“Building a boat is just about as much fun as you can have—it’s about as much fun as running one.” These three time Hinckley owners will take delivery of their Talaria 48 MKII Flybridge this week. Touch of Grey, is an exquisitely appointed yacht and a fine example of what is possible with the team at Hinckley. While each model in this line of motor yachts presents exemplary base specifications from stem to stern, the Hinckley Custom Division provides the opportunity to do something special. The couple worked together with the Hinckley team to customize Touch of Grey to their specifications incorporating custom elements including seating, wrap around flybridge, state room details, Seakeeper, stowable sun pads, storage and finishes.
These owners spent five years researching and planning the purchase of their first yacht. They ultimately settled on Hinckley because of the people and their knowledge base, performance and ease of use. They said, “when you buy a boat, it is a partnership. You need communication and someone who answers the phone – and that’s what you get with Hinckley. Communication and confidence.”
Through three builds with Hinckley, including a Talaria 43, Talaria 43 Flybridge and now a Talaria 48 MKII Flybridge, the owners have learned the possibilities are nearly boundless when thinking about how they spend their time onboard their boat and precious time on the water. “With [the Hinckley Custom Division], there are very few compromises, and you just don’t have those options with many boat manufacturers.”
The couple has enjoyed their experience on their Talaria 43 and Talaria 43 Flybridge, but wanted a little more space and knew the Talaria 48 MKII Flybridge was their next move without hesitation. They were focused on performance, comfort and spaces that were fun to gather with friends. The owners came to the table with a number of ideas, including drawings of their vision for the flybridge where they enjoy relaxing and socializing. “We said hey, this is what we want and the team at Hinckley worked with us, took our ideas and made them a reality… Touch of Grey has the most inviting flybridge I have seen on any boat this size,” they said.
Performance was another key focus when planning for Touch of Grey. “One of the things we really wanted was a Seakeeper—but we wanted to maintain the 32 knot cruising speed we had on our previous boats. We worked with the teams at Hinckley and Seakeeper to develop a plan and we’re cruising at 35 knots on our Talaria 48 MKII.”
When the owners pick up Touch of Grey next week, they are planning to make stops in Newport, RI, Nantucket, MA, then head south toward Hilton Head, SC with plans for time in Florida this winter and the Bahamas in the spring. They put nearly 450 hours on their Talaria 43 Flybridge in one season. The owners said, “if you’re going to run your own boat, you have to have the support behind you… you have a partner in Hinckley and the confidence you need.”
Congratulations to the owners of the most recently splashed Talaria 48 MKII Flybridge! The team at Hinckley looks forward to hearing about their adventures and memories made aboard Touch of Grey.