90 years ago the first Hinckley yachts took to the waters of Southwest Harbor, Maine, quickly gaining a reputation for incredible strength, seaworthiness and – a rarity then as now – exceptional craftsmanship with a simple, elegant beauty that turned heads in every harbor.
By the end of the 1950s, Hinckley was the largest producer of sailing auxiliaries. Unknown to many even now, Hinckley pioneered the use of fiberglass in boat building. We understood its potential in strength and longevity and saw in the lightweight of the composites the opportunity to achieve something remarkable.
Today Hinckley remains at the forefront of integrating the latest technologies. Carbon fiber has now replaced fiberglass. We were one of the first American builders to adopt SCRIMP resin infusion and today we remain a world leader in single bond infusion which allows for a single chemical bond between hull and support structure. With our move to epoxy resin infusion this year, we are now building with a resin material of 40% greater strength and improved environmental benefits. Our time honored and highly protected single bond, vacuum-infusion process chemically bonds carbon and epoxy from bow to stern for incredible strength and durability.
The embrace of technological advancements and our deeply held, time-honored commitment to doing things the right way define what a Hinckley yacht is today.
Hinckley JetStick 4®
Jet propulsion provides unrivaled precision in handling with just the slightest touch. Hinckley JetStick 4® now brings a reimagined helm experience with a fluid, automated interface. Discover the remarkable future of elegant yacht control.
Simple and Sophisticated.
JetStick 4®️ brings redundant reliability and digital processing to a completely reimagined driving experience. Designing for simplicity is never easy but this didn’t stop our team of gifted engineers from creating the easiest control system on the market to operate. Smart Mode Selection®️ automatically selects between helm steering and JetStick modes allowing you to focus on your surroundings and loved ones instead of buttons on a panel. Heading Hold ®️ derives a linear course in a variety of conditions, at any speed while steering sensitivity and tension adjusts seamlessly.
Engage our new Dockhold feature to lock your Hinckley in place while you confidently leave the helm to secure lines on the dock. No need to rely on your guests’ capability or your crew anymore. Improved G-lock will hold your position and heading while you watch the start of that yacht race or watch the sunset with your guests.
The latest HJx technology from Hamilton waterjets means improved top-end performance and even greater maneuverability around the docks. Coupled with the latest refinements in JetStick 4, Hinckley Performance has never felt this Effortless.
Dynamic Steering lets you carve turns with ease. Similar to digital steering on luxury vehicles, a digital helm paired with the optical feedback from the Parker intellinders, allows for automatically adjusting sensitivity and feel based on speed.
For a more relaxed driving experience that allows you to sit back and steer confidently with the JetStick, Heading Hold derives a linear course in a variety of conditions, at any speed. Made possible by Parker intellinders, optical linear position feedback provides reliability, unmatched precision and vessel control.
Geostationary Lock (G-Lock)
With an entirely new hardware and software platform G-lock is the evolution of the original H-lock system. Military grade inertial GPS hardware at the heart of JetStick 3 works with the new Parker intellinders via digital processing to maintain extreme position accuracy. See chart for performance comparison.