September 30, 2013

Project: Hinckley T43 Talaria

In the eve of the Newport International Boat Show, Hinckley president and CEO Jim McManus announced the Talaria 43, its third new powerboat model in as many years. And the company chose a unique setting in which to do so, from the cockpit of the full-scale mock-up of the new model.  The timeless good looks of the Talaria line are readily apparent in the new boat, as is Hinckley’s penchant for evolution through design and technological innovation. Several notable new features distinguish the T43 design from her sister Hinckley models and other boats in the marketplace.  An impressive new element on the Talaria 43 came about through listening to current Hinckley owners. The boat will feature a technological first: a glass pilothouse rear enclosure, with door, that completely disappears with a touch of a button.  A a patent is pending. This enclosure will satisfy those owners who like the openness of an express boat, but like the sense of security afforded by a solid enclosure for inclement weather. Other boat companies have offered retracting windows but Hinckley is the first to make the door retract fully as well. The T43 is to be powered with standard twin Cummins 715hp and Hamilton jet propulsion, with the option as introduced this year in some other Hinckley boats of Volvo 435hp engines with forward looking IPS pod drives.  With either drive system, the T43 is expected to cruise at 30 knots with a top speed of 35 knots.  For the accommodation layout the cockpit features wonderfully sociable seating and a hospitality bar with refrigerator and sink. The boat’s full galley is carried to port on a mezzanine level for easy access. Two Stidd seats are fitted at the helm station. A large windshield and glass nearly all around at eye-level make for excellent visibility. Below decks is a queen master stateroom forward, a double guest cabin to starboard and a head with stall shower opposite. Like all her Hinckley sisterships, the T43 comes very well equipped with an Awlgrip-painted hull in a full range of colors, electronics, upper and lower A/C units, and the little niceties like cabin sole covers, fitted sheets and elegant Kahlenberg trumpets. She is built in the stiff, yet light, DualGuard laminate with Corecell coring, E-glass and carbon fibre. And like the rest of the fleet, the boat comes with the support of the company’s network of service yards, three days of on-board training, a lifetime hull and deck warranty, and the company’s signature bright-work and prized Hinckley profile.  Already five T43 Talaria are in order from the drawing board of the model.

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