Resto-Mod Revives Classic Huckins Yacht
Yachting Solutions is deploying its signature Resto-Mod approach in one of the most sumptuous examples of yesteryear’s yachts—a 1930s-era Huckins Fairform Flyer.
Avocette III, the oldest-known Huckins in existence, was a famous sight around Long Island Sound in its day, attracting visits from Broadway and Hollywood stars like Ginger Rogers, Gypsy Rose Lee, and the Ziegfeld Follies girls. The Offshore 48, famed for speed and comfort, features smart lines living up to the “fair of form” intent of the name. Luxurious appointments included varnished mahogany planking and hand-painted lampshades.
Following a period of neglect, a 1993 restoration reversed substantial deterioration. Now a complete restoration and modification is underway. Laser scans, by Andrew Williams of Marine Measurements LLC, ensure the project retains the yacht’s famous lines, charm, and lightweight construction while introducing today’s construction and technological advances, including:
- Lighter, stronger modern cold-molded hull.
- Two 435-horsepower D6 Volvo Penta IPS diesel inboards.
- Innovations in electrical/electronic component integration, including the Seakeeper 5, nearly eliminating boat roll.
- Layout innovations over the original design, making her a showstopper once again.
Resto-Mods, a concept from the hotrod industry, uniquely blend classic boats with improvements, customization, and technology—going beyond mass production to fulfill unique visions.