If ever there was a case of inspiration coming from a bolt of lightning, the story of Trintella must surely be a prime contender. For when the harbour master of a small Dutch boating haven started building wooden Lightning dinghies in his spare time, he laid the foundations of a yard that has risen to the forefront of semi-custom and custom yachts of the highest quality and craftsmanship.


That harbour master was Anne Wever, the harbour was Viking Jachthaven, and the spot he chose to build the Lightnings was right across the road near the pretty canal-side town of 's-Hertogenbosch in southern Holland. From those humble beginnings in 1953, Anne came into contact with Dutch master designer Van de Stadt, and the drawings for the first yacht were born. Named the Trintel, after a sandbank off Enkhuizen on the IJsselmeer, the steel-hulled cruiser with mahogany cabin top was built in a 7.5m, 8.5m and 9.5m version and proved an instant hit.

From the success of the original Trintels I and II, Anne built up a family business with a reputation for personal service, seamanlike yachts and the quality building of the highest standard.

In 1961 they became the first yard in Europe to use the GRP construction methods. The resulting 8.5m yacht, another Van de Stadt design, was launched in 1964 and marked the birth of the Trintella name.



Above: An early Trintella IIIa

From the late-60s to the mid-70s, with the Trintella IIIa, IV and V, the yachts developed a centre cockpit design with a small rear poop deck reminiscent of old galleons, but in 1976 the Trintella 38 was launched, with a near-flush deck and more modern hull profile. Production continued in GRP and the range kept growing in size - right up to the Trintella 53 in 1980.

At the start of the 1980s, the decision was taken to change the emphasis of the Trintella line. After further design meetings with Van de Stadt, the lines of the first aluminium yacht - the 40A - were drawn, and in 1983 the yard entered the world of semi-custom building with this model. The design also heralded a shift in the styling of the Trintellas, featuring a stylish doghouse and giving the yachts a distinctive profile that has become the trademark of the modern Trintella range.


Through the mid-1980s the yachts gradually got larger; in 1986 the 75A was the largest production yacht built. But 1988 saw the end of an era, as after nearly 36 years at the helm, Anne Wever decided it was time to retire. In 1994 Trintella once again took the lead at the forefront of boatbuilding technology with the construction of a composite Trintella-Holland 47. The 47 marked the start of a new partnership with the Ron Holland design office and the range has been updated to considerable acclaim from the yachting press.

Today Trintella Yachts has proudly become part of CCYD Group were its long tradition and unique history has met and blend with another shipyard with an outstanding reputation and track record for design, performance, quality and craftsmanship in the building of exclusive world-class luxury yachts. 

A modern Trintella not only boasts the superior craftsmanship that has been passed down through the generations but each yacht also holds a little bit of history within its very fibres. It is no surprise then that Trintellas have become renowned worldwide as being among the finest semi-custom cruising yachts afloat.



Designs on the future
In 1994 Trintella approached world renowned designer Ron Holland and began a collaboration which would shape the future of Trintella Yachts, marrying the tradition and heritage of Trintella with the latest technology and innovation. The result is a perfect balance of styles, retaining the trademark Trintella look while offering enhanced performance under sail and even more volume below decks.


Trintella's principal designer, internationally renowned Ron Holland.

"Every boat is designed from scratch," explains a spokesman from the Ron Holland Design Office in Kinsale, Ireland. "Our challenge is to slowly adapt the range, balancing the old with the new. We don't want to design something too space age, as we want to ensure that the Trintella heritage, particularly the trademark doghouse, remains and that the resale value is never affected by changes in fads and fashions."

The result of this collaboration is a yacht that carries the unmistakable Ron Holland signature: timeless looks, ultimate functionality, traditional Trintella lines and ultra-modern systems engineering, combined with a performance hull that reinforces Trintella's position at the top of the ocean cruising tree.

For more information see the Ron Holland Design website: www.ronhollanddesign.com

Email: info@trintellayachts.com


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