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](http://www.stadtdesign.com/), 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](http://www.oycoa.org.uk/boats/t29/review.htm) 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.