Marcon’s first Trident brochure
This black and white leaflet is believed to have been produced around 1963. It featured Trident number 1, the wood and grp composite prototype first launched in 1960. The artwork and detailed description all relates to the centreboard version though the fin and bilge options were then being developed and are listed as options on the front cover. The descriptive pages suggest the grp deck moulding had already replaced the wooden superstructure in production boats by this time.
Marcon’s second 1960s Trident brochure
All three keel options were featured in this later brochure. By this time most boats were supplied in kits for home completion. Marcon would deliver and unload the mouldings with a purpose-built trailer and launch the completed boat afterwards. The charge for delivering a triple-keeled Trident kit to one buyer’s home in Hatfield, Hertfordshire from Southampton in 1967 was £10. The invoice for the home-completion kit (without engine) was £1,295 less a 5% discount. Eric White also threw in a free anchor and chain (which would have cost £15).
First Practical Boat Owner advertisement
The first issue of Practical Boat Owner appeared in January 1967. Marcon were one of the first to advertise in it – and PBO’s advertising manager, Bob Tyler, bought Trident number 71 as a kit. This was to become the fin-keeler Chamois of Wight. Bob Tyler went on to play a key role in the establishment of the Trident Owners Association. It was Bob who wrote to all known Trident owners (presumably using contacts supplied by Marcon who were very supportive towards the owners association) inviting them to an inaugural meeting in January 1968. The founding editor of PBO Denny Desoutter often expressed his admiration of the Trident.
Marcon’s January 1974 brochure
The Trident 24 featured in the Marcon range alongside the Striker22, the Tomahawk 25, the Cutlass 27 (cover – see right), the Sabre 27 and Fred Parker’s Javelin 30. Later Marcon dropped the Trident 24 from its main brochure and boat show exhibits but demand for the class continued. The last Marcon Trident was said to have been in the workshop when the company folded in 1979 following Eric White’s departure. Even later ones followed after Eric White bought the moulds at Marcon’s winding-up sale and established Seaborne Engineering in the old Woolston Yard where he had established Marine Construction 20 years before.
Marcon’s last brochure
The 1979 boatshow brochure featured the Tomahawk 25, the Sabre 27, Peter Brett’s Rival 32 and the Halberdier 36 (of which Moody’s had ceased production). It also included “the fabulous new Marcon 34″ designed by David Thomas: “classic design and unrivalled comfort for 8″ according to the blurb. The fin-keeled Tomahawk was priced at £10,750. Demand for Tridents continued, however. A few were still supplied to order. Marcon seems to have produced a single A4 black and white flyer for enquirers (above right).
There were probably other Marcon brochures that featured the Trident but no complete copies have yet been found. In 1976 this photograph (right) of Joanne is said to have appeared in the Marcon brochure. The slogan claimed that the Trident was the “Volkswagen of yachting”. Joanne featured in several promotional campaigns and is thought to have been the boatshow model on one occasion.
Seaborne’s 1980 leaflet
After Marcon went bust, Eric White bought most of the moulds, including those of the Trident 24 “Traditional family cruiser”. Mouldings for DIY completion were then offered by Eric’s new company, Seaborne Engineering. Eric seems to have adapted Marcon’s flyer by simply tweaking the Marcon logo in the top left corner and modifying the address.
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