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It’s official, we’re now boat owners! As of about 5pm today ownership of "Kooshty", a Trintella 29 transfered to us, well, it’s in my name, by she’s ours.

Trintella 29s were made by Tyler Mouldings of Tonbridge in Kent. The boat was designed by [E G van de Stadt](, though I can’t find her listed on his site, maybe because she was commissioned by Anne Wever of Den Bosch in The Netherlands, who did the finishing of these boats. There were 260 built in total.

The actual model is the Trintella 1a (the "a" was a modified version of the Trintella 1 – from what I can work out it’s the fibreglass coach roof, early models had, I believe, a plywood coachroof). As we understand it, Tyler built these throughout the 1970s, according to the documentation we have, this boat was completed in 1981, so all I can assume is that she’s one of the last. Whether the Trintella yard completed her I don’t know, neither the broker nor the surveyor found a builders plate on her.

She’s a 29 foot, long keeled boat, with a draught of 4′ 3" and beam of 8′ 3". She has a fifteen horsepower Yanmar engine. For those who may be interested in such things, she’s a masthead sloop rig with in-mast furling. She is white above the waterline with red anti-fouling below. There are allegedly five berths, but the two on the saloon sofas will have to be of diminutive stature. You’d have to be **very** friendly with all concerned if you were to take five people away. I should think that even three people would find it crowded.

Steering is by tiller, but, from the sea trial we had, once you’ve set her on course you can go and have a make breakfast, she holds her course wonderfully due to the long keel.

These boats are quite highly regarded. Apparently they’re not slow, but this is something we’ve yet to find out; and they’re also good sea-boats with a kindly motion in a sea-way. I’m really looking forward to experiencing all this for myself.

[This link]( is to a site with a review of these boats. It’s not a recent review, the reviewer talks of "three years of continuous development", while I believe these were built for a lot longer than that, so I’m guessing this review is from the early to mid seventies.

The previous owner has done a lot of teak joinery work on here. The cockpit seats look wonderful and the woodwork in the saloon looks very attractive and is very well done forward as far as the bulkhead separating the saloon from the head and fore-peak. I’m sure, if he’d replaced this too, then the boat would have commanded a higher price and we wouldn’t have been able to afford her.

I’ll post some pictures shortly.

  1. Jesse

    Can you say more about the Trintella you bought, is it a glass or steel hull? How does she sail and anything else.

    Thanks Jesse

  2. justin


    Thank you for visiting the blog, and posting a comment.

    The Trintella, hmmm…. Well, we’re novice sailors and therefore don’t have experience of a lot of boats, but we love this one. We bought her because of her reputation as a good sea boat, we wanted something that would look after us while we got to grips with this sailing game. She’s fully GRP, hull, decks and cabin-top. She has a long keel with a slight cut-away at the front, the rudder is attached to the bottom of the keel and she is tiller steered. We’ve got an in-mast furling main for which there are both pros and cons.

    The previous owner has done a fair bit of a re-fit inside, starting at the stern and working for’d, he got as far as the bulkhead that separates the saloon from the heads. The biggest thing he changed is the galley layout, he made it larger, sacrificing some length of the port settee. The change he’s made makes it easier to wedge yourself in the galley while underway, and gives more galley storage and space.

    I’m 6 feet tall and am only just able to sleep in the fore-peak, the quarter-berth would give me more room but it’s not easy to get into. I would think anyone under 5’10” would find the fore-peak perfectly fine.

    She does sail very well, as far as I can tell – we’re still getting to grips with sail handling, notably balancing the genoa and the main to give the helm a lighter feel – with bad balance she gets quite bad weather helm, but I think most boats would do the same. When the balance is right, and the wind too, she flies along with little steering effort.

    Here is a link to a site with a review: