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Silent Running, Sweet Design

The Hinckley Company’s iconic Picnic Boat daycruiser is now the quietest ride on the water with the new 'SilentJet Experience.'

Hinkley Picnic Boat daycruiser

When it comes to aspirational boating, whether power or sail, many boaters first think of the Hinckley brand. That hasn’t changed much in the modern recreational boating era, especially now with a new hybrid upgrade of its iconic Picnic Boat that can run in full silence with its trademarked SilentJet technology.

Hinckley launched its first fully electric luxury yacht in 2017, a super-light, open deck center-console called Dasher. The builder's upscale clients (a new Picnic Boat starts at $1 million) liked the boat but wanted greater range.

"With SilentJet, you can travel farther with the hybrid diesel system than with the Dasher’s electric platform,” says Geoff Berger, CEO of The Hinckley Company. "Furthermore, we learned that electric-powered water jets are much quieter and produce less vibration than traditional propellers. To deliver a truly silent cruising experience that feels almost like sailing, we knew our water jet propulsion system was the best fit."

Check out this video to see for yourself.

JetStick control system

JetStick control system.

Hinckley started conceptualizing a hybrid solution shortly after the 2017 launch of electric Dasher. A collaboration with marine transmission leaders Twin Disc led to the new hybrid technology into Hinckley's JetStick control system and featured automatic components.

With SilentJet engaged, the Picnic Boat 40 S's cruising speed is 7 knots. Range is at least an hour (at 7 knots, and up to 90 minutes at 5.5 knots), and the Picnic Boat 40 S cruises at 35 knots (depending on load) under diesel power.

Specs To Note

  • 2x 90 kW electric motors, 2x Cummins 550 hp diesel engines
  • 1 x 80 kw/h battery, which can be charged manually or while under diesel power
  • 7+ knot cruise under electric power for 60 to 90 minutes or more depending on speed and conditions
  • Batteries can support air conditioning and other systems at anchor overnight or longer depending on overall loading (without generator)
  • 30- to 45-minute charge time while underway; 8 to 10 hours to charge on shore power.

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A journalist by training, BoatUS Magazine Senior Editor Rich Armstrong has worked in TV news, and at several newspapers, then spent 18 years as a top editor at other boating publications. He’s built a stellar reputation in the marine industry as one of the most thorough reporters in our business. At BoatUS Magazine, Rich handles everything from boat and product innovation and late-breaking news, to compelling feature stories, boat reviews, and features on people and places. The New Jersey shore and lakes of lower New York defined Rich's childhood. But when he bought a 21-foot Four Winns deck boat and introduced his young family to the Connecticut River, his love for the world of boats flourished from there.