Hinckley Yachts are recognized as one of the topmost desirable brands for luxury lifestyle. Hinckley is a family friendly entertainment style boat with year-round rendezvous socials and superior concierge service. It is no wonder they have stayed a top brand for 91 years. Preview the newest products, The classic picnic boat, the first pilot house boat in the sport line 40x  , the newest sailboat sou’wester 53 and their first electric yacht Dasher




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Welcome to Newport Living and Lifestyles

I’m Christon and we’re at the 2019 Newport International Boat Show

Joining us today is Peter Saladino from Hinckley Yachts

Hi how are you?

Very good, thanks for joining us today.

Great to be here

What a beautiful day we got

It’s beautiful, yesterday was rainy, today is outstanding, today is boat show weather

We’re gonna have a couple days of it

Yes, we’re gonna have a couple days of it for sure

Your area is packed with people

Yes, we have a great location here at the show.

We’ve had it for a number of years and it’s perfect.

It’s perfect, right as you come in it’s a great location and you can’t miss it.

Right off of 22 Bowens.

Yeah we love it

Go for a chowder, come for some champagne and boats.

It’s the best location and people know where to find is, so that’s great

Tell us a little bit about Hinckley in general they’re a very strong company

Hinckley has been in business for 91 years.

We started off servicing lobster boats up in Maine and we’ve been building

We say building and caring for America’s finest yachts now for 91 years

It’s a kind of a passion and a lot of pride that we put into the boats

We build our boats in America and

it’s fun and we love them and that’s what we do all day it’s a great job and we love it

Well they’re absolutely beautiful boats but not only are you caring for the boats you really care for the people.

I mean we like to take care of our owners and owning a boat is not always easy.

We try to make it very simple.

Simple and easy and caring are the kind of words we talk about,

when we talk about helping our owners with their boats.

We help them move the boats down to Florida for the winter if they want to go and bring it back.

When storms come like we had a week or two ago,

we make sure everything’s kind of buttoned up and

we take care of them whether it’s indoor storage or

boat moving or fixing things, we’re on on-call 24/7 during that during the season.

We’re very close to our customers when they need us.

Well I can attest to that, we have our own personal yacht concierge if you will.

We have we have what’s call ” yacht care managers ” and

you get the phone number and perks,

of your own personal yacht care manager,

who knows your boat and when you have a problem

you’re not calling 1-800 Hinckley you’re calling or texting your guy.

They know your boat, they know how to take it,

they know what kind of engine it has, what kind of transmission it is, when it was serviced, everything.

They can help you and it’s just a very

it’s nice to have the company have your back.

That’s what we do a lot of here at Hinckley.

What are some of your top selling products ?

Well our most famous brand is the picnic boat.

We have here the picnic boat 40 on display, which is a beautiful wood clad

Picnic boat 40 is one of the most heavily optioned picnic boats ever built.

It’s outstanding.


It’s about a 13 months old, it’s a new design so

it’s our most recently redesigned Hinckley and it’s a perennial favorite.

We’ve had a lot of success with the boat and people love it.

It’s designed with a new flow so the path through the boat is on the starboard side and

that allows, on the port side, to be much better social space and it really frees

up the social interactions on the boat and it makes it for a great time with

family and friends on the water.

One of the things that’s new this year is we have a new sport boat line.

Last year at the show we announced our sport boat 40 C, Which is off on the left

This year we have a six week old sport boat 40 X

which is our first pilot house boat in the sport boat line and

that brings some of the performance that outboards are exciting the consumer.

People love outboards and so we now have a performance brand called, our sport boats,

we have the 40 X and the 40 C and it’s been as you can see very very exciting

and active, yes!

Very active and exciting

it’s great to see customers coming out

saying, you know, I’ve been looking for this boat,

I’ve been looking forward to it.

It’s finally here

That’s been something we’ve been looking forward to as well.

Do you have any behind the scenes information about a boat that may be being worked on

that people can look forward to maybe for the next Boat Show?

I would say we have a number of fun projects underway.

We just recently launched a sailboat in Maine a sou’wester 53 , which is exciting

So for those who love their Hinckley sailboats

we have a beautiful new sailboat that were very excited about.

