October 21, 2011
Chesapeake Classic Reveille
Serving Maryland and beyond for years, Hinckley Yacht Services has been working on a 47-year-old gem of a sailboat on and off for five months, mostly at the company’s Annapolis yard. Happy to share the back story with us, general manager Guy Gauvin says, “Scott and Barb Millar have always loved the traditional lines of the Hinckley Bermuda 40 (B40). They had been sailing out of the Sassafras River for the past eight years and often saw Actaea, a Hinckley B40 MK III, sail past. They couldn’t help but admire her. Their previous sailboat was a Cape Dory 25, and they were looking for a larger boat with more creature comforts and elbow room so they could sail comfortably for multiple days.” Guy adds, “Scott happened to be working near Ocean City, NJ, and found an ad for Reveille, a 1964 Hinckley B40 Custom, that was nearby. He took a look at her, and it was love at first sight. Walking from the stern to the bow, he saw that the deck was clear and spacious, and down below, he saw the beautiful Mahogany craftsmanship.”
“What attracted the Millars to Reveille was that she was obviously well cared for and had been maintained in her original condition. A story that Scott found on the Internet said the original owner was sailing on Narragansett Bay on an all-wood Concordia 40 in November 1963. It was cold and rough. When he got to shore, he called Henry Hinckley, ordered Reveille, and donated the Concordia to charity. Ownership passed to his son in the 70s, and the Millars purchased her from the next owner in 2011,” he says, adding, “After purchasing Reveille, the Millars started prioritizing the improvements that they wanted to make. The first job was to update the 47-year-old electrical wiring. This involved relocating the battery and the hard-to-reach power panels and adding all new wiring throughout the boat to make her ABYC compliant. Second was to replace the original head with a VacuFlush system and add a holding tank and shower. While refitting the head, the Hinckley craftsmen also built a custom shower pan and veneered the interior to match the rest of the interior woodworking.”
“When the interior work was complete, she had her bottom soda blasted and epoxy sealed, and then the topsides where painted with a fresh coat of Awlgrip flag blue. We just recently had a section of her toe-rail replaced and then stripped her varnish to bare wood and then built it up with 12 coats of epithane varnish. Future improvements will include the rigging, a generator, and air conditioning,” Guy explains.
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