The Rig


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The aluminium mast is well stayed with twin lowers and diamond jumper stays to stiffen the 4’6″ section above the forestay attachment.

The 30-foot mast is normally deck-stepped in a tabernacle to ease raising and lowering. The 3’2″ spreaders should be angled 6 degrees above the horizontal.

Originally booms were equipped for roller reefing. Many owners have converted to slab-reefing. Sail control lines can be led back to the cockpit if required. A few Tridents have been rigged as masthead sloops or cutters.


Masthead rig Trident

Rig dimensions:

J = 8′ 6″
I = 26′ 3″

 J is the base of the foretriangle measured along the deck from the forestay pin to the front of the mast.
I is normally measured from the top of the forestay to the sheerline of the adjacent deck.

Trident tabernacle

Most Tridents have the mast mounted in a galvanised steel  tabernacle.

This makes it easy for two people to raise and lower the mast safely when required. The mast is over 30 feet long so extends considerably beyond the stern of the Trident when lowered

Steel bearers and additional  reinforcement moulded into the GRP beneath the tabernacle spreads the mast loads between the saloon and forecabin bulkheads.



A bowsprit and additional forestay  enables this Trident to be cutter rigged when required