Fort Lauderdale became a little quiet as far as big yachts are concerned this summer, so we got on the road and called on a few American shipyards. One of them was Trinity Yachts, which we found busy with new yachts deliveries plus significant commercial and military work.
Almost seven years to the day after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and floods forced out many residents, Hurricane Isaac rolled in. The downpours that accompanied the storm soaked the Gulf Coast once more, but this time the results were different. Low-lying rural areas were flooded once more but New Orleans stayed mostly dry.
This new beamy aluminum tri-deck with accommodations for 12 guests in six cabins is the second yacht built by Trinity for this American couple. Designer Evan K. Marshall, who designed their previous 157-foot Lady Linda, created a playful interior using outstanding burl and a staggering selection of high-quality Italian marbles, custom furniture and colorful artwork.
Trinity Yachts set out to build private yachts a mere 14 years ago in its hometown of New Orleans and opened a second shipyard in nearby Mississippi in 2005 to meet the demand. While at first Trinity’s founding partners set out to fill a niche by building yachts in the 150-foot or so range, the shipyard has since built a number of much larger yachts, many in all aluminum and more recently in steel and with aluminum superstructure.
After a busy 2011, Trinity is still on a roll. Tsumat, the first launch of 2012, is a custom 164-foot (49.9-meter) tri-deck aluminum yacht. Built for a repeat customer, the yacht includes six staterooms and a tender garage, which allows the oversized sun deck, equipped with fitness equipment, to be dedicated to fun and relaxation.
‘Trinity’ has several meanings in New Orleans: it invokes the divine trinity, central to this Catholic city’s culture; it refers to celery, bell peppers and onions, the ‘trinity’ of ingredients that local use to make a great gumbo and, finally, it stands for New Orleans’ hometown shipyard, Trinity Yachts.