Fond memories of Triton #503 that I owned in the late 1970's, a strong capable boat but there are a few points to keep in mind.
Since the last Triton was built about 1970 any Triton sailing today would have had its share of repairs
and refits, maybe some done well, others not so much.
Things to watch for: Rudder is wood planks bolted to bronze rudder shaft, not bad if maintained or replaced by a real craftsman, easier to fix than a glass/foam rudder.
is supported by wood beams, check for rot
deck no doubt rotted by now or repaired years ago, could be a big job in your time or money
The original Atomic 4 engine
was good but raw water
cooled, so more than likely rusted out and replaced, quality of work may vary. Later Tritons had a dripless shaft seal
, worked OK in mine but unknown how it holds up over the decades, check for leaks
was minimal, just cabin
and running lights, will need to run wiring
if you want electronics
, DC refrigeration
and so on. No shore power wiring
in the one I had.
, winches, standing rigging
, and wire running rigging
may all need to be replaced. Jib
was hanked on so don't expect a furler
unless a PO added one.
The roller furling
booms of that era were a PIA, convert to jiffy reefing if not already done.
Tritons were built before holding tanks
were the law, if a tank was added check how well that was done.
Now the good points:
Heavy solid glass hull
with encapsulated lead ballast, no keel
bolt worries but check for grounding damage and water intrusion.
Later models have a monel fuel tank
that should be fine today.
Bronze window frames and ports
The fractional rig is back in fashion.
Timeless Carl Alberg
Should be an excellent budget
boat for cruising the Bahamas
Hope this helps anyone interested in a Triton.