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Hinckley still going strong after 85 years

Written by  Stephen Rappaport Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:49 am
Hinckley still going strong after 85 years PHOTO BY STEPHEN RAPPAPORT

TRENTON — Looking back, 1928 was a pretty good year.

The ’20s were roaring. The stock market was soaring. And Benjamin B. Hinckley bought a small boatyard in Southwest Harbor that built rugged motor boats for the local fishing fleet.

In the 85 years since its founding, 81 years since Benjamin turned the yard over to his son, Henry R. Hinckley, a Cornell-educated engineer, the name Hinckley has become synonymous with elegance, craftsmanship and innovative engineering in the yachting world.

Today, according to Andy Fitzpatrick, Hinckley’s general manager for Maine operations, the company has 187 employees in its Trenton boatbuilding facility, about 50 in its Southwest Harbor storage and service yard and demand for boats is booming.

Hinckley’s production goal, Fitzpatrick said, is to build 43 to 45 boats per year and achieve about $37 million in sales.

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Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport, Waterfront Editor of The Ellsworth American, has lived in Maine for more than 20 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats.

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