Riverleigh II is a beautiful example of the classic Hinckley Bermuda 40 Yawl. The boat was restored at Hinckley and purchased from Hinckley. Receipts for over $100k of upgrades in the past three years. Wonderful condition, with all the attendant classic fittings and some nicely done updates (Color radar gps chartplotter, furling headsail, refrigeration). Varnish is beautiful, the mast was taken down, stripped bare and recoated recently, and most of the running rigging is new. The full boat cover is also new. Riverleigh II was recently transported to the West Coast from Connecticut, and is berthed in Marina del Rey.
Henry R. Hinckley started the company that bears his name on graduation from Cornell University. His first boat, launched in 1934, was a 26-foot lobster type powerboat. Soon moving to sail, he designed and built the Sou’wester 34 and 30-foot Sou’wester Jr. During World War II he built mine yawls, coastal pickets and tugs. While his “production” wooden boats weren’t regarded as anything exceptional, his yard did do some first-class work, building the 73-foot Windigo (nee Ventura) and Nirvana.
After the war, Hinckley began experimenting with fiberglass as a potential boatbuilding material, though, true to his conservative Maine heritage, he didn’t rush into it. The Hinckley Bermuda 40, introduced in 1959 and still in production today, was a watershed for the company.
Typical of the CCA (Cruising Club of America) rule, the B 40 has generous overhangs, which contribute greatly to her exceptional looks. The sheer had a nice spring to it, rising just a bit at the stern and considerably more so at the bow. The low point is about two-thirds of the distance aft, helping give the profile its classic lines.