Hinckley Picnic Boat 37 MKIII: Jet Driven Open Air Express Yacht
Editor’s Report by Capt. Steve Larivee
It was 25 years ago when Hinckley created the original Picnic Boat and started a whole new class of yacht. Today, the line has been refined and improved upon to the point where they represent an elegant entertainment platform.
Still sporting a “downeast” look, the elegant woodwork that has become the hallmark of the brand is still ever present in this Picnic Boat 37 MKIII, and the dedication to the craft shows all throughout.
The jet drive will give the 37 a 35-knot top speed and a cruise of 32, so don’t let the image of a lazy afternoon picnic lead to the belief that this boat is only for put-putting around a secluded waterway. While that’s certainly a possibility, the 370-hp Yanmar V8 has the muscle to move this boat right along. And her shallow 2’1” (.63 m) draft makes her ideal for exploring little hidey-holes and secluded bays.
As attractive as she is on the water, she’s even more so inside. The teak trim of a Hinckley never ceases to impress and charm. The cockpit includes fore and aft opposing seating. Just ahead are two more benches, one to each side. A table converts the area into an informal dining area under the protection of the hardtop. The companionway to the cabin is center-mounted. Below, the 37 speaks of a couple’s weekend getaway. It includes a galley and enclosed wet-head. An island berth is mounted forward.