There are not many fiberglass multi-species fishboats on the market, and this is one of the best-organized and fishing-friendly we have seen for serious anglers. She is not a crossover or a “Fish & Ski” boat. Rather the 216 is designed for just what the boat’s names says – only fishing, all the time! She comes in a boat, motor and tandem-axle trailer package. The standard boat is loaded with fishing amenities and can handle big lakes as well as coastal bays and sounds.
3-year warranty on most factory installed components
All composite construction
Stay-Full livewell overflow system
Aerated livewell in aft deck
6-gauge trolling motor wiring
Bow trim switch
Hi-capacity rear insulated livewell with divider
Stainless steel capped fittings above rubrail
Res-Q retractable boarding ladder
Padded dash with tachometer, speedometer, voltmeter, fuel, trim and water-pressure gauge
Triton 216 Fishunter (2013-) Specifications
21' 7'' 6.57 m
8' 5'' 2.56 m
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
The Triton 216 Fishunter has been designed to be a versatile dual console fishing boat that can be used for most any freshwater specie and we think she could be used in protected coastal waters as well as saltwater. Because she is 21’7” (6.57 m) overall and has an 8’5” (2.56 m) beam she is rated to carry 2,100 lbs. of passengers and gear. That means four anglers, or two anglers and two spouses, or a good-sized family.
The Triton 216 Fishunter is versatile multi-species fiberglass fishing machine that is loaded with amenities and makes few compromises.
Because she is fiberglass she has the stability and the freeboard to handle conditions found on large bodies of water. In this regard her raised casting deck bow becomes an important safety factor.
The helm of the 216 comes standard with a Lowrance HDS-7 with GPS, power steering and the normal gauges. Note the ample leg room and foot rest.
The rotary switches on the right are lighted to indicate engagement.
Advantages of Fiberglass
Most multi-species boats on the market are aluminum, a light and durable material. However, fiberglass fishing boats have some important advantages over aluminum multi-species boats. And that is why a number of aluminum boat builders are now venturing into fiberglass boats. Long ago Triton saw the advantages of fiberglass and has been building successful fishing boats of that material for decades. In our opinion some advantages of the fiberglass Triton 216 Fishunter are—
• Bottom Shape Is Optimum. Because fiberglass is so ductile it can be made nearly any shape desired and is not constrained by flat, hard-to-bend materials. The 216 has wide, flat chines that add stability and lift.
One of two tackle cabinets each of which will hold 10 Plano tackle boxes. These are part of the aft casting deck when closed. The 8’5” (2.56 m) beam makes these boxes possible. Note the rounded radius which is easily accomplished only in fiberglass.
• More Attractive Styling. Because fiberglass can be molded any shape desired, its lines can simply be more pleasing. A case in point is the stern of the 216 Fishunter which slopes down to the outboard well, rather then being squared-off as we see on some pricey aluminum boats of this size.
Triton has been known for having some of the best looking boats in fishing and the 216 Fishunter, with her model graphics is no exception.
• Molded-In Cabinets, Wells, and Boxes. Fiberglass lends itself well for the attractive fabrication of storage boxes, live and bait wells, and the outboard well. For example, the 216 has designated cabinets in the bulwarks for 20 Plano tackle boxes. Fiberglass can have pleasant, rounded radiuses and boxes need not be squared-off.
• Durable Hull. Triton has a lifetime warranty on the hull for the original owner. It is a misnomer to think that fiberglass boats can’t be pulled up on a gravel beach. They can and usually suffer no damage other than some minor scratches, just as ones that might appear in aluminum paint. Being pounded on large rocks is another matter, but then no boat should be put in that situation on purpose.
The Triton 216 Fishunter is a versatile fishing rig that blends the looks and strength of a fiberglass boat with the openness and fishing features serious anglers expect.
• All-Composite Construction. That means no plywood in the cockpit sole, the transom, or anywhere else. Many aluminum boats use marine plywood in their decks which is usually guaranteed against rot for the life of the boat – but remember that plywood can soak up water, get heavier and soft.
• Quieter. The 216 has a foam-filled stringer system and flotation in its sides and voids that not only floats the boat when swamped, but also deadens the sound of waves hitting the hull when under way. In other words, there is no “tinny” “rat-ta-tat-tat” sound.
The aft casting deck raises to become a splash guard and reveals the 40 gal. (152 L) livewell with dividers. The bait well at left is handy for the aft angler.
• Purpose-Built. The 216 Fishunter is not a warmed-over sportboat with a live well and trolling motor slapped on. She was designed specifically for anglers and for fishing. Triton has a line of purpose-built “Fish & Ski” boats for those who want to switch hit, and they look nothing like the 216 Fishunter.
• Choice of 3 Engine Brands. Buyers are not locked into one brand of outboard with Triton. The 216 can be pre-rigging for Evinrude, Mercury or Yamaha.
• Tandem-Axle Trailer Is Standard. The aluminum trailer has disc brakes and a spare wheel and tire.
