Sprucing up the Trinka

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Sometimes the little projects are the most gratifying.

I brought the Trinka home after our summer trip so I could polish and wax the hull – something I hadn’t had a chance to do before leaving. Once I’d done that, I couldn’t stop myself from adding a covestripe to dress her up a little. And dress her up it did. So, I figured I might as well put some Cetol on the teak to go with the shiny hull and dressy covestripe.

Well, you can’t have a pretty dink that doesn’t have a decent cover, and we’d been talking about how nice it would be to have one to keep rainwater out and to keep her dry during towing, so I contacted my canvas guy (that’s me, by the way), made some measurements, and went to work. By the next day I had a sweet little cover.

And here it is, with step-by-step photos:

Looking pretty with her new covestripe and Cetoled teak.

Looking pretty with her new covestripe and Cetoled teak.

I installed bow bases atop 1/4" Starboard to prevent the bows from gouging the teak.

I installed bow bases atop 1/4″ Starboard to prevent the bows from gouging the teak.

I made Dacron sleeves to hold the bows in place and prevent them from chafing the cover.

I made Dacron sleeves to hold the bows in place and prevent them from chafing the cover.

I repurposed some old Hobie battens as bows.

I repurposed some old Hobie battens as bows.

Insert the bow into the two bases.

Insert the bow into the two bases.

Pull the front of the cover over the bow.

Pull the front of the cover over the bow.

Insert the aft bow in its sleeve.

Insert the aft bow in its sleeve and position bow in sockets.

Pull the back of the cover over the stern.

Pull the back of the cover over the stern.

Slip the edges over the gunwale and into place. Voila!

Slip the edges over the gunwale and into place. Voila!

Enough pitch to shed water and a tight fit.

Enough pitch to shed water and a tight fit.

If you look closely, you can see the stitching for the Dacron sleeve and chafe protection.

If you look closely, you can see the stitching for the Dacron sleeve and chafe protection.

A tie down for the back of the cover.

A tie down for the back of the cover.

I also used a couple pieces of leather I had on hand to replace the old, dried out leather that finished the stern portion of the rub rail.

Old leather removed.

Old leather removed.

 

New leather tacked in place.

New leather tacked in place.

 

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2 Responses to Sprucing up the Trinka

  1. Jennifer & Nick Nickerson says:

    Hi,

    My husband Nick is fixing up a Trinka dinghy we bought over the winter. He wants to paint the bottom with bottom paint, but there is no previous line, so he doesn’t know where it should be. Can you give us any guidance on how to determine the waterline?

    Thanks!

    Jennifer & Nick

    • David says:

      Hello Jennifer and Nick! If I didn’t have reference marks, I’d probably float it in my swimming pool or some other calm body of water and make a series of marks with a Sharpie. If that’s not an option, I can email you some measurements from ours as a guide. Let me know. The Trinka is a nice little tender. Hope you like yours! And thanks for visiting the site.
      David

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