Hinckley Pilot 35

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To locate and connect with all current Hinckley Pilot 35 owners, and update the master list from the Danilek's 1984 book, "Pilot 35".




Don/Jane Danilek 1984 Book, "Pilot 35"

Don and Jane Danilek, authors of the 1984 book, "Pilot 35", are members of this site. Don has contacted us to let us know, and spread the word, that he still has copies available. If you would like a copy of their book, please leave a comment on their page with your contact information. Click on Don and Jane Danilek


Manual 3 Replies

Does anyone have the original manual that came with the boat?  Looking especially for a 1964 custom.  Thanks!Continue

Started by TARA. Last reply by TARA Feb 26.

Re-powering? 5 Replies

We're thinking of re-powering our Pilot 35 (currently have the original Westerbeak 4017). Does anyone have any experience or advice to share?We would greatly appreciate your thoughts!Thx. Continue

Tags: 4017, engine, westerbeak, power, re

Started by Airball. Last reply by Marshal Gibson Jan 6.

Wheel size

Has anyone with a 24" wheel found that it creates too much weather helm? I have 28" wheel and would like to get around the wheel more easily.

Started by Marshal Gibson Oct 14, 2014.

Engine weight 1 Reply

Does anyone have any thoughts on the weight difference between an Atomic 4 and a Westerbeke diesel?  I believe the Pilot 35s were originally designed to carry an Atomic 4.  My last boat had one and…Continue

Started by Sea Fever. Last reply by Marshal Gibson Sep 22, 2014.

Blog Posts

Pilot Names

Hull# Year Name(s); Home Port; Owner

Click on an underlined name for more information on that specific Hinckley Pilot

3501 1956 HUNTRESS (Sequence, Damn Yankee); Rockland, ME; Kevin Harris

3502 1956 MOONLIGHT LADY (Wings of the Morning)

3503 1957 MY FAIR LADY; Hartsville, SC; Corey Luther

3504 1957 YANKEE (Allegro; Wild Goose, Checkmate, Wawa V); Long Beach, CA; Don Siembieda

3505 1957 HOPESTILLE…


Posted by Gunga Din on October 14, 2013 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Dutchman System

I am having a small problem with the Dutchman system on Whimsey. When I drop the main sail a
Small section on the end of the main collapses over the wheel (and anyone standing or sitting there).
Is this normal? No one here seems to have any experience with this system.

Posted by Whimsey on August 15, 2013 at 7:05pm

Electric winches

I noticed that someone posted earlier that they installed two speed electric winches...I am thinking of doing the same on the jib to make Whimsey easier to single hand. would love to hear if there are many of you who have installed them and how it worked out?

Posted by Whimsey on August 15, 2013 at 7:00pm

Below Deck Autopilot

I want to install a below deck autopilot (Simrad) on Gygax.

I need to know which is the preferred type of ram, hydraulic or electric?

What should be the stroke of the ram 7" or 12"?

Should a hydraulic unit consist of two pieces or can a unit piece unit be installed?

The comments of anybody with experience with below deck autopilots are welcome.

Posted by Gygax on June 23, 2013 at 10:56pm — 2 Comments


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Ap and Prop

"Marshall, Haven't been on in a long time Worked out fine Didn't need to change our aperture"
Mar 11
TARA replied to TARA's discussion Manual
" Hey John, lost your email and wish to buy your book.  Also I discovered about 15-20pound lead bars under the forepeak just aft of the anchor locker.  I have noticed that TARA was bow down and removed them.  She seems to sail…"
Feb 26
Sea Angel posted a status
"We are looking to replace our old Wilcox-Crittenden head (original, hand and foot pump) with one that will fit in the Pilot. Suggestions?"
Feb 20
Sea Angel posted a status
"Please see the right-hand side of the homepage for information about an HPA event for this summer, 2015."
Feb 8
STRUMMER is now friends with Airball and John Kibarian
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PANACEA and Sea Fever are now friends
Jan 30
Marshal Gibson replied to Airball's discussion Re-powering?
"Who did the re powering work? Did it require altering the shaft? "
Jan 6
TARA replied to TARA's discussion Manual
"Business is great, so far TARA has had over 2,000 people cross her decks.  People just love sailing aboard her.  Sad news is NY Harbor is taking it’s toll on TARA.  I am trying to keep up but boy is it…"
Dec 19, 2014
Don and Jane Danilek replied to TARA's discussion Manual
"David - I am not aware of any "original manual" for any Hinckley Pilot.  Having accessed the S&S and Hinckley files and archives in 1982/3, if there were such a manual, I think I would have come across it.  I have a…"
Dec 19, 2014
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Marshal Gibson commented on Beam Reach's photo

Ap and Prop

"How has that particular feathering prop worked for you?"
Nov 28, 2014
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Nov 26, 2014
Glory left a comment for Marshal Gibson
"Hello Marshall, You are having the restoration addressed in Maine? Where abouts? Name of your boat?  Same name as previous owner? I am scheduled for a compression test over the next couple weeks. Hoping I don't have major surgury coming…"
Nov 23, 2014
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"Our two year restoration close to being done. Dodson Boatyard in Stonington CT did an amazing job."
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Nov 18, 2014
Audra and Fair Wind are now friends
Nov 6, 2014

Hinckley Pilot Association's Social Network

This site is the official social network that accompanies the Hinckley Pilot Association. Clicking on the above link will take you to the website, where there is more information on the Hinckley Pilot 35. We encourage all to become official members of the HPA.

ATTENTION HPA MEMBERS - HPA Event This Coming Summer, 2015

We are considering a Summer ’15 Get-Together

When: Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26

Where: Mid afternoon, Friday 7/24 at our field in 

Round Pond, Maine.

Cook up, catch up and set the stage for a weekend 

of sailing on Muscongus Bay.

All owners who are interested should please send a note to me:

Buzz Billik   hinckley35@me.com

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