TRITON (AEROMARINE) sailboat on sailboatdata.com
TRITON (PEARSON) sailboat on sailboatdata.com
PEARSON 30 sailboat on sailboatdata.com
There are actually 2 versions of the Triton, one built by Pearson the other by Aeromarine under licence or contract
, not clear. Functionally the Aeromarine is better, they used a masthead rig instead of fractional meaning more sail area and no jumpers to support the upper mast
and the cockpit
coamings were molded in rather than wood, so less maintenance
. Aesthetically the extra wood in the Pearson may be more desirable. There were a lot more Pearson Tritons built so that is what I will compare to the Pearson30.
The P30 has 3.5' longer waterline, but because of the long aft overhang of the Triton I would expect the difference in sailing waterline to be more like 2'. The P30 has a lot more sail area for it's displacement
(17.4) than the Triton, (16.0). The P30 should be significantly faster. This is born out by PHRF ratings where the P30 is about 70sec per mile faster in average racing weather
Comparing structural hull weights vs length and beam for each boat, the Triton seems to be somewhat more heavily built, the Aeromarine version even a bit more. Of more import
is that the Triton does not have a liner, some or all the of the furniture and the cabin sole
are bonded to the hull creating more 'bulkheads' in the boat. Overall I would expect the Triton to be significantly more durable than the P30, and much easier to work on given that there is no liner.
The Trinton has a cutaway full keel
vs the P30's fin and spade underbody. The fin and spade contribute to the P30's speed and maneuverability in tight spaces. The full keel
takes moderate and hard groundings much better and should make steering
much easier underway, especially compared to the scimitar rudder
of the P30.
The Triton's had a number of cabin
arrangements. The most likely I believe is for the galley
to be aft on both sides of the cabin, and opposing settee forward. For a couple this should be fine, offwatch person gets a main cabin bunk and in a bouncy anchorage both be main cabin bunks. Guests are normally not that common, and very few if any will make more than an overnight passage
with you. In settled conditions you should be able to have 2 guests on board without anybody sleeping in the cockpit
. The P30 has a quarterberth and 2 settee meaning 3 guests.
Given the P30's greater length and beam it has a significant advantage in storage
capacity. Going with the Triton would mean being significantly more ruthless about deciding what personal gear
to bring aboard. This does not mean that you wouldn't have to be ruthless with your personal gear
, but this situation is not as tight.
The Triton may or may not sacrifice some headroom. Don't know, you would want to measure berth length on both boats too.
At least one Triton has been around the world. If you decide to go with the Triton this site, Atom Voyages | Voyaging Around the World on the Sailboat Atom
, has lots of upgrade info specific to the Triton. And even if you go with a different boat, the site has lots of good upgrade ideas.
Overall I would go with the Triton, better built and very good reputation vs the P30 which I don't know the reputation of.
If you were only going to do coastal and protected water
sailing the P30 would probably be fine. Going into the Caribbean
the P30 would be OK though the Triton would have more than a 1' draft advantage in shallow anchorages
. If you are serious about offshore
the Triton really starts to be the better boat I believe.