Located on the Gulf Coast, Trinity Yachts has been one of America’s leading builders of custom superyachts up to 400 feet in length since the company was founded in 1988. Led by Olympic sailor John Dane III, Trinity operates two boatyards in New Orleans, Louisiana and Gulfport, Mississippi, where the firm builds some of the largest and most luxurious yachts produced in the United States.
John Dane III may be better known to marine sports enthusiasts as an Olympic sailor representing the United States, or as a North American soling champion, but he also happens to be the founder, president and CEO of Trinity Yachts. In the 1970s, fresh from success on the world star-class soling circuit, Dane decided to go into the boat-building business, and joined Halter Marine, a large New Orleans-based manufacturer of vessels for the offshore oil industry. While working at Halter Marine Dane headed the firm’s burgeoning leisure craft division, before finally establishing Trinity Yachts as an independent builder of custom luxury yachts in 1988.
Trinity’s first yacht, the 150-foot tri-deck M/Y Magic, was launched in 1991 and garnered immediate acclaim upon being presented to critics and buyers at that year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The flurry of orders that followed quickly established Trinity as one of America’s premier manufacturers of fully custom super-yachts, while a merger with Victory Lane Enterprises in 2000 secured the firm’s long-term future. By the mid-2000s the company was selling more than 10 yachts a year to discerning buyers across the world, and was one of the planet’s biggest custom yacht builders, but it was at this point that Trinity faced their biggest challenge yet. 2005’s Hurricane Katrina wreaked devastation along the Gulf Coast, and Trinity’s New Orleans factory was not spared. Yet with orders to fulfil, Dane and his partners were not deterred. They quickly opened a second facility in Gulfport, Mississippi, rebuilt their New Orleans boatyard, and emerged like a phoenix from the flames in better shape than ever.
Trinity is well known for their ambitious launches, including 2012’s New Horizon, a classically-styled ocean-going yacht some 242 feet in length that is one of the biggest yachts to be built in North America so far this century. Trinity yachts are constructed out of steel and aluminium hulls and superstructure for unrivalled strength and durability, while design and exterior styling are all produced in-house to ensure both quality and originality. Because of Trinity’s location on the Gulf of Mexico it is natural that their vessels should be designed for the relatively shallow and choppy waters in that part of the world, and yachts all boast watertight bulkheads, swift top speeds, shallow drafts and hard chine hulls.
Due to the fully custom nature of Trinity vessels, interior styling is subject to the caprices of prospective buyers, though the firm has worked with renowned designers such as Evan Marshall, Patrick Knowles, Scott Carpenter and Jeff Howard to achieve elegant and luxurious finishes. The two Trinity boatyards combined employ more than 500 members of staff and cover over 40 hectares of waterfront land, with an additional 8 hectares of hi-tech factory space for molding, fitting and fabrication.
In 2016 Trinity was acquired by shipping giants Harvey Gulf, who have currently paused production while they review Trinity’s global strategy in order to better exploit changing market trends. Yet Trinity vessels remain enduringly popular on both the used and charter markets: with such a clamor for Trinity’s impressive and luxurious super-yachts, it won’t be long before you see their yachts once again take to the seas.
Trinity Aspen Alternative
An impressive tri-deck superyacht with a classic, Italian design, the 164-foot Aspen Alternative was launched by Trinity in 2010. Powered by twin Caterpillar 2250HP engines, the Aspen Alternative can reach top speeds of 20 knots, hugely impressive for a yacht with a gross tonnage of 459 tons and boasts a range of 4,000 nautical miles at cruising speeds. Interior spaces were designed by Evan Marshall for a sedate and refined look, with glazed teak, cream carpets and polished stone tops. There is enough accommodation on board for 10 guests and 9 crew across a range of lavishly appointed state rooms and cabins, while a peaceful night’s rest is guaranteed due to use of Quantum zero-speed stabilizers. Externally there is a Portuguese bridge, a dramatic sky-bridge and three sundecks to the rear, ideal for al fresco dining and entertaining. Other guest amenities include a large deck jacuzzi, full wet bar, internal gym and a spacious tender garage
Trinity Amarula Sun
A sleek and ergonomic exterior with wrap-around windows, a striking red flybridge and an ultra-fine bow mark this yacht out as one of Trinity’s most modern designs yet. The Amarula Sun, however, is also designed with adventure in mind. A spacious swimming platform doubles as launching pad for scuba-diving and watersports, and the yacht comes with a large, custom Brig tender and 4 Yamaha watercrafts. Elsewhere there is a rock-climbing wall and an incredible inflatable waterslide that transports adrenalin-junkies all the way from the skybridge down to the waters below. With sleeping quarters for up to 12 guests and 9 crew, a nautical range of 3,000 miles and top speeds of 22 knots, this is a yacht built for contemporary, fun-loving thrill seekers.
Built in 2009, yacht owners can cruise the world in sumptuous comfort and elegant luxury aboard this 191-foot work of naval art. A double-length aft deck beach club with lower swimming platform, spacious sundeck and magnificent skybridge with jacuzzi provide plenty of outdoor entertaining space for the 12 guests that can stay aboard this yacht. Interior spaces were given a tasteful and refined treatment by star designer Patrick Knowles, who utilized more than 20 types of authentic, high quality wood to create a plush and sedate atmosphere. MCA and ABS certified and with an oceanic range of 5,900 nautical miles at cruising speeds, this yacht is fully capable of long-distance voyages to the furthest flung reaches of the globe.
How to Buy a Trinity Yacht
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How to Sell Your Trinity Yacht
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