WHISPER | Hinckley H-48 | 48ft

Eliot, ME, US


WHISPER | Hinckley H-48 | 48ft


Eliot, ME, US


Classic Bill Tripp design. Two-stateroom/two-head layout. Well maintained and upgraded.


  • Length: 48ft
  • Beam: 13' 0"
  • Draft: 11' 9"
  • Year: 1968
  • Hull: Fiberglass
  • Engine: (1) Yanmar, 90 hp


  • Designer: Bill Tripp
  • Keel: Centerboard


  • Length Overall: 48.00 ft
  • Max Draft: 11' 9"
  • Beam Measure: 13' 0"


  • Engine Brand: Yanmar
  • Year Built: 1991
  • Engine Model: 4JH9 HTE
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Hours: 5119
  • Engine Power: 90 hp


  • Fresh Water Tanks: 1 (200 Gallons)
  • Fuel Tanks: 1 (95 Gallons)


WHISPER is a Bill Tripp-designed Hinckley 48 yawl with a spacious two-stateroom/two-head layout and a large easily-accessed social cockpit. Her previous owner was a master shipwright who customized and detailed the interior to make her a comfortable liveaboard cruising yacht. With her full keel and protected propeller, WHISPER’s hull form is extremely well-suited for New England waters or anywhere where fishing gear or shoal draft is a concern. Her easily handled rig, electric winches and various self-steering options have allowed her current owner to safely and successfully sail her in the Doublehanded Division during the last six Bermuda Races and three Halifax Races.

Having spent many New England winters indoors, WHISPER is in good mechanical and cosmetic condition and is ready for her next season of sailing.


Starting forward and aft of the anchor locker is a V-berth-style stateroom with a double berth to port and a single to starboard. There are shelves over and lockers under the berths. A hanging locker is aft to starboard and a large Hood stainless steel hatch is situated above the berths.

Moving aft there is a large head to port with Corian counter tops, sink, shower and large storage lockers. To starboard opposite the head is a large hanging/utility locker.

To port in the salon is a U-shaped dinette. There are shelves and a locker outboard. To starboard is a pilot berth, with transom berth with shelves outboard, and six large drawers under. There is a large Hood overhead hatch in the salon to provide light and ventilation. Reverse-cycle heat and air conditioning maintain a comfortable temperature in any weather.

Up two steps aft is the nav section to starboard and a galley to port. The galley has a large, single-basin sink built into a Corian counter top. There is a three-burner Shipmate LP stove with oven and broiler, microwave, top-loading refrigerator with freezer (freezer cools refrigerator), spice rack, and loads of storage for dishes, utensils, pots and pans, dry goods, cleaning supplies etc.

The companionway is on centerline as you move aft. Access to the aft cabin is to port. This cabin has a double berth to port and a single to starboard. There are shelves with lockers outboard, with drawers and foot lockers under. There is a large opening port on the center aft bulkhead that opens into the cockpit, allowing for good airflow throughout the boat. A hanging locker is situated under, with access to the generator compartment through its back. There is a spacious head forward to starboard in this cabin, with Corian counter, sink, shower and good storage.

WHISPER’s interior was custom-refurbished by a master shipwright. It is far more detailed and finished to a higher level than her sisterships. Bulkheads with overhead cabinetry were finished in gloss-varnished birch. The cabin sole is South American hardwood finished in oil; it is very hardy and durable.


  • 12V DC / 110 V AC
  • Westerbeke generator 4.4 kW, 3,007 hrs. (8/2023)
  • Heart Interface inverter/charger
  • (2) 8D House AGM batteries 
  • (1) 27-Series AGM start battery
  • (1) 8D AGM cockpit winch and gen start battery
  • Heart Interface electric AC/DC breaker panel
  • 30 amp shore power cord
  • Interior lights converted to LED
  • Tri-color masthead lights are LED
  • Spreader lights are LED 


  • Cockpit 
  • Raymarine radar 
  • Raymarine E-80 chart plotter at helm 
  • ICOM M302 cockpit VHF 
  • Simrad AP26 autopilot 
  • Raymarine ST60 wind/speed/depth cockpit instrument 


