SWEETWATER Hinckley H-45 1984

Hilton Head Island, SC


44.67 ft
12.33 ft
48 hp
11.5 ft


SWEETWATER is simply one of the best maintained and extensively updated classic Hinckley sailing yachts to  become available; it is nearly impossible to fully appreciate her condition without seeing her in person.  She is perfect for cruising shallow bays (4’4” shoal draft with centerboard) and for blue water adventures, complete with every feature for long range cruising in comfort. As an H43 Customized to 45’, she features an extended transom which adds to her overall length and further accentuates her classic Hinckley profile. 


Completed by many of the finest yards and service providers on the East coast, her work item list speaks for itself.  Hull paint, standing rigging, and sails in 2021, electronics in 2019, and a new engine in 2011 are only a start to the extensive list of upgrades and improvements.  She is in the water in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and ready for immediate inspection. 


  • Boat Name: Hinckley H-45 1984
  • Builder: Hinckley Yachts
  • Designer: Ted Hood Design Team
  • Location: Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Displacement Measure: 25,500 lb
Engine 1
  • Brand: Westerbeke
  • Engine Model: 55D-Four
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
  • Hours: 1494
  • Engine Power: 48|horsepower

Vessel Walkthrough


The Ted Hood-designed Hinckley 43 is one of the most capable and enjoyable sailing yachts Hinckley ever built, and was a favorite design of Bob Hinckley.  SWEETWATER is a custom design whose plans were drawn by the by the Ted Hood Design Team, then built by Henry R Hinckley for a meticulous owner who previously owned two Hinckley sailing yachts. SWEETWATER has extended sheerline and has a traditional yawl rig which yields a traditional “HINCKLEY” look combined with superb sailing characteristics. She is easy to maneuver and sail, thanks to Hood in-mast furling system and electric primary winches. She can be turned 360 degrees on her waterline axis using just the engine and proper steering control.


Over the past 20 years, her owners have thoughtfully upgraded and improved nearly every system aboard. Each  upgrade was well planned and executed by some of the most competent and capable yards on the East Coast.  She is an energy independent liveaboard vessel at anchor thanks to solar and wind systems.  A complete list of  service, upgrades, and improvements is available by request.  Below is overview of these items in a condensed format to simplify the review process.






  • New MasterVolt Inverter/ Charger system
  • New grounding straps to ship’s grounding system
  • New float switch for port side bilge
  • All bilges cleaned
  • Proper engine service along with the addition of a remote oil filter assembly mounting configuration. A remote 12 v motor takes the mess out of changing the oil



  • New hull paint- Awl Craft, “Jade Mist”
  • New Achilles Inflatable Dinghy 7’ 3”
  • New water intake sea strainers (2)
  • Engine valves adjusted per specs
  • All standing rigging, including all hardware replaced, including all chainplates
  • New North Sails 3DL laminate sails – Main, Mizzen and Jib



  • Complete cockpit enclosure with changeable screens and/ or plastic panels. Rub rail covers included



  • New Garmin touch screen GPS MAP 8612, Garmin Fantom 24 miler radar
  • New Raymarine depth transducer unit
  • New PYI Dripless prop shaft seal with self-lubricating sea water hose
  • New centerboard pennant
  • New grey water macerator pump
  • Custom cockpit locker partitions (port and starboard)
  • Complete bottom job- bottom faired, “Copper Coat” epoxy bottom, with two additional layers of Petit Hydrocoat
  • Custom canvas deck cover for sun protection
  • Transmission rebuild by Zimmerman Marine, Herrington Harbor, MD
  • Ritchie compass re-filled and re-swung



  • Toe rails and rub rails – stripped and recoated with 15 coats of Epiphanes Clear Gloss varnish
  • All electrical runs were re-wired, and labeled for easy identification and access
  • Life raft inspected
  • Samsung 32 inch “smart” TV (DVD player included also) added
  • Engine exhaust system replaced
  • New All Craft water heater
  • Portable Solbian 100 W solar panel with custom plug allowing the panel to be placed on deck for maximum sun exposure
  • Cockpit mounted plug and cord for charging dinghy bilge pump battery



