From its introduction in 1960 and for decades later, the Hinckley Bermuda 40 was recognized throughout the industry and the public in general as the benchmark for yacht construction. Yet, the late Bill Tripp's design is as seaworthy as she is well constructed. Moreover, while "beauty is in the eye of the beholder," few would argue the merit of her classic lines.
Able to go to weather with the best of her kind, ALICE KAY's sailing strength lies in her performance off the wind. The full keel and centerboard make the boat easy to balance and comfortable to sail on beam and broad reaches. She is very well mannered in conditions that would give fits to the helmsmen of modern boats with high aspect fin keels and spade rudders. Easily sailed by one or two, with the yawl rig, she is stable at all points of sail, balancing easily with the mizzen. With the centerboard retracted, she draws 4' 6” and the full keel and trailing rudder allow confidence in seakeeping and shallow inlets.
Alice Kay’s has made nine ocean crossings, including 3 races from the US to Bermuda, and her inventory reflects this.