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 var