  • New wind vane transducer – Raymarine
  • Rebuilt jib roller furler
  • Rebuilt Hood Stowaway mainsail furling system



  • Fuel tanks cleaned and fuel polished
  • Pactor Modem added SCS DR-7400 for email while at sea
  • Icom 802 radio with AT-140 tuner
  • Replaced deck wash pump
  • Entire fresh water system, including hoses, pumps, accumulator tank etc. replaced
  • 1000 hr. engine service- injectors replaced, new belts, raw water pump, exhaust elbow etc. (raw water pump has a “quick release” backing plate)
  • New Cruise Air reverse cycle air conditioner/heater
  • New cockpit shower
  • Port and starboard bilge pumps replaced (R&R pumps)
  • New engine start battery Deka – Group 27
  • Added eight Lifeline AGM Batteries added for the house circuit. 6V x 220 Amp-hours each. Total 880 amp hours
  • New fiberglass propane tanks to replace the standard aluminum tanks
  • Muir Windlass fully serviced – gears replaced, etc.



  • New solar panel system- four Solbian solar panels affixed to dodger and bimini. 2 X SP – 50 and 2 X SP – 122 watts total.  Removable 120 W panel which is portable and plugs in to the cockpit console on the port side. (Each panel has its own controller). The solar wind combination allows SWEETWATER to be completely energy independent at anchor
  • “Silent Wind” wind generator added to the mizzen mast. The unit has its own controller
  • New life raft – “Coastal Commander” 6 person model
  • Digital Sea Frost thermostats added for the refrigerator/freezer systems
  • Life lines replaced – with Pelican hook “gates” to allow easy for deck access
  • Custom shelving added to head for additional storage and access



  • Max – Prop sent for PYI service center (near gears, balancing etc.)
  • New dual Racor 500 fuel filters
  • AIS (Raymarine) class B send and receive unit
  • New “Hy-Test” 5/16” galvanized anchor chain rode, with 50 ft. 1” nylon added to the bitter end– Colored depth markers sewn every 25’
  • Replaced Raymarine linear auto pilot drive
  • Custom Corian Counter tops added to galley and head
  • “Hammered effect” copper sinks, with pressurized faucets and hand pumps, added to galley and head
  • Custom smooth ceiling with teak strips added. Anti-fungal paint used on ceiling
  • Overhead hatches sent to the country of Sweden to replace the grey acrylic with a custom green light diffusing hardened lexan
  • Stainless steel chafe guard added along to the bowline to prevent anchor damage to the fiberglass
  • Steering pedestal cable’s and chains replaced
  • Fuel tanks emptied, cleaned and replaced with new fuel



  • Dodger/bimini with deck teak covers (autumn “light brown” Sunbrella), along with a complete cockpit screened/ or plastic enclosure
  • Running rigging replaced
  • Topsides painted with Jade Mist Awl Grip



  • Manson Supreme anchor (45’)
  • Re-bed all deck stations and pulpits



  • Mastervolt Inverter/charger (Model 12-2500-125)
  • Westerbeke 55D-4 Engine, with 160 Amp Balmar alternator, new prop shaft, and PYI dripless shaft seal
  • Force 10 galley stove
  • Sea Frost 12v condenser plate refrigerator/freezer system
  • Bullet Wi-Fi antenna



  • New custom aluminum fuel tanks (60 g each)
  • Standing rigging replaced (including all fittings)
  • Raymarine AIS Class B system (send and receive capability)
  • JBL Stereo system, with Sirius


2009 and Earlier

  • New Sails by Acadia Sails, 2009
  • All cabin lights were replaced by LED lighting, 2007
  • LED Tri-Color navigation light added to the mainmast top, 2007
  • Muir 12v 1200 vertical windlass, 2005
  • Remote electric oil change pump, 2004
  • Fog Mate horn signaling device, 2004
  • Crystal glass deck prisms installed to main cabin, 2003
  • Holding tank (30gal) installed, 2002
  • Hard boom vang installed, 2002
  • All cushions re-done with dark green Ultra-Suede, 2001
  • Custom ¼ berth with cushion, port, lights and fan, 2000
  • Custom rub rails added, 2000




