Many knowledgeable yachtsmen say Hinckley is the Rolls-Royce of boats, but we disagree: We think Rolls-Royce is the Hinckley of cars. The Southwest Harbor, Maine, builder has been launching some of the world’s finest yachts since Henry Hinckley built his first 36-footer in 1933. Combining traditional craftsmanship with modern materials and methods, Hinckley yachts are state-of-the-art, despite their traditional styling. The company’s popular Talaria 44 is typical: It has old-time lines, including a radical tumblehome transom, and a jaunty profile reminiscent of the 1940s and 50s. But look under the water and you’ll see not propellers, but Hamilton waterjets; under the gelcoat, Kevlar and carbon fiber. If you want the best, and have the resources, Hinckley is where you should shop, and the Talaria 44 might be a good place to start.