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Re: Truant Triad (Turtle) 37
Thanks for the reply. You're the first person to respond to my inquiries! I love the picture by the way.
First of all, thanks for the update on 24 Carat. I remember seeing pictures of it on the interwebs and I always liked the canvas work on it. I am in the process of having a bimini added to mine as well as a full enclosure. We're replacing the dodger and sail cover as it's pushing 20 years old. (The sail cover didn't look bad but not good when compared to all the other new canvas.)
About the offshore part. My late father-in-law got to meet Bill Garden, the designer of our boat, while cruising up in the gulf islands a while back. I believe Bill told him that there were 36 of the 37' made, of which only 8 were like ours. So yes, you would have one of the rare "offshore" models meaning we don't have the "pilothouse" model with helm inside. My father-in-law was an avid sailor and loved how the Triads sailed. He had no use for boating year round. If you have to start the motor, you have failed....would have been his mantra as he only used it during the summer. My wife and I are changing the boat to match our desire to use it all year with our 2 young children.
Last summer I finally ran into another 37 offshore. I met a neat couple that actually found a 37 offshore sitting in a barn in Sooke and had never been launched! The interior had been finished back in the mid 80's but there was no mast or rigging. It was a 35 year old boat with no hours on it! Anyway, they motored it here to Anacortes to be rigged. I took A LOT of pictures of it and even gave them a tour of my boat. They were very appreciative as it gave them some ideas. They were able to talk to the old owners of Truant Marine and they told them there were 18 of our offshore models made so now I don't know what to believe. Well anyway, I've seen pictures of Sassona, Salient, Selene I, 24 Carat, and their new boat (I don't remember the name). That's not a lot but it potentially represents 3/4 of the 8 I was told if you include my Truant.
Anyway, here are some pictures of Madrisa, our 1983 Truant offshore 37. I've also attached some pictures of Bill Garden's book that shows the differences between the offshore and pilothouse model.