Captain's ReportTriton’s New 301 Has a Big Boat Feel
At the Miami Boat Show we took one of the new Triton 301 CCs out for a spin on Biscayne Bay to get a feel for the boat. As we stepped aboard the first thing we noticed was that it was like stepping onto a concrete dock instead of into a 30’ boat. Next we walked around it and it became clear that the 10’10” beam makes this a really big 30-footer. It’s the widest 30’ CC we know of and that pays off in side clearance around the console, extra room everywhere, and in stability.
Low speed maneuvering and handling at the dock and in the marina was excellent. Underway the 301 handled very well -- you only needed to hint of a turn and she comes around smoothly and effortlessly. She was powered by twin Verado 300s, but 250s would be more than enough.
At press time Triton was not sure of how much the production boats would end up weighing, but our guess is that it will be on the high side of 7000 lbs. At least that’s how she felt – solid and smooth as we cut through the light chop. Her 22-degree deadrise is one of the deepest of any CC boats this size, and that – together with her weight and beam – makes this boat feel more like a 34 or 35-footer. The boat felt nimble and seemed to like 35 to 38 mph and with her 300-gallon fuel tank she could run all day at that speed.
The boat has a relatively high freeboard forward and all around, which allows for a deep cockpit which makes this boat safer, dryer and more comfortable offshore when you are working a fish in sloppy conditions. Adequate freeboard is something little discussed, but it is essential when you’re in the middle of the Gulf Stream and weather turns nasty.
Perhaps one of the best things about the boat is her price. The boat we were on was priced at about $160K MSRP. And that was for a well-equipped boat. We have seen boats for far more money that are no better, except for a lot of gimcracks and cute touches that may create more perceived value but no more intrinsic value.
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