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I guess I need to ask are you buying a boat to sail or to look at. Boats like the Hinckley Pilot and Bermuda 40 are beautiful boats to look at but miserable boats to sail in any kind of objective way. They were wet, rolly and slow, and compared to better designs of that era, next to useless in light air and a pain in the butt in heavy going. Assuming that you are not looking at an restored and updated version, even the build and hardware quality, while very good for that era, was not all that great on any objective basis. Accomodations were small as compared to designs even of that era, no less boats of later periods.
By the Hinchley 38 I assume that you are refering to the late 1960's early 1970's Hinckley Competition 38, which was an S&S designed 38 footer. The hulls and decks were actually built by Hughes Boatworks in Canada and the boats finished at Hinckley. (Hughes also built a version of the boat marketed under thier name as well) I am really surprised that the Hinckley version has a cored hull. That would have been very early for a cored hull and I don't think that the Hughes version was cored. Hughes was using some foam coring in the decks around that time (I had a Hughes Northstar quarter tonner from that period which if I remember correctly had foam cored decks.) Anyway, the Competition 38 was a much nicer boat to sail and a much more versitile design than either of the other two boats. Still not worth the absurd sums that they want for these boats, but still much better boats than the other two. One word of caution on the Comp 38 is that they were originally built with a trim tab (second rudder) on the trailing edge of the keel and on the one that I knew best, this proved problematic.
With all due respect, I would suggest that you actually get out and sail on these boats yourself so that you get a sense of how they sail. I would also suggest that you try to get out sailing on some of the higher quality boats from the next couple generations such as a Wauquiez 38, Little Harbor 38, Baltic 39, Swan 391 or even a Palmer Johnson 40. I think that you will find the sailing ability of these boats and their ease of handling to be a revelation, and the price a real bargain.
Last edited by Jeff_H; 02-27-2007 at 06:36 PM.