Triton 2895 CC
SEPTEMBER 2003
 
   
Length overall  29'
Beam  9'5"
Draft  21"
Displacement  5,150 lb
Fuel Capacity  204 gals
Water Capacity 150 gals
Deadrise at transom  20 degrees
Standard power  Twin Honda 225hp outboards 
Base Price  $96,523


(above) The 2885's dash, protected by a tall acrylic wind screen, has plenty of room for electronic displays, visible analog gauges and a handy lockable glove compartment.The Triton 28's double chines (below) provide greater resistance and speed, with phenomenal tracking and stability due, in part, to the response to minute adjustments of the Bennett hydraulic trim tabs.



Sunsail Before he founded Triton Boats in Ashland City, Tennessee, Earl Bentz gained a reputation as a champion powerboat racer and tournament largemouth bass fisherman, and his fiberglass and aluminum-hulled bass boats are top sellers in the freshwater fishing world. But Triton also builds a line of saltwater fiberglass walk-arounds and center consoles from 18 feet on up to the 2885 CC.

Tritons are built with uni-body construction featuring a hand-laid, all fiberglass 'Zero-Flex' stringer system cored with polyurethane composite material. And there's the full-width transom, bonded to the stringer system with high-density composite braces, plus full foam floatation. These were among the qualities that attracted Joe Smith and Rich Hutchins of Advance Marine in Shady Side, Maryland, to become Triton dealers about a year ago.

'What I like about the boats are their smooth, soft, dry ride,' Smith said during a recent demonstration of the 2885 center console. 'We did a year's worth of investigating before we settled on becoming a Triton dealer. They're privately owned, family oriented, and they make a quality boat. You can look inside the lockers and baitwells and see how well they're finished; there are no rough surfaces. They pack foam right around everything right up to the deck, so there's a lot of buoyancy.' Two 1700 gph automatic bilge pumps provide additional confidence in the boat's safety, he added.

Like the smaller Tritons, the 28's hull has double chines, about three inches apart. When you're up on plane, the top chine is just above the surface of the water, so the beam is effectively reduced by three inches on each side. Less beam means less wetted surface, less resistance and more speed. But when you're trolling or at rest, the upper chine is submerged, adding six inches to the beam for greater stability. Unlike the smaller boats, the 28 has an additional feature usually found only on high-performance boats,there's a step in the hull about two-thirds back from the bow to provide greater lift.

You can tell this boat is really built, just looking at the integral bow pulpit with the stainless-steel anchor roller with its huge retractable centered bow cleat, not to mention the hefty lifting eye hidden in the anchor locker. Two more large retractable cleats on the bow and the sturdy recessed bow rails surrounding the spacious raised casting platform tell you this also is a boat that means business , fishing business, of course. Beneath the sole of the casting platform is a deep fish box, flanked by two smaller storage compartments. A 96-quart ice chest, molded with a cushion on top for seating, lies in front of the console.

Inside the console is a roomy enclosed head, with a marine toilet, a small sink, and the battery storage area neatly hidden behind a snap-on canvas enclosure. The battery switches are easily accessible, right inside the hatch to the head, and two other hatches provide easy access to the wiring behind the dash. There's plenty of elbow room there. The decks on either side of the console are plenty wide to get fore and aft without sidling, yet there's all that room below and on the dash of the console.

The console is shaded by a canvas T-top stretched across an aluminum frame. The T-top is topped by five rocket launchers, a pair of outriggers and spotlights illuminating the aft cockpit. The dash, protected by a tall acrylic wind screen, has plenty of room for flush-mounted electronic displays facing forward and surface-mounted displays on top. All the analog gauges are readily visible, and a handy lockable glove compartment provides dry, secure storage for pocketfuls of stuff.

The leaning post has four rod holders on the backrest, and a 50-gallon circulating baitwell with two 1100 gph pumps and high-speed pick-ups, so you won't be stuck with dead bait 100 miles offshore. The cockpit aft has toe rails, horizontal rod storage for three rods under each gunwale, and removable cockpit bolsters running just above knee height from the transom up past the console. In the transom, there's a walk-through door to the integral swim platform, a bait prep station with cutting board and a removable tank, and yet another 25-gallon circulating bait well. Both fresh and raw-water wash-downs make for easy clean-up.

Hutchins cranked up the twin Honda 225 four-stroke outboards and we dropped the lines and slipped off into the West River. Actually, 'cranking' doesn't at all describe the act of starting up these engines. It's more like they purr to life, idling so quietly that Hutchins said the only real maintenance problem they've encountered comes from people trying to start them up when they're already running.

Heading out of the river and into the open Bay, the boat came swiftly up on to plane with plenty of acceleration, rapidly reaching a top speed of about 50 knots at wide-open throttle, about 6100 rpm, and a cruising speed of 32 knots at about 3800 rpm. The boat was quite responsive to minute adjustments of the big Bennett hydraulic trim tabs. The tracking was phenomenal, as was the stability at rest, even with the three of us leaning over one side. Though it was a relatively calm day, and there were few wakes to jump, there's no doubt that the boat would provide a soft ride in more challenging sea conditions. Back at the dock, the bow had not a drop of water to be seen or felt.