Boat Reviews By Owners
2006 -- 20' 0" TRITON
Cockpit: The open cockpit is good and controls are well placed. Visibility is excellent of everything around the boat and while underway. The bow has a decent fishing deck with two removable pedestal cairs for fishing. The swim deck also serves as a fishing platform as well. The boat (beam) is wider than most fishing boats of comparable size so up to 5-6 anglers can fish comfortably. It came with a fishing well, a depth finder, and an AM/FM/CD player with four speakers. Because of the ample seating, it is just as good as any pontoon boat for paryting but with the speed and agility of any fishing or ski boat.
Cabin: N/A. Open deck. The deck has carpet which requires a lot of maintenance washing/vacuming. For a boat that is for leasure, such as going to the beach, sand and food particles can be a pain to vaccum and/or wash out. The same for fishing. Fish slime, bait, muddy anglers, can require a good powerwashing of the deck on each and every trip. A fiberglass deck floor would have been a better choice for the deck as opossed to carpet.
Construction: The aluminum hull is solid and the boat overall is very heavy @ 3100lbs empty for a boat this size. The higher weight is attributed to the bigger Mercruiser 220hp MPI internal engine as opposed to the Mercury 150 outboard on the other models. For a brand new boat, I've had too many problems with nearly all things attached to the boat such as hinges for the bimini top, engine compartment door coming loose during towing on the Interstate which ended up breaking the spring rods, mast light broke from its mount due to cheap plastic materials, nearly all of the interior moldings have come loose or fell off due to poor manufacturing (they were glued on and not much glue was used), a cleat on the bow came loose, a cockpit windshield hinge broke, a cockpit gauge light burnt out, and the worst was the engine ignition and kill switch failing which caused the engine to shut off at random and once while going 30-40mph on the water which was dangerous because there were boats underway behind me and it was a very abrupt stop for my passengers. The AM/FM/CD radio had rusted circuity due to it not being in a splash proof enclosure. Fortunately, the Kentwood service center repaired it under warranty. The dealer has addressed many of the issues. For several of the lesser expensive issues it was cheaper for me to order the parts and install it myself then spending the gas and time towing the boat to and from the dealer in another city.
Handling: The boat handles very well in most calm to moderate choppy waters. It turns easily at low and high speeds. Because of the near flat bottom hull, it can be very bumpy in rough waters. This is not a boat for offshore fishing or boating. It is made for near coastal or inland/protected waters. However, I feel very comfortable in it with the Mercruiser engine being very reliable and Mercury's reputation.
Engine Room: The Mercury Mercruiser 220 MPI fuel injected engine is very reliable and responsive. I've had no problems starting it even in cold temperatures. The engine has a nice cruising sound once you get on plane. Unfortunately, because it is a inboard engine that was derived from a large GM V-6 engine block and adopted for marine use, she is heavier than an equivalent outboard engine of similiar power output. I believe this takes away from her speed which I noted when I had the maximum number of passengers on the boat at one time.
General Comments: While my wife initially wanted a pontoon boat for partying, I was more interested in fishing (what guy doesn't?). This boat was a good all around choice. I've never owned a boat before and never had any experience with one so I thought I would be safe getting a brand new boat from a well known brand such as Triton. The numerous issues I've had with this boat has made for a less than excellent experience.
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Date Submitted: 2007-06-06
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