Voyageur is a “Hinckley 21”,
named for the waterline length of the boat (she is 28 ½ feet
LOA). At least 20 were built in 1946,
but we are aware of only three that still sail today.
The Hinckley 21 was built at the
Henry R. Hinckley yard and was designed by John G. Alden, one of
the most admired American yacht designers.
Carl Alberg, who was working in Alden’s shop, drafted the plans.
Our boat, Voyageur, has always sailed on the Great
Lakes. She was built for
a professor of dentistry (University
of Michigan, Ann
customized each boat according to the wishes of the buyer. For example, Voyageur was planked in
Honduras Mahogany (rather than cedar), has a teak cockpit sole, and was built
with an extended companionway hatch.
We have gathered a number of documents over the
years. We have copies of the original
correspondence between Hinckley and the first
owner. We have also obtained copies
of sales brochures, 1946 magazine advertisements and the original design and
Shipped: Septemeber 20, 1946
Design number: 761-P
Hinckley hull number: 708
Engine: Gray Marine Lugger Light 4, 69 cubic inch, 16
hp @ 1800 rpm.
Maximum speed under sail: 9.75 mph (beam, broad
reaching with main and genoa), 9.5 mph with main and spinnaker)
Maximum speed under power: 8.4 mph at 1760 rpm
Hinckley 21 at builder
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