September 20, 2011
News From The Fall Shows
Hinckley Debuts 2012 Upgrades To Talaria 55 and
Picnic Boat Mk III at Newport.
As the Newport International Boat Show provided the backdrop to the launch of a new year for the boating industry, Hinckley presented the first of its redesigned Talaria 55s, a new Mk II edition. The company also announced changes to its Picnic Boat Mk III which further enhance both the boat’s speed and its overnight accommodations.
The 55 footer demonstrated part of her Mk II improvements immediately upon arrival at the show docks as her delivery captain maneuvered the 55,000-pound boat into the tight spot using a remote control from the side deck. The “PalmStick,” Hinckley’s hand-held version of its famous JetStick technology, is a full-function vessel controller which integrates the bow thruster with the yacht’s jet propulsion system to bring the boat smoothly up to a dock or mooring. “The remote technology is especially effective with the jet propulsion system because, without transmissions, we are able to avoid the torque or lurching motion that you get with conventional propulsion,” said Jim McManus, Hinckley president and CEO. “The PalmStick will become as indispensible to the captain as the JetStick has become for our owners in making their boats easy and convenient to operate. “
The Talaria 55 Mk II sports a dramatically new interior layout that includes two first class cabins with en suite heads as standard. The pilothouse has been newly tooled to accommodate, among other changes, larger windshields, power hatches overhead and huge, power-opening side windows that retract fully to give the boat a nearly wide open feel.
The new optional CAT Acert 1150s drive the boat to speeds approaching 40 knots.
The Hinckley standard-bearer, the Picnic Boat Mk III, has been made faster and more accommodating for 2012 . With the change to a vacuum-infused Corecell- cored laminate, and the newest small block engines from Yanmar, the boat enjoys almost a thousand pounds lighter displacement adding two knots to hull speed. An island-style queen berth is offered as a cruiser’s comfort alternative to the boat’s more traditional vee berth and storage has been added in anticipation of longer stays aboard.
Hinckley’s newest offering, the Talaria 48, continues to be well received with eight sold since the announcement in late 2010. The first 48 is expected this winter.