Hinckley To Offer IPS Option On Its Talaria 48 and Picnic Boat.
The all-jet company now offers boaters a choice- shallower, sportier jets or Volvo’s popular pod drive system .
July 1st marks the start of a new model year and Hinckley is making news with its existing product line for 2014. “We felt strongly that it was time to offer boaters the option of choosing which system works best for their style of boating,” said Hinckley president and CEO Jim McManus, “the jets will remain our standard, but optionally IPS is now offered on the Talaria 48 and Picnic Boat, and will be offered on future models.”
Hinckley has installed jets on all its powerboats for nearly 20 years. Combined with the shoal draft capabilities of the jetboats, the unfoulable nature of their appendage-free bottom and the high reliability of a system comprising just six moving parts have proven a hugely successful formula for the company’s line of 29 to 55 foot boats. Boaters over the years also gravitated to Hinckley’s proprietary JetStick, now in its second generation, which made the boats simple and easy to operate. Over 850 jetboats have been launched by Hinckley. “Our core values include building the best boats and providing the best ownership experience. For some, the best ownership experience will include IPS. The forward-facing props bite into clean, undisturbed water to provide different ride characteristics. They track well, handle well around the dock, and save the boater a bit of money at purchase,” said McManus.
Hinckley has selected the IPS 450 system as the optional drive for the Picnic Boat which is expected to deliver a 33 knot cruise and 37 knot top end. The IPS pods will add about a foot of draft to the boat’s standard 25 inch draft. The standard, jet propelled Picnic Boat will now be powered with Yanmar 8LV-370hp twins. Cruising speed with that power is expected to be 32 knots with a top end speed of 34. Also for 2014, two trim packages will be available on the Picnic Boat. A sportier version, akin to the company’s successful Hinckley T34 launched last year, is now available.
The 2014 Talaria 48 jetboat pairs the Hamilton HJ 364s to twin Volvo 725 hp engines to give the boat even more power in a lighter package. The IPS 800 has been selected for the Talaria 48 as the pod option and its cruise is expected to be 33 with a top of 35 knots. The boat achieves the same speed with IPS as with jets, but it does so with less horsepower.
“Standby,” McManus promises, “we’ll have more news to come before the fall boat show season gets underway.”
For complete details contact a Hinckley sales office here