1984 Hinckley H-45

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Yacht Overview

Make: Hinckley

Model: H-45

Year: 1984

Length: 44.67′

Located In: Hilton Head Island, SC

Engine/Fuel Type: diesel

Hull Material: Fiberglass

YW#: 8712476


SWEETWATER is simply one of the best maintained and extensively updated classic Hinckley sailing yachts to  become available; it is nearly impossible to fully appreciate her condition without seeing her in person.  She is perfect for cruising shallow bays (4’4” shoal draft with centerboard) and for blue water adventures, complete with every feature for long range cruising in comfort. As an H43 Customized to 45’, she features an extended transom which adds to her overall length and further accentuates her classic Hinckley profile. 


Completed by many of the finest yards and service providers on the East coast, her work item list speaks for itself.  Hull paint, standing rigging, and sails in 2021, electronics in 2019, and a new engine in 2011 are only a start to the extensive list of upgrades and improvements.  She is in the water in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and ready for immediate inspection. 

Full Specs

Boat Name



LOA: 44.67
LWL: 33.83
Beam: 12.33 ft
Maximum Draft: 11.5 ft
Displacement: 25,500 lb


Engine Brand: Westerbeke
Engine Model: 55D-Four
Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Power: 48|horsepower
Engine Type: Inboard


Fresh Water Tanks: 1 (120 Gallon)
Fuel Tanks: 1 (120 Gallon)
Holding Tanks: 1 (30 Gallon)


Number of single berths: 5
Number of cabins: 1
Number of heads: 1

Vessel Walkthrough


The Ted Hood-designed Hinckley 43 is one of the most capable and enjoyable sailing yachts Hinckley ever built, and was a favorite design of Bob Hinckley.  SWEETWATER is a custom design whose plans were drawn by the by the Ted Hood Design Team, then built by Henry R Hinckley for a meticulous owner who previously owned two Hinckley sailing yachts. SWEETWATER has extended sheerline and has a traditional yawl rig which yields a traditional “HINCKLEY” look combined with superb sailing characteristics. She is easy to maneuver and sail, thanks to Hood in-mast furling system and electric primary winches. She can be turned 360 degrees on her waterline axis using just the engine and proper steering control.


Over the past 20 years, her owners have thoughtfully upgraded and improved nearly every system aboard. Each  upgrade was well planned and executed by some of the most competent and capable yards on the East Coast.  She is an energy independent liveaboard vessel at anchor thanks to solar and wind systems.  A complete list of  service, upgrades, and improvements is available by request.  Below is overview of these items in a condensed format to simplify the review process.






  • New MasterVolt Inverter/ Charger system
  • New grounding straps to ship’s grounding system
  • New float switch for port side bilge
  • All bilges cleaned
  • Proper engine service along with the addition of a remote oil filter assembly mounting configuration. A remote 12 v motor takes the mess out of changing the oil



  • New hull paint- Awl Craft, “Jade Mist”
  • New Achilles Inflatable Dinghy 7’ 3”
  • New water intake sea strainers (2)
  • Engine valves adjusted per specs
  • All standing rigging, including all hardware replaced, including all chainplates
  • New North Sails 3DL laminate sails - Main, Mizzen and Jib



  • Complete cockpit enclosure with changeable screens and/ or plastic panels. Rub rail covers included



  • New Garmin touch screen GPS MAP 8612, Garmin Fantom 24 miler radar
  • New Raymarine depth transducer unit
  • New PYI Dripless prop shaft seal with self-lubricating sea water hose
  • New centerboard pennant
  • New grey water macerator pump
  • Custom cockpit locker partitions (port and starboard)
  • Complete bottom job- bottom faired, “Copper Coat” epoxy bottom, with two additional layers of Petit Hydrocoat
  • Custom canvas deck cover for sun protection
  • Transmission rebuild by Zimmerman Marine, Herrington Harbor, MD
  • Ritchie compass re-filled and re-swung



  • Toe rails and rub rails – stripped and recoated with 15 coats of Epiphanes Clear Gloss varnish
  • All electrical runs were re-wired, and labeled for easy identification and access
  • Life raft inspected
  • Samsung 32 inch “smart” TV (DVD player included also) added
  • Engine exhaust system replaced
  • New All Craft water heater
  • Portable Solbian 100 W solar panel with custom plug allowing the panel to be placed on deck for maximum sun exposure
  • Cockpit mounted plug and cord for charging dinghy bilge pump battery