Two years ago we launched our first electric yacht

fully electric yacht, Dasher. We have a new Dasher that we’re launching.

We have a number of projects that are really exciting and

there’s a lot of information on our website at HinkleyYachts.com and

you can go check it out we have some videos and

you can really get a sense of how the boats are experienced and

what people like to do with them and

how they’re having fun on the water with their family and friends

You have several locations

I think we’re unique as a yacht brand

We have 10 yacht care centers up and down the East Coast.

Normally that’s not something that you find with a yacht brand and

this allows us to, as I was talking about earlier,

have this close relationship with our customers and

take care of their boats

We launched a new program called

” yacht care ” this season and

now we will basically pick your boat up and

drop it off anywhere on the East Coast.

We’re close enough to you with our 10 locations

that we can just pick the boat up from your dock, your marina, your yacht club whatever

take it for storage, take it in service and then bring it back to you without any

you don’t even notice it was gone and

so that kind of level of simplicity is not found elsewhere and

we think that that’s a really big thing

Unique and personalized.

Unique and it takes the stress and hassle out of owning a boat.

People want to have the fun parts and they don’t necessarily want the not so fun parts

We help with the not so fun parts, that’s that’s our job

Well haven’t seen anyone out cleaning the boat so far.

Well, we were here at 4:30 this morning doing that , that’s why you didn’t see it but…

I meant my own personal boat

Oh your own personal boat, right, yes

I joke, I joke of course

Your sales team, tell us about your sales team. How many salespeople do you have?

We’re a little unique we don’t have dealers we’re a direct business.

When you talk to Hinckley, you’re talking to Hinckley.

I guess a lot of people in a lot of industries are moving direct

We’ve been direct for our whole time, so when you call us up you’re talking to the Hinckley person in your region.

We have a handful of sales directors worldwide, maybe between 8 to 12 sales directors

that you can speak to depending on your geography and the brand of boat that you’re interested in

You know that this is the person who represents

If you’re on the west coast, you’re talking to someone who represents our company on the on the west coast.

If you’re in Florida you’re talking to someone who knows the market well

And not only represents our market when it’s time to move on to the next boat, they can help you sell that boat and

What’s unique also, we have a program, because of the yards,

We help run a certified pre-owned program so, if you store with us and service with us,

we will certify the boat and so will help you sell it when it’s time to move on and

we will also certify it, because we took care of it

so those are kinds of things you won’t find from anyone else and

it brings together what is actually 700 employees in the in the US and

You’re dealing with a real company, with real people, building real products and taking care of them and

that’s very unique, I think

As a signature brand do you guys host events throughout the season?

We do 2 to 3 owners’ rendezvous a year

We do one in Chesapeake, one in Nantucket, New England, and one in Florida area in the winter

This is a way for us again stay close to customers and have fun

We bring our guys, our team and they’re fixing boats while we’re out having dinner

The boats are get fixed up, the people are having fun

It’s a fun event and it’s a great thing that we do

I want to ask you some personal questions

okay, personal….

If you could own any boat which boat would you own?

I own a Hinckley, a very kind of classic Hinckley sailboat. It’s about 53 years old, a 1967 Hinckley pilot 35

Which is how I wound up here at Hinckley.

I owned the boat for 10-12 years before I started working here and

so when they called me up and said you know we’d like to talk to you about the job

I had Hinkley coffee table book on my coffee table

You were already integrated

It was a very easy yes

I’m excited to come up here. I’ve been here now two years and it was a wonderful decision to come up here and I’m just so proud to work with the team

Signature beverage that you prefer?

I would probably say a Gosling and Tonic with a nice lime, is a very good sailor drink.

People like Dark and Stormy’s but for me it’s a little sweet

When you have too many of those you probably end up with a signature dance.

I don’t have a signature dance, no, there is not a signature dance, I don’t think….?

not that he will admit,

Not on camera

How can people reach you, how can people reach the team

We have on our website HinckleyYachts.com

We have tons of videos and you basically go on there and submit your information and

it basically will route right to one of our guys and they’ll call you up!

What’s your favorite boat show ever?

The Newport International Boat Show.

The 2019 Newport International Boat Show

Thanks for joining us today, Peter. It was a pleasure getting to know you and more about Hinckley Yachts

We look forward to seeing you on

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