2008 Huckins Linwood
La Belle Helene is a special offering. She is Huckins Yacht Corporation’s Hull # 456 and this 2008 Huckins Linwood is pampered by a lifelong boater and two dedicated crew members. The yacht has been maintained to such high standards that today, she still shows like a new Huckins. In fact, when the seller is not cruising Canadian waters near Ontario, this Huckins gets lifted out of the freshwater and she is stored inside a cedar lined boathouse. Best in class custom build quality, Huckins Quadraconic Hull and her highly maneuverable HamiltonJets are a few highlights that help to propel La Belle Helene to the best buy in the category. Take a moment please to review the full specifications, we have included the boat reviews published by YACHTING and POWER & MOTORYACHT as well as YouTube Videos showcasing HamiltonJet Technology. La Belle Helene is now offered at a price comparable to production express yachts! Contact us for additional information or to make arrangements to visit the boathouse and inspect this amazing Huckins Linwood in Thunder Beach Ontario.
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Quadraconic Hull design by Huckins
Huckins Yacht Corporation’s Quadraconic Hull has been described as seakindly, legendary, even iconic. Let’s examine some facts about this design to better understand why Frank Pembroke Huckin’s Quadraconic Hull has flourished since 1928.
- The name itself was derived from the partaking of four conical insertions that generate a specific form of hull and the Quadraconic design allowed for the following characteristics.
- The Quadraconic Formulae generates a hull that is as free from pounding as any displacement hull.
- The hull is as sea worthy as a displacement hull when cruising at below planning speeds.
- The hull attains planning at extremely low speed. In fact, as low as the “critical speed” of an equally sized displacement hull.
- The hull has a sustainable sea speed of at least 50% higher than minimum planning speed.
- The hull design obtains considerably higher sustainable speed on any given ratio of size, length and power than other seagoing hulls whose buoyancy and seaworthiness are exceptional and free from pendulum roll.
- The United States Navy ordered 18 PT Boats from Huckins Yacht Corporation during World War II. The Huckins PT Boats outperformed the military’s expectations and were vastly superior compared to other PT Boats in service during World War II.
- Military testing proved the following characteristics.
- The Huckins PT Boats, loaded with 30,000 pounds of military payload, planed at less than 10 knots while others designed had difficulty planning out at 20 knots.
- PT Boats were required to have a 500 mile range and the Huckins designed PT Boat had a 751 mile range.
- The Huckins designed boats did not pound, they did not get overtaken in a following sea, they were not wet boats, and their motion was free from roll at above planing speeds.
- Mr. Huckin’s Quadraconic Hull Design turned 88 years old in 2016 and Huckins Yacht Corporation has built a total of 458 custom yachts since launching Hull # 1 in 1928.
La Belle Helene has two ensuite staterooms which are situated on opposite ends of the yacht. The salon and galley are located between and the bridge deck is six steps up from the salon. High quality Makore African Cherry joinerwork is seen throughout the yacht. The Huckins custom cabinetry and trim is attractive; especially when coupled with the complex curves and book-matched cabinet fronts and drawers. A his and hers bath with adjoining tub compliment the owner’s cabin. Large windows, opening ports, granite counters, cedar lined lockers, and good headroom add to the ambiance.
The salon is located six steps down from the bridge deck. A settee is built into the aft bulkhead and access to the master stateroom is found on the port side of the salon. Forward, a curved bar separates the galley from the salon. There are built in cabinets and a bookshelf, all expertly joined in African Cherry. Large windows surround each side of the salon.
The gourmet galley is found to starboard, two steps down from the salon. There is a large curved breakfast bar crafted from African Cherry that separates the galley from the open salon. All appliances are built in behind grain-matched wood cabinet fronts.
