Discussion in 'Huckins Yacht' started by YachtForums, May 18, 2004.
Pictures of Huckin's yachts wanted. Post under this thread.
First they made PT boats...
..., and then renamed them "Fairform Flyers".
Still pretty fast.
A 1960 Huckins at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show. Hard to tell it apart from a 2004 model...
I've got a ton of snapshots...
This is Si-Go, a 1955 Huckins "Seafarer 64" (64' 11")
4 built, 3 known surviving as of ten years ago, but only one survivor with the open aft deck. This is her in younger days, when all that brightwork was the style (and maintaining a boat was written off as a marketing expense for a business).
Originally Linwood, owned by late baseball player Roy Schalk, Si-Go went white as us little wharf rats were tasked with more of the cleaning and cosmetic maintenance chores.
She was the first keel laid down for this model, but the second finished. In the portrait shot, she was pushing about 14 knots, i don't have a snapshot sized picture of the final portrait where the chase boat claimed 18 knots and you can see more of the wake... but in the other two shots, you can see an 11-12 knot wake (just up on plane) close in to to the BI RI Coast Guard station, then the 17-18 knot wake. She rode just a bit more level at 17-18 than at 14.
That wake is really quite flat for a 65' boat, I wish there were more shots that show her at speed. Somewhere, on an old computer, I have digital pictures showing the Quadraconic shape of the hull as well as pictures of a 1969 65' Corinthian with 12v71TI's and a 65 footer - i think a Linwood - that had a 4' cockpit extension.
She sure looks longer than 65 with that sleek low profile. Certainly a handsome yacht in any era. Great shots, thanks for sharing them. And I love the one with the old RPH Chris Connie in the background. Not many of those have survived!
Good eye Eric! Correct me if I'm wrong, but only a few ( I think five? ) of those RPH Connies were built in the mid-to-late 60's, out of wood. My father owned one named the "Pagliache". We kept it at Holland Yacht Basin in Holland, Michigan. At 13 years old, I was captain of its tender, a 13' Boston Whaler.
Here is a 1984 74' Huckins built in fiberglass.
Huckins 44 molds, showing the hull shape pretty well...
Deep entry, concave forward surfaces, tapering to a board-flat aft.
Loaded right, these run at about 3º bow rise on plane, without ever building a big bow wake to climb over, and without slapping that comes from an aft-heavy boat taking buoyancy away from the bow at speed.
She sure is flat aft! With some horsepower, I bet she will get up and run.
An Atlantic 44 (same as that mold) was tested in PMY in 2006 and cruised around 23mph on twin 380HP 5.9L Cummins.
Funny. I was browsing this thread and came across this photo. I was the captain on the boat (that may even be me sitting in the pilothouse). This owner has a passion for perfection and projects.
His latest is a 44' from the 1950s (?) and he's putting that one on the market too.
A sad state of affairs...
Our old Huckins' current owner never moves her from the dock except for hauling. A floating cottage is no life for a wood-hulled yacht.
Were you in Mystic recently? Must have just missed you. Since I see Sandrine in the background, this must have been taken during one of the recent storms.
My brother stopped by on his way back down from Newport this past Friday, then sent me these today.
I have a Sportsman 36 Huckins built in 1947. Our restoration at HYC in Jacksonville has the boat looking and running great. I believe this is the last 36' sportsman left as all research I have done to find a sister ship has proved fruitless. Do and of you Huckins experts out there know of any other 36' Sportsmans that are still operational?
Here is a shot taken at Huckins 75th anniversay in 2003