  • Custom Hinckley modified traditional transom
  • Hand laid fiberglass hull with Airex core for additional strength
  • 6” flange molded in to receive the deck, hull and deck bonded with fiberglass to form one piece unit
  • Modified full keel with centerboard
  • Skeg hung rudder
  • Custom rub rails by Hinckley Yacht Services in 2000
  • Deck is hand laid fiberglass with balsa core
  • Deck, deckhouse, and cockpit are molded in one unit and are smooth white gelcoat with Green Mist molded in non-skid
  • Jade Mist AwlCraft hull (2021), gold cove stripe, and single boot stripe
  • Pettit Hydrocoat bottom paint, complete bottom job in 2019
  • Varnished teak toe rails with covers (full strip and 15 coats in 2018)
  • Varnished teak handrails with covers (full strip and 15 coats in 2018)
  • Four chrome ventilation dorades mounted in varnished teak dorade boxes with covers Crystal glass deck prisms for main cabin
  • Three aluminum framed opening hatches with green light-diffusing Lexan panes
  • Hatch and companionway screens
  • Fresh and salt water washdowns
  • Stainless steel cleats
  • Stainless steel stanchions and lifelines


Ground tackle

  • Manson Supreme #45 anchor
  • Hy-Test 5/16” galvanized anchor chain rode, with 50 ft. 1” nylon added to the bitter end, and colored depth markers sewn every 25’
  • Bow anchor roller
  • 7Muir 12v “1200” vertical windlass
  • Stainless steel chafe guard added along to the bowline to prevent anchor damage to the fiberglass





Varnished teak cockpit coamings are both elegant and comfortable and feature winch storage pockets and electric winch controls.  Seat cushions are in very good condition and seats have ample storage underneath and varnished teak handles.  A natural teak sole provides a sure footing and drains well through perforated stainless drains.   Protection provided by a dodger and bimini with full enclosure.  Winches and lines are easy to access. 


  • Pedestal steering with navigation electronics and engine controls
  • Natural teak cockpit sole with stainless steel drains
  • Varnished teak cockpit coamings
  • Three-piece varnished companionway hatch with sliding translucent top
  • Cockpit upholstered in fast-draining green woven fabric with coordinating green piping
  • Flip-up helm seat mounted on mizzen mast
  • Cockpit bimini and dodger, forward connector piece and aft extension (to mizzen mast)
  • Cockpit can be fully enclosed, and features changeable screens and plastic panels
  • Propane locker under aft of cockpit – 2 X 20 gallon tanks in place
  • Engine gauges and controls on forward bulkhead behind protective spray shield
  • Instruments above companionway hatch
  • Two D-rings mounted under companionway for tethering into the cockpit during foul weather


Steering pedestal

  • Stainless steering wheel with leather stitched cover
  • Engine controls
  • Ritchie binnacle-style compass
  • Garmin multi-function display with separate autopilot controller mounted in NavPods
  • Necessary cockpit-accessed switches and engine key start mounted in separate NavPod
  • 12V accessory plug




Traditional varnished teak interior is open, airy, comfortable, and functional. An open and spacious galley on centerline allows for a large navigation station to port.  SWEETWATER sleeps seven in one quarter berth, forward master stateroom, and pilot and convertible berths midship. Three opening hatches and four dorade vents provide plenty of ventilation. Cruisair air conditioning with reverse-cycle heat, and an Espar diesel heater ensure comfort.  Cabin sole is high gloss Awlwood teak and holly. Ample 12 volt LED lighting provides additional general and task lighting.  The head forward to port has doors to both the main salon and forward cabin. 


Across from the head (just aft of the master stateroom), and forward to starboard is a hanging locker with a shelf and drawer under and liquor locker outboard, with louvered doors. Next, the port and starboard transom berths with backs and cushions have storage under, and also contain the house batteries and small water tanks.  The port pilot berth has pullman style privacy curtains, and a shelf/bookcase outboard.  Cushions are dark green Ultrasuede.  The overhead is anti-fungal with teak strips, repainted in 2014. 



