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Van de Stadt Trintel 1


Selene Fair - Sold A truly unique and classic yacht, with a superb history (having been owned by this broker’s family for 36 years), and having been re-fitted and modernised to the highest standard during our ownership.

Please enjoy reading the following to begin to appreciate the story behind arguably the finest yacht we have ever had on our brokerage list.

Type:                          Van de Stadt Trintel 1: 4/5 Berth, steel, long-fin keel cruising sloop. Builder - Anne Wever Yard, Hertogenbosch. Netherlands 1961 (Hull Number 222).

                                    LOA 27’ 10” (8.38m) LWL 22’  (6.70m) Beam 8’(2.43m)

Draft 4’ 6” (1.37 m) Displacement Approx. 5,000 kg


The builder's plate

Construction:            Steel Hull, round bilge, long-fin keel, transom hung rudder (wood-composite). Stainless steel toe rail shelf, International Epoxy protection with 2 pack polyurethane paint scheme – Mauritius Blue “ceramic” finish. Encapsulated ballast. Teak toe-rail and teak cockpit seats (high gloss varnish finish). Tiller – solid oak – varnish finish with chrome tiller stock (with weather protection cover)

                             The ballast has all been restowed since building and comprises steel ingots encapsulated in acrylic cement within the keel void which is epoxy painted and lined with a G.R.P. barrier membrane. The top surface is channelled to ensure bilge water sheds off into the sump.

Decks – Marine ply, GRP sheathed. Cream 2-Pack painted with non-slip finish

Cabin sides and coamings – mahogany and marine ply. International Schooner tung oil style varnish applied to a high standard.

Classic Trintel Panama fairleads bow and stern – strong enough to lift the yacht!


Mast & Rigging:        Spruce Mast, 6mm “Victory” Stainless Standing Rigging, Selden Boom with 2 point single line slab reefing, rigid kicker, lazy jacks and stacking mainsail bag. Galvanised Steel Mast Tabernacle with Tufnol inlay. 2 x G8 Barton winches on mast, Lewmar primary winches at coamings. (Furlex furling gear fitted 2008)

                             Lines from mast back to cockpit (via mast turning blocks and discreet and bespoke organisers to coachroof sides) – Main halyard, 2 mainsail reefs, rigid kicker.

Sails:                          Mainsail – fully battened, Furling Genoa (Furlex system), excellent condition


Machinery:                Perkins “Perama” 29hp 3 cylinder diesel, 2:1 reduction transmission. Provides 6 knot cruising speed. Heavy bespoke traditional stuffing box. Rope cutter. 3 blade 14” x 10” bronze propeller. 


Engine installation


Batteries:                  2 x 110AH maintenance free domestic batteries plus 1 x 85AH dedicated engine starter battery (independent engine and domestic circuits – both can be tied for engine starting). Completely re-wired with new switchgear. Battery state/charge monitor and interior lighting.

Custom made switch panels


Storage Cradle:        Bespoke cradle makes handling of this yacht extremely easy – handle as a pallet -  for transport/lifting/shipping or storage. Excellent condition

Fuel Capacity:          Approx 15 gallons (68 litres) – Aluminium tank with inspection hatch and emergency fuel filter.


Water Capacity:     Total Approx. 20 gallons (90 litres)  - 2 tanks under Port & Starboard berths. Fully painted with 2-pack enamel inside and out with inspection hatches.

Inventory :                All of which fitted either during or since the re-fit  Sprayhood, Cockpit mooring cover, Eberspacher 2 outlet cabin heating, calorifier with hot water to galley, Raymarine A65 GPS Chart plotter and tr-data, VHF/DSC, Sounder, Tiller autopilot, Interior upholstery (Armara style with ventilated bunk liners), 2 x Horseshoe lifebuoys and lights. CD/Radio Stereo System, Electric Bilge Pump, Cockpit seat cushions, Pushpit outboard bracket, transom mounted stainless instrument pole, ensign staff and pushpit mount, Furlex headsail furling.

                             Other Equipment (not renewed during re-fit, but refurbished and in  excellent working condition) – Twin hob gas cooker with grill and oven, 25 lb Plough Anchor and full 5/16 (8mm) chain anchor cable (30 fathoms – 55m). Full navigation lights, spreader lights, 2 fixed manual bilge pumps, Lavac Sea Toilet (Can be removed and Chemical WC fitted for lakes usage), Sestrel Moore gimballed compass. Paraffin lamp, ventilators in bow, stern and midships (one with solar extractor). Solid stainless tapered stanchions. 2.6m Inflatable dinghy (3 chambers).




Interior Layout:      All woodwork is mahogany (solid and ply) with maple inlay – high gloss varnish. All upholstery is as new “Armara” style fabric in “Biscuit” colour.

                             Solid teak floor boards (all lifting to access bilges).

Descend through companionway to find galley sink unit below – cooker to starboard side – galley work surface / chart area to port (large food chest storage below). Portside bench seat with back rest that is on piano hinge to create 1 sea berth. Drop leaf dining table (removable) on keel-line with similar seat/berth on starboard side which pulls out to create a very wide single berth which can be used as a double at anchor.

The main saloon features storage lockers to both sides under the deckhead and a bespoke galley waste depository.

Forward arched bulkhead with door to heads on portside and hanging wardrobe to starboard which has recently had a wash hand basin incorporated. Forecabin with 2 x single berths (storage on shelving and under berths). Mahogany fore-hatch above.

All hinges to doors, lockers, hatches are brass piano type, the port and starboard saloon berths are fitted with lee cloths. All exposed steel (epoxied and 2 pack painted) of the ship’s sides are lined in solid mahogany slats.


