Hinckley Picnic Boat 37 MKIII Review
A video review of the Hinckley Picnic Boat 37 MKIII by Power & Motor Yacht TV. If you would prefer to read this review rather than watch the video, we have provided a transcription of the video below. If you are interested in the Picnic Boat 37 or other Hinckley Yachts For Sale, be sure to visit our Hinckley Collection.
Video Transcription: Hinckley Picnic Boat 37 MKIII Review
Since it was first introduced in 1994, boaters have been in love with Hinckley’s Picnic Boat and today we’re aboard the third iteration of this legendary design, the MKIII. I’m captain Ken Chrysler and I’d like to welcome you aboard the Hinkley MKIII.
This is the one that started it all. Taking its cues from the tried and true downeast profile, Hinckley rethought the idea of the classic lobster boat design. One noted for its seaworthiness as well as its wonderfully salty look and refined it for a new generation of owner and the company launched this exciting boat in 1994. Since then the picnic boat, while keeping up the tradition of quality boat building that Hinckley has always been noted for, including superior craftsmanship, exacting attention to detail, and the kind of construction techniques that allows today’s picnic boat to attain 150 percent of the ISO structural standard for offshore service the MKIII is the heir apparent in this category of vessel ownership. Like any finely crafted product known for its timeless style and value, the easily recognizable and iconic logo makes for a very special statement.
I’m Mike Arrieta, vice president and chief operating officer at Hinckley yachts. I think Hinckley’s mission flat out is to design and build the best boats in the world, certainly in their class. We define that mission in a couple different ways. Specifically, we’re going to build what we think are the most beautiful boats on the water. It’s got to be a striking statement aesthetically and we put the time into the design and the crafts people behind executing it in order to pull that off.
The result is a timeless design perfected and refined as only Hinckley can do. Even the MKIII has several important changes, let’s have a look at some of them. Defining a whole new category since that introduction in 1994, this latest version features a lighter-weight that, with industry-leading engine manufacturer Yanmar’s aluminum block v8 engines, will deliver exciting performance up to 35 knots. There is a pair of stylish electrically operated hatches in the overhead and of course always present is the rich, beautifully varnished, Burmese teak found all over the Picnic Boat MKIII.
An exciting and welcome change is found here in the forepeak where, surrounded by the fine fit and finish provided by Hinckley’s craftspeople, there is a queen-size island berth. Topsides, the MKIII offers a roomy and comfortable helm area featuring port and starboard seating, a pair of STIDD pedestals, Hinkley’s signature woodwork, a beautifully realized helm station, and then there is the Jetstick II.
Pioneered by Hinkley, Jetstick technology offers even the novice boater the opportunity to become highly proficient around the dock. With fingertip precise control, including the ability to utilize virtual anchoring, and with a very short learning curve, expertise in leaving and approaching even in close-quarters situations will make for a totally enjoyable boating experience.
Hinckley also offers a choice of drive systems. The well established jets or IPS pod drives. And finally, while underway, in the dock, or at that special anchorage, what better way for you and your guests to view the scenery than from the comfortable cockpit seating area. Hinckley ownership also goes well beyond having a beautiful and well-engineered boat. With unsurpassed care afforded to you and your vessel, you get three days of vessel training with a Hinkley expert, contact with a 24/7 help line, and multiple service yards up and down the East Coast.
I hope you have enjoyed your time aboard the Picnic Boat MKIII as much as I have had showing you around. If you’d like more information about this boat or any of the other fine vessels built by Hinckley, please visit the company website and set up your own sea trial.