Sand crab, what I was able to learn about the builder
Van Helleman was that he built a series of long range motor
sailors like mine from 55 to 105ft.
All based on the same design concept
of tough, overbuilt pilothouse structure and systems and a warm teak interior
My own 65ft was originally built for a ship owner and I can see the commercial
solutions in her fit-out
Here are some photos of a 72ft example I found
He also built a coastal range.
I can’t say for sure if this Tri has ballast, but given her 12 trans-atlantics I would still bet she has
My own has a long box keel
which is filled with Zinc Ignots and cemented over.
Also mine was originally skin cooled for main Engine
and Gen so has a large box area (about 2/3rds ) of bottom being double hulled. It is now raw water
cooled and box is filled with oil
Personally, I love the bowsprit
as it is such a strong box structure that will handle any forestay stresses and would be a battering ram in a collision
It is a very secure place for doing anchor
I don’t like that aft Transom deck
extension, (which mine does not have) but I think that was specified on some whose Owner's did a lot of Med Docking
and wanted comfortable pier access.
Having owned mine for 10 years, I can say that she is very well built and when I look at how she was originally built in 1983 and how it has performed, there is not much I would criticise.
In my opinion, this builder
knew what he was doing.
Now, back to the Tri... I hope David shares as much as he can about what he finds out about it.