A massive emergency response was called to a marina in Rhode Island after two yachts (a sailboat and a motoryacht) went up in flames. Crews responding to a report of a blaze at Hinckley Yachts in Portsmouth found two boats engulfed in heavy flames.
According to Ray Perry, the town’s Emergency Management Director, the blaze started when workers were making repairs to the hull of a powered superyacht. They had cut out a section of the hull and were working with resin, a flammable substance.
Perry said the powerboat is almost completely destroyed. The second boat that caught fire was a sailboat.
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About Hinckley Yachts
The Hinckley Company started in 1928 as the Manset Boatyard in Southwest Harbor, Maine. Henry R. Hinckley’s focus was on servicing the local lobster boats as well as the yachts of summer residents on Mt. Desert Island. In 1933, Henry built his first boat, Ruthyeolyn, a 36-foot fisherman with beautiful lines that are surprisingly familiar and still look the part even today.
The lines of a Hinckley were a direct result of their need to endure the rigors of life among the rocky coves and jutting promontories of Maine’s Acadian coast. Then as now, frivolous design had no place on such unforgiving waters. A specific form was borne of these nautical circumstances, characterized by a strong, well-found hull, sweeping deck lines to quickly shed foaming waters, with overhanging bows and fine counters to lend stability in angry seas.
Today, Hinckley remains one of the few recreational builders using Carbon composites from bow to stern vacuum-infused with epoxy for incredible strength. The yard is one of the first American builders to adopt SCRIMP resin infusion and today Hinckley remains a world leader. Its single bond infusion allows for an integrated, chemical bond between hull and support structure.