Breathtaking is the best way to describe the 2016 Hinckley T34R. Look at the pictures. Look at the video. Better yet, see one for yourself and look at it with your own eyes. The woodwork is utterly stellar, with gleaming varnish and curvaceous joinery from stem to stern. Take a peek—we dare you to try not to be impressed.
True, the down-side to all this titillating timber is a lot of maintenance. You’ll want to keep this boat under cover if at all possible, and we’re guessing that most buyers of the T34R will hire someone to do the dirty work instead of doing it themselves. But that’s the price you pay for fine art. And make no mistake about it, this boat is crafted to be worthy of the Louvre.
But the T34R isn’t all about looks. Hinckley equips it with joystick controls, jet drives, and a pair of 320 HP Yanmar diesels. They SCRIMP (Seemann Composites Resin Infusion Molding Process) mold the hull, which means using a vacuum to pull resin through the dry layup (A technique based on the same principals as vacuum bagging; if you’re not sure how that works, watch our Boating Tips: Understanding Vacuum Bagging video). The boat is cored with Corecell M foam, and resins are the more expensive, less permeable vinylester variety. Put all of these touches together, and you get a 31 knot cruising speed and 34 knots at top-end. With performance like that, it becomes clear that the Hinckley T34R won’t just be nice to look at—it’ll also be a ton of fun to drive.
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