Hinckley Yacht Services

The decline of Hinckley. Putting lives at risk.

Critical safety issues ignored or created by Hinckley Yacht Services can kill you

Hinckley Sou’wester 53, Hinckley Runabout, Silentjet, Hinckley Bermuda 50, The Hinckley Way, Hinckley Bermuda 40, Ship wreckHinckley Yacht Services, a manufacturer and craftsman of luxury sail and powerboats, is a poor imitation of the once famous brand.

Founded in 1928, and sold by Henry Hinckley in 1979, then resold in 1982, 1997,  2001 and 2011.

Hinckley quality: a historical memory.

Hinckley Yacht is becoming an empty name– a devastating transformation that compromises the very viability of an organization. Quality has slipped.  

Hinckley Yacht Service’s poor workmanship threatens one with an increased risk of fire, explosion, electrocution, injury, loss of life, loss of boat.

Hinckley Yachts, Silent jet, Picnic Boat, Talaria, Talaria 43, Talaria 58, Talaria 48 MKII, Hinckley 35, Hinckley Sport Boats, Hinckley Sou’wester 53, Hinckley Runabout, Silentjet, Hinckley Bermuda 50, The Hinckley Way, Hinckley Bermuda 40The craftsman have fled where quality is valued. Private equity is about money; separating you from your money in particular. Emphasis on craftsmanship, left the building five companies ago.

You deserve better than Hinckley. 

Instead of peace of mind and security, Hinckley Yacht Services offer ways to die in ways that were preventable. 

This is an honest announcement by Classic Sailboats Ltd., based on real Hinckley scandals, professional Marine surveys, advanced analysis and reviews and our misfortune of having to deal with such an arrogant and incompetent group of people.

Scroll below and see why selecting Hinckley Yacht Services could be a fatal decision.

Portsmouth, Rhode Island: Two large Hinckley sailboats go up in flames

The Portsmouth Fire Department confirmed that they had to battle a large blaze that started at Hinckley Yachts located in a Portsmouth marina in December 2021. A large boat caught fire, sending up a huge plume of black smoke that could be seen from miles away.

Multiple OSHA violations suggest a company cutting corners. Not taking precautions with flammable vapors present, an excess of combustible materials and did not provide a comprehensive and understandable respiratory protection training.  Training was lacking for the care of hazardous chemicals, WPRI 12 reported. 

A fire broke out at Hinckley Yachts in Portsmount, Rode Island, on Friday morning. Credit: WPRI, William Reed

Massive boat fire at Hinckley Yachts in Portsmouth, Rode Island. Credit: Middletown Firefighters

Stamford Harbor: Three boats catch fire

A boat fire at the gas dock at Hinckley boat yard, 2 Selleck St., was reported in October 2020. The boat’s fuel tank ruptured, starting a floating fuel fire near the southern section of the dock at Harbor Point. 

Fire officials say a boat that caught on fire at the Hinckley Boat Yard in Stamford spread to a dock, three more boats and a Tiki bar Saturday.

Flames consuming boats, a tiki bar and a dock in Stamford Saturday afternoon. Credit: Peter Adler

Stamford Harbor: brand new Hinckley Talaria 34. Fire destroys $600,000 yacht

The brand new Hinckley Talaria 34 was in the middle of three days of sea trials when it was destroyed in a fire… now under investigation.

Sam Chisholm, chief of the Southwest Harbor Fire Department, told the news provider that the marina fire was so ferocious that all his men could do was contain it, despite using 4,000 gallons of water and foam during their 90 minutes on the scene.

“We never really knocked it down. We contained it. [The boat] was gone before we got there. Fiberglass just doesn’t go out, especially when there’s fuel involved,” he said.

Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze in a boat tied up at Dysart’s Marina in Southwest Harbor Monday evening. Credit: Mark Good

Crews raised the Hinckley picnic boat on Tuesday. Credit: Edna Martin

Protests tarnish 2022 Hinckley boat show in St. Michael's, Maryland. Hinckley Yacht services employees forced to defend declining reputation





Public protests. The soul of Henry R. Hinckley sleeps uneasily these times, as poor quality tarnishes his once sterling reputation. 

Hinckley Yacht Service employees were forced to defend poor workmanship at the Hinckley Boat Show in St. Michael’s, Maryland.