  • New wind vane transducer - Raymarine
  • Rebuilt jib roller furler
  • Rebuilt Hood Stowaway mainsail furling system



  • Fuel tanks cleaned and fuel polished
  • Pactor Modem added SCS DR-7400 for email while at sea
  • Icom 802 radio with AT-140 tuner
  • Replaced deck wash pump
  • Entire fresh water system, including hoses, pumps, accumulator tank etc. replaced
  • 1000 hr. engine service- injectors replaced, new belts, raw water pump, exhaust elbow etc. (raw water pump has a “quick release” backing plate)
  • New Cruise Air reverse cycle air conditioner/heater
  • New cockpit shower
  • Port and starboard bilge pumps replaced (R&R pumps)
  • New engine start battery Deka – Group 27
  • Added eight Lifeline AGM Batteries added for the house circuit. 6V x 220 Amp-hours each. Total 880 amp hours
  • New fiberglass propane tanks to replace the standard aluminum tanks
  • Muir Windlass fully serviced – gears replaced, etc.



  • New solar panel system- four Solbian solar panels affixed to dodger and bimini. 2 X SP - 50 and 2 X SP – 122 watts total.  Removable 120 W panel which is portable and plugs in to the cockpit console on the port side. (Each panel has its own controller). The solar wind combination allows SWEETWATER to be completely energy independent at anchor
  • “Silent Wind” wind generator added to the mizzen mast. The unit has its own controller
  • New life raft – “Coastal Commander” 6 person model
  • Digital Sea Frost thermostats added for the refrigerator/freezer systems
  • Life lines replaced – with Pelican hook “gates” to allow easy for deck access
  • Custom shelving added to head for additional storage and access



  • Max - Prop sent for PYI service center (near gears, balancing etc.)
  • New dual Racor 500 fuel filters
  • AIS (Raymarine) class B send and receive unit
  • New “Hy-Test” 5/16” galvanized anchor chain rode, with 50 ft. 1” nylon added to the bitter end– Colored depth markers sewn every 25’
  • Replaced Raymarine linear auto pilot drive
  • Custom Corian Counter tops added to galley and head
  • “Hammered effect” copper sinks, with pressurized faucets and hand pumps, added to galley and head
  • Custom smooth ceiling with teak strips added. Anti-fungal paint used on ceiling
  • Overhead hatches sent to the country of Sweden to replace the grey acrylic with a custom green light diffusing hardened lexan
  • Stainless steel chafe guard added along to the bowline to prevent anchor damage to the fiberglass
  • Steering pedestal cable’s and chains replaced
  • Fuel tanks emptied, cleaned and replaced with new fuel



  • Dodger/bimini with deck teak covers (autumn “light brown” Sunbrella), along with a complete cockpit screened/ or plastic enclosure
  • Running rigging replaced
  • Topsides painted with Jade Mist Awl Grip



  • Manson Supreme anchor (45’)
  • Re-bed all deck stations and pulpits



  • Mastervolt Inverter/charger (Model 12-2500-125)
  • Westerbeke 55D-4 Engine, with 160 Amp Balmar alternator, new prop shaft, and PYI dripless shaft seal
  • Force 10 galley stove
  • Sea Frost 12v condenser plate refrigerator/freezer system
  • Bullet Wi-Fi antenna



  • New custom aluminum fuel tanks (60 g each)
  • Standing rigging replaced (including all fittings)
  • Raymarine AIS Class B system (send and receive capability)
  • JBL Stereo system, with Sirius


2009 and Earlier

  • New Sails by Acadia Sails, 2009
  • All cabin lights were replaced by LED lighting, 2007
  • LED Tri-Color navigation light added to the mainmast top, 2007
  • Muir 12v 1200 vertical windlass, 2005
  • Remote electric oil change pump, 2004
  • Fog Mate horn signaling device, 2004
  • Crystal glass deck prisms installed to main cabin, 2003
  • Holding tank (30gal) installed, 2002
  • Hard boom vang installed, 2002
  • All cushions re-done with dark green Ultra-Suede, 2001
  • Custom ¼ berth with cushion, port, lights and fan, 2000
  • Custom rub rails added, 2000




  • Custom Hinckley modified traditional transom
  • Hand laid fiberglass hull with Airex core for additional strength
  • 6” flange molded in to receive the deck, hull and deck bonded with fiberglass to form one piece unit
  • Modifi