It All Adds Up
If boating is a math problem, Hinckley’s new Talaria 48 provides one solution.
A good slogan for Hinckley’s Talaria 48 might be: “It’s all here.” The curved saloon doors slide open wide enough to make the saloon and cockpit feel like one. Two large frameless side windows slide open electrically to a width of more than four feet making the saloon very airy. Four 31-inch by 31-inch electrically opening hatches double the effect. They are Hinckley’s response to the ubiquitous power sunroof, and while they can’t match its square footage of sky, they let in all the air you could want—and they don’t rattle or leak.
That curved door leaves room in either forward cockpit corner for a wet bar, freezer, sink, and refrigerator, so you won’t have to go inside when you want a drink or snack. Between the saloon and the cockpit, an 8-inch step provides proper 6-foot 3-inch interior headroom. Underneath, only 6 inches separate the Cummins QSM11s and the overhead, and things are tight, proving again that beauty will have its price. (A fuel-polishing system is standard.) The cockpit deck raises electrically for easier engine access, but since the switch is forward, you’ll need to scramble around it to enter.
Two interior layouts are available. The one on my test boat featured a U-shaped settee to starboard with a table that has a removable large top for dining; it stores in a padded compartment behind the helm seats. Two occasional chairs to port flank a cabinet containing a standard Bose V35 entertainment system. It has four independent zones, is iPod-friendly, and comes with an intuitive NuVo remote. The other layout has facing settees.
Twin pedestal Stidd chairs face the helm; a third is to port in front of a chart locker. A brace of standard Raymarine E120 Wides dominates here, but of course the star of this show is the latest iteration of Hinckley’s elegant JetStick. Sightlines are excellent.
Four steps down, the portside galley is notable for plenteous refrigeration, proof this is a cruising boat. A deep compartment in the counter can be either a freezer or refrigerator according to the thermostat setting, and two U-Line drawers forward add fridge capacity. The roomy double-berth stateroom with ensuite/day head is to starboard. Order the optional washer and dryer in the master and you’ll lose its big enclosed shower. In the bow the large master has two 31-inch by 31-inch hatches and a private head with an enclosed shower. In sum, it’s an eminently comfortable interior for a couple and their friends or children.
Hinckley builds the T48 hull out of Kevlar and carbon E-glass composite with vinylester resin using the SCRIMP process, which limits volatile organic compound emissions, for a rigid, lightweight hull. E-glass decks round out the build, which shows excellent fit and finish throughout.
Which brings us to the performance component of the equation. Michael Peters has reprised his hull design for the Mark III Picnic Boat, introduced last year, which includes convex foresections, reworked lifting strakes, and additional aft deadrise (19 degrees). They combine to make the 48 the best-handling Hinckley yet, though I haven’t run the new Picnic Boat. Tracking, a perennial problem with jets, is flawless and accomplished without fins, which aids efficiency. A turning radius of little more than a boat length at WOT means you can corkscrew the 48 to your heart’s content, a pastime you’ll be tempted to indulge in given the steering’s mere two turns lock to lock.