Long term, well-voyaged sailor very reluctantly needs to go ashore for medical reasons. His last boat, the boat he says he should have started with and stayed with, is the Classic Triton. This thoroughly seaworthy boat design made forever the reputation of Carl Alberg, Naval Architect Extraordinaire.
Carl Alberg trained in Naval Architecture in Norway in the days when most sailboats had no engine at all, and when they did, the engines were heavy, expensive, low power, and cantankerously unreliable. Carl Alberg designed boats for the North Sea “Where,” as he said, “the sails had to get you home, good weather or otherwise.” Even as the rest of the world has now embraced boats best suited for grilling hamburgers at the dock with some bit of sailing when the winds are “just right”, Carl Alberg design boats STILL are the choice of sailors who voyage under sail.
The Classic Triton changed the sailing world right from its first introduction. Fiberglass, so it was nearly maintenance free compared to the wooden seaworthy boats of the time, with hugely more interior space. The Triton was instantly recognized as a breed apart. Well equipped for … sailing. Not so well equipped for motoring in circles.
Today’s recent designs are wide-in-the-beam dock queens, well-suited for barbecuing hamburgers at the dock. . Today, the weather wizards at NOAA ominously forecast “Small Craft WARNINGS” when they suspect the winds MIGHT get to 15 knots. When Carl Alberg designed boats, 15 to 20 knots was a nice day on the water.
This Triton has Bronze Portlight Frames, and they are beautiful …. Smoked Acrylic windows replaced this summer .... Hatch replaced with 3/8” Smoked Polycarbonate recently …. Fuel Tank thoroughly and meticulously cleaned this summer …. Boom Crutch for secure, easy use at anchor …. High-End Nauta Flexible Holding Tank (installed but not currently hooked up) …. Two Reef Points in the Main Sail …. Oversized Delta Anchor (for hard bottom and sandy conditions) …. Oversized Danforth Anchor (for muddy conditions such as Long Island Sound and the Chesapeake Bay) with 100 feet of Chain/200 feet of recommended Nylon Rope …. VHF radio with DSC Safety …. Cooler (because ice is solidly cold, cheap and utterly reliable) …. Dependable Yanmar 2GM Freshwater Cooled Diesel Engine with just 670 hours since Brand New …. New Prop/Prop Shaft/Dripless Shaft Log …. Edson Wheel Steering .... Harken Traveler for greater sail control (as winds pick up you can get a “half reef” in the main sail just by pushing the traveler to the low side of the boat and drawing tighter the Main Sheet, about 4 seconds effort total).
Today, the Classic Triton is still the perfect boat for the voyaging man or couple. The Triton is the optimum size for a Sailboat easily handled by one or two people without a lot of extra, high-maintenance equipment. The Main Sail can be hoist from the cockpit -- without fanfare or electric winches -- when you want. The Jib Sail as well. Each and both can be adjusted without muscle-straining effort. The Jib is hank-on, because hank-on gives a better sail under any condition, while the Rigged Down-Haul can take a Jib Sail to a small bundle in seconds, MUCH quicker and easier than trying to roll up a balky furler in building winds. The Anchor is pulled up when you wish to go, and let out when you wish to stay secure to the bottom for a night or a fortnight.
Even today, “Go small, Go Now” is the watchword. For less than the price of an okay used car you can voyage to places you’ve only dreamed about. Newport, Martha’s Vineyard, Annapolis, Key West, the Bahamas, Tortola, even Trinidad or Stockholm, and of course Block Island (or Antigua, if that is your wish) Race Week. You have the same view as the million dollar gold-platers -- same sunsets, same sunrises -- except you don’t need a crew of twelve to get there … or get back. Want eat in some pricey restaurant when you get there? Sure. Your credit card works the same as anyone else’s. Rather eat the freshly caught fish you just landed? Marinate it in some lemon juice and soy sauce, along with a little garlic, and poach on your own stove. Want to enjoy an umbrella drink ashore? Great, because you can anchor closer in to shore than the mega’s can. Want peace and quiet? You can comfortably anchor in water others can’t. This Triton is for the sailor who always wanted to own a voyaging boat without spending a small fortune. As the mantra goes, “Go Small, Go Now”. Life is short, eat dessert first.
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