Refit: Hinckley 51


Vessel: Hinckley 51 Sailing Yacht

Name: Catherine
Owner: Kimberly & Brian S.
Hailing Port: Harpswell, Maine

Using a multi-phase approach to a major refit project, the GIBY service team is helping the owners of a beautiful 1985 Hinckley 51 gradually transform their boat. Phase I and II are complete. Phase III is in the offing. But first, she’ll sail south for the winter!

“There is no other boat yard I would trust to work on CATHERINE,” says Kimberly. “I like the fact that GIBY has such a wide range of boats in their care. Someone always has a good idea of what will work on my boat, from cosmetic issues to systems.”

Work Scope:

  • Refinish mast with Awlgrip
  • Refinish deck with Awlgrip
  • Repair non-skid, match exisitng non-skid pattern
  • Refinish hull with Awlgrip
  • Remove, rechrome, and rebed all deck hardware
  • Rebuild lifelines
  • Replace a portlight
  • Relocate cockpit instrument panel for easier viewing and access
  • Replace formica with Corian countertops in galley
  • Build mahogany cabinet door for galley cupboard
  • Replace formica companionway bulkhead with mahogany
  • Survey and upgrade rig
  • Install new electrical panel
  • Upgrade navigation package
  • Repair & improve operation of centerboard
  • Install nav station relays at helm
  • Install Side Power bow thruster
  • Install new holding tank & new hosing
  • Service windlass & furler
  • Preventative maintenance on engine
  • Leather-wrap helm



One Comment

James Lawson

Beautiful work done. Any photos of the work done on the centerboard? I am currently attempting to repair a centerboard on a Hinckley 48, very limited guidance material is available. I would be interested in any photo’s of work completed on the Hinckley 55 centerboard. Thank you.


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