Life of Lottie

The History of Trident number 184



Lloyds Hull Certificate for hull number 184

1970: 23 November 1970:  Lloyds Hull Moulding Certificate for Trident No 184 issued. The hull was fitted out by Ben Benstead who kept her mostly at Hillhead Haven in Southampton Water. Ben sailed her to the West Country and across the Channel and recalls with fondness visiting the Thorney Channel in Chichester Harbour.  She was fitted with a Vire 6 engine and a heavier mast than normal.

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Hillhead Haven (photo by kind permission of Stevesailuk on Flikr)

Hillhead Haven (photo by kind permission of Stevesailuk on Flikr)

1982: Ben Benstead sold Trident No 184 (then known as Stella Maris) to Dr Keith Southern.  At the time of the sale she was on the River Hamble but was then moved to Fareham.

1983: A Bukh 10hp diesel engine was fitted by Buzzard Engineering, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.  A drive shaft and stern gland access hatch was also fitted in the cockpit floor.  The propeller, shaft and rudder were replaced and a lifting tiller head fitted.


Stella’s stern

1987: Purchased by Alan Eyles who kept her at the Arun Yacht Club, Littlehampton.  The “For Sale” details mention a “heavy duty mast, boom and roller reefing”.  Other equipment in the sale included 3 headsails (genoa, No 2 jib and storm jib), spinnaker, pole, collapsible water tank, Seavoice VHF,  Sestrel compass, Simpson Lawrence seatoilet, boom tent. Invoices show the engine was regularly repaired and serviced  at Littlehampton.



Harry McKeown sails Stella Maris

1996: Purchased by Harry Mckeown and moved to Christchurch.  Repainted topsides(white), replaced Simpson Lawrence toilet with Lavac and fitted a boarding ladder over the transom.

1997: Prop shaft and P-bracket replaced at Keyhaven as a result of accidental damage. Rope cutter fitted behind propeller.

1998: Standing rigging replaced.

1999: Four front windows replaced.


Lottie on trailer

Moving from Christchurch to Chichester

2003: We purchased  Trident 184 and renamed her Lottie.  She was moved by road to Chichester Harbour.  Replaced Bukh 10 with Beta 14, gutted and rebuilt saloon and galley and had faded grey superstructure resprayed.  Hull was epoxied and saloon windows replaced. Bulkhead delaminations repaired.

2004: Lottie relaunched with new Facnor roller furling genoa, sprayhood and new upholstery  (pink!). Worn bilge keel shoes replaced.

2006: Oversized mast replaced with lighter  mast and stainless steel tabernacle fitted. All running and standing rigging renewed.

2007: Fitted with Kemp Sails Packaway mainsail cover with lazy jacks to make sail handling easier.  Lottie has a Kemp Sails Powermain with extended battens.


2009: Forecabin refurbished

2010: Saloon refitted in teak and iroko. Cockpit seats overhauled.  Pictured (right) in our favourite anchorage in the Thorney Channel, Chichester Harbour which she first visited with her first owner in the 1970s.