Hinckley Launches 2018 Sou’wester 53

Hinckley recently took the wraps off its Sou’wester 53, a carbon-epoxy pilothouse sailboat that Tripp Design Naval Architecture drew for cruising families. It is the first production sailboat from the builder since the Bermuda 50 in 2015.

“She is a beauty and a performer with a new take on social space and use,” says chief marketing officer Pete Saladino.

Hinckley builds the hull using Kevlar, carbon fiber and epoxy for lightness and durability. Kevlar is used on the outer skin for puncture resistance, with an inner layer of carbon fiber. An inner grid stiffens and strengthens the hull.

The Sou’wester 53 has a two-stateroom layout. The master in the bow with a queen-size island berth, an enclosed head and a separate shower. Abaft the master to port is the guest stateroom, which shares an enclosed head with the rest of the boat. The open pilothouse saloon has an inside helm station, a C-shaped dinette and galley, and a crew berth.

Cockpit features include teak decking, an open transom, twin wheels and an inset seating area with a folding teak table. Access to the foredeck is along teak side decks. Pricing was not available at press time.

Hinckley Yachts, Southwest Harbor, Maine, (207) 244-5531. hinckleyyachts.com