  • Varnished teak interior – matte finish
  • Solid teak and holly cabin sole, high gloss Awlwood finish
  • Two deck prisms provide a surprising amount of extra light
  • Centerline mast-mounted teak dining table with two folding leaves and legs
  • Quarter berth aft to port with privacy curtain
  • Pilot berth to starboard outboard and transom berth below
  • Navigation station with cushioned seat, full size chart table, and electronics
  • Liquor cabinet – 18 wine bottles storage capacity
  • Ample storage in lockers, drawers, and compartments
  • AC and DC electrical panels, breakers, and charger/inverter controls outboard of nav station
  • Multiple in-wall speakers
  • 12V Frigast bulkhead and overhead lights
  • 12V fans
  • Weems and Plath clock and Chelsea barometer on forward bulkhead
  • Cruisair 16,000 BTU air conditioning with reverse cycle heat
  • Espar diesel forced-air heating
  • Cushions upholstered in dark green Ultrasuede
  • Weems and Plath oil lamp
  • Storage rack for companionway screens/ hatches



GALLEY (Starboard):

The galley is located on centerline and divided with stove and refrigeration to starboard and with a sink and countertop space with storage to port. It is easily accessed from either the cockpit or the dinette/settee forward.

  • Custom Corian surface countertops with deep fiddles (new 2014)
  • Force 10 (3) burner propane stove w/ oven (new 2011)
  • Hammered-effect copper sink with pressurized faucets and hand pumps
  • Sea Frost cold plate refrigerator/freezer system, with digital thermostats
  • Ample storage space behind louvered doors and drawers
  • Custom Hinckley mug and glass storage/holder on aft bulkhead above refrigeration
  • LP gas control panel/solenoid
  • 120V outlet


HEAD (fwd. Port):

Forward to port is the enclosed head with two separate entrances, one from the forward stateroom and second from main salon.  A custom Corian countertop supports a custom hammered copper sink, hot and cold pressure water, hand freshwater pump, and a telephone-style shower.  Multiple 12v bulkhead and overhead lights illuminate the space.  A medicine cabinet with mirrored face is on the aft bulkhead, and more storage is outboard and below behind louvered doors.  Towel racks are on the forward bulkhead.  A teak shower grate ensures draining and drying.  An overhead hatch and fan ensure ample ventilation. 


  • Jabsco freshwater manual head with Y valve to holding tank
  • Vanity with undermount hammered copper sink, Corian countertop with deep fiddles
  • Telephone-style shower
  • Hot & cold pressure water
  • Teak floor grate
  • Abundant storage in louvered lockers outboard, including linen locker
  • Mirrored medicine cabinet on aft bulkhead
  • 12V and 120V lights
  • Dorade and overhead hatch ventilation
  • Private access to head from forward cabin
  • Towel bar
  • Wrap-around shower curtain to help control shower water




The master stateroom is forward and features a large comfortable berth, ample drawer space, locker and hanging storage, good lighting, and overhead hatch for both light and ventilation.  Outboard forward are open-face shelves and a book rack, and access to the anchor locker is through double louvered doors on the forward bulkhead.  Overhead to port is a neat Danforth tell-tale compass so the skipper can lie down and see which direction the boat is headed. 

  • Privacy door separates stateroom from main salon
  • Custom 7’ V-berth with filler to form a double berth and custom mattress pad on top
  • Bureau with drawers to port
  • Hanging and storage lockers to starboard
  • Sheerline style bookshelves above berth
  • Private access to head
  • Cushions upholstered dark green ultrasuede
  • Access to forepeak forward
  • Large opening overhead hatch
  • Air conditioning vent
  • (2) 12V Frigast lights



The navigation station is outboard of the galley sink on the port side.  It has a cushioned seat, full-size chart table, and complete instrumentation. 

