GMT Composites to build PowerFurl boom for newest Hinckley DS42

GMT Composites to build PowerFurl boom for newest Hinckley DS42
GMT Composites to build PowerFurl boom for newest Hinckley DS42

GMT Composites to build PowerFurl boom for newest Hinckley DS42

In the new construction arena, Hinckley Yachts is building a Day Sailor 42 which will be rigged with a GMT carbon PowerFurl 215 boom. GMT and Hinckley first collaborated in 1991 when GMT built the first ever carbon fiber spar for a cruising class boat on the Hinckley 59. The DS42 will be the first newly built Hinckley to ever be rigged with GMT’s PowerFurl boom.

The DS42 is a classic beauty designed by Bruce King. With a LOA of 42’3” and a LWL of 29’3”, its lines are long and low with swept ends and long over-hangs. It is a graceful craft on which the wrong boom could stick out like a sore thumb. Fortunately, the shape of the PowerFurl 215 boom has been designed originally under the aesthetic eye of the late Niels Helleberg. Attention was paid not only to furling function of the boom with its integrated motor, but to the tapered lines of the exterior.

When Hinckley built the first DS42, GMT did not yet make the PowerFurl boom. Gregg Ball, Project Manager at Hinckley, leads the team on this new build. His task is to bring all the elements together in taking this new 42 to the next level as a “modern classic”. He comments, “The GMT PowerFurl boom combines the elements of function, quality, and aesthetics that fit right in line with Hinckley”.

The PowerFurl boom is a carbon fiber construction in both the mandrel and shell for lighter weight and strength. The motor (electric or hydraulic) is housed inside the front of the mandrel itself. Operation is done via switches in the cockpit for push button control which makes for convenient furling or reefing at any angle to the wind.

http://www.hinckleyyachts.com/Sailboats/ds42/ds42.php