Jeff, I''m actualy realy supprised. I''ve found nothing saying that a triton wasnt a very solid boat, even if some of the other, later pearsons we''rent quit as stout. Specificly the ones built in Sausilito with the solid glass decks (no recoing, yhea!) they are smaller than most, but I''d not heard of any issues with them. Most of the people I''ve talked to havent even had blister problems. Of course, the systems are all old, and need to be replaced, but Most of them already have been by previous owners and others dont bother me too much (eg: ditching the atomic bomb for a relable outboard)
What I''ve got:
a 19'' sloop with a keel, but not enough weight down there that I''d trust her to go offshore. She''s a weekender, not a flicka.
What I''m looking for:
a liveaboard/cruiser with, in absolutley NO order at all:
Functional galley (small is ok, and I can live without refrigeration)
decent sailing (needs to be able to point, needs to be able to be sailed short handed if not single handed (single handability prefered))
Seaworthyness. (I want to safley cross oceans with this. I know this is primarily a function of crew, and not of boat, but some are better for the task than others)
and the possibility of showering below decks (I''m ok laying down a catch for this, also, this is the only one where I feel the triton falls short, but I think it can be arranged.)
I''m preferencial to tiller stearing, but wouldnt realy let it influence my decission unless all else were completley even.
Thats it. Those are my requirements. I''m 24, have the coresponding credit (minimal) and budget (somewhat less than minimal) If you could let me know what turns you off to the triton, and what you would suggest instead, I would apreciate it.
The only other boat I''ve sailed on that I was looking at in that price range is a catalina 27, which I realy wouldnt feel as comfortable on. I''ve seen the glass on a triton, and on the catalina.... yhea... twitch.
The main flaws with the triton that I''m aware of are:
1.) the cockpit drains have large pipes instead of seacocks. I would change this, and alot of people have.
2.) the atomic bomb, nuff said.
3.) they''re cramped compared to alot of other boats their size, which I can deal with.
4.) fractional rigs
can be a pain in the arse to tune, but this isnt an issue too often I would think. (besides, I''m rather partial to the masthead rig
that some of the later ones have.
What else am I not aware of?