Screening Questionaire, 1971 Hughes 29 Trillium
Trillium is something of a purist’s vessel, not suited to the general run of potential boat buyers who often are looking for a floating upright cottage with a large cockpit for entertaining friends, and a quiet motor which will be the primary source of boat propulsion.
This vessel is just the opposite: she heels over well in a good breeze, has a small and cramped cockpit in which it is not easy to move around, and has a diesel engine loud enough to make the cabin unusable when the engine is running. Definitely not your grandmother’s cruising yacht, Trillium is best suited to day sailing by one or two enthusiasts in strong winds.
The boat is a good one. The price is firm. In order to avoid taking your time needessly I only show to prospective buyers who seem well suited to the boat, who will perhaps continue the good care and maintenance that she has received on my watch of about 10 years, and who will likely be happy with her for years to come. Your answers to these questions will give a good indication as to whether you might be a happy owner.
1971 Hughes 29, Trillium Specs and Inventory
Purchased by current owner in 2009 and professionally re engineered in 2010 with new diesel engine, Vetus M2C3 (Mitsubishi), 12 hp, twin cylinder, and a number of other modifications including revision of the deck and cockpit drainage system. Engine was purchased from No Problem Inc, Kingston, and installed, along with drive shaft, flexible bull joint, stuffing box (with lubricator), cutless bearing and 3 blade propellor by Bolton Marine, Glenora. Engine, gearbox, water filter, stuffing box made very accessible by cockpit floor access hatch. 25 litre plastic fuel tank with all new lines, and Racor primary fuel filter all installed then.
For boat specs and history of Hughes boatbuilders, see http://danceonavolcano.ca/hughes.htm
Hull above waterline professionally buffed and polished. Deck Awl Gripped, white, about 8 years ago. Hull below waterline bottom painted annually, most recently with Aquaguard, previously with Bottomkote.
Boat is stored in winter with mast down and with a cotton canvas Harborgard cover, made in sections, and using boom, wood, and spinnaker spar for supporting spine.
Sails are: mainsails (new fullsized 2016, Sailrite, used one season only; new 2nd reef size "Big Bay" mini mainsail 2019, Sailrite/Kingston sail) ; 120 jib ; 110 and 85 jibs (2010, Sailrite); spinnaker (with dedicated pole); yankee storm jib (all sails with sail bags)
Engine: cooling system, with expansion tank, (and spare expansion tank and heat exchanger 7 lb caps)
Complete set of replacement Vetus engine gaskets
Complete set of replacement Vetus engine coolant hoses
Spare Vetus exhaust injection elbow.
Replacement alternator belts
Zodiac inflatable, in good condition, with custom cover, two oars, and manual and electric pumps. (also, smaller Sevylor inflatable)
Origo alcohol stove, new 2011; and methyl hydrate fuel
AM/FM/CD boombox radio, 12 volt, by Sound Concepts, Belleville
Running rigging, all halyards (and jib sheets) new in 2011; mainsheet and Hood continuous line furler line new 2016
Replacement rope strippers, and replacement set of inserts for jib halyard swivel , for Hood continuous line furler
2 water tanks
Sink with manual pump
Toolbox with essential tools
Electric and manual Bilge pump
Batteries, 2, 12 volt, marine dual purpose
Battery charger, medium size, 2/4/6 volts for 6 or 12 volt battery, Schumacher, 2013
Solar panels, 2, 5 watt, one for each battery
Blue Sea 1830 M2 OLED DC State of Charge monitor (2015) connected to both batteries.
120 volt 30 amp AC power cord
Shore power receptable and panel professionally installed
Interior cushions, 1 complete set (8 piece, green, good condition)
Cockpit cushions, 2, green, good condition
Sport-a-seats, 2, blue, for use in cockpit
Raymarine depth sounder, thru-hull (2010)
Raymarine autopilot (2015)
Magellan hand held GPS, 2
Bad Elf GPS Pro (rechargable, for use with electronic chart tablet)
Compass on binnacle, illuminated
Wheel steering , with brake ; (pulley/cable system under cockpit serviced and updated 2015/16)
VHF radio (Standard Horizon, 2010); also, handheld portable VHF new 2016
Flag staff (stern); Running lights
Mast head: steaming light (2015), VHF/FM antenna, and Windex
Decklight, on mast; tubular radar reflector
Jib and mainsail halyard winches on mast, with winch handle holster
4 winches on coamings, and winch handle holster on binnacle stand
Standing rigging: both cap shrouds and fore and back stays replaced 2015
Bumpers, 5 large, 4 medium size
Mooring lines, an assortment of
Bruce anchor, approx 20 lbs, with 20 feet of heavy chain
Danforth anchor, light, with short length of chain
Both anchors with long lengths of nylon line
Jib pole (telescoping, aluminium)
Life jackets (4), lifelines (3) , and safety harness (1)
Seattle rescue sling
Multipurpose cover for dodger/bimini, blue
Wheel cover (cotton canvas Harborgard, light green)
Sail cover (green/blue)
Jib cover (green, laceable, Sailrite jibs do not have sunstrip installed)
Cetol varnish, 1 can
1 container of a variety of extra bits and pieces, e.g. fuses etc etc
2 diesel fuel containers, 20 litres, and 5 litres, red , approved
Racor (primary) and Vetus (secondary) fuel filter replacements
Vetus oil filter replacements
Engine oil has been replaced twice annually, transmission oil bi annually, ditto coolant and fuel filters
Pleasure craft license.
(Not included, clock housing in cabin.)
History: Boat has most recently been sailed on six annual September eastern Lake Ontario expeditions by current owner (logs available) and appears to be very seaworthy and in good general condition, a real pleasure to sail. Low hours on diesel engine new in 2010.