Prise Au Vent, Pearson Triton #329 (1961)

Prise Au Vent, Pearson Triton #329 (1961)

Prise Au Vent was my first sailboat. She was lovingly maintained and upgraded over the years and was a wonderful boat to sail. Many of her sisterships have circumnavigated, and the Triton was inducted in the Sailboat Hall of Fame in 1995. The very active owners’ association has more historical data on its web page, as well as a treasure trove of technical information and maintenance tips.

Some notable maintenance and improvement projects we completed:

  • Complete removal of old paint in forward cabin, followed by repainting with 2-part Interlux, 2004
  • Transformed V-Berth into double bed, added new custom-made cushions, 2004
  • Pulpit replacement, 2004
  • Rubrail replacement, 2005 (documented on the MIR)
  • Custom-made pushpit added, 2005
  • Mainsail reconditioning and new cover, 2005
  • New automatic 1500 GPH Rule-Mate bilge pump, 2005
  • Atomic 4 engine re-built, 2006, including: new water pump, new electrical fuel pump, new carburetor, new electronic ignition (all using certified Moyer Marine A4 parts), new Racor fuel filter
  • New Indigo A4 propeller, 2006

The boat had a large inventory of sails: 2 mains, 2 genoas (120 and 130), 2 jibs (100 and storm), 1 spinnaker, and the corresponding running rigging. A new Harken traveller and adjustable backstay were added by the previous owner  in 2002 and the running rigging was replaced at the same time. The winches were upgraded to 2 #22, well above the original spec’s and greatly reducing the amount of strength necessary to trim the genoa.