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Old 14-09-2010, 17:44   #1
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Hinckley 38

I am very seriously looking at a Hinckley 38 and would very much appreciate information regarding this vessel. Seems to me the 38 is a bit of an odd-ball in the Hinckley bloodline (i.e. Royalty). I understand from previous posts that the 38 is a bit tender yet still very good to wind. Those who may know this boat, know that they have a "trim tab" on the keel. What exactly does one do with this extra rudder? On a starboard tack do you swing it to port and thereby gain lift on the starboard side of the keel? Please excuse my complete ignorance in this matter.

I am looking at this boat from a performance cruisers standpoint. Any and all information from informed sailors is appreciated.

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Old 14-09-2010, 18:48   #2
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The trim tab on the keel was a rule beating addition that got legislated out of existance about a year after it was first tried. The trim tab makes the boat a terror to windward by increasing lift. It should be angled to leeward like the flaps on an airplane wing.

Hinckleys are beautiful, extremely well built boats but they are terribly expensive and too pretty to cruise. I'd be paranoid to take it anywhere near a marina for fear of marring the topsides and afraid of scratching the brightwork when cruising.

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Some friends of ours owned and sailed a 38 for many years and loved the boat. She was a very handsome and finely fitted yacht and I could not understand why it was not valued as much as the either the Pilot 35 or the B-40 as it was their equal in most all respects.

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H38 is a beauty. Being a S&S of that era she may be a great sailor too.

If she is technically fine and if you liked the test drive, well ...

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