The Trintels were originally built by the Anne Wever yard in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. Initially Anne was the harbourmaster at the Yachtclub "De Viking" and he started building yachts in his spare time in 1953. His father, who had been the skipper of the large sailing yacht Idunia, taught Anne that the perfect finishing of ships was essential to success.  

Anne asked legendary yacht designer E.G. Van de Stadt to create his own exclusive yacht. This became the Trintel I, named after a sandbank in the IJsselmeer. The Trintel 1 was the very first model of what became the exclusive Trintella range of yachts. “Selene Fair” is one of the very first examples…later Trintel 1s for example, while still having the steel hulls, had an aluminium mast before eventually GRP construction became the norm.

“Selene Fair” was purchased by my (the broker’s) father after seeing her ashore and unloved on a Boxing Day walk at Glasson Dock, Lancashire in 1971.

She was quickly purchased and a 36 year love affair began…

Her initial fit-out got “Selene Fair” into commission for that first Summer in 1972 and her first voyage to Scotland. Over the years to come she was to enjoy a sustained level of maintenance that was second to none.


Unless “Selene Fair” was sailing, she would be stored indoors, in a large, heated dry brick building during our family’s 36 year ownership.

Many happy Summer holidays with our family of five (with me in my romper suit) were spent aboard “Selene Fair” every year, mainly cruising Scotland’s West Coast – although she occasionally would Summer on Windermere or in North Wales. She enjoyed passages to Stornoway and Waterford – and numerous ports and anchorages between with many happy and varied crews.


Until 1990….

The Re-Fit 

A new marine business venture for my father, which commenced in 1990, meant that it would be unlikely that time would be available to enjoy her as she had been in the preceding years.

He therefore decided that if he could not sail her, he would set about re-fitting her and updating her, with the aid of some of Lancashire’s finest craftsmen, so that one day, when he could finally enjoy her again, she would be truly as good as she could ever be.  

The overall aims of the re-fit were broadly as follows;


1)     To ensure the structure and super-structure was in optimal condition

2)     To make future maintenance as easy as possible

3)     To maximise her cosmetic appearance

4)     To modernise her rig and systems while preserving her original classic appearance

5)     To utilise the space on board to the maximum potential


This was all eventually realised by late 2003 when “Selene Fair” took to the water again…briefly..

She had 2 months on Windermere in the Summer of 2003

And she had 3 months on the Firth Of Clyde in the Summer of 2004, and sailed back to Preston via Northern Ireland, and then she went back inside again until 2008.

 In the summer 2008 – after 36 years, “Selene Fair” was sold – the extra demand of grandchildren required a slightly larger yacht and so a new owner took her over and kept her on the Clyde for 3 years before health reasons required she be put on the market again.


Summary of the Re-fit;

It would not be practical to attempt to detail the level of works that the re-fit entailed in these particulars. However – as an overview the following was conducted between 1990 and 2003.

         Hull stripped to bare metal below the waterline  – International Epoxy Protection applied.

         Topsides re-painted to flawless finish using International 2 pack paint.

         Mild steel toe-rail shelf replaced by stainless steel

         New teak toe-rails

         All woodwork completely stripped – renewed and repaired where necessary and re-varnished and painted to flawless finish.

         New windows – brass frames re-chromed (All chrome hardware is re-chromed)

         New spruce mast constructed by Douglas Boatyard, Lancashire

         New Selden aluminium boom with single line reefing and rigid kicker

         All new rigging – standing (6mm Victory) and running, with control lines back to cockpit

         Perkins Perama engine/gearbox fitted in 2002, first used 2003

         Total re-wire / new switchgear

         Installation of new electronic navigation aids

         Installation of Eberspacher cabin heating

         New interior upholstery

         All plumbing and gas installations renewed


Since the major re-fit, the following has been fitted (all since 2008);

         Raymarine A65 GPS/Plotter/Tri-Data (including windspeed/direction)

         Furlex headsail furling gear

         Hot water calorifier with hot water to galley

       Full cockpit "tent" style canopy

         Self tailing winches



Selene Fair should not be considered by anyone who will compare her to a modern 27 foot yacht in terms of space, speed and styling…if you are looking for features such as an aft cabin, 6 berths, a spacious heads compartment with a shower, hot water and the promise of low maintenance…buy another yacht.

If you want steady performance and classic lines from a yacht in good condition that has been well maintained – you should not struggle to find it – and you will find it at a much lower asking price than Selene Fair’s

However, if you are looking for something truly unique, and you realise that genuine quality comes at a price and also know that steel and wood cannot be neglected like GRP can, then you could well be the one to reap the benefit and derive the pleasure from what has been one of life’s true labours of love.

The result of such a lifetime’s dedication is a yacht that despite her compact size, behaves like a much larger vessel. She sails like a dream and drives through the water under power like a destroyer - as a passage making sea boat she is second to none for her size.

Viewing is strictly by prior appointment.

A survey conducted in 2008 is available for inspection in our offices.



If you require further information please ring the Brokerage Department on 01772 733595 or e mail info@prestonmarina.co.uk

PLEASE NOTE: Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed, these details are intended only as a guide This boat is owned and offered for sale by a private individual not acting in the course of trade. Purchasers and prospective purchasers are advised that there are no guarantees or warranties when purchasing from such an individual. We strongly recommend that a professional surveyor and/or marine engineer be engaged to check the boat and its systems prior to purchase. After purchase there are no remedies for any faults found. Preston Marina act as agent and can not offer guarantees.