The Trintella 44 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Trintella 44, a centre-cockpit ketch, was designed by E. G. van de Stadt and built in Holland by Trintella Yachts.

Published Specification for the Trintella 44

Underwater Profile: Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder;

Hull Material: GRP (Fiberglass);

Length Overall: 44'0" (13.40m);

Waterline Length: 35'5" 10.8m;

Beam: 13'5" (4.10m);

Draft: 7'3" (2.2m);

Rig Type: Ketch;

Displacement: 31,966lb (14,500kg);

Designer: E. G. van de Stadt;

Builder:  Trintella Yachts (Holland);

Year First Built: 1979;

Year Last Built: 1983;

Number Built: 24;

Owners Association: Trintella Owners Association;

Published Design Ratios for the Trintella 44

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 14.4

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 41.4

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 321

4. Comfort Ratio: 40.8

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.7

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Trintella 44

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 14.4 suggests that the Trintella 44 will need a stiff breeze to get her going. In light conditions, unless you've got plenty of time on your hands, motor-sailing may be the way to go.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 41.4 means that the Trintella 44 will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 321, tells us the Trintella 44 is clearly a heavy displacement cruising boat. You can load her down with all your cruising gear and equipment and it will hardly affect her waterline. Not an ideal choice for coastal sailing, but she'll come into her own on an offshore passage in testing conditions.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 40.8 suggests that crew comfort of a Trintella 44 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a heavy bluewater cruising boat. Pitching and rolling will be well damped - your cup of coffee on the salon table stands a reasonable chance of staying there in most conditions.

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.7 tells us that a Trintella 44 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 

Cruisers' Questions about this boat...

What is the history of Trintella Yachts?

The history of Trintella Yachts is a story of innovation, quality and passion. Trintella Yachts was founded by Anne Wever, a Dutch harbour master who started building yachts in his spare time in 1953. He collaborated with Ricus van de Stadt, a renowned yacht designer, to create a series of sailing yachts that combined luxury, comfort, seaworthiness and performance.

The first yacht he launched was the Trintel I, a steel-hulled ketch named after a sandbank in the IJsselmeer. The Trintel I was followed by the Trintella I, a polyester version of the same design, which introduced the Trintella brand name in 1964. The Trintella I and its successor, the Trintella II, had wooden cabins and traditional mahogany interiors. The Trintella IIa, launched in 1968, had a longer and narrower hull shape and a fibreglass cabin. The Trintella III, IV and V were larger models that featured centre cockpits, ketch or cutter rigs, long keels and skeg-hung rudders. They were built between 1970 and 1980 and were popular among long-distance cruisers and bluewater sailors.

The Trintella 38, 42 and 44 were introduced in the late 1970s and early 1980s as more modern and faster versions of the previous models. They had fin keels, spade rudders, sloop or cutter rigs and more spacious interiors. The Trintella 53, 57 and 62 were the last models designed by Van de Stadt for Trintella Yachts. They were built between 1986 and 1996 and were characterized by their elegant lines, luxurious fittings, high-quality craftsmanship and excellent sailing performance.

In 1998, Anne Wever sold his shipyard to Rob van Kesteren, who continued to build Trintella yachts under the name of Trintella Shipyard. He commissioned new designs from Ron Holland and Gerard Dijkstra, two famous naval architects, to create the Trintella A series. These were modern aluminium yachts with lifting keels, carbon masts, pilothouse cockpits and state-of-the-art technology. They ranged from 47 to 65 feet in length and were built between 1999 and 2009. In 2010, Trintella Shipyard went bankrupt due to the global financial crisis.

The brand name was acquired by Ocean Independence, a Swiss company that specializes in yacht brokerage, charter and management. Ocean Independence announced plans to revive the Trintella brand with new models designed by Dick Zaal and built by Aluboot in the Netherlands.

The first model to be launched was the Trintella 45, a 14-meter aluminium yacht with a lifting keel, a pilothouse cockpit, a sloop rig and a modern interior. It was presented at the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show in 2014. The second model to be launched was the Trintella 50, a 15-meter aluminium yacht with similar features as the Trintella 45 but with more space and comfort. It was presented at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015. The latest model to be launched was the Trintella 65, a 20-meter aluminium yacht with a lifting keel, a pilothouse cockpit, a ketch rig and a luxurious interior. It was presented at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2016.

Today, Trintella Yachts is still active as a brand that represents quality, innovation and passion for sailing. There are more than 800 Trintella yachts sailing around the world, each with its own history and personality. The owners of these yachts are part of a community that shares their love for sailing and their appreciation for the Trintella brand. They are supported by the Trintella Vriendenkring (Trintella Friends Circle), an association that organizes events, rallies, publications and information exchange for Trintella owners.

What are the main features of the Trintella 44 sailboat?

The Trintella 44 sailboat has a spacious interior with three cabins, two heads, a galley and a saloon. It can accommodate up to six people comfortably. It has a teak deck, a bow thruster, a generator, a watermaker, a windlass, an autopilot, a radar, a GPS, a VHF radio and other instruments. It has a sail area of 97 m2 (1044 ft2) and a displacement of 14.5 t (32,000 lb).

How does the Trintella 44 sailboat perform?

The Trintella 44 sailboat is designed for long-distance cruising and offshore sailing. It has a moderate draft of 1.9 m (6.2 ft) and a ballast ratio of 40%. It has a good stability and seaworthiness, as well as a comfortable motion in waves. It can sail well in light to moderate winds, but will need reefing in stronger winds. It has a cruising speed of about 6 knots and a maximum speed of about 8 knots.

What are the differences between the Trintella 44 and the Trintella 44A sailboats?

The Trintella 44A is an updated version of the Trintella 44 that was built between 1984 and 1988. It has a slightly longer length of 13.5 m (44.3 ft) and a slightly larger sail area of 100 m2 (1076 ft2). It also has some minor changes in the interior layout and the rigging. The Trintella 44A is otherwise very similar to the Trintella 44 in terms of design, features and performance.Answer

The above answers were drafted by using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; to the best of our knowledge, we believe them to be accurate.

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