American boat builder, Hinckley Yachts, has announced that its fleet of jet boats from 29 to 55 feet in length will be represented in the UK and northern Europe by Southampton-based company, Fleming Yachts Europe. With offices in Germany, Sweden and Russia, plus an existing fleet of Fleming cruising yachts that runs from 55 to 78 feet in length (see: Fleming 58 review), it looks like the ideal relationship for both parties. Owned and operated by David Miles, Fleming Yachts is certainly a company in which Nick Bischoff, Vice President of Global Sales at Hinckley, has the utmost confidence: “David’s team is well-suited to our line of products as we believe their relationship with Fleming, and with their existing customer base is a nice compliment to Hinckley.”
Bischoff says that Mr Miles’s 18-year involvement with the Fleming factory also gives him a useful understanding of what is involved in the production of high-quality vessels for demanding clientele. “With David’s technical boat building knowledge, and his personable, hands-on selling style, David understands all the subtle nuances that go into selling a technologically advanced and premium-style yacht.”
The Hinckley Company, founded in Southwest Harbour, Maine, with access to some of the North Atlantic’s most challenging waters, has been building high-quality, handcrafted, seagoing yachts since 1928 – and despite the use of jet propulsion for easier access to secluded waterways and more user-friendly handling and manoeuvrability, that classic, sailing-yacht-derived Hinckley aesthetic is still in evidence today. From the 29R, a gentleman’s launch, to the Talaria 38R, an elegant open platform with expansive dining and lounging sections; and from the famous Hinckley Picnic Boat, a 37-foot hard top cruiser, to the flagship Talaria 55 MkII, a serious long-distance cruising companion, every Hinckley jet boat offers lustrous wood finishes and sumptuous classical lines. Think a Dale Nelson mixed with a Cockwells and you’re probably somewhere close.
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