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Hinckley Bermuda 40
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Description: Hinckley Bermuda 40
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Review Date: Sat November 1, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Originally a yawl, Hinckley converted rig to a sloop, owner added selftending sta'sail. 2 1/2 year upgrade including electrical, plumbing, rigging/sails, ground tackle/handling, engine/exhaust, electronics (Ockam, Micrologic etc.), custom interior. Beautiful classic CCA design, strongly built and sails as good as she looks. Upgrade continues - when asked "When are you going to finish that boat?" the answer is - "I hope never." She is a pleasure to sail and will warm your heart just to look at her. Get an older one and enjoy the refit. The Hinckley Company has been most helpful with no qualms about sharing information and part and product locations as well as offering extremely good advice on what upgrades may or may not work and how to handle perplexing problems.


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Fri May 1, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The robust construction of these boats seems almost indestructible. They are easy to sail, once the sails are all set(any hassles with the rig are pretty much inherent with a yawl rig.) They point better than may be expected (board up) for a centerboard boat, and are quite respectable board down. Though speed is not anywhere near what may be expected with state-of-the-art go-fast boats, they will outsail any of the pure cruising boats built today by a long shot in most winds. Their design and outward appearance make them a classic of classics in their size range. In my twenty-five years of sailing, they are the ulimate boat when considering size, construction, fit and finish, performance and comfort. Other boats may exceed B-40's in one category or another, but none touch them on all counts.
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nhsail
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Registered: August 2000
Posts: 4
Review Date: Mon June 18, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A legendary boat, that sails to her reputation. We have upgraded the electronics, and barrier coated "Lioness" (Hull Gard) after a 3 yr layup due to previous (85 yr old) owner's health.

Easily sailed by one or two, with the yawl rig, she tacks through 80 degrees and is stable at all points of sail, balancing easily with the mizzen.

The low aspect ratio rig allows a lot of sail area vs heeling and is still reasonably weatherly. Board up she draws 4' and the full keel and trailing rudder allow confidence in seakeeping and shallow inlets.

Note that the PHRF is about the same as a J-24, and recognize that you won't be planing with the sprit boats, but rather comfortably and gracefully gliding along, sunlight gleaming on the brightwork.

Inside the joinery is furniture grade, and the fit and finish reflects the pride of craftmanship still in place at South West Harbor.

The Hinckley yard is great to deal with, offers good phone and email support and does equisite work.
You can find 40' boats that are faster, bigger and newer, and if that is what you want then don't buy a B-40. If you treasure a classic that you can cosmetically restore after 40 years, and plan to sail for 30 more then this is your boat.

You buy a boat like this for the same reasons you would buy a 57 T-bird or a 36 Pierce Arrow; the ride and finish are superb, and getting there is not important, the journey is.
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arja
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Registered: August 2000
Posts: 13
Review Date: Mon April 17, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Built to last, more than a quality product, safe and comfortable in any weather. Just make sure you manage the amount of linen up!
Cons: Classic style and design limits space below. But her beauty is eye catching

I have owned my 1967 B-40 Aft Cabin Yawl for 18 years. She is one of five, three cabin B-40s built by Hinckley with V-berth forward, u shaped dinette and head to port (forward to aft), galley and nav station to stbd, and p&s berths in the aft cabin with a dual entry to the port side head. Her companionway now enters the cabin through the cockpit and aft cabin, not through a hatch forward of the dodger. Her yawl rig is a delight in heavy weather going jib and jigger. She will carry a mizzen staysail and asymetrical spinnaker with snuffer which when combined with autopilot and self-tailing winches, permits safe and easy single handing from the spacious and stable cockpit. An electric windless is delightful, and her 21,000 lb strengh offers a level of comfort and security which surpass most boats afloat. Head down below and the fiberglass disappears to teak and woodwork that creates a very comfortable environment. Add to this large cockpit lazarettes, with three lockers aft of the mizzen for lines, life jackets and propane and you have a delightful plaform to safely handle any weather. When maintained and consistently improved, and mine is, she turns heads in any port with her classic lines and styling. Will she get there first with an exhausted crew, no. But she will clearly arrive with a rested crew, protected from the worst the sea and wind can throw at you, safely and comfortably. I have sailed her from Maine to Norfolk, from ghosting to 55 knots in Cape Cod Bay, and not wanted nor lusted for another. It is about the journey and what a B-40 offers that no other can. I enjoy and love sailing her. Catch her sailing Block Island to the islands and west into Long Island Sound, Tokobe.
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mickeyrouse
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Registered: October 2000
Location: Texas
Posts: 12
Review Date: Thu October 26, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: ultomate lines and beauty, ultimate construction, still fast for her age
Cons: Ther are none

We have owned Bluebonnet ten years today, and have cruised in her two years and 30,000 miles. There is no other comparable boat in looks and construction, and despite a 50+ year old design, still sails with the best of today's cruising designs. She is an eye-catcher any where you go, but she is also just about the safest thing you can sail that looks so good. She is being completely re-fit, and I expect her to have another 30-plus years in her.
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nhsail
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Registered: August 2000
Posts: 4
Review Date: Mon September 29, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Just gets better, seakindly, stable
Cons: Needs 5kts to move

An update on Lioness, after successfully sailing her from Portsmouth, NH to Quebec via the Bras D'or lakes of Nova Scotia, we have moved with her to San Francisco bay, where she has placed 2nd in her debut season in the non spinnaker class. Not only does she continue to be a delight to sail, even while she is in brightwork distress, she turns heads, and is competitive under PHRF as long as we have 10 kts.
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