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1984 Hinckley Sou'wester 42

Stonington, Connecticut



SERENE is one of those boats that looks great as you approach on from the launch or from the dock, and looks even better once you step aboard.  If you are interested in the Sou'wester 42, you know just how special these boats can be. SERENE is special - she has had just two owners, with the current owner loving her for 17 years.  She shows great, and presents herself with pride and dignity.

We all know that the SW42 has the right pedigree of design and build.  When looking for one, the next most important factor, in this Broker's opinion, is how she has been maintained.  This translates into what many call "condition" - but it goes deeper.  It really means is the boat ready to be sailed and enjoyed without the need to play catch-up on maintenance or necessary upgrades.  

SERENE has enjoyed a pampered life.  She was always cared for at either Hinckley or Dodson Boatyard - two of the highest regarded yards in New England.  Storage has been indoors, heated, and super clean.  Mast down and inside.  All maintenance done seasonally - including engine oil analysis, seacocks serviced, winches, serviced, sails serviced, etc.  Yes, every season.  

In addition, her engine is a replacement and an upgrade to 64 hp - we do not know the actual year, but it has impeccable service and years of oil analysis to prove it.

Sloop rigged, with an electric in-mast Stowaway furling system.  The Harken Mk III headsail furler operates "like butter".  Sails are not recent but are in great shape.  Hull paint and varnish are top-notch.

The interior is super special on this boat - the somewhat rare Ash wood is light, refreshing and sumptuous with exceptional grain.  Many modern boats are using faux ash and oak finishes - this is the real thing, and it is gorgeous. 

Granted, she is somewhat simple (no shore power - she aways on a mooring) - but I prefer to buy boats that are simply equipped and highly maintained - just like SERENE.  And not buggered up with a bunch of old equipment that is now outdated.  One might want to refresh the electronics on SERENE, but it is not necessary.   

Enjoy SERENE just the way she is, or make updates over time if you wish - either way she is going to take great care of you and deliver an exceptional ownership and sailing experience to her new owners.

Ready to be seen in Stonington, CT, just a short drive from I-95.  Come take a look - it will be worth the drive.

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: SERENE
Make: Hinckley
Model: Sou'wester 42
Year: 1984
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: HRH42017A484
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Centerboard


Length: 42 ft
Length Overall: 42'8 ft
Beam: 12'6 ft
Max Draft: 9'1 ft
Min Draft: 5 ft
Displacement: 24,000 lb
Ballast: 8,500 lb

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Westerbeke
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 64hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Engine Hours: 2320
  • Engine Location: Center


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 60 gal
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 155 gal


Heads Count: 1
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Racers and Cruisers, Sloop, Cruisers


John Farmelo
Stonington Yacht Sales


Stonington Yacht Sales
194 Water Street
Stonington, Connecticut, US, 06378
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.



Crafted as only Hinckley seems to do - this interior is done in a gorgeous Ash with rich varnish finishes.  The layout is traditional, with straight settees and centerline drop leaf table.  Hull ceilings throughout. Solid teak and holly cabin sole - where do you find that today?  Excellent ventilation and light.  Lovely upholstery.  The photos tell the story best, but here are some highlights.

The forward stateroom is quite luxurious - with generous storage, lighting and ventilation, as well as a private entry to the head.  The vee berth has an insert to use when desired.  There are two drawers and two lockers under the vee berth.  A small bureau with three drawers and a locker aboce.  Sotrage lockers port and starboard above the vee berth with sliding doors.  And a large hanging locker.

The head has two entrances, significant storage and lighting.  Hot and cold pressure water and shower, as well as a manual faucet for preserving energy.  Wilcox Crittenden manual toilet.

The Salon has a large dining table which can be expanded with two raised leaves.  There is storage in the table.  Both settees port and starboard pull out to make wider berths.  The pilot berth to port above the settee is a crowd favorite!  Storage both port and starboard in several drawers and lockers, with lockers and shelves above the starboard settee.  There is lovely Paul Luke stainless steel/soap stone stove/heater against the main bulkhead, and central heating via an Espar system.

Aft to port, the galley is a proper sea-going galley and has all the amenities for life at sea or in port.  A large refrigerated box featuring two SeaFrost holding plate refrigeration units.  A three burner stainless steel propane stove, with oven.  Double stainless steel sinks.  Excellent locker storage both out board and aft, with dedicated areas for plates, bowls, glassware, etc  A dedicated trash bin on a hinged access panel. And a fold-up counter extension.

