A TIMELINE OF HUCKINS YACHTS
1928Huckins Yacht Corporation incorporates and begins building custom yachts at its Jacksonville yard on East 4th Street.
1928Frank 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.”
1928Hull #1, Huckins' first custom yacht, is sold to David M. Goodrich of the B.F. Goodrich Rubber Company for $15,000.
1940Frank Huckins designs a balanced outboard rudder used on WWII PT boats and all postwar boats through the 1970s.
1943Huckins competes in the "Plywood Derby," a 195-mile offshore trial for PT boat designs.
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.
1946Huckins Yacht Corporation moves to a new yard, its current location on the Ortega River.
1947The Huckins construction process shifts from triple-planked to double-diagonally planked Philippine mahogany hulls.
1960Huckins begins sheathing mahogany hulls with fiberglass, later applying resin to the interiors and creating what are now known as "cold-molded" hulls.
1969Huckins Yacht Corporation builds the largest sportfishing yacht in the U.S. at the time an 80-footer.
1976Huckins unveils the largest motor yacht in the U.S. with a fiberglass-cored hull (cored with the closed-cell PVC extrusion AIREX®).
1984Huckins builds the largest outboard cruising yacht of its time, a 50' Sport Yacht powered with four outboard engines and capable of 38 mph.
1986Huckins 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.
1996Huckins 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.