesel cabin heater, new Seafrost refrigeration, a Garmin 4208 chartplotter, Furuno Radar, and recent sound system. She is listed by Hinckley for $122,500 in Harborside, Maine.

Y7 Tripp 70 – Yachtbau

This particular Y7 Tripp 70 from Michael Schmidt Yachtbau is even more special than the already amazing Y70s, designed by the great American naval architect, Bill Tripp. With an interior designed by Norm Architects in Copenhagen, this Y70 is stunning in its understated aesthetic. Both exclusive in feel, and inviting in its warmth, they’ve achieved a level of interior sophistication not often seen within the restrictive criteria that a boat naturally commands.

With natural materials and matte finishes, extraordinary craftsmanship and a special attention paid to lighting, the living areas are zen-like respites.

The Y70s are carbon fiber in their construction, and like many other fast, modern cruising yachts they have a wide, triangular stern with twin rudders. To compensate for this configuration in terms of manueverability under power, the boat is equipped with two 75hp Volvo Pentas, providing direct flow over each rudder.

Michael Schmidt Yachtbau, interior by Norm Architects

Despite the race ready appearance of the hull, the design program called for a yacht that can easily be sailed by a shorthanded crew or family. So the yacht has a self-tacking jib. The draft of the yacht with the fixed keel 3.30 meters. But you can order it with a lifting keel to reduce the draft to 1.90 meters. In the sailing mode, the keel bomb hangs in 3.60 meters. There is also a performance keel with a lower center of gravity should your focus be on speed.

We’re excited to see the results of a collaboration such as this, and hope to see more naval architects and builders bring in leading interior architects from land-based architecture into the fold. The results are inspiring.

A Mercer 44, in Virginia

Her racing pedigree is as impressive as her design reviews, having raced in the Southern Ocean Racing Conference from 1962 to 1965, including winning the Lipton Cup crown and the Turkey Shoot Regatta. Spirit and her sister ships are renowned world cruisers, as well. She’s made several trips to the Caribbean, Maine and the Bahamas, as well as a trek through the Panama Canal to Tahiti and back to the Seattle area. 
She’s listed for $120K USD in Virginia.

Dancer, a 1965 A&R Aluminum Cutter

Well, this one’s special. A 1965 Bill Tripp designed aluminum cutter built by the famed Abeking & Rasmussen. She was designed as a CCA ocean racer and is a sister to Ondine II, one of the most famous ocean racers ever. These designs have proven over time to be some of the the most capable and comfortable yachts for ocean cruising. Dancer is long enough to comfortably knock off 200 mile days, but designed and modified for one person on watch to handle. Combined with a strong aluminum hull and top quality sail handling gear she should bring great peace of mind when you are thousands of miles from port. The mechanical systems are simple, high quality and redundant. She has clearly been well-maintained her whole life and a recent refit has just been wrapped.

A&R’s founder, Henry Rasmussen, known as Jimmy, was born in Denmark in 1877. A talented child of a boat-building family, he pursued his vocation in Bremen, which was a shipbuilding hub at the time. In 1892, the young engineer was taken on by the famous Vulkan shipyard.  In 1907, he launched the Abeking & Rasmussen yacht and boatyard in Vegesack-Lemwerder, close to Bremen. Although the company mainly focused on legendary sailing boats at the outset, it shifted towards motor yachts in the 1970s. Today, the shipyard is building a diverse range of customized yachts up to 100 metres, which continue to enthral customers and set new benchmarks.

A Bermuda B40 in Miami

Barbara R is one of the last great “Bermuda” B40’s MKIII’s built. She is being sold by her second owner, and has been meticulously maintained and upgraded throughout her forty years.

The Hinckley Bermuda 40 MK III with their classic long overhangs, perfectly pitched sheer lines, wide side-decks, graceful cabin profiles, and distinctive near-vertical transoms, have inspired outright lust in the hearts of sailors worldwide.

Designed by Bill Tripp, Jr., and constructed by Hinckley, Barbara R features the outstanding finish quality and superb joinery work typical in these yachts. Having undergone a significant refit in 2015, she’s ready to voyage, with a new Yanmar 53hp engine, new regrigeration, AC and heat, electrical, and standing and running rigging. In fact, the list goes on…