Laurent Giles Channel Class Sloop - 1938 - £26,950 'Triune of Troy' built immediately pre-war by A H Moody & Son Ltd is one of what became known as the 'Channel Class' and was completed in 1938 for Lord Russell of Liverpool. The famed design (No.19) from the board of Laurent Giles boasted a graceful sheer, balanced overhangs and a powerful Bermudan cutter rig and was built of Pitch Pine on Oak. Post war, 'Triune' was owned by the writer Hammond Innes for a number of years who then sold her to Sir Charles Evans; the inspired adventurer credited with promoting the use of oxygen in climbing Everest. In more recent times (since 1991) she has been in the diligent ownership of Dr David Knights with good fundamental work carried out as required over the 27 years of his 'watch'. Its now time that this historic classic be passed on to someone with the eye, ability and determination to maintain her in the manner that befits such a capable example of our sailing heritage. Indeed, a recent very kind contact from a previous owner of 'Triune' ended in the expression of hope that ..." someone will express interest in 'Triune' soon - she is a lovely boat and sails 'like a witch' in a breath of wind as well as in a force 8!" .... and we are grateful to be able to pass such independent, yet experienced and relevant opinion on. 'Triune of Troy' is now berthed very close to our office in Sutton Harbour Marina for easy viewing. **A part exchange may be considered against this classic - contact us now with details of your current vessel**
For'peak/cabin offers single (relatively wide) berth to port, with chain locker to starb'd. Jabsco marine flushing WC mounted to starb'd side, handbasin to port. hanging space (currently used for outboard engine stowage opposite hand basin. Light and ventilation by modern aluminium (Lewmar) framed hatch above and prismatic decklights port and starboard. Main saloon fitted with two wide, single and parallel settee berths and large closed individual lockers outboard, beneath the side decks. Generous quarter berth to starboard of companionway. Chart table with chart storage box that fits atop, fitted to main bulkhead at starboard forward end of main saloon. A simple galley, located to port side of the companionway access, fitted with an alcohol (meths) gimballed cooker. A well designed, deep fiddled engine box (remember it's offset) cover provides a practicable working surface, while closed lockers beneath the bridge deck and open storage beneath the port side deck are provided.
History and Construction
The list of owners of this 1938 Channel class is most distinguished: Built immediately pre-war for the second Lord Russell of Liverpool. In 1950 she was purchased by Captain Arthur Johnson RNVR who later sold her to Ralph Hammond Innes C.B.E., the author, but Johnson came to regret the decision to sell and attempted unsuccessfully to buy her back from Innes, who dedicated his novel ‘The Wreck of the Mary Deare’ to The Mate & Crew of Triune of Troy in memory of a gale off the Minches.
Subsequently she was owned by, among others, Sir Charles Evans, the mountaineer credited with promoting the use of oxygen in climbing Everest, and Chris Elliott, at one time Master of RSS James Clark Ross the British Antarctic Survey research ship Built of pitch pine on oak in 1938 by A H Moody & Sons of Swanwick.
The original strap floors have been replaced using silicon bronze together with their fastenings, the cockpit has been replaced and re-built; the current deck is the third in the life of the vessel (now of 18mm marine ply, epoxy-sheathed with glass and finished with deck paint),the hull's planking has been re-caulked and the genuine Burmese teak cappings are of timber salvaged from the former Naval Hospital here in Plymouth! The for'peak has been rearranged, with the original single folding pipe cot removed making way for generous size fixed berth to port with the marine flushing head moved aft on the starboard side to offer better access and space and also accommodating a self-stowing chain stowage to the starboard side. A self-stowing chain locker has been provided, good quality, self-tailing winches and modern instrumentation fitted and the marine flushing head replaced. The coach roof is the original and was pioneering in its provision of a practicable doghouse toward the aft end of the accommodation - a design that evolved into the later and longer stepped coachroofs synonymous with Nicholson and Holman designs of the 1960's. Triune of Troy still sports her original mast and boom, the latter converted to enable slab reefing of the mainsail and an aluminium spinnaker pole with ProFurl reefing gear on the outer forestay. A Beta Marine BD1005 auxiliary diesel engine (approx 25 HP) was fitted to port of the centreline in 1997 and drives a two-bladed folding propeller.
Sails and spars
The original, hollow Sitka Spruce mast is keel-stepped and well finished with varnish, as is the boom. More recent self-tailing winches by Antal replace the original mast-mounted halyard winches and the boom has been converted to enable slab-reefing of the mainsail, with modern rope clutches mounted at the forward end of the boom. The outer forestay is fitted with a modern roller reefing system, while the inner forestay carries hanked sails, with a laminated wishbone also fitted to enable self-tacking facility. Sail Inventory Includes: Mainsail by Sanders of Lymington dating from 2008. Yankee heads'l by Sanders dated 2008. Stays'l; believed to date from approx.2010. No.1 Jib (reported to be useful in carrying a 'Slutter' rig) by Gowen 1968. Furling Gennaker dating from 2011. Symmetric Spinnaker (designed for a Moody 38) of indeterminate age.
Mechanical and electrical systems
A Beta Marine BD1005 diesel, rated at approx 28 BHP replaces the previous engine and was fitted in March 1997, turning an offset, two-bladed, folding propeller. Reported as delivering 5.5 knots cruising and a little over 6 knots maximum speed. The larger, optional 50 Amp alternator was selected and fitted with a poly-drive belt. TMC40, 2:1 gearbox, with prop. shaft replaced and professional alignment in 2014. Speed seal plate to the seawater pump. 3x12V DC deep cycle AGM batteries selected through a double pole switch and voltage sensing relay (VSR). A BEP battery state indicator is fitted.
A polyethylene fuel tank with approx. 60 litres maximum capacity. Freshwater carried in rigid plastic tanks within the keel area, with a combined capacity of approx.100 litres. Freshwater is drawn by foot pump to the for'd hand basin and by bronze-bodied hand pump at galley
Barient 21-33 self-tailing primary sheet winches. Antal W 16 self-tailing, mast-mounted halyard winches. Lewmar 16, self-tailing mainsheet winch. Lewmar 16, single speed winches for mainsail reefing pennants. 12V DC 'Cayman 88' by Lofrans electric windlass. Bruce 15kg main anchor with 50m of chain cable. Bruce 5kg kedge anchor, chain and approx. 15m of warp. Stainless steel 24" stanchion and double guardwires, double railed pulpit and pushpit. Pendulum servo assisted windvane self-steering gear. Min. of 6 fenders & min. of 6 warps suitable for mooring. Acrylic mainsail cover and stays'l cover. Winter cockpit cover. Summer cockpit cover.
Ritchie magnetic steering compass. ST40 Bidata giving log and echosounder readings. Furuno GP31 GPS. Garmin 451 GPS/colour chart plotter Yeoman Sport chart plotter (for use in conjunction with with paper charts). Furuno 1621 radar, with deck stepped scanner mounting. Chronometer and Barometer. Nasa AIS 'radar' receiver.
Nasa SX35 GMDSS capable VHF radio. Man overboard recovery ring. Coastal Flare pack. 2 x fire extinguishers. 2 x 12V DC bilge pumps. 1 x Manual bilge pump.
The vendor is prepared to include a scarce Plymouth City Council mooring with this yacht, there is currently a six year waiting list for these moorings! This Tamar River mooring is situated just below the Tamar bridge off Saltash Sailing Club and includes ownership of the mooring tackle and buoys.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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