November 1, 2011
The Hinckley Company Announces New Hinckley T34
Fast and fun-loving were the keywords used to describe the new Hinckley T34 when the company’s President and CEO Jim McManus made the announcement on Friday at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show. “We’ve designed and equipped the boat for the way people told us they’d like to use it: as a go-anywhere, do-anything day boat that is equally suited to thrilling the kids on an afternoon tube ride to having friends aboard for a sunset cruise.”
What is different about the new model is a simpler level of detail as standard. “When we embarked on this project, we did a lot of homework and polled a lot of boaters. They overwhelmingly expressed an interest in a simpler boat, one without too many of the things that often go unused. The Hinckley T34 is fitted out to encourage an owner to use the boat even if he or she only has a short window of opportunity.
“The one thing the boaters we talked to aren’t prepared to give up,” McManus continued, “is speed. It’s part of the fun, part of the sport.” The new boat is equipped with twin Yanmar 6BY2- 220s and with those as standard, the boat is predicted to attain a top end speed of 30 knots, or 33 with the optional 260s. Because of the non-variable load characteristic of jet propulsion systems, Yanmar is providing an unprecedented five year warranty for the engines. Hamilton Jets is supplying the company with the Hamilton 242 product developed exclusively for Hinckley’s applications.
The lines of the Hinckley T34 clearly carry on the family tradition established by the Picnic Boat. The signature curve from rooftop to cockpit coaming, the tumblehome, and the half-round toe rail describing the sheerline are familiar hallmarks. Brand watchers will also recognize the patented Jetstick at the helm and the boat’s scant 22 inches of draft. “The boat goes where others cannot,” says McManus, “and that adds to the adventure.”
Exactly one year ago The Hinckley Company announced its Talaria 48 at the Ft. Lauderdale Show to enthusiastic response. Nine of the cruising-oriented Talaria 48s have been sold to date. The first one is expected to hit the water in late January and make its debut in Miami in February. The new Hinckley T34 is expected to launch in July.