Proven design & beautiful craftmanship. Recent major refit includes all new carbon rig, sails, electronics, gen, paint, canvas, upholstery and much more.
AIRBORNE is a nice example of the popular Hinckley 51 series boasting a handsome profile, proven hull design and beautiful Maine craftsmanship inside and out. Aside from a world cruise in 2004, she has primarily been based between New England and the Bahamas. The yacht was damaged in the Bahamas during Hurricane Dorian in 2019, washing ashore with hull damage port side midships that allowed partial flooding along port side bilge area. She was subsequently brought up to the renowned Brooklin Boat Yard in Maine where in 2020 the original owner spared no expense in repairing damage and upgrading many other systems and equipment at a cost of over $750,000. A summary of all work done is noted herein, including new carbon mast, boom furler, rigging, sails, electronics, canvas, generator, electrical systems, watermaker, upholstery, hull paint and much more. A post-repair survey is available upon request.
AIRBORNE sleeps four in two private ensuite cabins, plus four comfortably in the main salon. The interior is beautifully crafted in satin finished American cherry including solid trim, drawer fronts, cabin doors, louvered cabinet doors and hull ceilings. Cabin soles are solid teak and holly finished with gloss varnish. All interior varnish and cabin soles were refinished in 2020. All hanging lockers have aromatic cedar sheathing. New upholstery and cushions added throughout in 2020.
Starting forward, the owner’s cabin features a double V-berth and an abundance of storage including a bureau with numerous drawers, upper locker and countertop each side, lockers above berth and a double hanging locker. A large deck hatch and cabin portlight provide light and ventilation.
The owner’s private ensuite head features a white Corian countertop with sink, mirror, several storage lockers, a Vacuflush toilet, portlight and dorade vent. There is a separate shower stall with plexiglass door and teak seat.
Further aft, the full-beam main salon features a U-shaped extendable settee each side with additional pilot berths outboard and a solid cherry dining table on center with drop-down leaves and storage inside. There is a bureau/bar area with custom locker storage forward to starboard, plus several portlights and a large opening deck hatch.
White Corian countertops with flush molded twin sinks, retractable faucet and manual pump faucet
Aft to port is a generous guest cabin with V-berth, lockers above, a tall bureau and a hanging locker. There is an opening porthole and a large portlight.
The private ensuite guest head features a vanity with sink, mirror, several storage lockers, a Vacuflush toilet, opening hatch, large portlight, and dorade vent. There is a separate shower stall with plexiglass door and teak seat.
A separate nav station is located aft to port adjacent the companionway. There is a full size chart table with storage inside, flush mounted nav instruments and switch panel outboard. There is also a dedicated seat with backrest.
The following was all new in 2020 with the exception of back-up autopilot:
This hull and deck are constructed from a hand laid laminate of blister resistant Vinylester laminating resin reinforced with a knit hybrid fabric of Kevlar/E-glass for strength against repeated impact. A balsa core is vacuum bagged into the laminate to provide the greatest degree of stiffness and thermal/acoustical insulation possible. The skin coat is chopped mat in low-shrink Vinylester resin to provide a superior surface finish and a greater resistance to water osmosis. The core is removed and the hull is massively reinforced with additional layer of fiberglass in such areas as the hull/deck connecting flange, centerline and keel, chain plates, rudderpost, and all through-hull fittings. AIRBORNE has external lead ballast with a fiberglass centerboard, and a skeg protected rudder. She draws 5’-10” with centerboard up and 11’-10” with centerboard down.
The deck is one piece fiberglass molding which incorporates a hybrid knit fabric of Kevlar/E-glass to reduce weight over core material of cross-linked, closed cell, PVC foam. Core is deleted and replaced with solid layer of reinforcing glass laminate in the way of major penetrations and high stress areas. The core is vacuum bagged to the outside skin using a special adhesive. The hull has a recess flange molded in to receive the deck that is then bonded and thru-bolted to form a permanent watertight, hull/deck joint. Interior bulkheads are then bonded to the deck using bi-axial fiberglass.
Hull is Flag Blue Awlgrip with gold cove stripe, single while boot stripe (all new 2020) and red bottom (new paint June 2023). Teak rub rail with stainless striker – port side new 2020.
Deck is white gelcoat with beige non-skid.
Owner’s personal effects