From: David Kipp
Sent: Wednesday, October 11, 2006 4:35 PM
Subject: My Trinka 10
I have had my Trinka 10 for 5 years and
would only let go if I was getting another. I bought her from a
friend who owned her through 2 boats and many years of hard use and
some abuse, but of no concern to me because of how well built she
is. So after some haggling, I bought her with the stipulation that
if I sold her it would be only back to him. Mark Johannsen builds
them one at a time in true craftsmanship manner with attention to
every detail. The boat is as stable as they come and a real pleasure
to row, sail, pull, or motor. At 18 years old, 3 owners and
countless miles around the coast, I know she will be around many
The Trinka 12 is a "10"
Just a quick note to tell you what a joy the Trinka 12 has been for me.
Being a rather large person at 6'4" and 250 lbs, I was concerned that
the boat would be too small and tender. How wrong I was! She
is so well designed that there is plenty of room and everything is right
Under sail, the boat is a rocket and
she points seemingly right into the wind. I bought a little 2 1/2
hp to help bring the boat into dock. Probably one of the worst
investments in my life. After 10 or 12 outings, during which I
never used the motor, it now lives in my garage and likely will never
make it onboard again. The Trinka 12 is so maneuverable that you
can take it anywhere under sail.
I get so many compliments on the boat, not only on her
looks, but on her performance. In fact, most people have to wait
until I stop, because she can't be caught. Thanks again for
producing such a winner! ... Jerry M, Vero Beach
I bought a
Trinka 8 last month and am using it in place of my Avon Rover. The
Trinka is an extremely well-crafted boat, very very pretty and wonderful
to row. Mark Johannsen builds them one at a time at Vero Beach,
FL, and has built so many for Island Packet owners that he even stocks
the IP paint so the Trinka will match the IP hull. Mark's
attention to detail is amazing. He even puts leather on the oars
and builds a liner into the dinghy. There are stainless rub
strakes on the bottom so you do not grind the glass when you come
ashore. The rubrail is beautifully thick and covered with canvas,
and the gunnel itself has about 5 layers of teak strips and glass
epoxied together for strength and beauty. The teak trim is very
handsome. Everything is classic and classy, right down to the
bronze oarlocks. ... Charles 0 S/V Serenity
wanted to take the time to write and tell you how happy we are with our
Trinka 10. After much research, I decided that a Trinka would be
the best dinghy for our cruising family. My family and I just got
back from 5 months of cruising the Bahamas. The dinghy was towed
the entire 5 months, regardless of weather conditions, which included 2
gales. We saw many other brands of dinghies on our cruise...
Halcyon, Dyer, Fatty Knees, etc. None of these towed well, and it
was almost unbelievable how unstable they were compared to our Trinka.
After riding in these other boats, we can honestly state that a Trinka
is much better built.
1/2 months, the wind blew 25-30 knots. My family includes 2
children, ages 7 and 10. We did not hesitate when necessary to go
to shore under these conditions. I can't express the importance of
a good stable dinghy... when you are returning to your vessel at night,
with 3-4' seas, the wind howling, with your wife and children, you don't
care what your dinghy cost. You are just glad yours is a Trinka!
family of four, the Trinka 12 has been great. We sail it often,
from singlehanded to a crew of 3 or 4. Rugged and
maintenance-free, we keep it on a mooring. In the enclosed photo,
you'll see 5 teenagers 14-19 years old. I could not believe how
well the boat was sailing, upwind, against the tide of Robinhood Cove.
I feel it is a most safe and versatile boat. ... Dave, from
a 12-foot Trinka from you two summers ago, and I sail it on Linnekin Bay
in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. The boat continues to perform way
beyond my expectations. It is very responsive to the tiller, zips
along even in the lightest of wind, and accommodates two people easily,
without any sacrifice in performance. In a heavy wind, it gives me
a workout, yet it continues to handle just as easily in a heavy wind as
it does in lighter winds. Heavy waves are deflected to the side,
making it a true dry sailor. I couldn't be happier. It is an
Having compared five or six of "the
best" tenders, my opinion is that the Trinka 10 is by far the best in
fiberglass, and among the best built when compared to the finest wood
custom boats. It is extremely strong, beautiful of line, and
impressive in detail. One simply looks at the Trinka 10 and
understands it will hold up forever! The hull finish and joiner
work are superior.We are really pleased with the
performance of 'Binky', our Trinka 10. It rows like a dream, sails
on a whisper, and tows beautifully. We have yet to put the 4hp
outboard on it--because it performs so well without it. She towed
beautifully in a 30 knot following breeze in the Chesapeake, which is
noted for developing quite a chop. We had painters on both towing
eyes, and she tracked beautifully and stayed bone dry. As we use
our dinghy, the attention to detail and T.L.C. it received during its
construction become apparent. In this day and age, quality in a
product is all too rare, and we want you and your helpers to know how
very much we appreciate it.
My wife and I have been sailing for
40 years and have recently made the switch to a Willard 40 trawler.
During those years, we have had dinghies build by Sumner, Avon, Dyer, and
Fatty Knees. None has come close to the joy of owning a Trinka.
