Sold - $249,000

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RANSOM is a special boat that has received special care.  Her current owners have invested generously upgrading and maintaining her to a very high standard.  Virtually everything has been replaced. There are no excuses needed for her condition, which is most impressive.

RANSOM's  generous hull affords storage typically found on much larger yachts, with features like proper engine access, a stand up work shop room with bench and storage for tools and spares galore.

The keel centerboard underbody gives RANSOM options for gunkholing and going to windward with ease.  Her mast height is ICW friendly. The ketch rig with in mast furlers make this boat the simplest of sailing for a couple. The large private owner's stateroom aft is bright, airy and can store the personal gear of two and then some.

RANSOM'S exhaustive inventory list is unparalleled.  Just bring your personal belongings aboard and plot a course for you next anchorage. RANSOM is primed and ready for extended coastal cruising in complete comfort or exploring the four corners of the world in utmost safety.


Layout and Design


All items new in 2008 - 2010 unless noted otherwise.


  • 2018 Volvo Penta D3 110 HP Turbo Diesel - 3200 hrs.
  • Dual Racor fuel filters with vacuum guages
  • Transmission - new in 2015  ( spare transmission on board)
  • 130 amp alternator
  • Onan 9 kw genset - 1550 hours

 Galley/ Heads:

  • Frigo boat keel cooled dual zone fridge/freezer
  • Engel 38 qt freezer
  • SeaGull IV drinking water purifier
  • Cruiseair dual zone air con and heat
  • Espar Diesel heater
  • double S.S. deep sink
  • Microwave
  • 3 burner stove with oven - gimballed
  • Splendide vented washer/dryer combo - located in work shop
  •  Tecma electric fresh/ salt water toilet in aft head
  • Raritan manual toilet forward


  • Water Maker - Sea Recovery - 50 gph
  • Fireboy Smoke/heat fire extinguishing system
  • Whale Gusher 30 gpm manual emergency bilge pump
  • 2 auto bilge pumps with backup third pump
  • Engine shaft driven emergency bilge pump
  • Reverso 12v oil changing system
  • Side Power Bow Thruster


  • 12 volt 50 amp electrical system
  • 2 - 50ft 110V 50 amp shore power cords
  • Mastervolt inverter/charger 110v (spare on board)

  •          Binnacle mounted compass
  •           Icom M802 SSB
  •          Icom M604 VHF with Command MIC II repeater at helm
  •           Simrad AP 24 Autopilot (spare autopilot computer included)
  •           Simrad NSE 8 Chartplotter with built in AIS, AIS repeater at Nav                                      station, depth, wind, etc.
  •          Navionics chips for; Canada to Caribbean, Central and South America,
  •             Africa and Middle East, Indian Ocean and South China Sea, Australia
  •             New Zealand and South Pacific, “Navionics + World”
  •        Iridium 9555 Satellite Phone with external pushpit mounted antenna
  •             antenna
  •            Pactor 4 modem
  •            KVH V3 Satellite Receiver and Tuner - 2015      
  •           W-Fi access.  Slimline telephone at nav station,
  •          Simrad G4 Broadband Radar ( 2015 )
  •           2 Icom handheld VHF radios
  •           Tri lens radar reflector
  •           loud air horn on mizzen mast
  •           custom, drop down instrument panel at helm station
  •            Hydrostatic EPIRB
  •           2 hand held GPS


Sails: (all 8 years old unless otherwise noted, Sunbrella protection edged)

  • 130 working Dacron roller furling Genoa on electric Furlex
  • 160 light air down/off wind Genoa in ATN sock
  • 1376 sq. ft ISTEC ParaSailor in sock with sheets and guys - 2014
  • in mast Seldon furling mainsail
  • in mast Seldon furling mizzen
  • mizzen staysail


  • - All standing and running rigging custom specified by Seldon and
  • installed 8 years ago. Inspected 2015