Aft to starboard is the highly functional navigation station, with a navigator's seat and storage under the chart table and in drawers.  The electrical panel for both AC and DC systems is at the nav station.  Aft of the nav station is many sailor's favorite quarter berth -with a great side access that leads to a hanging/wet locker and allows fantastic access to the side of the engine. This berth has a lee board on hinges for offshore sailing.

The engine is positioned under the stairs, with a fully opening forward panel(s) and side access from the starboard side.  The engine room is neat and tidy, with excellent access to filters, belts, strainer, etc.

The cockpit is pure Hinckley - elegant, simple, totally comfortable.  One large and deep cockpit locker to port, two more under the helm seat.  There is an aft lazarette under a solid teak locker cover, the propane storage is in this area.


  • Force Ten SS three burner propane stove with oven
  • Double SS sink
  • Hot and cold pressure water.
  • Cold water hand pump
  • Refrigerated ice box, two separate compartments
  • Seafrost Holding plate refrigeration, two units
  • Marinetics remote propane control
  • Many lockers and storage areas, some with fitted areas for dish ware and glass ware
  • Dedicated trash bin locker
  • Paper towel holder
  • Knife block
  • Flip-up counter extension


  • Aluminum Mast and Boom, both painted white and in excellent condition.
  • In-mast electric furling system
  • Main
  • Jib, High Clew
  • Genoa
  • Cruising Spinakker
  • Harken Mk IV 2 Headsail roller furler
  • Merriman reel type centerboard winch
  • Barient 24 halyard winch on mast to port
  • Barient 23 self tailing halyard winch on mast to port
  • Two Barient 24 halyard winches on mast to starboard
  • Two Barient  32 self tailing primary winches
  • Two Barient 28 self tailing secondary winches
  • Barient 23 self tailing mainsheet winch on cabin top next to companionway
  • Aluminum spinnaker pole with storage on deck or on mast.
  • Two jib halyards, one spinnaker halyard, one mainsail halyard
  • Inboard and outboard SS genoa tracks
  • Hinckley custom stainless steel stacked turning blocks


  • Westerbeke 64hp Engine, approximately 2320 hours on meter.   This engine replaced the original some years after construction, with increased horsepower over standard
  • Hinckley Custom AC/DC Panel with analog gauges
  • Batteries:  TBD
  • Trident Marine propane control and detector
  • Hot and cold pressure water
  • Dedicated propane locker, drained overboard, with two aluminum propane tanks


  • Navpod on binnacle with two Raymarine St60 Multi sailing instrument displays and a Raymarine St60+ Wind display
  • Raymarine C90/W nav panel on forward bulkhead in cockpit.
  • Raymarine St60+wind display on forward bulkhead in cockpit
  • Raymarine Autopilot in cockpit near helm
  • Raymarine C90/W nav panel at nav station
  • Raymarine ST60 Tridata display at nav station
  • Raymarine ST60 Max display at nav station
  • Raymarine ST600R wired autopilot remote
  • Icom M700 Single Side Band radio at nav station (may not be in commission) 
  • Icom M127 VHF radio at nav station
  • Compass in stainless steel binnacle with sliding/removable cover


  • Awlgrip paint on hull, Flag blue, excellent condition
  • Interior and exterior varnish is in excellent condition.
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Dodger, with SS frame
  • Bimini with SS frame
  • Teak dorade box with two large Chrome cowl vents
  • Dorade box cover
  • Helm cover
  • Two horseshoe life rings
  • Man-Overboard pole
  • Henry R. Hinckley compass in stainless steel binnacle at helm
  • Stainless Steel cowl vents, with Teak Dorade box and SS guard.
  • Edson Manual bilge pump in cockpit
  • Emergency tiller
  • Fire extinguishers 
  • Varnished teak Cockpit table with two leaves
  • Varnished teak Cup holder at helm
  • Stainless wheel with leather cover
  • Maxwell 1500 Electric vertical windlass with chain gypsy and rope drum
  • CQR anchor (chain/rode TBD)
  • Danforth anchor
  • Teak anchor chocks in deck for danforth anchor 
  • Teak decking in cockpit
  • Stainless steel davits for dinghy, removable
  • Avon 6 person liferaft in chocks on companionway turtle, certification expired in 2021
  • Outboard hoist on stern pulpit
  • Outboard storage on stern pulpit
  • Espar diesel heat for interior
  • Ash wood binocular box near companionway
  • Ash wood storage tray at nav station




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.
Additional Contact Information

Stonington Yacht Sales represents high quality, distinctive vessels, and buyers and sellers who appreciate finely tuned services to meet their unique needs. Please call John Farmelo to learn more about this vessel and our comprehensive, and somewhat exclusive, brokerage services.

John C. Farmelo

Stonington Yacht Sales, LLC

at Dodson Boatyard, Stonington CT.