  • Cushioned seat
  • Large table with lift-up lid and fiddle
  • Marine radios (Icom VHF and Icom HAM/SSB) and stereo system
  • Raymarine data display
  • 12V and 120V panels outboard to port
  • Battery switches and charger/inverter controls outboard to port
  • Bookshelf on forward bulkhead
  • Easy access to galley countertop over short divider




  • Hood stowaway electric in-mast furling rebuilt in 2017. Fluid change and new seals 2022
  • Standing rigging (including all hardware and chainplates) replaced in 2021
  • Running rigging replaced in 2013 and as needed since
  • North Sails 3DL laminate sails – Main, Mizzen and Jib (2021)
  • Barient #19 ST mainsheet cabin top winch
  • Barient #32 ST winches forward
  • Barient #28 electric ST winches
  • Barinet #19 ST in-outhaul cabin-top winch with sheet stoppers
  • Hard boom vang
  • Centerboard pennant replaced 2019
  • Harken II Seafurl roller furling rebuilt 2019




SWEETWATER has a primary Garmin navigation suite with additional Raymarine instruments.  As with most systems onboard, these have been updated and improved through the years, and represent a complete and easy to use system for both daytrips and longer voyages.  The main Garmin touchscreen display is at the helm, and radios, stereo, and other equipment are below at the nav station. 


  • Garmin GPS MAP 8612 touchscreen multi-function display
  • Garmin Fantom 24 – mile digital radar
  • Raymarine autopilot, liner drive replaced 2014
  • Raymarine class-B (send/receive) AIS and Sirius weather integrated with MDF
  • Pactor Modem SCS DR-7400 for email while at sea (2016)
  • Ritchie binnacle compass, refilled and re-swung (2019)
  • Fog Mate horn signaling device
  • Samsung 32” smart TV with DVD player (2018)
  • JBL stereo system



SWEETWATER has a fully self-sufficient electrical system at anchor via a combination of multiple solar panel systems, a wind generator, and battery management components.  She had all vessel electrical runs re-wired and labeled for easy identification and access in 2018, and all grounding/bonding straps replaced in 2022. 


12 volt DC electrical system

  • (8) Lifeline 6v 220 amp-hour house batteries, 880 amp-hours total, (2016)
  • (1) Deka group 27 starting battery (2016)
  • Battery parallel switch
  • 160-amp Balmar alternator
  • (4) Solbian solar panels (344W total) affixed to dodger and bimini- (2) SP – 50 and (2) SP 122
  • Removable 120W panel with cockpit plug
  • Silent Wind mizzen-mounted wind generator with dedicated controller
  • Cockpit mounted plug for charging dinghy bilge pump battery



110 volt, AC electrical system

  • Twin 30A shore power cables
  • Mastervolt inverter/charger system (new 2022)





Engine and Propulsion

  • Westerbeke 55D-Four 48hp four-stroke diesel engine, freshwater cooled (new 2011)
  • Valves adjusted in 2021
  • Transmission rebuilt in 2019
  • Exhaust system replaced in 2018
  • 1000 hr. engine service in 2016- new injectors, belts, raw water pump, exhaust elbow, etc. (raw water pump has a “quick release” backing plate)
  • 1” propeller shaft (new 2011)
  • PYI dripless shaft seal (new 2019)
  • Maxprop 3-blade feathering propeller (rebuilt with new gears and balanced in 2014)
  • Engine room sound insulation
  • Remote electric oil change pump


Mechanical Systems

  • CruiseAir air conditioner with reverse cycle heat
  • (2) custom Hinckley aluminum tanks (2010), cleaned and polished in 2016
  • Dual Racor 500 fuel filters
  • Raw water sea strainers replaced in 2021
  • 30 gallon holding tank (2002)
  • Grey water macerator pump replaced in 2021
  • Fresh water system, including hoses, pumps, accumulator tank etc. (replaced in entirety 2016)
  • All Craft hot water heater
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Emergency tiller



  • Achilles Inflatable Dinghy 7’ 3” (new 2021)
  • Life jackets
  • Hatch and companionway screens
  • Dock lines and fenders
  • Custom canvas deck cover
  • Handrail, toe rail, and dorade box covers
  • Cockpit shower
  • Coastal commander life raft with deck mount (new 2016, inspected 2018)
  • LED Tri-Color masthead avigation light
  • Manual and electric bilge pumps
  • Fiberglass propane tanks (new 2016)


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