Today Maneuverability while docking and at slow speeds is considerably taken out of the hands of the
operator. With Joystick and Sky hook technology one can make any boat dance or do a pirouette at dock
side then slide in sideways to snuggle up to the dock while the deckhand casually handles the lines . I am
proud to say that the Huckins has all of these features.
What sets her apart is how she handles at other speeds. Because she is light and extremely stable. She
will not tip from side to side or be tripped up by trim tabs.
Her turning radius is to be envied by all yachts and she will never dig her bow in when in a tight turn.
When backing down hard she does not squat or boil water over her transom.
Maneuverability in a seaway is most important. She climbs over the sea when needed and does not
plow thru it. She handles a following sea without bow steering and will easily climb the back of a wave
and ride it with full control remaining at the helm
Yacht maneuverability has been discussed now I will talk about people maneuverability. Huckins has
built several boats over the years for paraplegics. Huckins continues to be conscious of the ability of one
to easily move about their yacht. When there is more than one level stairs are at a comfortably and safe
The Queen berth is not one that you have to fall on top of the bed to make it up. A step on either side
allows for easy access on both sides to make the bed up.
As a woman the design of the head and shower are important to me. The lighting in the head is properly
placed for women to easily see while putting on their make- up and also we gave men light to shave. The
Fully enclosed shower has plenty of room for one to bend down and pick up a dropped bar of soap
Huckins is a design for comfort and ease.
2. Low maintenance
Since 1928 Huckins has been a low maintenance yacht. Huckins are built to run and be used not sit. My
grandfather, Frank Huckins, only stopped cruising long enough to get change props if necessary and pull
engine maintenance. He painted his hulls white although they were built of Philippine Mahogany that
was begging to be varnished. He had only enough bright work to allow his yachts to be beautiful. Today
we continue to embrace this. Our yachts are beautiful and don’t look like white plastic tennis shoes.
Points of Performance
Huckins creates its beauty by innovation. Glistening Mahogany toe rails, hand rails and accents set every
Huckins apart from the fiberglass sea of white.
Hull and superstructure- All Huckins are painted with awlgrip or a two part poly urethane that far
surpasses the longevity of gelcoat. A wide range of colors are offered both for the hull and
superstructure. The choice of colors is totally yours .All of this gives one a rich low maintenance yacht.
When there is discussion about low maintenance it generally ends at the outside of the yacht. One never
considers looking below the sole (floor) when talking about low maintenance but Huckins does. Huckins
bilges and stringers are faired to the same perfection as the hull sides. Merely a damp cloth to wipe
down the bilge will have it looking as beautiful as the exterior of the yacht.
The Huckins offers beauty plus low maintenance through innovation.
The Huckins hull is a stable platform at all speeds and does not wallow. Even without trim tabs she
doesn’t list when over loaded by too many people sitting or standing on one side of the boat. She rides
at a constant 3 1⁄2* on plane without trim tabs and comes up on plane in 4 seconds. She comes up on
plane at 11 knots and at that speed does not easily get knocked off. Most boats do not come up on
plane until around 16 knots and are easily knocked off at that speed. Most Huckins are designed with a
top speed of 30+ knots and a top cruising speed of 28 knots ( Of course we can always design in more
speed if desired) this gives Huckins a wide cruising range (11kts-28kts) on plane that allows one to
adjust the speed of the boat to match the sea without digging or wallowing.
At rest, which is not often considered when talking about performance, she does not list when
overloaded on one side. She has the same stable feel when slowing down in the ocean: such as trolling
while fishing. One often talks about performance at higher speeds. The Huckins hull is designed for
performance at all speeds. When she is cruising at displacement speeds she does not bow steer and at
any speed one does not have to constantly adjust the helms wheel. As she comes up on plane she does
not stick her nose up in the air before she settles down. She simply rises gracefully and easily to 3 1⁄2
degrees and remains there. This gives one good and proper visibility at all times. Because she of her light
weight construction and extremely efficient hull form she is the most fuel efficient yacht that you can
ever ride on. She is as nimble as a ballet dancer yet designed to take any sea that you can throw at her.
She deftly handles following seas in an ebb tide and does not shirk turning around in a sea without
broaching then facing them head on with the power to ride over the wave and meet the next one. Her
ability to handle all manner of seas allows those on board true confidence.
Points of Performance
I have already discussed Safety in the stability of the Huckins hull performance at sea and Safety in the
Huckins maneuverability. The Huckins hull and superstructure are 100% fiberglass core composite
engineered to take abusive pounding at sea. Huckins yachts are built with high heat vinyl ester resin, E
glass and carbon fiber with “Core-Cell” a closed cell extruded PVC core. This fiberglass core construction
creates an “I” beam construction which is much stronger and lighter than comparable solid fiberglass
construction. Our yachts are proven cutting edge technology because Huckins was the first motor yacht
builder to build their hulls with 100% composite. It has been tried and true since 1975 when Huckins
built its first composite hull, 78’ long. It was the largest composite power boat hull in the United States
at that time. Huckins composite hulls have never had a failure and many times they have seen untold
stress. The composite construction of other builders is just now catching up to the 38 years of Huckins
composite construction. Huckins continues to refine this process for the rest of the industry.
Laminated longitudinal, athwart ship stringers and bulkheads create an integrated hull grid that is
comparable to an armored tank. Four watertight compartments create a large safety factor. If water
intrudes thru and damaged hose or seacock it does not shift to other compartments. This type of safety
gives one peace of mind.