Donated vessel. Available for term charter with option to purchase.
WHISPER is a Bill Tripp-designed Hinckley 48 yawl with a spacious 2-stateroom/2-head layout and a large easily-accessed social cockpit. Her previous owner was a master shipwright who customized and detailed the interior to make her a comfortable liveaboard cruising yacht. With her full keel and protected propeller, WHISPER’s hull form is extremely well-suited for New England waters or anywhere where fishing gear or shoal draft is a concern. Her easily handled rig, electric winches and various self-steering options have allowed her current owner to safely and successfully sail her in the Doublehanded Division during the last six Bermuda Races and three Halifax Races.
Having spent all her New England winters indoors WHISPER is in good mechanical and cosmetic condition and is ready for her next season of sailing.
Starting forward and aft of the anchor locker is a V-berth-style stateroom with a double berth to port and a single to starboard. There are shelves over and lockers under the berths. A hanging locker is aft to starboard and a large Hood stainless steel hatch is situated above the berths.
Moving aft there is a large head to port with Corian counter tops, sink, shower and large storage lockers. To starboard opposite the head is a large hanging/utility locker.
To port in the salon is a U-shaped dinette. There are shelves and a locker outboard. To starboard is a pilot berth, with transom berth with shelves outboard, and six large drawers under. There is a large Hood overhead hatch in the salon to provide light and ventilation. Reverse-cycle heat and air conditioning maintain a comfortable temperature in any weather.
Up two steps aft is the nav section to starboard and a galley to port. The galley has a large, single-basin sink built into a Corian counter top. There is a 3-burner Shipmate LP stove with oven and broiler, microwave, top-loading refrigerator with freezer (freezer cools refrigerator), spice rack, and loads of storage for dishes, utensils, pots and pans, dry goods, cleaning supplies etc.
The companionway is on centerline as you move aft. Access to the aft cabin is to port. This cabin has a double berth to port and a single to starboard. There are shelves with lockers outboard, with drawers and foot lockers under. There is a large opening port on the center aft bulkhead that opens into the cockpit, allowing for good airflow throughout the boat. A hanging locker is situated under, with access to the generator compartment through its back. There is a spacious head forward to starboard in this cabin, with Corian counter, sink, shower and good storage.
WHISPER’s interior was custom-refurbished by a master shipwright. It is far more detailed and finished to a higher level than her sisterships. Bulkheads with overhead cabinetry were finished in gloss-varnished birch. The cabin sole is South American hardwood finished in oil; it is very hardy and durable.
WHISPER's hull and deck is solid hand-laid fiberglass. Deck is set into a 6” fiberglass flange in the hull, then fiberglassed and bolted into place. External lead keel with bronze centerboard. WHISPER draws 5’-3” with centerboard up and 11’-10” with centerboard down.
The owner’s personal effects are excluded from the sale.