Hinckley debuts new 42-foot Picnic Boat

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The Picnic Boat 40 has a top speed of 34 knots with twin Hamilton 322 high-efficiency jet drives, powered by twin Cummins 480-hp diesels.

The Picnic Boat 40 has a top speed of 34 knots with twin Hamilton 322 high-efficiency jet drives, powered by twin Cummins 480-hp diesels.

The Hinckley Company unveiled its new Picnic Boat 40, the largest Picnic Boat it has ever built, at the Newport International Boat Show.

Hinckley said the Picnic Boat 40 brings a fresh perspective to what is its most successful series.

“Hinckley invented an entirely new class of boat with the introduction of the Picnic Boat nearly 25 years ago,” Peter O’Connell, president and CEO of Hinckley, said in a statement. “Beautiful lines, innovative systems and thoroughbred performance have always been hallmarks of the series, which has set the standard and captured imaginations everywhere. We are excited to continue our legacy of innovation by unveiling the largest and most advanced Picnic Boat Hinckley has ever developed.”

The 42-foot boat has a 19-degree transom deadrise and a top speed of 34 knots with twin Hamilton 322 high-efficiency jet drives, powered by twin Cummins 480-hp diesels. Optional 550-hp Cummins give the Picnic Boat 40 a top speed of 38 knots.

The hull of the boat was designed by naval architect Michael Peters and it is built in Maine with Hinckley’s all-new TriGuard epoxy construction.

The company said aramid fiber/E-glass forms a durable outer skin and is paired with lightweight carbon fiber for the inner skin. Tough and lightweight Corecell M foam is used as an inner core for rigidity. The hull is then infused and post-cured with epoxy resin for the lightest strength and durability for a faster, more fuel-efficient ride. The durability is backed by a lifetime hull and deck warranty.

The powered hull-side door eases entry onto the boat and, unlike all other hull side doors in the market, it can be remotely opened as you approach. Once opened, it stows completely so no cockpit space is sacrificed.

Inside, the company said, the completely reimagined layout features seamless flow from transom to helm, plentiful lounging space, a wet bar and full sun coverage by SureShade.

Digital switching allows an owner to easily transition the electronics from day mode to night mode at the touch of a button on the multifunction display.

Dynamic steering adjusts the steering tension and controls lock-to-lock range as the operator changes speed. The completely redesigned Jetstick III allows easy navigation through tight turns and docking at tricky marinas.

Below deck, the interior converts from a cruising to a day-boating layout.

The company said reservations for the Picnic Boat 40 are available for delivery next summer.

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