Built in storage for crystal, china, and flatware
Sub Zero Fridge and Freezer
The master stateroom is located aft, stretches across the yacht’s beam, and is isolated from the rest of the interior. A walk around queen berth is centered on the forward bulkhead. The bed faces a curved dresser which is built into the aft bulkhead. Access to the his and hers head is found on either side of the dresser. The ensuite bath is well proportioned and features a large tub and shower. The washer and dryer is located on the starboard side of the cabin, hidden behind cherry cabinetry. In addition, there are his and hers cedar lined wardrobe lockers and ample cabinetry for storage. Stainless opening ports add natural light to the cabin.
The guest stateroom is all the way forward, located one step down from the galley. The guest stateroom affords complete privacy and separation from the rest of the interior. V berth with a small seat in between accommodates two guests. Cedar lined hanging lockers plus built in storage are found throughout this cabin. There is an ensuite head with large stand up shower.
The bridge deck is nostalgic looking and the custom finish is breathtaking. Varnished woodwork, teak and holly sole and polished stainless steel hardware showcase the American boat building heritage that Huckins Yacht Corporation represents. The two lounges aft are complimented by a varnished teak Hi-Low table. There is a full suite of premium electronics and navigation equipment at the helm. Pantograph doors at each side of the helm allow access to the side decks. A built in wet bar with sink, fridge, and ice maker are all found on the bridge.
Aft of the bridge deck and three steps down is the cockpit. There are two large varnished storage lockers on each side of the steps. Cockpit seating is comfortable and complimented by a Bimini shade. Access to the engine room is found here via three large deck hatches. A wide transom door provides safe access to the swim platform.
The engine room is located beneath the cockpit sole. The compartment allows ample space to make maintenance and routine checks conveniant.
Engine room is fully sound insulated
Twin 715 HP Cummins QSM-11 Diesels
Kohler 20 KW generator
Hot water - Isotherm 13 gallon
Battery charger - Charles 5000 SP 40 amp
Air conditioning - MarineAir Reverse Cycle Chilled Water
Electric head - Three Raritan Atlantes A-512 Fresh Water
Bow thruster - Scandvik 10” Max Power 225 Combo
Two deck cameras with closed circuit TV
Krill Intrusion System
DVD player - Toshiba DVD 23” and Toshiba DVD 19”
Depthsounder - Furuno
Navnet Autopilot - Simrad AP25
Radar - Furuno 72 NM 4 ft. array
TV set - Toshiba DVD 23” master, Element 22” Salon, Toshiba DVD 19” guest stateroom and KVH SAT TV antenna
Compass - Ritchie 7 inch Flush Mount
VHF - ICOM M504
Cockpit speakers - Bose 151 SE
Wind speed and direction - Maretron NMEA 2000
Plotter – Two Furuno Navnet 17” monitor
Radio - Bose life style 48 series 111, Sirius ready
Computer – PC
Shore power inlet - 50 Amp
Inverter - Charles 5000 SP Series 40 AMP
Generator - Kohler 20 KW
Electrical Circuit: 220V
Swimming ladder - Garelick 3
Davits - Removable Davit 110 volt AC winch
Tender - Avon 9' 1 inch
Cockpit table Cockpit cushions
Teak cockpit - teak inlaid into built-in transom platform
Informative Articles and YouTube Videos
YACHTING Magazine's 2007 review of the Huckins Linwood, written by Mike Smith
YACHTING Magazine's 2009 review of the Huckins Linwood, written by Jay Coyle
http://www.hamjet.co.nz/ Hamilton WaterJet History
YouTube Videos - there are several worthwhile video clips featuring HamiltonJet Propulsion. Go to YouTube.com and search HamiltonJet Propulsion for videos that cover a general overview of HamiltonJets, maneuverability and docking. As you will see, there are several videos which show off what is possible when operating a jet powered boat!
Huckins found perfect harmony between function and aesthetics. La Belle Hélène is one of a kind! This Huckins is the latest model available and she is on a short list of the finest express yachts ever built. This is a yacht that one can consider for embarking on a trip to the Caribbean, Bermuda, or fast local cruising. Huckin’s Quadraconic Hull is proven and the benefits of the hull design have been well documented not to mention proven since 1928. A personal inspection is the only way to appreciate the build quality and attention to fine design and detail in all areas.