Author : Barry Thompson
The Right Choice
Trinity Bay is the first Integrity 426 ES sold in New Zealand and joins a burgeoning flotilla of Chinese/Taiwanese trawler style motor yachts that are finding plenty of New Zealand and Australian owners.
Shenzhen Jianghua Marine & Engineering Co. Ltd, with a history of over 20 years, was not only among the first Chinese companies to manufacture motor yachts, passenger ferries and small speed boats, but is also reputed to be the largest manufacturer and exporter of GRP commercial and pleasure yachts in China today.
While its international market has been strong in areas such as the USA, Japan, Europe and more recently in Australia, it is only now that the brand has found its way to New Zealand. Whilst Trinity Bay is the first new Integrity to be sold into the Kiwi market, (there are considerable numbers in Australia), it has been preceded by a number of private imports, the most recent being an Integrity 49 for a well known Kiwi trailer boat manufacturer.
When Jim and Sheila Evans decided to replace their Grand Banks 36 they were looking for a similar style of boat. They loved the trawler look, but wanted a vessel that was a little more suited to fishing and somewhat less expensive.
“We loved the Grand Banks and it suited our purpose at the time, but the replacement boat needed to be a better set-up for not only bottom fishing but also game fishing, as we are keen on seeing a marlin or two across the boarding platform this season”, said Jim.
Trinity Bay will also be used for extended cruising from its home base in the Whitianga Waterways, with the owners talking of not only the Bay of Islands to the North but also a possible trip to the Marlborough Sounds in the South Island.
“We looked at a lot of boats in New Zealand and also at the Sydney Boat Show and it was the Integrity that really appealed to both of us. The layout and roominess of the boat had just about everything we wanted and the areas that I felt needed changing, the factory was only too happy to oblige”, added Jim.
Jim and New Zealand Integrity agent, Terry Needham, made a number of visits to the shipyard at Shen Zhen, to discuss changes.
Jim had the factory make some small modifications in the engine department and the layout of some of the internal cabinetry in the main saloon was altered to provide a larger circular table and more dining space. With fishing in mind, the extended flybridge deck above the cockpit was also shortened and the support stays removed to provide total clearance. Even the stern-rails were left off, leaving an uncluttered transom and side coamings with nothing to get in the way of fishing rods. Extra strengthening was then necessary to allow the deck to be self-supporting.
Jim and Terry were in Shen Zhen for the boat’s first sea trials. “This was the first time I had had a run in the boat and I was impressed with the way it went”, said Jim. “It was the right choice”.
The 426ES is a two-cabin layout, with a very large forward owners’ stateroom and port side guest cabin with twin single berths. Interior joinery is all semi gloss finished Burmese teak, with white acoustic vinyl hood linings. Integrity offers a fully painted or vinyl option, should you prefer. However, the lapstrake timber finish and teak and holly sole certainly offers the perfect cabin décor for this style of boat.
A very large double central berth has four-drawer storage under and is surrounded by plenty of further lockers, bins and storage opportunities. Every available space has been well utilised. The wardrobes all feature auto lights and the cabin has its own opening side ports with bug screens.
The guest cabin, with its upper/lower berth arrangement has storage available under the lower bunk and a large wardrobe. The same teak and white vinyl is used through the cabin.
Both cabins share the same head/shower compartment, with a stall type shower, fitted with a twin seat and white ceramic tiles on the sole. Bulkheads are covered with high gloss white for ease of cleaning and in Trinity Bay the owners chose the Corian vanity top option over the standard Formica. A cavity sliding door replaces the standard opening door, at the expense of a small amount of space in the shower area.
Moving into the raised saloon area, the 426ES have been well designed with a feeling of space, surrounded by a very functional and practical layout.
The L-shaped galley is positioned forward with a teak unit complete with a generously sized Corian vanity top, stainless steel three-burner electric stove and oven, under bench Novacool fridge/freezer (larger than standard) and overhead dish and cup lockers. There are also dedicated areas for glasses and sufficient lockers and drawers for provisions. An exhaust blower and sliding side windows provide the necessary ventilation when cooking.
It was the original design of the saloon that was subject to the most alterations when ordering Trinity Bay. This was done to increase the size of the dinette area and make access a little easier. The fixed oval dining table with its intricate inlay pattern accommodates 4 to 6 with a couple of occasional chairs added. The standard layout provides a dining table that has the option of converting to another berth.
The spacious saloon also features a bar unit with bottle and glass storage aft of the helm seat and in keeping with the trawler theme, the teak and holly timber sole has been retained. Whilst the boat comes standard with an icebox beneath the starboard side lounger, the owners have plans to convert this into a fulltime cold storage unit. There is also a full-length timber handrail fitted to the white acoustic vinyl head lining, with wooden venetians providing privacy over the expansive sliding side windows.
The lower helm station with a double helm seat comes complete with all the necessary electronics and controls, plus there is a handy access door through to the starboard bulwarks. Trinity Bay has been fitted with a single-screen Raymarine C120 that provides a multi-facet, all-in-one display for the radar, GPS, plotter and fishfinder. In addition, there are a couple of video cameras fitted in the engine room and their images may be viewed on the screen when required.
The cockpit and side decks are all finished in Burmese teak as is the staircase ladder to the flybridge. There is a massive amount of storage in the lazarette, and plenty of areas for fishing tackle. A single door opens to a full-width boarding platform complete with drop-down ladder.
The open flybridge has been fitted with an optional GRP hardtop and clears, with the standard boat having full clears and a soft-top bimini. The second helm station is forward in the centre, with an L-shaped lounger with a fixed table to starboard and a single settee to port. There is ample storage under the seats and in the flybridge brow. A Davco crane looks after the launching and retrieving of the Aquapro tender mounted on the upper deck.
Trinity Bay is powered by a pair of Cummins 6BT5.9–M, producing 210hp @ 2600 rpm. Cruising speed is around 10.5 knots @ 2000 rpm, with a maximum of 14 knots.
Whether cruising north to the Bay of Islands or chasing marlin 40 miles off the coast,
Trinity Bay is going to be well used and is certain to provide plenty of pleasurable boating for the owners. If the 426ES doesn’t quite suit then there are Integrity models from the 386ES through to the top of the line 606RPH, with a wide variety of sizers in between.
- Boat Name: Trinity Bay
- Boat Design Name: Integrity 426ES
- Year Launched: 2006
- Builder: Shenzhen Jianghua Marine
- LOA: 13.5m
- LWL: 11.85m
- Beam: 4.69m
- Draft: 1.31m
- Displacement: 15.52 tonnes
- Max Speed: 14 knots
- Cruise Speed: 10.5 knots
- Construction: Hand laid GRP
- Fuel Capacity: 2700 litres
- Water Capacity: 1200 litres
- Engine: 2 x Cummins 6BT5.9 /210hp