The quality is outstanding. The Trinka is a dream to row and sail
and performs very well with a 2.3 hp outboard. My wife is thrilled
with the stability, comfort, and seaworthiness of the Trinka.
The boat arrived (via
Bekens) yesterday afternoon in good shape! There was no impact indicator
on it, but it didn't look like it had been damaged. We got the crate off and it was perfect! (Nice
crate, by the way). No nicks or scratches, all intact!
I went for my
first row, noticing a bit of water coming in the drain plug. We
tightened down the plug, but it still had droplets coming through
slowly. I noticed that the top threads of the
plug were still visible. I have not yet taken the plug out and restarted
it as we didn't have the right tool available at the times but will do
so today. Should any of the threads still be visible when screwed in
properly? I'm sure all is well. We are going out for the day and won't
get to it until later today.
The Jockey Red color and the bottom color
are just beautiful. We have blue lines for it and it looks quite
patriotic, especially for my birthday, July 4th. What great timing, all
of it! It's worked out perfectly. Aren't I a lucky bunny!! In
addition to the beauty of every detail, I am thrilled with the way the
wooden transom fits against the hull (the vertical sides in particular)
as I look at "Whimsy" carved so beautifully within it while rowing. The
boat feels strong and sturdy, safe. It moves through the water almost
effortlessly! Wish I could be home today to play in it!
My Trinka 10 arrived today, Thank you. I have been called "hard to please" enough in my
life that as difficult as it is to admit, there must be some truth in
it. I had very high expectations from the research I have done and,
suffice it to say, the boat exceeds all of them. The fit, finish and
craftsmanship are exemplary.
Your choice of hardware
is perfect, the bright work is as well. I can not remember the last time I have said this but I would
not change a thing. I am splashing her in the morning and if the sweet lines are any indication, she is going to be as lively in the water as she is pretty
just sitting on the wharf. I'll send pictures of her once I install
the chocks and have her properly shipped aboard. Please feel free to use
me as a reference which is not an offer I make often. Again, thank you very much.
After a month of sailing around
the Exumas and numerous outings on Biscayne Bay, we love our new
Trinka 12. Itís been a pure joy. It sits snugly on the deck of our
61 foot trawler, can be fully rigged in minutes, plunks down easily
from the top deck and away we go.
Iím a pretty tall guy
(6í2Ē) but there is plenty of room for me and my wife to be
comfortable. As a novice sailor age 68 I appreciate that I donít
have to be a contortionist or gymnast to jibe or tack. The Trinka 12
has enough sail area to move smartly in a light breeze, is wide
enough to be incredibly stable. As an overgrown kid, I appreciate
the way the Trinka 12 performs when the breeze pipes up. Itís way
cool! Should you succeed in capsizing, it pops right up with hardly
any effort and self bails in a jiffy. (The only time we were able to
capsize was when I got caught in the vang while raising the sail
behind the boat, a comedy of errors I do not expect to repeat.)
Mark went the extra mile to make sure we had the perfect boat to
meet our needs, and delivered a nicely performing, very high
quality, and fun addition to our life. I canít say enough good
things about the boat or Johannsen Boat Works. Regards, Frank
IIn July I docked in
McCargo Cove at Isle Royale National Park. It was a perfect setting for
a row in my new Trinka 8. (Friend and crew Bill Rhoads took the
picture.) I towed my Trinka across 150 miles of Lake Superior to get to
the cove, and we arrived without a drop of water under the floor boards.--H.
Block Island August 2014|
We still love our Trimka 8. After about
16 years of use between New England and Bermuda Alewife is still both
the toughest and most elegant dinghy on each dinghy dock and beach we
visit. She has performed every function from rowing out a second anchor
to serving as a bathtub filled with sun-warmed rainwater in St. Georges.
Best Wishes and I hope you are doing well.--W. (Skip) Medieros
owned my super boat since 1995. I live on the Connecticut shore. This
boat has been sunk, towed really fast, tipped over and had over a dozen
teenagers having adventures that they will carry with them for a
This boat can take a beating and keep on floating. I
leave it sitting on the beach all summer and it was a fort for 2 young
boys around 4 years old all last week. I took it sailing Sunday, first
time out sailing all year and it preformed wonderfully. Greta boat-
Tom DeVivo and family
Hi Mark and Suzanne,
I hope all is well with you. I
finally got our new Trinka 10 in the water yesterday. Wow, what a dream.
I made a bridle to lift it at the oarlocks as suggested by Mark. It
worked like a charm. I rowed it around the creek to where I can leave it
on an electric lift that will make it easier to access and use. The lift
is in the perfect location to either pick up the Trinka for a cruise,
tour around the Annapolis area or go for a sail. I am looking forward to
As you should expect I received
many compliments on the beauty of the boat even in that short trip. You
should be very pleased and proud. I donít know if it will generate any
new business for you but I can say people really noticed the boat.
Thanks again for the nice boat.
ohannsen Boat Works
P.O. Box 2311
Vero Beach, Florida 32961
PH (800) 869-0773