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

  • Less than 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 41.4

  • Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
  • Over 40: stiffer, more powerful

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 321

  • Under 100: Ultralight
  • 100 to 200: Light
  • 200 to 275: Moderate
  • 275 to 350: Heavy
  • Over 350: Ultraheavy

4. Comfort Ratio: 40.8

  • Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
  • 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
  • 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
  • 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
  • Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.7

  • Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
  • Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages

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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. 

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