The Hinckley Co. said it signed Fleming Yachts Europe Ltd. to a long-term agreement to represent the company’s line of jetboats from 29 to 55 feet.
Fleming Yachts Europe is owned and operated by David Miles and is in Southampton on the south coast of England.
“David’s team is well suited to represent our line of products, as we believe their relationship with the Fleming brand, and with their existing customer base, is a nice complement to the Hinckley brand,” Hinckley vice president of global sales Nick Bischoff said in a statement.
With additional offices in Hamburg, Germany, Marstrand, Sweden, and St. Petersburg, Russia, Fleming Yachts Europe has strategic coverage in northern Europe and the U.K. to showcase the Hinckley brand.
“We’re keen on only wanting to represent the best and we believe that Hinckley’s long history of building high-quality, handcrafted yachts fits the business and the customer base we enjoy supporting,” Miles said.
Bischoff also believes that Miles’ 18-year involvement with the Fleming factory, and now retail operations, bodes well for having a good understanding of what the manufacturer goes through to turn out a high-quality product for a very demanding clientele.
“With David’s technical boatbuilding knowledge and his personable hands-on selling style, David understands all the subtle nuances that go into selling a technologically advanced and premium-style yacht,” Bischoff said.
“Don’t let the classic lines deceive you. Hinckley’s foundation is built on technology and innovation, and who better to represent us in such a diverse and demanding market but a previous boatbuilder. We’re proud of the affiliation with Fleming Yachts Europe and with David Miles and his team and look forward to a long-standing relationship.”
Separately, Hinckley said it will launch its 1,000th jetboat Wednesday at its home port of Southwest Harbor, Maine.
The first Hinckley jetboat, the Picnic Boat, was launched there in 1994.
“Since then, we’ve had the pleasure of building these boats for a thousand families, most of whom have come here to see the boat as it’s being built or, like these owners, come here to christen their new boat and enjoy the spectacular Maine cruising grounds,” Hinckley general manager of Maine operations Andy Fitzpatrick said in a statement.
The 1,000th jetboat is a Talaria 48 Flybridge model built for a Texas couple who plan to cruise the boat south to the Florida Gulf. It is the couple’s second Hinckley jetboat.