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1981 Hinckley B-40 MKIII

  • 40 ft
  • Sloop
  • West Bath, ME, US

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The Bermuda 40, by Hinckley has to be the iconic classic in fiberglass.  This sloop rigged Mark III version is in exceptional condition throughout and literally needs nothing.  When visiting the Hinckley yard in Southwest Harbor, ME the owner has been told by service managers and brokers alike that his boat is in the top 10% of what they see.  Add that to the impeccable Hinckley build quality and timeless Bill Tripp lines and one can only ask what more could you want?

This yacht in particular is one lucky "B-40" extensively refit by the current owner, GOLD DUST, has new toe rails, lifelines and stanchions, electronics, cockpit coamings removed and refinished and then re-bedded, new engine and all new primary wiring, new water tanks and waste system, all new interior finish work and on and on and on; please read through the full specs for details.  She could be priced much higher but the owner prefers to sell and shift to power vs. "fishing for a number".  For serious buyers of this iconic classic there is simply not a better value available!



Basic Information

West Bath, ME, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
Vessel Name:
Gold Dust
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Dimensions & Weight

40 ft - 12.19 meter
40 ft 9 in - 12.42 meter
11 ft 9 in - 3.58 meter
Draft - max:
8 ft 9 in - 2.67 meter
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Direct Drive
Fuel Type:
43 (Individual), 43 (combined)
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Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
48 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
110 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Holding Tank:
16 gallons - 1 tank(s)


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The Hinckley Bermuda 40 provides accommodations for six in a single stateroom.  Light filled layout thanks to her four large fixed ports, five smaller fixed ports and one opening port in the head, two very large hatches and three dorades add additional light and ventilation.  All hatches and opening ports fitted with screens.  Twelve volt lighting throughout with swivel style lamps at all settees and berths, and dome type lamps in working areas.

GOLD DUST is a full mahogany interior yacht with teak and holly soles and has what became the preferred option, once offered, having the separate navigation station to starboard.  Among other refit items, the entire interior has been re-varnished since 2010 and was given multiple coats and looks as fresh and new as any '81 possibly could. The bulkheads were stripped and refinished with a minimum of eight coats and in one or two areas new veneer was refitted.  As part of the 2010 portion of her refit the cabin sole was removed and lightly belt sanded, completely coated in epoxy, top, bottom, edges and then given eight plus coats of varnish. 

Starting forward is the separate Stateroom, a 6'-6" v-berth with drawer storage below.  Above the berth the hull is lined with varnished mahogany "ceiling" strips and there is a 3/4 length shelf.  Aft and to starboard is a generous hanging locker.

Next aft to port is the enclosed Head with athwart-ship running Corian vanity sink.  Hot and cold pressure water, manual W.C. plumbed via a Y valve to the holding tank, ensuite shower with teak grate and curtain draining to a separate sump with pump.  The port in this compartment has opening for better ventilation.

The Salon features settees P&S with drawer storage under and in the seat backs and pilot berths above and outboard.  Dining is from a drop leaf varnished mahogany table which houses the centerboard winch.  Additional storage is in a bureau and locker forward and to starboard.

The L-shaped Galley is aft and to port with excellent storage in several lockers and drawers.  A large well insulated "icebox" fitted with 12 volt refrigeration and a small freezer compartment.  Cooking is managed off a new Force 10 gimbaled three burner propane stove with oven.

Opposite to starboard is the aft facing Navigation Station and seat with drawers and chart table with storage for chart kits and the conveniently located electrical distribution panels. 

There are 102 total drawers, lockers, storage cubbies, custom shelves, and brackets, a place for everything, in the interior.

Since purchase in 2008, the current owner has done the following work which is more clearly enumerated in Additional/Refit Information in a section elsewhere in the listing.  

  • Entire interior re-varnished multiple coats in stages
  • Cabin sole removed stripped epoxy coated and given 8 coats of varnish
  • New lighting fixtures or older ones removed and refinished
  • New cushions and upholstery
  • New galley and head Corian counter tops 
  • New head and galley sinks & plumbing fixtures
  • New propane stove with oven
  • New refrigeration
  • New stereo and CD player

Sails and Rigging-

Sloop rigged single spreader keel stepped mast and boom with 1" X 19" stainless steel wire rigging.

