1970 Hinckley 38'  "Dream Catcher"

Hinckley For Sale

38' Hinckley 1970 "Dream Catcher"


Major price reduction on “Dream Catcher", one of twenty-eight racing/cruising sail boats built by the Hinckley Company from 1969 to 1971 and designed by Olin Stephens. It is a two-owner boat purchased in 2001 by the current owners and updated continuously over the past eighteen years.

 The H-38 is a sea kindly yacht with its 6,000 pounds of lead in the keel, its engine and batteries located below the sole and two 65 gallon water tanks located on port and starboard at the water line. This results in a very stiff, stable and safe sailing boat. Her fine entry forward and high freeboard make sailing in rough weather conditions pleasant with a remarkably dry ride.

 “Dream Catcher” features a well designed interior that comfortably sleeps four adults. The main cabin features 6' 4" headroom, and is designed to convert from an open floor plan while under way, sporting a large bulkhead mounted table that unfolds to seat four adults for dinner, and two wide sleeping berths that pull out from port and starboard in the evening for two adults. There is a beautiful Hinckley tile fireplace in the main cabin to provide warmth when needed. The V-berth forward also provides comfortable sleeping quarters for two more and also provides ample storage and hanging locker space during cruises. The storage capacity on this boat is impressive.

 With her recent robin egg shell Awlgrip hull finish, her gorgeous Hinckley shear line, and her graceful overhangs, this classic yacht attracts notice wherever she sails, and is always the prettiest boat in the harbor. Well found, well cared for, and ready for her next cruise, the horizon awaits. Call today!

Atlantic Yacht & Ship, Inc. is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Sandy Hook Yacht Sales. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey direct representation of a particular vessel

Full Details


Hand laid fiberglass hull, cored deck, divided cockpit with bridge deck at helm and at companionway, fin keel with skeg hung rudder and unique adjustable 'trim tab' at trailing edge of fin keel for improved upwind performance. stainless bow and stern rail pulpits, Large, translucent, screened hatch in forward cabin. Mahogany interior with teak and holly sole. Deep sump with garboard plug removable for winter storage on land. Teak toe rail, cabin eyebrow, hand rails and cockpit coamings. Double lifelines with gates port and starboard.


The original Westerbeke model 4-107 35hp engine is operating well. It currently has approximately 1,775 hours. It is fresh water cooled and the raw water pump, heat exchanger and starter motor have all been replaced. The impeller and stuffing box flax are replaced every two years. There is a spare starter motor. 


Two 65 gallon (130 Gallons) fiberglass fresh water tanks are installed on the port and starboard sides at the water line level. The tanks are sanitized each year just before launching.

 The 35 gallon Monel fuel tank is located just under the cockpit floor and was completely cleaned at the time of purchase in 2001.

Sails and Rigging

Sloop rig with HRH fabricated aluminum mast, 1 x 19 standing rigging with swaged terminal and turnbuckle tensioners.

2000 Dacron Hood Main Sail in workable condition.

2000 Dacron Bohndell 150% Genoa in workable condition but with patched areas for its sacrificial cloth on Harken furler.


Two Barient #28 self-tailing primary winches; Two Barient #16 secondary winches.  Additional winches include one on the port side of the deckhouse for controlling the main sheet and two others on the mast for the main and jib halyards. 

End boom sheeting for main, slab and roller reefing for main,


Newer Garmin 292 Color GPS / Chart Plotter at Helm, Furuno 1715 RADAR at Cabintop under Dodger, Newer Raymarine VHF inside companionway, Depthsounder, handheld VHF


In 2001 the complete electrical system was re-wired to meet current safety standards. There are 3 Group 31 12 volt batteries (2018), 110 volt shorepower with cord and battery charger.

The three bilge pumps have been replaced with improved automatic systems.


Beautiful Hinckley mahogany wood work is found throughout all the main, V-berth and head cabins. The vessel is dry and tight, with no leaks. There is 6'4" headroom. All of the cabins are provided with 12 volt light fixtures and fans.

The main Raymarine VHF radio and hand held radio are immediately accessible on the starboard side just inside the cabin entrance. A large chart cabinet is provided just above the galley cabinets on the starboard side and space for navigation is provided by the counter top below.

There is a beautiful Hinckley tile fireplace in the main cabin which provides needed heat in cold and wet situations.

The triple purpose main cabin provides for open spaces while under way to dining preparation and seating at anchor to sleeping quarters afterwards for two.

The galley includes a three burner Force Ten propane stove and oven meeting ABYC H-24 recommendations for propane use. The large 7.5 cubic foot stainless steel ice box with teak grate and shelf on the starboard side. is powered by the original Grunert pump and compressor which operates but needs to be recharged.

There is much storage available in this area for food, pots and pans and cooking supplies in under cabinet and above cabinet spaces.

The large sitting, dining and sleeping part of the cabin has storage available by drawers below each berth and four large additional cabinet storage lockers above the berths. Other storage is also available along the small pilot berths on both sides of the cabin.

There is a large hanging closet forward of the main cabin on the starboard side which also houses the main fuse box and engine start battery.

The original Wilcox-Crittenden manually operated marine head has been rebuilt and functions well. A new plastic custom made holding tank was installed in 2018 under the port bunk in the V-berth area. A new macerator pump was also installed and can be discharged by captain’s key in appropriate discharge areas. Stainless steel sink, faucet and shower provide hot and cold water. There is a teak floor grate and shower sump pump installed.  

The V-berth sleeps two adults and has multiple drawers and a separate hanging locker. There is a large hatch just above which provides much ventilation. This hatch also has an insect screen if needed. Forward of the V-Berth is the chain locker which also contains the wash down pump and windlass motor.

The new holding tank is also installed below the port bunk.

In 2016 all freshwater hot and cold water plumbing was replaced with the Sharkbite system. The propane system was also upgraded to meet current standards.

Exterior & Extra Equipment


Stainless steel bow pulpit, HRH stainless steel bow roller with 35 pound CQR anchor, 100’ chain anchor line, 200' nylon rode, spare anchor, Ideal electric windlass with foot switch, hose connection for using deckwash pump located in chain locker below to clean anchor when raising it up. Hose connection is also used for rinsing out holding tank below

Deck House

Large opening hatch provides ventilation for the V-berth below as well as for the main cabin further back. Insect screen is also provided for this hatch.

Two Dorades on the port and starboard sides: the port side ventilates the head and the starboard ventilates the main cabin.

Stainless steel chimney is for the Hinckley tiled fireplace in the main cabin

Furuno radar display is positioned under the dodger on the starboard side of the cabin entrance.

Insect screens are provided to replace the teak companionway hatch boards when needed.

Aft Cockpit

Spacious cockpit has teak cockpit coamings with winch pockets and port and starboard seats that open and are watertight to offer large sail lockers and storage areas. There are built-in drainage scuppers for the cockpit well and seats.

There is a bridge deck that separates the main cockpit from the helms-man’s station. Wheel steering is provided by a leather covered stainless steel “destroyer type” wheel with convenient access to the helmsman engine controls, switch panel and binnacle that includes compass with antique bronze and glass cover and Garmin GPS/chart plotter. A newer custom dodger at the companionway and a custom large cockpit awning that deploys above the boom complete the cockpit accommodations.

A large manual Whale bilge pump is installed in this bridge deck for access to the helmsman.

The helm seat has locking storage below for hoses, shore power cable, extra anchor line and bilge pump handle.


Teak covered ventilated compartment for the two ten pound propane tanks is located behind the helms-man seat.

Two throw-able horseshoe life preservers are located on the port and starboard sides attached to the stainless stern pulpit.


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.