Whether you just won the lottery or are lucky enough to have the wherewithal to own any boat your heart desires, the precision engineering, excellent handling and unparalleled fit and finish for which Hinckley is known surely makes its new Talaria 43 a serious front-runner in your search.
Best known for their beautiful, sculpted Down East lines and for a quality of build that is designed to help owners fully enjoy the always charming, yet sometimes punishing, waters of the North Atlantic where lobstermen ply their trade, Hinckley yachts typically are diesel powered and Hamilton water jet propelled — perfect for those who boat in waters that are dotted with shoals and loaded with floats marking lobster or crab pots.
We left the dock sideways using Hinckley’s trademarked JetStick II. Twin 550 hp Cummins QSB6.7 diesels, linked to a pair of robust Hamilton 322 jet drives on our test boat, pushed us up to 38 mph in a heartbeat. It is interesting to note that there is an available upgrade with twin 650 hp FTP diesels, as well as the option for a pair of 435 hp Volvo Penta IPS600 pod drives.
The Talaria 43 has more beam and more deadrise carried farther aft, with less warping of the bottom in the stern surfaces compared with the Talaria 44 that it replaces. Naval architect Michael Peters drew this bottom and calls it a balanced deadrise design. At 25 to 30 knots, speeding smoothly across a choppy, wind-whipped section of Frenchman Bay in Maine, where the boats are built, I call it outstanding for its ride and its handling.
This hull carves smooth turns with a gradual banking to the inside that is not so steep as to limit visibility from the helm. Visibility is outstanding from the helm or the plush seats in the salon, and the ergonomics of navigating, whether standing or sitting in the Stidd helm chair, are exceptional.
From its gleaming Awlgrip hull to its deeply layered varnished teak interior and trim, Hinckley’s Talaria 43 is a yacht in every sense of the word.
Comparable Model: MJM 40z Express