• 3-Year Warranty on All Factory-Installed Components. This warranty speaks for itself and includes the engine and all electronics installed by the factory.
• Raised Bow Casting Deck. This deck in the bow is solid and can handle considerable weight, something that is important when nosing into the weeds and shallows looking for a trophy-sized muskie.
These two large molded-in lockers can be used for most anything. Note the mount for pedestal seating between the hatches.
• More Buoyancy Forward. Because the casting deck is raised there is more space under for foam flotation, as well as lots of lockable rod storage. Because the casting deck is high, in ugly conditions any boarding water naturally washes across it and is largely deflected overboard by the high windshield. With only 9” (15 cm) of forward cockpit depth not much water or weight can accumulate there. This makes the boat safer in all conditions.
• 8’5” (2.56 m) Beam. The 216 Fishunter is beamier than many boats in class and this makes for not only more room inside, but also better stability.
• Dual Console. Fiberglass simply lends itself better to creating the shapes necessary to make a dual console more comfortable and better looking. (See pictures below.)
An overhead view of the Triton 216 Fishunter demonstrates how much fishing space and practical and convenient storage has been designed in. Note the yellow pull-out bait buckets for and aft
• Two Casting Decks. It is not easy to squeeze in two casting decks on a 21’ boat that has swivel seats for four people, but Triton has done it. The bow casting deck is much larger than the one in the stern, but it is certainly serviceable nonetheless.
The 216 is wired for a trolling motor and in fact comes standard with one. Note the height of the casting deck.
• Standard Trolling Motor. The 216 comes with a standard Motorguide FW75 lb 24V unit. This unit may be substituted for other brands as optional equipment.
• 8 Standard Colors To Choose From. For people tired of the oxidized gray of aluminum, green and fiberglass white, Triton as eight alternatives at no extra charge.
• 3-Bank Battery Charger with Deck Plug-In. We like this feature as every boat should have at least two batteries and we see Triton encourages its owners to have three, which is even better. One battery comes with the boat as standard.
• “Upright, Level Flotation.” We think what Triton means by this statement is that if the boat is swamped it will float level. Because the boat is over 20’ it is not required by USCG standards to float level. Nevertheless many boats larger than 20’ do, and this is one of them.
(This is not a subject that is much discussed, but we think it is an important one. When swamped all boats can succumb to the free-surface affect of water and turn turtle. In that case, the builder is telling us that the Triton 216 will float level even if it is upside down. Further, the fact that the 216 bow is largely filled-in means that there is less volume in the 216’s cockpit for the free-surface affect to work and therefore theoretically it should be more stable were it to become swamped. That is one reason we like this design.)
This lockable rod storage compartment forward has tubes for 12 rods.
• "Stay-Full" livewell overflow system
• 1-800 gph livewell pumpout
• 2-800 gph livewell aerator pumps
• 2-800 gph livewell recirculation pumps
• Aerated livewell in aft deck
• 6-gauge trolling motor wiring
• Bow trim switch
• High-capacity rear insulated livewell with divider
• Stainless steel capped fittings above rubrail
• Oversized rod lockers
Two rod holders come standard with the boat. Note the recessed design for the stainless steel grab rails, something made possible because the vessel is made of fiberglass.
More Fishing Features
• Locking oversized storage boxes
• Center rod storage system
• 800 gph baitwell recirculation pump
• 800 gph baitwell aeration pump
• Livewell aerator timer
• Forward livewell timer
• Lowrance HDS-7 with GPS
• 1 front pedestal fishing seat location
• 2 retractable rod buckles on front deck
• Motorguide FW75 lb 24V
Baitwell on the forward casting platform. It has an 800 gph recirculation pump and there is a livewell timer forward.
• Fuel Capacity: - 48 gal. (182 L)
• Livewell Capacity: - 40 gal. (152 L)
• Baitwell: - 8 gal. (30.4 L)
• Rear Storage Boxes: - 20 Plano boxes
• Built-In Ice Chest: - 56 q. (53 L)
• Persons Capacity: - 2100 lbs. (954 kg)
The companion seat of this dual console has a lockable glove box and room to mount an option stereo/radio.
The 216 comes standard with four seats. These two are behind the helm and navigator’s seats. Note that they fold down to get out of the way. They can be relocated on the forward or aft casting decks or left at home.
Triton has long been a major successful freshwater fishing boat brand and by the way this boat is fitted it is easy to understand why.
The Triton 216 Fishunter can extend your fishing season and also where you fish. Her hull design can handle big water that not many other multi-species models can.
Anglers looking for a no-compromise multi-species fishing machine should check out the 216 Fishunter even if they had planned on buying an aluminum boat. We also think that even saltwater anglers who fish in bayous, bays and protected sounds and estuaries should take a look at this boat to see if she passes muster for specific applications. If nothing else, the Triton 216 will serve as a good benchmark as to what a good fishing boat is like.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Triton 216 Fishunter (2013-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc
= Standard = Optional
Triton 216 Fishunter (2013-) Warranty
Triton 216 Fishunter (2013-) Warranty Information
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