May 3rd 2014. By Diane Byrne.

Trinity Yachts: Finish Line

Finish Line represents a race of sorts. A race for respect in American yacht construction.

“We got a lot of attention at the Fort Lauderdale boat show, and a lot of positive feedback from people in the industry,” says Billy Lockhart, captain and project manager of the new Trinity Yachts Finish Line. “One of the big driving stories that kept getting repeated, and is true, was that in a time in history where everybody believes that absolutely nothing is built in America anymore, and that America doesn’t manufacture anything anymore, this boat is a wonderful testament to the ability of American manufacturing.”

That explains a lot about why the owner selected Trinity Yachts to build this fully custom yacht.

trinity yachts

The owner, an avid yachtsman, is a fan of raised-pilothouse designs. He’s also fond of speeds exceeding 20 knots. When he first considered buying a new boat, he looked at brokerage offerings. Due to the many compromises that would have to be made, he decided a new Trinity Yachts build was in order.

trinity yacht finish line

Trinity Yachts’ principals pledged that Finish Line would easily see 23 knots. That’s better than most similar-LOA yachts. As with all Trinity projects, engineering and design took place in-house. Capt. Lockhart says the goal wasn’t just achieved, but exceeded. He’s coaxed 24 knots from the twin 2,600-hp MTU power package and aluminum hull.


trinity saloon

Another big goal for the owner was having a yacht capable of catering to adults as much as his growing family. It was further important that the decor make him say “wow.” To the latter point, there’s the backlit, quartzite-topped bar in the saloon. Sapele wood, with the grains in alternating patterns, also adds to the wow factor.


yacht galley

Some owners leave the galley design up to their chefs. Not Finish Line’s owner. He’s quite a foodie, according to interior designer Joanne Lockhart of YachtNext. He wanted to dazzle friends and family while he cooks, but also with the overall atmosphere. “It’s a country kitchen, but it has renamed itself. This is a designer galley,” she explains.


guest stateroom

As explained, Finish Line cruises with both adults and children aboard. It was therefore important for some areas to be flexible. You might assume that means pushing twin berths together to become doubles. It goes beyond that, however. The owner and his wife celebrated the birth of twins just as construction started on Finish Line. That meant a little more creativity, as you’ll see in the next photo.


kids room

Here’s the same stateroom shown as the playroom for the owner’s children, who are now toddlers. The YachtNext team designed the berth to convert into a settee, with removable side panels. The firm’s own carpentry team made the bed, too. Finish Line’s crew can complete the conversion process pretty quickly.


master stateroom

The master suite easily could have been forward on the main deck. It’s a common location aboard similar-size LOAs, after all. But, that would have eliminated the “galley as showroom” concept. So, it’s below decks, still full beam. Trinity’s in-house cabinetry shop built, finished, and installed the wood here and nearly everywhere else aboard.


upper deck

Because Finish Line spends a lot of time in the Bahamas, alfresco areas were of equal importance. Joanne Lockhart devised special cushions for the flying bridge’s settees. They’re ultra-cushiony and, especially noteworthy, repel rainwater. The crew always removes them in a storm. But, a sudden shower can make some materials wet, and eventually break down. These cushions are more durable.


helm of finish line

“We had no compromises, we got everything the way we wanted it, how we wanted it, and when we wanted it,” Capt. Lockhart explains. “Everybody delivered in a huge way.” Finish Line has already made a few trips to the Bahamas, and she’s also planning to pull into Daytona Beach for some NASCAR races.

Once Finish Line’s owner set the parameters for his new build, he knew he wanted her constructed in the United States. He also had known the principals of Trinity Yachts for several years. However, the workmanship he and his captain had seen on Trinity’s projects, and the management team’s pledges for performance, helped seal the deal. “Finish Line has been a deeply gratifying build for us,” says John Dane, Trinity Yachts’ president. Dane calls the owner “an American patriot,” for his efforts “to realize the benefits of American craftsmen, whose skills are unsurpassed, and to create jobs.”

For more information, contact Trinity Yachts.

Diane Byrne
Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the daily updated website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she also contributes to Yachts International, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the U.S. Superyacht Association.