The Hinckley 42 "Never Sip" (ex "Whitecap" ex "Dragon Fire") is a custom Sou'wester 42 modified with performance keel, taller rig, reversed transom and state-of-the-art construction that was conceived and marketed by Hinckley as the Competition 42. The standard Sou'Wester 42 hull shape was utilized and carefully re-engineered by the McCurdy and Hinckley design teams with the added collaboration of Doug Peterson who designed the new deep keel and semi balanced rudder.
The result of this high tech collaboration was "Dragon Fire". A faster, stronger, lighter and stiffer boat that turned out to be one of the most iconic and successful racing yachts ever built by Hinckley. As "Whitecap" she continued her winning tradition and sailed as flagship for the New York Yacht Club for many years. During this period she would be launched for 2 weeks each year and then return to inside storage at the Hinckley yard in SW Harbor.
In 2012 her current owner
purchased her. Renamed "Never Sip", she has been lightly cruised and
day sailed by a very meticulous and caring owner in Narragansett Bay.
Never Sip sails easily to her inherent speed potential with fingertip
helm control, she also has gentle manners around the dock that allow her
to be cruised by a crew of two, or a family of seven. She truly is a
dual purpose yacht that has been beautifully maintained and is only now
offered to those who can appreciate the best.
Hull and Deck
• Majestic Blue AwlgripTopsides painted 2012 by Hinckley SW Harbor
• White house and deck - with Cloud Grey nonskid molded into the deck
• Gold Leaf cove stripe, name and hail 2016
• Triple White/Red/White Boot Stripe 2016
• Black Bottom Paint 2017 Interlux Micron Extra
Construction: Handlaid fiberglass deck and hull:
• Hull is cored with Airex for additional strength per weight and deleted and reinforced in all high stress areas. Integrated mast step and engine mounts form a single unit that is strong and light. Hull laminate is fabricated of unidirectional glass for a better strength per weight ratio.
• Deck is set in a 6” flange on the hull, then fiberglassed and bolted in place.
• Bottom: Competition Fin 7' 11" deep-keel and Spade rudder - with Harken bearings performance package including spar.
• Marelon thru-hulls
• Teak and stainless steel guard rail at sheer.
• Stainless steel bow and stern pulpit.
• Stainless steel stanchions with double lifelines and port and starboard gates.
• (2) Cowl vents in dorade boxes, (2) two large cabin top hatches, and (2) two opening ports.
• Varnished teak exterior trim including handrails, toe rail, eyebrow, coaming cap and companionway.
• (2) Bomar clear deck hatches, new 2016
The Hinckley Sou'wester 42 has a large cockpit which comfortably accommodates a large crew, but is also well laid-out for short-handed sailing.
• Custom stainless steel 55" steering wheel with an elkhide covered rim.
• Custom Steering system with Harken upper bearings. Lower bearing, stuffing box and quadrant are all custom.
• Rudder is carbon/epoxy blade with carbon epoxy post.
• Total rudder post weight is 55-lbs.
• Engine controls, including kill-switch.
• Binnacle mounted 6" Ritchie compass.
Sleeps up to seven, including main salon berths. Access is from the cockpit, down a companionway ladder that can be stored up and out of the way. The companionway enters the aft main cabin that includes:
• Galley - Aft to port
• Aft quarterberth - starboard
• Nav Station – Next starboard forward.
• Main Salon – with Dinette to port and entertainment center starboard.
• Head – next forward to port.
• Owner’s Stateroom - Forward.
Interior features include:
• Mahogany-trimmed White Formica bulkhead interior with a varnished teak and holly sole.
• New covered cushions throughout, 4" foam upgraded perennials fabric.
• Curtains in all cabins. New 2015
• Access to the forward partitioned chain locker.
• Varnished teak handrail on main cabin overhead.
• Frigast stainless steel light fixtures and dome lights.
Starting forward, the Owner Stateroom has:
• V-berth forward with an insert to form a double berth.
• Drawer storage is available in drawers below the berths and in lockers above the berths.
• Hanging locker.
• An opening hatch to the foredeck includes a screen. New 2016.
The Head is next aft to port, finished with white Formica bulkheads:
• Corian Cameo White countertop with molded stainless steel sink.
