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I have Hinckley 38 #12
This boat has been in the family since new. Somewher I have pictures of her being built in the Hinckley yard. She still has original engine and original white gel coat. The exhaust system is expensive to replace, but besides that and a feathering prop she is completely original.
Since the transmission is a direct drive and there is a lot of windage, you need a big prop with a very low pitch. I use a 15" Mark II Maxi-Prop set to 8°. This is below the listed settings, but Maxi-Prop provided the special setting
We have had the boat in 35 foot seas and 55 knots of wind around Cape Ann Ma. without a problem except the wind took the dink when it snap the dual painter. On report of the loss of the dink to the Coast Guard, they reported the sea and wind conditions to us.
Fortunately, we have a lady in our yard who loves to work on her teak.
When they were new, they were class raced by the NY Yacht Club by the likes of Dennis Connors and others. In the early 70's we picked up our share of silver.
In general they are less dollars on the used market because many of them, in the 80's, were used by colleges as training racers and therefore not well kept. MIT had one.
They have circumnavigated. I met a fellow in Provincetown who told me his daughter was born on one off of Brazil.
A couple of years ago there was an article in Ocean Navigator on the trials and tribulations of repowering a 38. One of the adds for a sea-anchor shows a 38 in a heavy blow.
I believe there were only 32 of these made by Hinckley.
As for quality, the high price bought accessories such as a MONEL water heater which never should be replaced, 140 gallons of water tankage which still keeps the water fresh without additives, a monel fuel tank. Rudder and trim bearing which are still in excellent condition. Rigging mounts that are uncorroded. A hull water absorbance survey that was well within insurance requirements and on and on.
She is a pretty and special boat.