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    Renato Soni Levi - Trident

    A rare opportunity to own a beautifully restored piece of racing history. Designed by Renato ( Soni ) Levi in 1961, Trident was undoubtedly one of the most significant power boat designs in her size and class of the era and her race career is probably the longest of almost any power boat. Viva Tridante campaigned mainly the Cowes to Torquay races from 1962 through until 1975 totalling 13 years in all during which time she remained very competitive. Now offered for sale in stunning condition throughout. With her new Mercruiser 5 litre petrol engine she delivers fantastic performance.  This boat is proudly on display outside our office where she regularly causes traffic jams as people stop to admire her beautiful lines. The seller has now moved into his next project and the asking price has now been reduced by £10,000.00 to get her sold before Easter. Please call Philip Taylor for further details and viewing arrangements. Viewings can be arranged 7 days a week.


    Dimensions -

    Length 7.01 M / 23 Feet

    Beam 2.44 M / 8 Feet

    Construction -

    Wooden Hull with glass fibre sheathing

    Teak and Mahogany top sides



    Cabin consisting of

    Vee Berth



    Various cupboards including dedicated Crockery storage

    Porta loo in locker under berth

    Equipment Includes

    Trim Tabs

    Electric Bilge Pump

    Simpson Lawrence electric Anchor Winch

    Navigation Lamps

    Fwd Deck Hatch

    Icom ICM 411 VHF Radio

    Navman Trackfish Depth Sounder

    Cockpit Carpet

    Original instrument bezel and 60's style throttle engine control

    Fuel gauge at helm

    Engine Temp gauge at helm

    Oil Pressure Gaguge

    Battery Amps gauge at helm

    Tachometer at helm

     Fully braked, quality twin axle trailer made by SBS Trailers







    One of the major decisions of this project was one of what power to provide with the big question being asked, should a pair of racing engines be fitted ?

    After much deliberations it was decided that as her racing days were over that she should be restored to become a stylish day cruiser and so a for reason of power to weight, a single Mercuiser 5 litre fuel injected petrol engine was chosen to offer a good turn of speed with economy.

    After 4 years of work Viva was taken down to Lake Yard in Poole where she was gently lowered to the water. After half and hour spent checking her over, she was fired up and taken for a run out across Poole Harbour. The engine choice proved to be perfect as she came out on to the plane and achieved 32 knots on her GPS at the recommended running in throttle setting at 2,600 rpm. Once the boat is run in, the engine will be free to rev up to 5,000 rpm and so a very healthy top speed is expected.


    Trident was originally designed for Don Shead by Soni Levi and built by W.C Clark of Cowes. It is not certain how many examples were made by Clarks but we think that perhaps 4 or 5 are likely. The prototypes were unique for their time in that they were fitted (despite the concerns of the designer  with a triple engine set up which accounted for the names being given each of them which all incorporated "Tri".  However following the 1963 Cowes to Torquay race, it was decided to revert to a pair of Ardon Volvo straight six engines each producing 300 Hp coupled to a pair of racing Volvo outdrives.

    With this information in mind, it was subsequently of immense satisfaction to the current owner that when cleaned back to bear wood, the transom showed the original 3 cut outs where the triple engines had been previously fitted.

    Viva Tridante appears in the racing lists that were compiled from 1967 through until 1971 and her owner/drivers name Derek Smith appears amongst societies big names from the day.

    Restoration notes

    During her 4 year restoration the following works have been carefully completed.

    Replaced transom with new 4 inch thick construction

    Replaced Engine Bay Bulkhead

    Reinforced stringers

    Reinforced Fuel Tank stringers

    Reinforced junction of hull, cockpit bulkhead and deck

    Reinforced top deck and deck beams

    Replaced windshield brackets

    Replaced side and transom decking

    Treated all external wood with 2 coats of epoxy sealer

    Sheathed round hull externally with 110gm matting

    Treated all internal wood with 2 coats of epoxy sealant and 2 coats of epoxy resin

    Filled and faired hull with - 3 coats of Awlgrip primer, 8 coats of Awlgrip Highbuild and 4 coats of Awlgrip white top coat

    Fitted natural teak decking with mahogany margins all round topsides

    Laid new fuel tank

    Laid new cockpit sole

    Fitted new helm console and dashboard

    Re fitted instrumentation

    Fitted out interior cabin

    Fitted new windshield

    Fitted out cockpit

    Fitted all new wiring

    Fitted all new upholstery

    Fitted new and existing deck and external fittings


    The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
    Category:Motor Boats
    Subcategory:Classic Motor Boats
    Sales status:Sold
    Manufacturer:Renato Soni Levi
    Mooring Country:United Kingdom
    Year built:1961
    Length:7.01 m/23 ft
    Width:2.71 m/9 ft
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