  • Schaefer 2100 Roller Furling
  • New Garhauer main traveler cam cleats and lines 
  • 2 Barient 28 ST 2 speed primaries, re-chromed
  • 2 Barient #23 ST secondaries, re-chromed
  • 3 Barient  #23 ST halyard and main sheet winches
  • Rod lug tensioners and swagged terminals
  • Spinnaker gear and deck mounted pole
  • Try sail track on mast
  • Tides track fro mainsail 2010
  • Dutchman system for main 2011
  • North partially batten mainsail 2010 and main cover
  • 130% RF North Genoa 2009
  • North working jib 2016
  • North storm try sail 10.5 oz. older but like new
  • Older 3/4 oz. spinnaker


All new electronics under current ownership.  Set up for coastal and near coastal cruising.

  • Garmin 740 color radar/plotter 2014
  • Garmin HD 18 Radar Scanner 2014
  • Garmin Autopilot 2014
  • Garmin remote for autopilot 2015
  • Raymarine ST60 Speed/Log 2009
  • Raymarine ST60 Depth 2009
  • Raymarine ST60 Wind Point & Speed 2009
  • Icom M59 VHF 


A Kubota 43 HP fresh water cooled diesel engine, new in 2013 and showing 563 hours as of 6/1/19 turns a 3 blade 17 X 11" propeller on a 1" shaft through a Twin Disc 2:1 reduction gear.

  • New shaft and stern tube 2019
  • Racor fuel filter
  • New Dripless haft seal
  • 2 New Rule 1100 electric bilge pumps
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Macerator pump
  • All new waste system 2007 including tanks, hoses, & Y-valve
  • In stages, all new hoses, water, fuel, exhaust 
  • New primary water tanks in plastic below cabin sole
  • Centerboard winch rebuilt and centerboard removed new pin etc.


Wired for 12 Volt DC and 110 Volt AC service.  A Xantrex 1800 watt inverter/charger will handle light AC loads when off the dock.

12 Volt DC:

  • Distribution panel with breakers
  • Volt & Amp meters
  • All new primary 12 Volt wiring from engine alternator to batteries to switch panel 2013
  • New Starboard battery boxes stbd side 2009 port side 2013
  • 100 amp alternator
  • 2 Trojan 6 V 205 ah deep cycle batteries wired in series 2016
  • 1 Trojan 12 V engine start battery 2016
  • 1 Trojan deep cycle separate refrigeration system battery, system added 2009 battery new 2014

110 Volt AC:

  • Distribution panel with breakers
  • 30 amp shore power inlet in cockpit
  • 50' 30 amp shore power cord
  • Volt meter
  • Outlets
  • Allcraft all stainless 11 gallon Hot Water heater (also engine supplied) installed under prior ownership but reasonably recent
  • Xantrex 1800 Watt inverter/charger 2014

Hull and Deck; Construction-

The B-40's are all solid fiberglass hull construction, GOLD DUST being a Mark III version has a closed cell foam cored fiberglass deck.  This improvement reduced weight in the boat by several hundred pounds reducing heeling and pitching moment and generally making the boat more comfortable to be on board in a seaway.

The hull was Awl gripped of white in 2005 and has been given multiple coats of Awlcare wax system each year and is in very good condition.

Fiberglass house and decks with molded in non-skid, varnished teak trim and stainless deck hardware. 

Large cockpit long enough that one can sleep under the stars if so desired, deep sail/storage lockers P&S and large lazarette.  Edson wheel steering.  Wide side decks allow easy access fore and aft.

