Trintella 29 - Review

  1. Performance
  2. Below decks
  3. Equipment

Trintella I must be accounted one of the greatest of E. G. Van de Stadt’s many fine designs. Her speed and seaworthiness have been amply proved. Over 200 have been built during three years of continuous development. Trintella I was designed first and foremost as a family cruising boat. Two people can handle her easily under all normal conditions and she has no vices at all. Her long keel gives her good directional stability and she can be sailed efficiently with any of the self-steering gears currently in production. Her construction is tough and thorough as the specification shows. Reinforced GRP is used for the Tyler hull and the one-piece deck moulding built under Lloyd’s supervision. Joinery, both above and below decks, is in satin finished oiled teak or afromosia - pleasant to live with, taking the starkness out of the modern construction techniques used.


Trintella I is a fast yacht, but not an out and out racing boat. Her hull design speed is about 7 knots, and she will consistently sail up to this. Recent examples of fast passages include one by ‘Petrella’, a boat built in 1969, which sailed from Falmouth to Antigua in 29 days. A Trintella won the 1969 round Bute race, a highly competitive event with 35 starters, sailed in stiff conditions. Under power she will punch along at 6 knots in still water. The 8 HP Sabb engine is smooth and notably free from vibration periods.

Below decks

Teak louvered doors lead into the main saloon companion way. One of the many small details where special attention has been paid to finish. Trintella I has full standing headroom throughout the saloon and in the heads. There is sitting headroom in the forecabin-both cabins having access to the heads. Double headlining mouldings extend the whole length of the interior with a foam insulation ‘sandwich’ between, virtually eliminating condensation. Special attention is paid to ventilation. On the port hand is a permanent ‘man sized’ chart table with a deep shelf for almanacks and so forth.

To starboard is the galley with sink and gimballed gas cooker, available with oven at no extra cost. Crockery is held in shelves with fiddle strips. The advantage of this galley layout is that the ‘mate’ gets plenty of light and air and can still keep in contact with the skipper.

Trintella I is a sound investment. She will hold her value almost indefinitely. Original equipment from the best suppliers in the industry includes nearly all those necessary items often shown as extras on other yachts.


Rig: Masthead
Mast: By Sparlight with stainless steel fittings, gold anodised finish as standard. Bourn Gold anodised with Lewmar roller reefing.
Standard Rigging: 1 x 1 9 Seaprufe (plastic covered).
Running Rigging: Halyards-pre-stretched Terylene. Sheets Plaited Terylene.
Pushpit, pulpit and stanchions: Stainless steel.
Stemhead Fitting with Roller, Stainless steel.
Rigging Screws: Superston or stainless steel.
Winches: 2 Lewmar sheet winches, 1 Barton Halyard winch.
Genoa Tracks: Stainless steel.
Shroud Plates: Stainless steel U bolts. Hull specially reinforced.
Sails: Best quality by Gowens, mainsail and working jib (No, 2).
Ventilators: 3 mushroom Dorade type ventilators are provided, 1 over galley, 1 in toilet, 1 in forecabin.
Mouldings: Best quality treated woven glass in combination with chopped strand mat and high grade resin ensures greatly improved properties over mouldings made with sprayed chopped strands of mat. Colour pigmentation of outer surface only and laminates built up with clear resin to allow thorough inspection during construction. All laminating is carried out in buildings approved by Lloyd’s surveyors and under their supervision to + 100Al
Hull: One-piece moulding with engine beds and stringers moulded in, standard colour white.
Deck Unit: One-piece moulding.
Deck: Side, fore and after deck with moulded non-slip surfaces.
Cockpit: Watertight and self-draining with engine hatch and grating in teak.

Superstructure: Sliding hatch, anodised aluminium or chrome on brass ports and grab rails. Standard colours, two-tone blue/grey and white.
Linings: Separate moulded linings to deck and coachroof with insulating foam sandwich between.
Steering: Glass rudder with stainless steel stock and tube, laminated or solid lifting tiller.
Ballast: Iron 3,850 lbs. Moulded in and completely encased.
Bulkheads: Marine plywood (B.S.S. 1088 grade) bonded into hull.
Inside Joinery: Finished in oiled teak and afromosia, solid timber and plywood panels carefully matched.

Electrics: Custom made wiring loom for engine and to fused control box. 1 fluorescent and 2 tungsten lights in main saloon. 1 light in toilet, and 2 in forecabin, and navigation lights to regulations. 12V battery.
Engine: Standard engine. Sabb 8-h.p. diesel with electric and hand start and
variable pitch propeller; 10 h.p. Sabb engine optional extra. As an alternative an Albin
10 h.p. petrol engine can be fitted.
Tanks: 10 gallon fuel, 20 gallon water tank integral in keel
Galley: Spacious galley with 2-burner gimballed gas cooker, formica working top,
crockery racks, storage for saucepans and food, stainless sink and Whale pump.
Toilet: Simpson Lawrence S.L. 400 in separate compartment with folding basin.
Wardrobe: Ample hanging space with shelves.
Cabin: Furniture Finished to a very high standard, solid timber is used where possible
otherwise all plywood edges are capped.
Accommodation (Standard Layout): Accommodation for 5 in full-length berths, 2 in forecabin, 2 in main saloon and 1 in quarter berth. 4" foam mattresses, Vynide covered. Bedding lockers provided at the back of berths, ample book shelf space.
Stowage: There are lockers under the seats on the port side of cockpit and a locker on
the after deck.
Chain Locker: Under forecabin berth, chain is led via hawse pipe and plastic tube.
General: There is a 5" toerail in teak or afromosia running round the full length of
the hull, which sets the boat off to great advantage. All underwater hull openings are
fitted with seacocks. All items of equipment have been chosen for the suitability of
purpose and to provide generous safety margins beyond the calculated safe work
load. 25 lbs. C.Q.R. and 20 fathoms of chain are supplied as standard, The boat will be
finished with 2 coats of anti-fouling or similar.



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