Triton 2300 CC
APRIL 2002
Length overall  25'8"
Beam  8'6"
Draft (single outboard)  17'
Draft (twin outboard)  18'
Fuel Capacity  151 gals
Max Power  300hp
Standard power  Mercury 225 Optimax and T-top  
Base Price  $54,700

It's always fun to talk about boats, but it's also an education when you talk about boats with somebody like Triton Boats' engineer Roark Summerford. First of all he's a real Tennessee gentleman, tall and lank, and it's a pleasure to see his pride in the Triton crew's workmanship under the leadership of Triton's president Earl Bentz. Earl gained a reputation as a champion powerboat racer and tournament largemouth bass fisherman, then worked with Hydra Sports before founding Stratos fishing boats. After selling Stratos to OMC, he started Triton Boats in Ashland City, Tennessee, building a full line of freshwater bass boats and saltwater center-consoles and walk-arounds.

He'll take you on a tour of the boat as it sits on its trailer, showing off some of the finer details of its design, like the double chines. 'Feel along there,' he says, placing his hand at that critical point where the side turns its angle to the bottom. 'See how it goes in about three inches, then down and then back in? When you're up on a plane, that top chine is just above the surface of the water, so you've effectively reduced the beam by three inches on each side for a total of six inches.' Less beam means less wetted surface, less resistance and more speed, he explains. But when you're trolling or at rest, that upper chine is submerged, adding six inches to the beam for better stability.

And when you get the boat in the water, you'll see that this unique design concept really works. The one I tried out at the Miami Boat Show was equipped with a new Honda BF225 four-stroke, and running across the smooth waters of Biscayne Bay, the boat accelerated smoothly and came swiftly up onto plane and once there, tracked true. The flare at the bow made for an exceptionally dry ride, and the wood-free, unibody construction with its all-Fiberglas 'Zero-Flex' stringer system gave it a solid feel. They inject every cavity with polyurethane foam to assure level floatation if it's ever swamped or holed. Then they back the hull with a 10-year transferable warranty.

At rest, the boat proved it had the stability that would make a great fishing platform. Other features fishermen will appreciate include an integral bow pulpit and a self-draining anchor locker, recessed stainless-steel bow rails, an elevated casting platform up forward with two 120-quart fish boxes in the non-skid sole; a bench seat forward of the center console with a 62-quart cooler under the cushion; removable cockpit bolsters, stainless-steel toe rails, rod lockers under the gunwales, tackle drawers, and a 25-gallon circulating baitwell in the transom. There's a head enclosed inside the console, and the leaning post has storage and four flush-mounted rod holders.