• Wilcox-Crittenden head – to 25-gallon holding tank with Y-valve.
• Movable shower head and teak sole grate.
• Storage lockers.
• Stainless steel grab rails/towel bars.
• Opening port
To port is a U-shaped Dinette with a dining table and U-shaped surround cushioned seating.
• The table will lower to create an extra double berth (with cushion).
• There is locker storage over outboard. Starboard is a settee/berth.
• There are additional drawers under the top berth.
• Forward is a hanging locker, across from the head.
Aft to port is the U-shaped Galley with a Corian Cameo White countertop with teak edging and trim. • Mariner by Balmar 3-burner propane stove.
• Deep stainless steel sinks.
• Pressure hot and cold water with dish sprayer, manual fresh water hand pump with Seagull IV fresh water filter, and manual saltwater foot pump.
• Grunert AR-50 refrigeration and freezer.
• Drop-leaf counter inboard.
• Fold-down waste basket.
• Storage for dishes and silverware.
• Paper towel rack.
• Knife rack.
Nav Station faces forward on the starboard side:
• Full-size opening nav table with storage drawers.
• Complete instrumentation mounted in custom cabinetry.
• There is a cushioned nav seat.
Aft Quarterberth Area
Aft Quarterberth Area is to starboard of the companionway:
• Ample storage in closed lockers over berths and drawer below.
• Raymarine e95 Hybrid GPS/chart plotter new 2016.
• Raymarine instrument system - including wind, speed/depth transducers, new 2015.
• Raymarine Instrument displays - (3) MFD at companionway and (1) MFD at Nav station, (1) analog wind display, (new 2015).
• New Raymarine autopilot P70R w/X-30 core pack (processor, rudder reference, compass), new 2013.
• Icom IC M56 VHF
• Icom IC M700
Sails & Rigging
• Mast - Hall Spars triple-spreader tapered mast with three forward halyards and main halyard painted Awlgrip white 2016.
• Boom - Hall Spars boom has internal main sheet and reef lines led to cockpit. Painted Awlgrid white 2016.
• Hall Carbon-fiber spinnaker pole. Painted Awlgrip 2016.
• Navtec Rod Rigging and Hydraulic backstay.
• Harken twin groove headstay.
• Outhaul is custom multipart cascading system let to forward end of boom.
• All running rigging is Spectra or Kevlar.
• All deck hardware is Harken, including turning blocks, halyard turning blocks and deck lead blocks. • Harken roller-bearing inboard jib lead tracks aft for #1 and #2, and forward for #3 and #4 with lead position, controlled by block and tackle system.
• Jib Barber haul system.
• Hinckley Custom outboard stainless steel outboard tracks.
Winches and Sails
• Barient, black annodized aluminum, self-tailers.
• (2) #32-STA 3-Speed Primaries
• (2) #28-STA Secondaries
• (2) #23-STA main sheet, reefing, pole life and foreguy
• (4) #23-STA halyard winches
• 110% Jib North
• 135% Jib North
• Mainsail North
Separate 12-Volt DC Systems for starting and accessories:
• Shore charging 110-volt system
• Heart inverter interface system with remote panel.
• 1200-watt inverter capability.
• Battery charger
• 50-ft x 30-amp shore cord with 30-15 amp adapter.
• (5) 110-volt outlets
• Override switch - allows engine to be started from all batteries.
• 12-volt distribution breaker panel with separate 110-volt panel.
1986 Westerbeke FWC 46-hp diesel engine with Hurth 2:1 reduction gear and Max 2-blade feathering propeller.
1 1/4" Aquamat prop shaft. New 2015.
• Lirakis safety harness, 9.
• (2) Horseshoe liferings.
• Flare gun kit with flares.
• Whale Gusher bilge pumps - mounted in cabin and cockpit.
• Lirakis bosun chair.
• Fire extinguishers.
• Radar reflector.
• Electric bilge and sump pumps.
Since 2012 “Never Sip” has been seasonally used in Newport RI, maintained to the highest standards and stored inside at the Hinckley RI yard during winter. Her maintenance records are available and bespeak the consistent and conscious care she has received from the Hinckley staff. She remains a “Wolf in Sheep’s clothing” and embodies all the grace and elegance that go with the Hinckley pedigree.