Nijinsky is Sou’wester 52 hull #10 of Hinckley’s successful SW51/52 McCurdy and Rhodes sailboat design. Nijinsky is the SW52 featured in Hinckley literature and in books such as “Hinckley Yachts: An American Icon (2013)”. She is a lightly used - 1,550 engine hours - three-stateroom SW52. Nijinsky’s beautiful condition, including her original off-white gelcoat, reflects the care and money expended on her, and the northern European summer sailing she has mostly experienced in the years in which she was sailed. In the years in which she was not sailed, and during winter, she was stored ashore under cover (in a heated winter storage shed or under a full boat-cover).
In the current ownership from 2012, Nijinsky has been thoroughly brought up to date. Systems were checked for condition and replaced or reconditioned by OEM suppliers or Dutch marine engineers (e.g., Hollandspar Engineering), as required. The carbon-fibre mast was stripped, repainted, and redressed, mast fittings, such as cleats, were all refurbished or replaced, and all standing rod-rigging was replaced with new rod-rigging and new fittings - a conservative precaution as recommended by rod-rigging manufacturers. Nijinsky is replete with high-end options, and features a Hood carbon-fiber mast with Reckmann hydraulic in-mast furling, a Reckmann hydraulic jib furler, Simrad hydraulic-ram autopilot, cockpit-panel controlled hydraulic vang and backstay tensioner, and Lewmar Ocean electric primary and secondary winches. Her interior is a Hinckley masterpiece of Teak & Holly sole, satin-varnished American Cherry woodwork with full-gloss Cherry highlights, and contrasting satin-white bulkheads and panels in cabins and heads, all in beautiful condition.
NIJINSKY was built for a German industrialist, sailed briefly in Maine in 1999, and then shipped to the German coast on the Baltic Sea. Between 2000 and 2005, she was sailed in summer and kept under cover in winter - inside a shed or on the hard under winter boat-covers. In 2005 she was sailed to France, and sold to an owner who lives in Mallorca, Spain. Nijinsky was used for day sailing in Mallorca.
In late 2012, Nijinsky was purchased by current owners and shipped to the Netherlands, then put in a winter-storage shed. In 2013, she underwent a comprehensive refit by Holland Spar Engineering and Vehrmeulens Jachtwerf, and further updating has taken place over winter each year. From 2014 to 2017, she sailed in summer and was kept under cover in winter. In September 2017, Nijinsky was put in a heated winter-storage shed where she was also kept in 2018. This year she is for sale.