One at a time. One of a kind.
For over 80 years, this has been the philosophy behind Huckins yachts and the one-of-a-kind people who buy them. Since Frank Pembroke Huckins produced one of the world’s first planing hulls in 1928, our company has held fast to his vision — creating yachts that are not simply uncommon, but positively unique.
You can see it in every Huckins on the water today. The world-class design and craftsmanship. The innumerable opportunities for individual expression. The classic lines, belying a level of performance attainable only with ultra-modern materials and engineering. This is what goes into our yachts. This is what should go into yours.
Huckins Yacht Corporation
3482 Lake Shore Boulevard
A beauty that goes way beyond skin-deep.
When you see one of our yachts on the water, heads will invariably turn and jaws inevitably drop. The classic beauty instantly announces itself as a Huckins, and in that sense nothing has changed since 1928. But over the course of an equally evolutionary and revolutionary company history, certain things have changed, and for the better.
In 1975, Huckins unveiled a radical transformation from traditional wood to fiberglass composite construction. Largely inspired by growing demand, the transition also presented a number of engineering advantages: significant weight reduction, for instance, allowing for a higher horsepower-to-weight ratio. That means more speed and fuel-efficiency on top of the exceptional strength and seaworthiness these space-age materials provide.
Today, Huckins yachts are among the lightest, strongest and fuel-stingiest afloat, displacing thousands of pounds less than similarly-built competitive boats. Coupled with our legendary Quadraconic® hull, this weight-conscious design produces the Huckins-signature performance so admired by experienced yachters.
Yachting leadership for three generations.
Back in 1928, when Frank Pembroke Huckins launched his first yacht and the company that bears his name, the process of creating something extraordinary was a labor of love. Eighty years later, we can assure you that the emotion runs in the family.
Huckins owner Cindy Purcell (granddaughter of Frank Huckins) and husband Buddy Purcell share the founder’s vision and operate one of the oldest family-owned boat builders in the United States. Both began employment at Huckins in 1970 — Cindy in the stock room and Buddy starting off as a painter. Working hard and immersing themselves in Huckins philosophy and tradition, each was instilled with generations of know-how.
The guidance of Kenneth Archibald, Cindy’s father and then-president of Huckins, and George Pillsbury, vice-president and manager at the time, would later prove invaluable as Cindy and Buddy transitioned Huckins into the ultra-modern era of lightweight, fuel-efficient materials without sacrificing one ounce of our legendary elegance. Today the couple oversee all facets of the manufacturing process and are proud to say that Huckins remains an extended family of employees and yacht owners.
A proud history. And making more every day.
Huckins Yacht Corporation incorporates and begins building custom yachts at its Jacksonville yard on East 4th Street.
Frank Pembroke Huckins invents one of the first true planing hull forms — the Huckins Quadraconic® hull.
Frank Pembroke Huckins invents one of the first true planing hull forms — the Huckins Quadraconic® hull. Huckins also develops wood lamination and patents the process with a laminated oak keel used on all Huckins yachts — the renowned “Fairform Flyers.”
Hull #1, Huckins’ first custom yacht, is sold to David M. Goodrich of the B.F. Goodrich Rubber Company for $15,000.
Frank Huckins designs a balanced outboard rudder used on WWII PT boats and all postwar boats through the 1970s.
Huckins competes in the “Plywood Derby,” a 195-mile offshore trial for PT boat designs, and is commissioned by the U.S. Navy to build two PT squadrons during WWII.
Huckins competes in the “Plywood Derby,” a 195-mile offshore trial for PT boat designs, and is commissioned by the U.S. Navy to build two PT squadrons during WWII. The revolutionary Huckins hull design is adopted for use on all PT boats — even those produced by other manufacturers — in the war.
Huckins Yacht Corporation moves to a new yard, its current location on the Ortega River.
The Huckins construction process shifts from triple-planked to double-diagonally planked Philippine mahogany hulls.
Huckins begins sheathing mahogany hulls with fiberglass, later applying resin to the interiors and creating what are now known as “cold-molded” hulls.
Huckins Yacht Corporation builds the largest sportfishing yacht in the U.S. at the time — an 80-footer.
Huckins unveils the largest motor yacht in the U.S. with a fiberglass-cored hull (cored with the closed-cell PVC extrusion AIREX®).
Huckins builds the largest outboard cruising yacht of its time, a 50’ Sport Yacht powered with four outboard engines and capable of 38 mph.
Huckins builds the largest yacht in the U.S. powered with Arneson surface-piercing propellers.
Huckins builds the largest yacht in the U.S. powered with Arneson surface-piercing propellers. This 78’ vessel featured wide doors and handicap-accessible features, including an elevator from flying bridge to engine room.
Huckins reintroduces the elegance of 1950s and 60s yachting.
Huckins reintroduces the elegance of 1950s and 60s yachting. The classic Huckins Sportsman 44, Atlantic 44 and Ortega 44, updated with modern materials, combine yesteryear’s panache with today’s lightweight fuel efficiency and performance.
Huckins Yacht Corporation celebrates its 80th anniversary. The company remains one of the oldest family-owned custom yacht builders in the United States.
Huckins introduces the new, vintage-style Sportsman 36 and goes green with hybrid power connected to fuel-efficient pod drives.