Hinckley unveils the Sou’wester 53, a carbon epoxy sailing yacht
Friday, June 22nd 2018
Hinckley has added a new model to its Sou’wester line of cruising yachts. The new Sou’wester 53 was produced in collaboration with Tripp Design Naval Architecture, and is designed to deliver modern, family sailing.
Built in carbon epoxy, the Sou’wester 53 features a modern performance hull with the latest keel stem and bulb shape. Her draft of 8’3”will provide for lively performance while enabling visits to harbors and coves where yachts of similar performance could not ordinarily venture, according to a company press release. Hinckley’s time-honored infusion method is now infusing epoxy resin in a single chemical bond to secure the carbon and Kevlar™ hull to the structural grid, the press release stated.
The Sou’wester 53 is 52’4” long with a beam of 14’3” and a displacement of 30,000 pounds.
The helm station is raised for views over the pilothouse and a full view of the sail plan. The yacht can either sail or motor at over 10 knots.
The pilothouse, with a plush setee to port, offers standing headroom and sweeping 360-degree views. To starboard is the galley. Also to starboard in front of the galley is the interior helm station. This new helm station completely changes the sailing experience. As the weather turns, the helmsman simply moves foreword to join the social gathering and is shielded from the elements. Two steps down to port from the pilothouse is a cabin tucked neatly away. Moving forward to port past the settee and down two steps is the guest stateroom queen size berth and hanging lockers. The separate head with shower is located across the passageway. In front, the owner’s stateroom showcases a queen size berth with en-suite head and separate shower and lockers of various sizes.