TRIANGLE MARINE BOATS
As recounted by John Parker of Rochester NY
bought Chuck Angle's (The designer along with Schmidt's) Triangle 35 which
was hull #2 that he modified into a 35' sloop ( not a cutter). It was built
in 1961 and modified in 1963, I bought it in 1964 and owned it until 2002. I
modified it extensively with roller furling main and headsails, SS
centerboards, monel fuel tanks and added a Yanmar diesel around 1987 with 3
blade "sailor" prop. I installed a propane stove with oven and a catalytic
cabin heater and an electric "cozy cabin" heater in the bottom of the hanging
locker. Recirculating heads in both cabins.
raised 5 kids and sailed all over Lake Ontario, Thousand Islands and up thru
the Trent Severn and Georgian Bay and back to Rochester thru the Detroit
River, Lake Erie, the Welland Canal and home to Rochester, NY. The aft
centerboard was great in a following sea. No broaching!
chuck's 7/ll Oday sailing Dingy and 3HP 2 cylinder Johnson outboard on davits
that I modified. A nice sailer, rower and motoring boat. The boat was named
the Playmate II until about 1988 when we changed the name to Waupoos for the
native American word for rabbit.
I had osmotic blistering and twice sanded,
sandblasted and put barrier coats on the hull. The rudder continued to be a
problem and I filled it with epoxy as best I could. It was plywood with glass
cloth and delaminated and blistered and got water in it. On going problem. A
great layout and galley and comfortable dry cockpit which I added a SS framed
dodger. I would replace it with a hard one if I still had the boat. I also
added a nest for the main companionway to keep water out and replaced the
wooden hatches with Aluminum for water rightness and added solar vents to
them. This and painting the boat white made it a much cooler and pleasant
boat to live aboard as we did for 3 month cruising the waters of Georgian Bay
and Parry Sound.
The Triangle 40 (not 41) was built in 1964 by
Chuck Angle for his own use which prompted him to sell me his 35 Triangle. It
had a fold down midsection stair integral with the hull for boarding. We
always questioned the structural integrity of that design.
About 1965 He built a second triangle 40 for
Bill Gleason the "Mouette" which he sold to Don Young about 10 years ago and
he took it to West Palm Beach and renamed it "ARB-Fifie". Both were ketch
rigged motorsailers. Bill's did not have the cut-out for the boarding steps.
He had a tabernacle on deck and could step his own mast. All the 32's had
stepped on deck masts which were nice when you transited with the mast on deck
as it saves about 6' of length.
Triangle hull #3 was at the Rochester Yacht Club for many years and owned by Dave Allen named " Anoatuk". He had a cottage near Gananoque, Ontario, Canada on Price Regent Island where be built a small harbor on the north side of the island for his Triangle 32. His boat was sold to an owner in Sodus Bay and resold about 7 years ago. Dick Rowe was last owner I think.
The guests were always assigned the aft cabin and
it worked well. I put a sink on the aft shelf in the aft cabin in the stern
(bustle was added to make it a 35' sloop). Lots of good storage and a nice
boat to cruise and dry ride and seaworthy. Better motion sitting in a mid
cockpit boat as well.
Glad to hear from other owners.
John Parker 12/22/06 Rochester, NY