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Hinckley SW 61

The Hinckley SW61 has been the subject of an ongoing debate among my buddies on what is their idea of the perfect cruising vessel. I'm not going down that road with this thread but I did have some questions regarding similarly designed boats.

1) A pilothouse with no wheel. The nav station, 360 degree views, and a raised saloon are awesome but why is there no way to steer the ship away from the elements (except via autopilot)?
2) There seems to be a lot of lost bilge space in the aft of the boat underneath the cockpit and pilothouse versus a center cockpit designed boat
3) Visibility while at the helm over the pilothouse
4) Would putting a windvane on a Hinckley be akin to defacing a national monument?
5) Why are the two headsails on this cutter so far apart?


Thanks for helping put this argument to rest.

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1) A pilothouse with no wheel. The nav station, 360 degree views, and a raised saloon are awesome but why is there no way to steer the ship away from the elements (except via autopilot)?

A couple of the nicest pilothouse yachts I've been on didn't have a helm station in the house. It's only going to affect docking, otherwise you're on autopilot. I'm guessing Hinckley will put a wheel where you want it if you're writing the check. Where there's money, there's a way.

2) There seems to be a lot of lost bilge space in the aft of the boat underneath the cockpit and pilothouse versus a center cockpit designed boat.

Hard to say. Depends on mechanical access, etc...

3) Visibility while at the helm over the pilothouse

Do you know of any pilot house that this isn't somewhat of an issue?

4) Would putting a windvane on a Hinckley be akin to defacing a national monument?

If you want a windvane, put one on. Which would you suggest to be most effective on a 60+ foot boat? That's the real issue.


5) Why are the two headsails on this cutter so far apart?

Are you confusing a cutter rig with a sloop w/ a solent headstay? It's also a very tall rig on a big boat.

IMHO, 60' is the size of boat that one needs to have nearly a full time boat manager/skipper/boat maintenance worker. It's beyond the realistic realm of even a very well heeled couple to maintain this size of boat themselves. They'll also be completely reliant on complex electrical and hydrolic systems to sail. This is a boat for a wealthy small family, a pro skipper, and a steward/stewardess. Nice boat though... just not a simple live aboard.

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Wheel is in the wrong place OK if you are racing but cruising thspt! Check out where Amel put theirs, that is where a cruiser wants it.

Windvane is just the start, what about the dinghy davits, solar panels, wind generator, kayaks, cuddly toy [ ok forget the toy]

Anyway 61 foot of boat is a lot of boat for a typical cruising couple. Manageable as long as nothing goes wrong, but have a sail problem in 25 knots and that will be beyond most cruising couples abilities, likewise the anchor plus chain will be too heavy to manhandle if the winch goes wrong.

Oh yes in mast furling thspt thspt thspt! Slab reefing please. Better sail set and fixable.
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Anyway 61 foot of boat is a lot of boat for a typical cruising couple.
Estimated Price $1,860,000.

I think you and I are hanging out with different classes of cruising couples.

At that price I could buy a nice Catalina and still have $1.8 million left over!

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Estimated Price $1,860,000.

I think you and I are hanging out with different classes of cruising couples.

At that price I could buy a nice Catalina and still have $1.8 million left over!

I'm pretty sure that $1.86 million will only get you a SW52. The 61 is upwards of $3 million. So you'd have a lot left over with the Catalina option!!
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