Prospective Hinckley owners were treated to protest signs.

Water Bottle Protest

Annapolis Boat Show 2022

Hinckley Boat Protest 2022, Annapolis Maryland
Allison talking about declining Hinckley quality
Hinckley protestors, Annapolis boat show 2022
Reminding visitors they needed more than this water bottle for a fire extinguisher

4000 bottles 16.9 ounce limited edition Hinckley bottles were ordered in 6 original designs, to raise awareness about the decline of Hinckley Yacht Services. 

Why Hinckley Yacht Service is a cancer for classic boat owners ?

  • Does not have a facility with the right trades and good understanding of both classic yachts and of yacht racing in the 21st century
  • Does not have a team that has passion for restoration of classic yachts that is on par with that of the owner
  • Does not have project management dedicated to and capable of making decisions across the entire breath of the refit that are thoughtful, consistent and compatible with achieving a satisfactory result on a reasonable schedule and budget.

Hinckley Yacht Services: A failure of trust and skill

The craftsman’s have left.  Focused on accounting, the quality of work is life threatening.  Project management is incapable of making decisions. Their approach is inconsistent, neglected, and incompatible with achieving a satisfactory result on a reasonable schedule and budget.

Preventing problems is easier than coping with a 0300 AM catastrophe “.  “It’s much easier to discover and remedy problems in the boatyard than while at sea.  Before every voyage is another chance to prevent potential trouble…Things can go from an easy to fix scenario to an abandon ship crisis in surprisingly short period time.

An independent analysis of work done by Hinckely Easton , “Some work has been done across most departments: propulsion, energy storage, charging, instrumentation, domestic, galley and head. However, this work appears to have been done without a plan … The work that has been performed is not to a standard that’s compatible with performance sailing”

The most dishonest builder/chain of boatyards in the USA ?

Hinckley Yacht Services may be the most dishonest boat yard chain of  in the USA.

Hinckley Yacht Service advised the entire galley of a Hinckley Bermuda 40 needed to be replaced because it was “rotten” when the only thing rotten was Hinckley Yacht Service’s ethics. 

An independent specialist flown in from a famous New England boatyard, found no wood rot. 

How can a boat maker renowned for woodwork not recognize normal wood, or is defrauding the customer,  the company policy ?

Focusing on short-term results, and profits and not investing in new markets, equipment, tools, in their people, and new talent – this is how you lose the critical elements for future success.

How can Hinckley hope to compete against  honest craftsman and superior technologies. 

Hinckley Yacht Services: Incompetence of repair work

70 critically important safety issues involving failures on one boat !!!!!

Hinckley Yacht Services is unable to prepare, the boat that made them famous, a Hinckley Bermuda 40 for ocean racing.  

Independent experts counted over 70 problems that Hinckley Yacht Service caused or ignored. The boat is unsafe to tie up to the dock.


Critical safety items, that pose a direct risk of fire, explosion, electrocution, injury, or loss of life.


Important safety issues that may compromise safe operation, the vessel may lose power, lose control or flood as a result of this problem.


Not immediately serious, that may lead to substantial failures and/or repair costs in the future.

If there is no plan ? How are decisions being made ?

Ignored written requests for correction

Hinckley Yacht Services tarnishes a legend.
"the Hinckley Death Ship"

The Bermuda 40 was Hinckley’s first fiberglass boat. “According to Jack Horner of spinsheet.com “the B-40 was to become the bellwether for future production and established Hinckley as the premier North American Yacht builder of exceptional quality sailing yachts”. Hinckley manufactured 203 Bermuda 40’s over forty years.

How the mighty have fallen. The boat’s nickname is “The Hinckley death ship”. Independent analysis of Hinckley Yacht Services repairs exposed 53 critical and important safety items, that posed a direct risk of fire, explosion, electrocution, injury, or loss of life, loss of boat.

Engine: Fraudulent examination followed by incompetent repairs

Against industry practices and based on zero scientific studies and without bothering to fully exam the engine Hinckley Yacht Services suggested the engine needed $ 36, 212 in repairs.

Adding insult to injury, Hinckley Yacht Services fraudulently billed for scientific tests for engine evaluation; they just did not perform them.  

