Bermuda 40 has been in production longer
than any other fiberglass boat. It owes
its timeless appeal to Henry Hinckleyís
unstinting devotion to superior craftsmanship.
Hull number one was the first fiberglass
boat built by Henry R. Hinckley &
Company of Southwest Harbor, Maine.
a respected builder of wood sailing
auxiliaries became one of the pioneers
of fiberglass boat building. He turned
to the then new material not to cut
costs, as did some builders, but to
add quality. Hinckley combined traditional
woodworking skills and exquisite joinery
with the latest fiberglass technology.
Observers at the time said the shipwrights
had built a wooden boat within a fiberglass
boat! This technique manifested in the
well made, unusually strong hinckley
hulls, and set a standard for modern
sailboat construction that endures to
than a showcase for the boatbuilderís
craft, the Bermuda 40 is a practical,
able, seaworthy yacht fit for the
rigors of ocean voyaging. The yawl-rigged
design, by the late William H. Tripp
Jr., represented state of the art
in high performance offshore sailboat
design 1959. Today the Bermuda 40ís
lines are regarded as classic.
40s have won important races and circumnavigated
the globe. Their integrity of hull
and rig, shallow draft, and ease of
handling are an incomparable combination
for safe, comfortable cruising.
of all, these boats are cherished.
Hundreds of fortunate owners of Bermuda
40s old and new, care for them and
sail them with a reverence that benefits
a paragon of production boat building.