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  1. SeaEric

    SeaEric YF Historian

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    Hey Capt Mike. Welcome to YachtForums. You may want to quickly edit your cell and email from this post. Ask respondants to contact you by PM instead.
  2. SeaEric

    SeaEric YF Historian

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    Its not about that. You don't want your email on the web for the crawlers to find it, and I think it's also against the rules of this forum to post email addresses and phone numbers. Not to worry though, when a moderator sees your posting they will remove it for you. This forum has rules, and is closely moderated. You will quickly learn that YF is not the internet "free for all" chaos that other forums mostly are.

    You will also notice that when you make a posting, you only have a short window of time to make an edit to your post. After which the "edit" button will vanish.
  3. sailusvi

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  4. MYCaptainChris

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    Huckins I know well

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    I know this Huckins well and was always in top shape. I think she is selling in the 400's which is a great price for any 85 footer.
  5. Kafue

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    I have been watching this boat for the last few years, what a thoroughbred beauty!
    If I had to pick a classic she would be the one!
  6. mabruteam

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    406 Seawolfe Yacht 64 64 1971 Now Charlotte Lady

    This vessel is still for sale.. I need advice; I like the looks, engine room is very practical, air cond is new but not the right choice and bad installation, gen set is also new but too big and heavy for a Huckins, interior must be all redone, complete paint job needed and so many more problems, but: I still like it!!!
    What was so wrong about this vessel design? How fast can it be with 1000 HP?
    Not worried about servicing Man engines, generator, air conditioning, electrical, paint, wood work.. I do this for a living all day long, my problem is to find out about any performance sea trials from the past on this particular vessel. Alain
  7. vikingsabre

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    Mabruteam, I can't figure out which Huckins you are considering. Before buying SUBITO nee Downwind, a 46' Sedan Huckins, I looked at several boats. But I don't know which one you are considering.
    Of course you still like it! Huckins are infectious. They are beautiful designs, fast, simple, elegant. You have spotted an issue that is common in updated Huckins - overweight. A heavy generator is just wrong. Huckins are built to be lightweight and not cargo ships filled with massive equipment better suited for a condo than a racehorse (to mix metaphors). I grew up on a 52' Oceanic built for my step-father in 1948. He wouldn't put anything that weighed anything on board - no a/c, no radar, no generator, no heavy furnishings. Good thing my mother and his captain were thin! He loved the speed and handling.
    As I'm sure you have been told Dick Rogers at Huckins is a wealth of knowledge about every Huckins built and is happy to talk with anyone about them.
    Happy to offer any help, limited as it might be!

    George
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    Huckins 46' (still in surgery - but coming along nicely)
  8. mabruteam

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    Huckins #406 65 ft 1971

    The one I am contemplating is a Huckins hull 406 made in 1971, 65 ft, called Charlotte lady, in dry storage now for more than 7 years in NY
    Engines are 1989 mans 1050 HP, I need to find out from someone that was part of this vessel history.. For sale by the Bunky Hearst State.
    Yacht world listing under Huckins 65, shows some pictures, not able to seatrial before paying in full, as is the way it is. Is this one a good Huckins design? Mid engines, long shafts, large engines same as some PT boats, heavy, heavy..
    What is the real history of this vessel? Original engine design? What was modified over the years? Mabru


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  9. maldwin

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    I looked at this boat about ten years ago, as the Hearsts were embarking on another Huckins project, but passed because at the time she was a full resto project. I think she would be a very attractive boat when complete, although she has the later style windows, and I prefer the older square ones. She has a great layout, with no v drives under the master bunk, allowing for a centerline queen, as well as nice wood panelling. A cousin of mine went to look at her last year with the owner of Yachting Solutions, who has restored a Huckins for me, as well as other wooden boats. They concluded it would be a $400/700000 job to put her in Yacht condition. At that point you would have a great boat,worth $ 400000. The major variables are thengines, which are controversial, and the bottom which should be very good. Beyond that she needs a full interior and exterior refinish. Unless you are looking fora project, or love that boat, there are probably better opportunities.
    Best,
    Maldwin
  10. mabruteam

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    Thank you for your reply, I am now all confused, I was able to locate some documents reporting repairs on wood, new steering, new thru hulls, strainers, plumbing, engine insulation, air cond, electrical, shafts, props, engine repairs adding more that $450k back in 2003/2004.. Most done half way or controversial, nobody got sea trial results after the refit, Man engines dealer was not able to locate any data about the rebuild. The Hearts state kept that vessel on dry covered storage for over 7 years! I am not sure why.
    The reply from Cindy Purcell at Huckins was limited to the unsuccessful engine rebuild in the past and the fact that with 1050 HP engines this vessel and successful final engine repairs this vessel was able to deliver close to 23 kts, slow in my opinion for a Huckins..
    Why the Hearts invested so much money on a boat that was performing so poorly?
    What was the advantage of a PT boat ? was heavier, less HP per pound but better performance. Best Regards, Mabru
  11. Wl3175

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    Sent you a private message I can give you some insight on restoring Huckins I have been involved in 2 so far
  12. vikingsabre

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    From what you have discovered I would strongly suggest you get the best survey possible for this boat. Huckins are light and fast and simple. That is a large part of their appeal. I don't think 23kts for a 65' older boat to be all that bad. My 46' Huckins I suspect (when her renovations ever get finished) won't do much more than that. Maldwin and WI3175 are both well versed in these boats and good resources. I think it would be worth your while to look into the unique hull design of the Huckins which gives her the speed and handling for which they are known. Huckins built only a few PT boats but many consider them the best. Elco I think was the major supplier of PTs.
  13. ddw1668

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    Watermark

    The 53' Huckins, 'Watermark' just went by headed north on the Waccamaw River. She was mentioned earlier in this thread as having been on the hard somewhere for sale, so she must have sold.
  14. Wl3175

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    Yes she did sell I did have a very nice conversation with the owner a few months back .he was getting some work done at Huckins
  15. maldwin

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    WATERMARK left Huckins on Thursday, so they must be enjoying a leisurely cruise to the Chesapeake where she is homeported
    Best,
    Maldwin
  16. sailusvi

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  17. Wl3175

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    Anyone know anything about the Huckins named slim ?.she is 64 ft fly bridge
  18. sailusvi

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    So why hasn't this boat sold yet? I really like it, been following it for what seems like a couple years?
    1971 Huckins Linwood Power Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com


    56' Huckins Linwood
    Year: 1971
    Current Price: US$*125,000*
    Located In Jacksonville, FL
    Hull Material: Composite
    Engine/Fuel Type: Twin diesel
    YW# 12424-1855158
  19. maldwin

    maldwin Senior Member

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    She is a good boat, epoxied from new, but needs redecorating, and paint. She is now in an estate, and is a great value. PM me for more info.
    Best,
    Maldwin
  20. Ken Bracewell

    Ken Bracewell Senior Member

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    Take that offer. There are very few people on the planet who know as much about owning a Huckins as Maldwin does.