A PROUD HISTORY, AND MAKING MORE EVERY DAY.

1928

Huckins Yacht Corporation incorporates and begins building custom yachts at its Jacksonville yard on East 4th Street.

1928

Frank Pembroke Huckins invents one of the first true planing hull forms — the Huckins Quadraconic® hull.
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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.”

1928

Hull #1, Huckins' first custom yacht, is sold to David M. Goodrich of the B.F. Goodrich Rubber Company for $15,000.

1940

Frank Huckins designs a balanced outboard rudder used on WWII PT boats and all postwar boats through the 1970s.

1943

Huckins competes in the "Plywood Derby," a 195-mile offshore trial for PT boat designs.
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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 &emdash; even those produced by other manufacturers &emdash; in the war.

1946

Huckins Yacht Corporation moves to a new yard, its current location on the Ortega River.

1947

The Huckins construction process shifts from triple-planked to double-diagonally planked Philippine mahogany hulls.

1960

Huckins begins sheathing mahogany hulls with fiberglass, later applying resin to the interiors and creating what are now known as "cold-molded" hulls.

1969

Huckins Yacht Corporation builds the largest sportfishing yacht in the U.S. at the time — an 80-footer.

1976

Huckins unveils the largest motor yacht in the U.S. with a fiberglass-cored hull (cored with the closed-cell PVC extrusion AIREX®).

1984

Huckins builds the largest outboard cruising yacht of its time, a 50' Sport Yacht powered with four outboard engines and capable of 38 mph.

1986

Huckins builds the largest yacht in the U.S. powered with Arneson surface-piercing propellers.
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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.

1996

Huckins reintroduces the elegance of 1950s and 60s yachting.
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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.

2013

Huckins Yacht Corporation celebrates its 85th anniversary. The company remains one of the oldest family-owned custom yacht builders in the United States.

2015

Delivery of WOMBAT a 45' Sportfisherman.

PRESENT

Huckins introduces the new, vintage-style Sportsman 36 and goes green with hybrid power connected to fuel-efficient pod drives.

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