Seventeen years ago I met a man by the name of Bob Hinckley who had a passion for quality, reliability and strength. He took me out for a spin on his first-class, innovative and personally-designed Hinckley Picnic Boat and, I have to say, I was hooked. The grace and the style just seemed to work perfectly together and, despite falling in love on the spot, it took me several years to buy one. I always kept the beautifully-crafted Picnic Boat at the forefront of my mind and when it came to buying a sidekick for Starfire, I knew I would turn to Hinckley.
Tenders that you tow across the open waters need to be picked with care and precision; you need something solid and hardy at heart but something simply beautiful on the outside. Tenders take a beating when it comes to their life at sea; they cross many miles and they suffer as much salty spray, weather wear-and-tear and caked-on salt as the yacht, only the tender doesn’t get hosed down and given as much TLC as the superyacht when in tow. I knew that the Hinckley tender could hold its own out there and keep on going with pace and perfection no matter what.
For the guests, the Hinckley tender is the perfect companion. This fabulous little boat is the ultimate pleasure craft and delivers comfort, flexibility for exploring the coastal fringes, shallow draft (18 inches) and a powered jet that blows the sand away in shallow waters so when we pull up on the beach our guests can hop in and out without barely getting their feet wet. No matter what the weather, the innovative design of the Hinckley allows guests to rest easy and in comfort on deck when the sun is shining, and when the wind picks up or the heavens open the cabin provides the best refuge.
Loving the Hinckley tender is easy; the spacious setting is brilliant for guests, boarding can be done in sheer style and this little gem never fails to let me down on open waters. I would say the Hinckley tender has slight room for improvement when it comes to the deck down below; personally I would remove the V-berth and redesign with limo-style seating for added comfort and class.
For the reliability, the comfort, the style and the ease it brings to superyacht chartering, I cannot help but adore the rugged and handsome Hinckley Picnic Boat tender.
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