#59 Arrives!

December 1, 2000

December 2000

Description of #59 and survey results

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1 December 2000: Triton #59 Arrives in Milton!

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Off the truck, on the stands.

A description of the newly arrived Triton, #59.

Triton #59 was built in either 1960 or1959. The previous owner says the date was actually 1960, but when he registered it in Massachusetts (he bought it from a man in Rhode Island) they put 1959 on the registration.

This Triton has a late-model Atomic 4 thatwas rebuilt around 1990.  The boat came with an original bronze drive shaft which I later had to cut in order to replace the cutless bearing. More on that later.

Tikvah 01 2001 6.jpg (247177 bytes)Like other Tritons of its era it has an external lead keel, no headliner and unchromed bronze ports. The original rudder was replaced with a new one, fabricated from plywood that was then covered with fiberglass. The galley and icebox hadbeen removed along with the cockpit icebox hatch.

Triton #59 came with two Danforth anchors and nylon rodes, bow pulpit, stern pulpit and double lifelines. There’s a roller-furling jib and serviceable sails.

The original mahogany cockpit seat covers had been replaced by plastic. There are cushions in salon and v-berth – tired but useable.
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VHF Radio by West Marine, Bulkhead mounted. Compass, inclinometer

Electrical system

2 batteries, switch (1, 2, 1+2)
Marshall marine rewired lights in 1998
Runnning, anchor, steaming, inside lights (some fixtures stuck)
Bilge pump w/float

Anchor/ground tackle

2 danforths, chain plus 100′ rope, used to use delta
Bow roller for delta or similar anchor


Water tank – 25 gal. capacity – needs hose to connect to sink
There is a seacock for the sink drain
All seacocks approx 5 yrs old, maintained every year, removed fiberglass tubes
Manual head, seacocks, small holding tank


Fuel tank – 22 gal monel -prev. owner installed in starboard cockpit under seat
Cutlass bearing replaced approx 8 yrs. Ago

(2) Fenders

Sail covers – royal blue main and mizzen

Genny has matching sunbrella on leach

Misc. lifejackets and spares

Survey Results

Recommendations (safety andseaworthiness)

1. Fix gushing carb
2. Bilge blower
3. Fuel fill hose and fuel tank vent
4. Fuel supply hose
5. Fuel tank hold down strap
6. Cutless bearing
7. Engine cooling water intake clogged
11. Strap batteries down
12. Label breaker panel
13. Required safety equipment


Hull/ballast joint
Several wet spots in core
Cockpit sole hatch
Opening ports
Companionway sill
Small fastening for bow chocks
Interior needs cosmetic overhaul
Small spar and standing rigging problems


Holding tank vent corroded
Mahogany grab rails not plugged
Fore hatch dog will leak
Grease cup on water pump is frozen


Transmission very rusty

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