  • Nav Station 
  • Raymarine E-80 chart plotter 
  • Standard Horizon GX5000S VHF w/auto fog horn and hailer on mizzen 
  • ICOM M700 SSB 
  • Sony stereo with CD changer 
  • Bose stereo speakers in salon 
  • Raymarine AIS 500 send/receive to chartplotters 


  • Yanmar diesel engine 4JH9-HTE, 90 hp, 5119 hours (8/2023)
  • 12,000 BTU reverse-cycle air conditioning 
  • Grunert holding plate refrigeration 
  • (2) 12 volt electric bilge pumps 
  • (1) Edson manual bilge pump 
  • (2) Wilcox Crittenden “Skipper” heads 
  • 6 gal. electric hot water heater 


WHISPER's hull and deck is solid hand-laid fiberglass. Deck is set into a 6” fiberglass flange in the hull, then fiberglassed and bolted into place. External lead keel with bronze centerboard. Centerboard configuration offers a minimum draft of 5’-3” with board up, and a maximum draft of 11’-10” with board down.

Bottom sand blasted and barrier coat applied May 2022. Three coats antifouling applied.

  • Centerboard has an electric gear-driven lift 
  • Varnished teak toe rail, cockpit coaming and trim (8/2023) 
  • Fixed Lexan ports in deckhouse and hull 
  • Stainless steel stemhead, stanchions and pulpits 
  • Chrome-plated dorade cowls 
  • Teak rubrail and stainless steel striker 
  • Hull is Awlgripped Whisper Gray 
  • (2) Monel fuel tanks 
  • (4) Stainless steel fresh water tanks 
  • (2) Holding tanks with Y-valves 
  • Copper strap bonding system throughout hull 


  • Lofrans Tigris anchor windlass, electric 
  • 27 kg HKG plow anchor 
  • Chain to rode on main anchor 
  • 200’ chain 
  • (2) Stainless steel Hood deck hatches  
  • Leaning posts either side of mast 
  • (2) 10 lb. LP gas tanks 
  • Aries self-steering wind vane 
  • Carbon fiber spin pole 
  • Sprit for Code 0 headsail 
  • Salt water washdown 
  • Wind vane autopilot in storage 


  • Edson pedestal-mounted steering wheel 
  • 6” Danforth compass 
  • Varnished teak cockpit table 
  • Teak cockpit coaming 
  • Hot and cold fresh water shower 


  • (2) Harken electric primary genoa winches 
  • (2) Lewmar 64 secondary cockpit winches 
  • (1) Barient 22 main sheet winch 
  • Harken main sheet traveler 
  • Navtec hydraulic backstay adjuster


  • Genoa North Dacron/spectra (2021) 
  • 135 Carbon membrane genoa, roller furling, with sock 
  • Mizzen staysail (2016) 
  • Code 0/CZ 30 (2015), flies from top down roller furling (tack/tack line on removable bow strut) 
  • Main sail, full-batten (2008). Hydranet (Spectra/Dacron) Harken batt slides on mast 
  • Mizzen sail, full batten (2008.) Hydranet (Spectra/Dacron) 
  • Mizzen staysail (1968). Only for deep downwind 
  • Queen fisherman (1968), only for deep downwind. Flies from top of mizzen and main masts


  • Aluminum single spreader main and mizzen masts 
  • 1X19 Stainless steel wire rigging with Norseman fittings 
  • Pro Furl roller furling on forestay 


  • LifeSling 2 rescue system 
  • Horseshoe life ring with pole 
  • (4) Fire extinguishers 
  • Docklines with fenders 
  • Life Jackets 
  • Flares 
  • Radar reflector 
  • (2) Manual bilge pumps -- one in cockpit, one below 


  • Whisper GrayAwlgrip hull and non-skid surfaces   
  • Gelcoat deck, cockpit and waterway surfaces 


The owner’s personal effects are excluded from the sale. 

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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