I has a Triton and lived aboard her for a few years after college. I would like to mention a couple of things. One, if your worried about the weather helm
a few thigns have been done successfully.
First, as was mentioned before, Foreward rake of the mast
. That one definitely works. Not crazy rake, just a bit. Definitely forget about aft rake like the fractional rig racers with bow and arrow bendy rigs.
Second, some folks have redesigned the rudder
to give a bit more area, and this has been shown to help as well in some cases (not all I think) I should mention the rudder
on the triton. It is an old school
design built with drift pins that go through solid wood and are bolted on in a cut out of the wood. If you are pulling the rudder apart look for corrosion
here. Also the pintle and gudgeon bolts on my boat were eaten away through corrosion
and if you are cruising I would replace all of them.
Third, some boats out of San Fran have actually cut down the main a bit so that it does not go all the way to the end fo the boom. Keep in mind that they are racing
in Sanfrancisco conditions, so getting enough wind
may not be as hard as on the east coast
. I wouldnt bother, but if the boat is old and so are the sails
, look to have some belly cut out to flatten her down a bit (if needed).
The weather helm
is one of the things about tritons that makes them such forgiving boats. You push her too hard and she says no and rounds up. If you are going cruising I would consider mast
rake and maybe rudder and leave it at that.
As for the bowspirit thing, I suppose I could see wanting one. You arent going to set any speed records in a triton, and maybe a bit more cloth would get you going, but I would concentrate on learning
to run a spinnaker
downwind if you are cruising instead. Spend the money
you would have spent on the bowspirit on beer
in the islands!
Problem with a bowspirit on the triton is that that bow will splash down into the water
when hobbyhorsing. You don't have a ton of freeboard to spare and I have been on the bow a few tomes and gotten a snout-full of solid water
. If planning to go offshore
you had better build her strong.
but it is amazing for its size, and holds the sea really well. For those in NZ the triton is almost spot on the same design as an H28. Same family
orginially pulled from the folkboat
designs (though I may be wrong on that). Sweet boat and soo pretty.
Oh, Chuck the atomic 4 in the ocean or buy moyers manual. You will need it cruising. Marvel mystery oil
in the gas keeps the valves happy.
Bowspirit could be cool and fun. Why not. Its a little boat and the forces are relatively small, so if you went with fat rigging
wire, I dont think you would go too astray. If you want the old school
look obviously whiskers are needed, but if you just want more power an a frame bowspirit might be easier if all you want if 1.5 to 2 feet extra.
Also, the extra spreader thing is bunk. Sausalito built boats came with masthead rigs with no extra spreader. Do you have the swinging spreaders or fixed? Masthead will mean you have to remove the diamond stay.