ZALTBOMMEL – If you are planning to restore to new glory and prestige an old, famous boat brand, do call Joop Doomerik. The Dutch builder crafts highly finished, very ambitious ‘modern classics.’ Like the one-design Dragon sailing yacht. Or that exceptional Wally Nano MKII.
A few years ago, he bought the rights to the Trintella brand – a chic Dutch cruiser, popular in the 2nd half of the 20th century. Its revival is not going unnoticed. Designer Germán Frers has drawn 2 new, high-end weekender models: the 11.5m Trintella-45 and Trintella-50 (15.2m) that ooze a classic style and timeless elegance.
The Trintella is returning with might and main, as a “true gentleman’s yacht brand,” says Doomerik. The brand’s original builder, Anne Wever, showed the first boat at the 1959 HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show. “Wever truly inspired me,” Doomerik says today. “I interned at his yard and later rented a mast shed from him.”
The Trintella shipyard closed down in 2002, a sad end for a much cherished brand associated with quality. “Long ago, I decided I wanted to buy the brand as soon as it became available,” says Doomerik. “And that happened a few years back when I also wanted to build the ultimate cruising yacht. I could have done that under my name, but the Trintella brand name deserves to live on.”
The Frers-designed Trintella-45 and 50 have a plumb bow, a beautiful, classic sheer, a swept butt and a teak finish. Elegant, low-slung craft, the new models are not daysailers, insists Doomerik (photo left). That would be selling the designs short, he adds. “It is a ‘gentleman’s yacht’ on which you can overnight,” he says. “Their low freeboard makes you sit comfortably low on the water for that intense sailing pleasure.”
The hull and deck are a Corecell foam and e-glass/epoxy sandwich construction. High-load areas, such as the keel and the standing rigging, are carbon-reinforced which makes for strong and rigid, but lightweight construction.
The new Trintellas have teak decks, carbon masts and booms. They also come with a vang sheeting system that tightens the mainsail leech adjusting the angle of the sail. The bowsprit can hold a gennaker or Code Zero.
The hydraulic backstay is operated by push buttons within easy reach of the helmsman. The Trintella can be sailed by a small crew and even single-handed. The round bilge hull has a balanced rudder and a lead-ballasted, T-bulb keel. The blocks, winches and fittings are by Harken. Doomerik opted for an Awlgrip paint system.
Up front down below is an owner’s cabin with a double bed. Two saloon benches double as berths. There is a starboard galley with 12V and 230V outlets. On the port side is a bathroom with toilet, washbasin and shower. There are watertight compartments front and aft.
The early Trintellas were made of steel and were designed by Ricus van de Stadt who later also delivered a polyester version. The name Trintella derives from the original designation of Trintel 1a. Soon that became Trintella which was easy to pronounce abroad and the shipyard became the Trintella Shipyard.
In the final years (the shipyard closed in 2002), the Trintella C-series was launched based on the successful A-series, designed by Ron Holland. After the yard closure, the Trintella trademark and some ongoing projects were sold to an English yard, but a restart failed.
The Trintella brand has always commanded a loyal following in the Netherlands and neighboring nations. In 1984, the Trintella Circle of Friends was founded, that today is thriving group of 250 fans in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. It publishes a club magazine annually and a 2-monthly newsletter.
And these days when veteran Trintellas congregate in a port, a respectful hush descends on the pontoons as the cameras come out.