  • Ideal Windlass - electric
  • Harken 900 primaries - self tailing winches - 2012
  • Lewmar 46 electric self tailing winches - main sheet in and outhaul
  • 55lb. Rocna anchor 45 lb. Danforth anchor
  • 200 ft. 3/8 chain rode
  • 100 ft. rope rode with 100 ft chain
  • 45lb Fortress anchor
  • 17lb. kedging anchor
  • Whale hot/cold pull out wand shower in port lazarette, aft cockpit
  • custom made stainless steel collapsible, toe rail mounted swim ladder with                      teak foot steps
  •  Dodger with Makralon clear panes, Weather Max Bimini with Makralon front panes, all around clear rain curtains and single side sun                              shade, works both port and starboard
  • Various outlets in cockpit for charging
  • The most beautiful boat hook anyone has ever seen
  • custom ash shroud rollers
  • Weather Max hatch covers
  • Weather Max fly for aft cockpit
  • cockpit cushions and back pillows - 2016
  • fresh and salt water wash down fittings on foredeck
  • custom teak grates for main and aft cockpits, fwd and aft heads
  • all SS stanchions replaced 12/15

  • Winslow 6 man life raft - last serviced in 2015
  • 2 50’ jacklines
  • Lifesling with 75’ of line
  • Throwstick life ring
  • 75’ MOB retrieval line in throwable sack
  • Toe rail mounted 6’ emergency boarding ladder in pull out pouch
  • MOM 8 Flotation module

  • 9 ft AB inflatable dinghy with 2.5 hp Lehr propane outboard, 17 and                   11lb tanks
  • 7 lb. Danforth anchor with chain
  • Sand screw anchor
  • Grappling hook anchor
  • 100 ft. looped polypropylene anchor rode
  • Katadyn Survivor water maker (manual) 1.2 GPH
  • Edson SS davits
  • 6 ft fender board
  • various fenders
  • 2 full sets international code flags
  • 6’ mahogany pushpin mounted flagpole with 3’ x 5’ US Flag 16’ diameter ParaAnchor sea anchor
  • 6’ ParaTech sea drogue
  • 200 ‘ 1 1/4 rodes for above
  • SeaBreathe 12V surface air supply hookah with 50’ hose
  • SpareAir 5 minute pony scuba tank
  • 4 Mustang PFD’s, strobe, whistles, tethers
  • assorted collection of flares, signaling devices, whistles, etc.
  • single burner Butane emergency stove with cartridges
  • drop board screens for main companionway, roll-ups for
  • foc’sle hatch and aft companionway
  • Set wooden thru hull bungs
  • Vang/preventer/block and tackle 1 large, 1 medium
  • Victron “Universal” 12v battery charge and 60’ cable
  • converts any voltage from 100V - 240V to 12v for charging
  • house batteries. Helpful in Canada, Caribbean, South America
  • and beyond.

Ransom is hull number 19 of 24 built between 1973 and 1976. She was designed by Henry R. Hinckley as his personal cruising yacht for eastern US coastal waters.

Her ketch rig, spacious layout, adjustable centerboard, and short aspect main mast (air draft 58’) meant she could cruise anywhere, including under the 65’ bridges of the ICW on the way to the shallow Bahamian waters and beyond. The H ’49 was Hinckley’s first center cockpit as he was looking for safety and comfort at sea as well as a welcoming space for entertaining. This layout provides for a most generous galley, a large master stateroom aft with head and shower ensuite and a delightful aft cockpit from which to fish, stow extra gear out of sight, or simply get away from your guests; it is accessed by a companionway from the aft cabin. Ransom is one of two H 49’s with an athwartship double berth aft, which creates more cabin space and allows for the wash stand to be outside of the head and shower compartment. Forward is the crew head with hand shower and a generous V-berth with large hatch for light and ventilation. The center cockpit also creates ample room for a generous nav. station and a surprisingly useful, enclosed laundry/ utility/work shop room. Galley layout and space rival that of a 60’ yacht. Ransom boasts a generous 6’ 9” headroom in all cabins including the heads.

