Stuck Hinckley jet boat in downtown Boston goes viral

more jet boat If you wanted to draw attention to your (very) high-end consumer product, Boston’s Financial District is not a bad place to do it.

I am not accusing the truck driver or anyone else involved of doing it on purpose, but Hinckley Yachts got a lot of publicity and social media attention in Boston yesterday when a truck hauling one of the company’s famed jet-powered picnic boats got stuck against a snowbank while en route to the New England Boat Show at the city’s convention and exhibition center.

Hinckley’s picnic boats, which vary in size, cost in the range of half a million to more than $2 million when new while used boats often fetch a price of a few hundred thousand dollars, according to used yacht listings posted online.

For about an hour, the brand new 43-foot Talaria model boat sat blocking the intersection of Lincoln and Summer streets while workers and volunteers tried to free the boat and move it along. The incongruous image of the luxury yacht wedged against a large pile of snow served as a reminder of what kind outdoor leisure opportunities may be possible should the icy claws of winter ever release their snowy stranglehold on New England.

According to the Boston Herald, the city has gotten more than 70 inches of snow in the past 30 days, breaking the 1978 record of 58.5 inches. Several local snowfall records in Maine also have been set since late January, with many towns getting five feet or more. Eastport broke a statewide record for snowfall over 10 days with 76 inches from Jan. 24 to Feb. 2.

Multiple Boston media outlets reported Wednesday that the picnic boat is a new acquisition of Robert A. Vincent, president of Worcester-based David Clark Co., which makes high-tech commercial communications equipment. The boat is named “Maggie Mae” (not to be confused with the Rod Stewart song “Maggie May”) and will be based in Jamestown, R.I.

Vincent told WBZ, the CBS affiliate in Boston, that he was kind of nervous to have the boat stuck and blocking traffic downtown.

“They had to bring it in today in between snowstorms,” Vincent told the TV station. “I feel bad that the boat and trailer caused a traffic jam in Boston.”

Phil Bennett, vice president of the Southwest Harbor yacht manufacturer, told Boston.com that the company has not been put off by the incident or the harsh winter that has contributed to it.

“People think because we have snow we don’t do anything,” Bennett told the news website. “Those of us that live and work here—we’re building and moving boats right through the winter.”

Here’s a video of the incident the Boston Herald posted on YouTube:

Top photo credit: Jay Batson/WBZ. Follow them on Twitter at @jab and @cbsboston.

Bill Trotter

About Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors. He writes about fisheries, marine-related topics, eastern coastal Maine communities and more for the BDN. He lives in Ellsworth. Follow him on Twitter at @billtrotter.