  • Ideal 12 volt vertical drum anchor windlass with chain and rope drums with new foot pedal controls and solenoid 2019
  • 45 lb CQR anchor with 15' of chain and 150' of plaited rode (chain and rode new 2016) 
  • 22 lb Danforth secondary anchor and rode
  • Saltwater wash down forward
  • Fresh water wash down starboard side
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Dodger with stainless grab handles 2014
  • Cockpit awning
  • Folding Hinckley varnised  teak table with leaves
  • Teak outboard motor bracket
  • Teak folding swim/boarding ladder
  • Fenders with covers
  • 4 braided dock lines
  • 6 Type I and Type II PFD's
  • Flare kit
  • Life sling
  • 3 ABC dry chemical fire extinguishers
  • Emergency tiller

As part of her ongoing maintenance and improvements the following have been done:

  • New toe rails 2009
  • New aft cockpit coaming 2011
  • P&S cockpit coamings removed 2009 stripped and refinished
  • New stainless half round anywhere used on deck
  • Dorade box removed and modified to make routinely removable for better varnish finish maintenance
  • All new stanchions and lifelines

Additional; Refit Review-

This Hinckley Bermuda 40 has received an amazing amount of refit and upgrade attention under current ownership.  Shortly prior to the current owners acquisition the prior owner had Awl gripped the hull in 2005 and in 2007 installed an entire new waste system.  Also about that time a new water heater was installed.


  • New fresh water hoses in the bilge area
  • Bilges repainted where ever accessed for other refit work
  • New teak trim pieces around centerboard trunk
  • New main sheet blocks
  • New shower plumbing fixture
  • New cushions & upholstery
  • New stereo
  • New primary water tanks P&S under salon sole in plastic
  • All ports removed and replaced 
  • New toe rails installed
  • New stainless half round on cockpit coamings, rub rails etc.
  • Dorade box modification to allow removal seasonally better varnish & hold finish
  • Cockpit coamings removed and refinished and re-installed
  • Cabin sole removed, sanded, epoxy coated on all sides and edges and given 8 coats of varnish
  • Parts of interior stripped and refinished


  • Added Inverter
  • New horn
  • New Genoa
  • Bottom stripped and barrier coated
  • New North Main
  • Parts of interior stripped and refinished 
  • Brow on house stripped and refinished
  • New Force 10 3 burner gimbaled stove and oven
  • New galley and head counters in Corian
  • New Dutchman system for main
  • New Tides track on mast. added
  • New Windex
  • New teak shroud rollers


  • Center board removed, inspected and winch/worm gear overhauled added travel bar limit plate and replaced pivot shaft/pin
  • New galley and head faucets 
  • New Capri 50 refrigeration unit
  • Added battery in port sail locker for refrigeration
  • Replaced and or refinished some interior lighting


  • Portions of interior stripped and refinished 
  • Compass removed and rebuilt/serviced 
  • New 3/8" Vectran main halyard


  • New Kubota diesel and transmission
  • Engine compartment refinished
  • PSS dripless shaft seal added 
  • New muffler
  • New bronze raw water strainer and thru hull and seacock
  • New aft cockpit coaming
  • New Garmin Radar/Plotter, all new wiring for same including radome on mast and all new autopilot
  • New battery boxes in Starboard
  • New throttle cable
  • New section in Galley bulkhead and refinishing work done


  • New Garheur traveller
  • New anchor locker doors at forward bulkhead
  • New 17 X 12 propeller
  • New anchor rode 150' 5/8" plaited line
  • New rule 100 GPH bilge pumps


  • New Garmin Autopilot remote
  • New Bayview Sails & Rigging dodger with stainless grab rails


  • New 100% RF jib
  • Propeller removed and re pitched
  • New Trojan lead acid 6 volt house batteries
  • Primary winches overhauled


  • New lifelines and stanchions


  • Secondary winches serviced and re chromed
  • New Weems & Plath brass clock & barometer set
  • New backstay


  • New shaft, stern tube & cutlass bearing
  • New shaft coupling
  • Engine alignment 
  • New Rule 1100 GPH bilge pump

In addition to all of the above there are hundreds of minor pieces of equipment replaced that the owner has detailed in extensive maintenance records.  In addition to all of this, the maintenance has been thoughtful and complete, e.g. alternate years servicing all the sea cocks, some years doing four coats of varnish versus two in order to keep nice depth.

The service managers and brokers, when visiting at the Hinckley yard in Southwest Harbor, Maine, have repeatedly told the owner she is in the top 10% of what they see in the iconic B-40 fleet.....need we say more?

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The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.





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Disclaimer: The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his/her agents, or his/her surveyors, to instigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.