Lightning Strikes the Netherlands
The seeds of Trintella Yachts were planted in 1953, when Dutch harbormaster Anne Wever set up shop in Den Bosch, in the Netherlands, and began building wooden Lightnings. Soon, he met Dutch yacht designer E.G. van de Stadt, and before the decade came to a close, the first van de Stadt-designed steel-hulled sloop was launched, featuring a mahogany cabin top and named Trintel, after a local sandbank. The sailboat was a hit with sailors and added to Anne's growing reputation as a builder of quality boats. In the early 1960s, his yard became the first in Europe to be tempted by the potential of fiberglass hull construction, and in 1964 Anne built the Trintella, which van de Stadt designed to take advantage of the new material. As would be the trend for years to come, the hulls were laid up in England, then sent to the Netherlands to be finished by Dutch craftsmen. For the next 20 years, Anne turned out new models built in both fiberglass and later aluminum, the largest of which was the Trintella 75. By then, his company was focused squarely on high-end, semicustom boats.