The H 49’s ketch rig is perfect for coastal and offshore cruising as it provides maximum flexibility for balancing and trimming her well thought out sail plan. She can be sailed entirely from the cockpit shorthanded due to electric headsail furler, in mast furling main and mizzen. Shortening sail in a blowcan be done singlehandedly in three minutes. She is very comfortable sailing in 30 knots with reefed Genoa and mizzen. Her current owners have confidently sailed her from Maine to The Exumas, doublehanded. The addition of a mizzen staysail (the original, still in great shape!) and a 160 light genoa (in an ATN sock) provide for surprising speed in light air. The ISTEC Parasailor at 1376 sq. ft. is an amazingly powerful down/off wind light air sail. The current owners sailed her from Marsh Harbor to just off Morehead City and never trimmed it once! Her 800 lb. bronze centerboard (draft 5’5” board up, 8’5” down) gives her lateral stability in a seaway and the ability to slip into shallow coves, rivers and anchorages. Her ketch rig and sail inventory give her surprising versatility in various wind and sea state conditions. While it takes at least 8-10 knots to get 28 tons of boat moving, Ransom has comfortably sailed reefed in 45 knot winds and 14 foot seas off of Hatteras, didn't bother her at all.

Ransom’s current owners bought her in 2007. She was completely redone (see attached, incomplete list) improvements are constantly being made. Virtually everything on Ransom except for hull, deck and woodwork were replaced between 2008-2010.She is an 8 year old boat in a 42 year old hull. And her hull is a lot more solid than the ones they build today. (Please see attached Practical Sailor review, note comments on hull construction).

Since then, Ransom has sailed from Maine to the Exumas many times and recently from the East coast of Canada down through the Panama Canal and west on through the South Pacific to Australia. She has shown herself to be an extremely competent and comfortable coastal companion as well as a proven, offshore, blue water cruiser, outperforming (to say nothing of out-showing) many of the younger members of her fleet. Ransom is completely outfitted for coastal cruising or a circumnavigation. She isready to go anywhere on a moment’s notice; after all she just did it! A boat like Ransom is not for everybody. It takes a certain eye to appreciate her stately stability, the uniquely “Hinckley” look and feel of her mahogany planked interiors, true teak and holly joined cabin sole and outrageously spacious storage space.

Ransom can, and will, go anywhere in comfort and style.



Others write about RANSOM:

Having sailed on 2 of the 24 Hinckley 49' s I can attest to their stability and their suitability for long distance cruising. A well balanced sail plan allows for "Couple Cruising" (short handed). Built in the 70's they are constructed with enough fiberglass to build 10 modern boats of similar length. This makes them a good choice for steady, comfortable, safe, round the world cruising. Large water and fuel capacity also add to the appeal of this well designed classic. I personally have 3 or 4,000 open ocean miles aboard Hinckley 49' s, I have impressed by the layout and ease of use at sea. The galley can be easily manned in any conditions. Being a man of size and appetite, this is important to me. Other things that stick out in my mind are the full work shop/tool storage room to starboard.

 Weston Clemmons, Career Delivery Captain


RANSOM is the most seaworthy vessel I have ever sailed. Between her robust build, retractable centerboard for going to weather, and infinitely furlable sail plan she can tackle any conditions in comfort and style. She was a joy to passage aboard.


Capt Dave Block, Master of Yachts.  Delivery Captain


This from my old cruising friend:

 A roomy, comfortable cruising boat, whether gunk-holing or making an offshore passage. I crewed on several trips offshore on Ransom between Newport and Stuart, Florida. Her seaworthy design and raised center-cockpit are comfortable in all conditions. Whether in building seas and winds fifty miles off of Hatteras, or a quiet anchorage east of Schoodic, I always felt safe and secure on board such a well designed and properly built boat.

 David Chanler

Maine Coastal Cruiser of 45 years

LOA: 48' 6
LWL: 40' 0
Beam: 13' 5
Min. Draft: 5' 9
Displacement: 52,000 lbs. Full Load
Bridge Clearance: 58'
Fuel Capacity: 300
Water Capacity: 300
Type: Sail/Racing
Builder: Hinckley
Model: 49 Ketch
Year: 1974
Hull Material: Fiberglass
Location: Portsmouth
Boat Engine: Volvo Penta D3
Horsepower: 110

For more information contact:

Annie Lannigan
(941) 374-3742


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