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1979 Hinckley Bermuda 40

South Berwick, Maine


1979 Hinckley Bermuda 40 MK III Yawl

Introducing "SECRET STORY", a classic and iconic Hinckley Bermuda 40 MK III Yawl centerboard keel sailing yacht. Her experienced second owners consider themselves lucky stewards of this gorgeous sailboat and their care is obvious putting her in the top of the class. She is truly a stunner equipped to sail around the world, much of which she has done with ease in even the worst of ocean conditions. Her owners have kept her in meticulous condition with integrity in mind. Her woodwork since new has always been kept after and gleams. Always stored indoors during the winters (masts included), her soft goods are laundered, and vacuum sealed. Sails, running rigging and dock lines are all properly washed, stowed and the spinnaker treated with Sailkote. Bluewater sailors would appreciate her amazing, custom deck mold and inlaid Teak decks, split rig, shallow draft and centerboard, clear companionway boards, oversized chain, and powerful windlass, watermaker, dodger with oversized frame, custom Graham awning, solar panel, Onboard Solutions True Power 400 PS, super reliable engine and assortment of the necessary tools and spare parts. Extensive Refit 2002-2006.


Stonington Yacht Sales is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by United Yacht Sales - RI / CT / New England Area.

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: Secret Story
Make: Hinckley
Model: Bermuda 40
Year: 1979
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Hinckley
Designer: William C. Tripp
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: notknown
Has Hull ID: Yes


Length: 40 ft / 12.19 m
Length Overall: 41 ft / 12.50 m
Waterline Length: 28'10 ft / 8.79 m
Beam: 11'8 ft / 3.56 m
Max Draft: 8'6 ft / 2.59 m
Min Draft: 4.25 ft
Displacement: 19,000 lb
Bridge Clearance: 58 ft / 17.68 m
Ballast: 6,500 lb
Cabins Count: 2

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Westerbeke
  • Model: 4-107
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 40hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Engine Location: Center


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 48 gal
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 110 gal
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 15 gal


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

Vessel Walkthrough


The interior finish is varnished African Mahogany hull sides and handrails with varnished teak and holly sole with built in dustpan and grate.

  • Newer Ultrasuede Cushions
  • Sleeps 6
  • (2) Opening hatches, one with custom awning
  • Cedar lined hanging lockers
  • 12-Volt bulkhead lighting

Entering from the cockpit, the companionway steps include a locker at the top step. The main cabin incorporates the galley to port, navigation station to starboard aft, and full width salon, separated by half bulkheads. Forward are the Head and Master Stateroom.


  • Midship full width area with folding dinette to port
  • Settees pull out to single berths with storage under and behind seat backs
  • Pilot berths above settees
  • Opening hatch with screen
  • Soapstone fireplace/heater to port forward the head wall


The L-Shaped Galley is immediately to port from the companionway opposite the nav station with counter workspace and stowage.

  • White Formica countertops
  • Double stainless-steel sink
  • Shipmate gimbaled 3-Burner LP gas stove/oven
  • Self-stowing stove cover adds to the counter space
  • Refrigeration Ice Box

Navigation Station:

  • ICOM VHF Marine Radio
  • Garmin GPS Chartplotter with AIS and Active Captain
  • Raytheon Radar
  • SSB Radio
  • Pactor II Email Modem

Master Stateroom:

Located forward through a solid mahogany door is the Master Stateroom with V-Berth and insert to create a double berth.

  • Bookshelves above and storage under
  • Seat between berths with storage
  • Hanging locker to starboard opposite a four-drawer dresser
  • Double door access to the forepeak anchor/chain locker
  • Opening hatch with custom awning
  • Custom Full-Length Mirror


  • Full head with shower
  • Opening port
  • Large cowl vent
  • Espar heating vent
  • Varnished Teak trim and sole grate
  • Stainless steel sink and handheld shower
  • Medicine cabinet
  • Drawer storage
  • Opening port with screen


  • Zodiac Life Raft
  • New Dodger
  • Graham Awning
  • Solar Panel
  • Gold Leaf Cove
  • Varnished exterior Teak toe rails, trim lazarette hatch covers and dorade boxes
  • Solid hand laid fiberglass hull reinforced in all stress areas
  • Deck - balsa core deck is set in molded 6 hull flange, fiber-glassed and bolted to form a permanent hull/deck joint
  • External lead keel with 9-foot centerboard
  • Stainless steel stanchions with lifelines and gates
  • Windlass is Ideal
  • Stainless steel stem head with anchor roller
  • Stainless steel bow and stern pulpits
  • Large chromed double dorades in teak box with storage and guard
  • (2) Hatches with screens
  • Integral stainless steel and teak boarding ladder in stern pulpit
  • Custom made fiberglass deck mold was recessed to accommodate an "inlaid, glued and screwed" 3/4" Teak deck versus installing standard Teak decks on top of the standard fiberglass decks like most B40's
  • New 15-Gallon holding tank, pump and hoses
  • New Stainless Steel Water Tanks

Sails and Rigging:

  • Keel stepped 58' aluminum mast
  • Stainless Steel standard rigging
  • Main sail and mizzen sail cover
  • Sail Area of 648 SF
  • Oversized Barient Winches
  • 9-foot Centerboard
  • Full Batten Main 2006
  • Full Batten Mizzen 2006
  • 110 and 125% Headsails for roller fuller
  • 100% Hank-On Stay Sail for Removable Inner Forestay
  • (1) Large Asymmetrical Spinnaker
  • All Quantum Dacron Cruising Sails. Good condition. Washed. Spinnaker Washed and treated with Sailkote.
  • All rigging standing and running has been replaced. All running rigging and dock lines are oversized and washed. Oversized Barient Primarys and Secondarys. Barient Mainsheet. Winches on main mast and mizzen.
  • Extra ballast added to accommodate the 58' mast


The spacious B40 cockpit has a bridge deck for the helmsman, two large seat lockers and a Teak coaming with scuttles cut for access to the hollow winch bases, Teak covered cockpit coamings with winch pockets and a Teak sole. There is storage in the opening watertight cockpit seats that include a sail locker.

  • Varnished Teak folding two leaf cockpit table binnacle guard mounted
  • Varnished Teak companionway with optional screens and custom plexi-glass panels
  • Stainless Steel pedestal guard and elk hide covered Yacht Specialties Stainless Steel steering wheel with compass in binnacle top and throttle controls
  • All Personal Items
Mechanical Disclaimer

Engine hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker is told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meters. The broker cannot guarantee the true hours. It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or his agent to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise and major overhauls as well as all other representations noted on the listing brochure.


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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