MOMENTUM, a head-turner in any port, is the best and most versatile Hinckley Sou’wester 51 around. She was originally built by a knowledgeable yachtsman as his second build with the Hinckley Company. The design brief was for a performance sailing yacht that could compete successfully, and yet be easily cruised by the owner singlehanded or with relatively inexperienced guests in comfort and safety. By all accounts both goals were reached with great success. MOMENTUM has been lovingly cared for and is highly updated throughout. She sports fresh Awlgrip (2016), rebuilt engine and generator (2015), newer electronics, new North 3Dimainsail etc. She is fully ready to cruise or race, just having successfully competed in the Marion to Bermuda Race, placing 2nd in class. Just back in RI with recent maintenance and new varnish, she’s never looked better as she now cruises the Chesapeake.
HULL and DECK
- Dark Green Awlgrip topsides – by Hinckley Yacht Services, Southwest Harbor, ME (2016)
- All exterior varnish stripped and renewed with eight (8) coats (2016)
- White deck and house with molded-in nonskid
- Gold leaf cove stripe
- Double white boot stripe
- Black bottom
Hand-laid hybrid Kevlar/fiberglass hull, cored with Airex for additional strength per weight, reinforced with longitudinal stringers and additional gridwork in high-stress areas. The deck is built of a custom Kevlar S-glass, cored with variable-density Klegecell for exceptional strength as required by engineering specifications. The deck is set into a 6” flange in the hull and glassed and bolted into place.
During construction, strength was optimized and weight was absolutely minimized in all construction aspects of the yacht, in an effort to enhance overall performance. For example:
- All interior overheads are of Formica laminated to high-density Klegecell foam to reduce weight above the waterline
- Custom HRH stem iron welded rather than cast (saves nearly 30 lbs. at the bow)
- Custom Kevlar fabrication of lightweight foredeck locker
- Shelves in lazarette and sail locker of honeycomb plywood
- Scott flush-closing thru-hull fittings for reduced drag
- Custom low toe rails
In addition, for serious racing, the following can be easily removed/ reinstalled for conversion from cruising to racing:
- All Plexiglass shower doors
- Removable electric winch motors
- Removable autopilot
- Removable windlass and motor
- Removable stainless steel anchor roller
- Racing “Tuff Luff” foil with separate rod headstay
- Offshore covers protect all upholstery and cabin sole
The previous owner made significant improvements in 2005, with a change to a moderate draft (7’-6”) custom keel designed by Jim Taylor and an elliptical high-aspect rudder (JP3 rudder bearing, full service in 2016) with all new bearings.
Sleeps four in two private ensuite cabins, plus two comfortably in the main salon. The interior is beautifully finished in bright high-gloss American cherry, with many customized details not found on any other Hinckley. All cabin soles are solid teak and holly, finished with high-gloss varnish (re-varnished 2016). There is tasteful upholstery throughout, with an assortment of throw pillows, and curtains with customized valances.
The Owner’s Cabin is forward and features a generous V-berth that converts to a double berth. There is an upholstered seat between the berths, a large cedar-lined hanging locker to starboard, eight drawers and numerous other storage lockers. A large opening hatch and portlight provide great light and ventilation.
The ensuite Master Head features a white countertop with a custom-painted sink. There is a Vacu-flush toilet with Y-valve, for discharge directly overboard or to a holding tank. Separate shower stall with teak seat and Plexiglass door, plus several lockers for linens and towels.
The Main Salon is a focal point of this yacht with its gleaming cherry joinerwork and full-beam layout.
To port is a U-shaped Dinette centered around a custom teak dining table (fitted custom cover, 2018) with holly inlays and molded, rounded fiddles. One highlight is a Tiffany crystal sail sculpture in a suede-lined alcove. The center settee is extra wide for comfortable lounging and social connection to both sides of the salon. Second set of Ultraleather cushions and mast wrap throughout main salon (2016).
To starboard is a full-length settee with numerous lockers, including an entertainment center for stereo and CD storage.
A full-function Navigation Station is aft of the starboard main salon and forward of the galley, featuring an oversized chart table and comfortable seat with removable backrest. All navigational instruments and electrical panels are within easy reach.
The functional U-shaped Galley is aft and to starboard, adjacent to the main companionway, with generous counter space and abundant locker space.
Main features are:
- Force 10 3-burner propane stove with oven and broiler
- Microwave oven in locker
- Grunert AR-50 DC refrigeration with separate freezer and refrigerator compartments (rebuilt, 2018)
- Single deep designer sink with retractable faucet
- Separate faucet for filtered water
- Custom retractable cover for stove
- Knife rack with knife set
- Storage bins below cabin sole
The private Guest Cabin is located opposite the galley, aft and to port of the companionway. There is a V-berth with filler cushion that converts to a large double. There is a bureau with three drawers, plus four additional drawers, a cedar-lined hanging locker and numerous other storage lockers.
The Guest Head can be accessed from either the main cabin or privately from the guest cabin. There are white countertops, a custom painted sink and lots of storage space. There is a Vacu-flush toilet, with Y-valve for discharge directly overboard or to a holding tank. A shower stall is separated by a bi-fold Plexiglass door. Portlight and opening hatch provide ventilation.
SAILS and RIGGING
Custom triple spreader competition spar – planed top sections by Hall Spars and assembled by Hinckley.
Spar and running rigging engineered to be modified from state-of-the-art racing to a conservative cruising spar
- D2 Navtec rod rigging and spreader cups (2016)
- Leisure Furl boom (new Awlgrip, 2018) with electric halyard/furling winch
- Harken Mk I/Series 3 genoa furler (drum, 2016)
- Forte carbon fiber bowsprit with custom welded and polished stainless steel mount (2016)
- Navtec rod rigging
- LED masthead tricolor light (2016)
- Navtec hydraulic backstay and boom vang with stainless control panel in cockpit (rebuilt, 2017). Navtec boom vang resealed (July, 2019)
- Complete spinnaker gear, including a carbon fiber spinnaker pole – painted white to match the spars
- New Spectra running rigging (2019)
Deck layout is well-laid-out for cruising or racing:
- Adjustable jib leads with Harken track inboard, plus staysail tracks forward and outboard tracks on toe rail
- Topping lift/ staysail halyard
- Control lines, including the main halyard and main furling line, are led to the cockpit
- Spectra main halyard, starboard and port genoa halyards (2016)
- Spectra boom preventers
- Custom mast-mounted Lewmar spinlocks minimize the need for extra halyard winches
Cut down cockpit coaming for wider, more comfortable helm seating. Custom oversized steering wheel has a teak rim with holly inlay.
- Lewmar #600 large drum primaries
- Lewmar #65 ST electric secondaries also used for genoa when cruising (2016)
- Lewmar #50 ST electric main halyard/furling line at companionway (new motor, 2018)
- Lewmar #50 ST mainsheet winch at companionway
- (4) Lewmar #48 ST halyard winches on trunk cabin
- North 3Di full-batten main sail (2019)
- North Marathon 3DL 600 full-batten main sail (2014)
- Quantum full-batten performance cruising main for Leisure Furl (2007 – hardly used)
- North Marathon Kevlar 3DL 600 #2 genoa (2017)
- North Marathon 3DL 600 #2 headsail (2013)
- North Spectra staysail (2018)
- North carbon fiber jib topsail
- North Kevlar #3 hi clew
- North storm trysail (unused)
- North storm jib (unused)
- North A3 spinnaker
- North A2 cruising spinnaker with sock
- North S2 spinnaker with sock
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.