After formally requesting to have the engine examined and serviced by a qualified Westerbeke mechanic, only to learn of Dan, the Hinckley Yacht Services manager, brag about how utterly ridiculous their engine evaluation was to an independent surveyor.  They ran the engine for a few seconds, that was the exam.  When you plan is to just rip off the customer, what is the point of tests.

A scoop hull strainer is installed on the main engine intake. This will drive water into the engine’s exhaust system, and potentially into the engine while under sail. Stainless steel fasteners have been used for this and the round strainer on the Starboard side, these will crevice corrode
Motor mounts are over-extended. This could lead to their failure. "Motor mounts absorbs vibration and torque...Commonly, the cause of motor failure is related to installation". Hinckley Yacht Services does not understand engines.
• Vented loop, Starboard forward sail locker, outboard, this will not be far enough above the waterline to operate properly when heeling to stbd. Ideally, this should be on the centerline.
Jacketed exhaust riser is leaking at the aft end. The exhaust system in the lazarette, is secured using a Spanish windlass. This is a jury rig and unreliable, it is placing stress on the system.

Exhaust System:Burn/Fire Hazard.

Neglecting the vitals of the boat to bill on the easy and expensive.  

Independent surveyor:  The exhaust system is rigidly attached to the engine, while the engine is flexibly mounted. The non-jacketed interface at the exhaust manifold lacks insulation, this is a burn/fire hazard. The exhaust system is jacketed, should the inner jacket leak, seawater will infiltrate the engine’s cylinders. 

This system should have been modernized using a dry riser and water lift muffler. 

In the lazarette, hose clamps used for the exhaust system are corroded, hose used is not rated for exhaust raw water use
• In the lazarette, hose clamps used for the exhaust system are corroded, hose used is not rated for exhaust raw water use
• Insufficient S bend will cause engine to flood requiring emergency repairs.

Waiting for the masts to fall in the ocean: Just how bad is Hinckley Yacht Service ?

Most catastrophic failures can be prevented. A well-maintained sailboat shouldn’t experience a broken mast except in particularly harsh conditions,  or when rigging is defective.

Sailing doesn’t have to be dangerous—in fact, unless your repairman is Hinckley Yacht Services, sailing can be safe and enjoyable.

The yacht’s chainplates are ferrous steel and rusting; these are known to be a weak point of the Hinckley Bermuda 40s of this era. Hinckley Yacht Services ignored specific written requests to address this issue.  Chain plate below deck armature should have been removed, cleaned, dye checked and inspected. 

Rigging is only as strong as it’s weakest link.

This boat was forced to withdraw from the Annapolis Bermuda race due to the low quality of Hinckley Yacht Services work.  A wise choice as tropical Storm Alex, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season hammered the ocean racers.  We knew better than to bet our lives on Hinckley Yacht Services.

Ignoring rust on the chainplates and bolts can suggest deck leaks, loose bolts and nuts causing a water leak and/or, total destruction of the plate itself.
The headstay and backstay are pulling the bow and stern upward, and the conflicting forces on the entire structure are enormous. Ignoring obvious problems puts your life at risk.
For safety and peace of mind, sailboat chainplates require attention and possibly upgrading.
There is no isolation between the back of the AC and DC panels.

Electrical fires or failure? Simply a question of when.

Throughout the yacht, DC wiring is oversized and installed in such a manner as to make ongoing maintenance exceedingly difficult.

 Branch circuits appear to have been wired with no overall plan

 No schematic drawings were evident

The Shore power wiring is not installed with main shore power breaker, was not installed with galvanic isolator, AC and DC was not separated on the panel with a nonconductive barrier and there were exposed AC terminal strips. VERY DANGEROUS
Remote oil pressure senders on the main engine are not secure, they will chafe and could fail.

Hinckley Yacht Services: a parody video.

Hinckley Yacht Services: A parody.

Our parody reflects how focusing on profit and neglecting craftsmanship can kill your family.  

Not for those under 18 or for people with a phobia of boats, fires or explosions, history of light sensitivity, seizures or epilepsy.

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Surveyor findings: Problems across all systems. No apparent plan.

Hinckley: a historical footnote ?

Sold, resold, resold, resold, resold.  A name from history is all that remains of Hinckley.  

Get a boat that works!

It is sad when legends fade.   The fifth version of Hinckley is just an oversold name without the former’s skills.

Don’t bet your life afloat on Hinckley Yacht because you or your family may not live to regret it.

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