Triton was started by Earl Bentz in a Nashville, TN former shoe factory in June, 1996. He started with 25 employees and a plan. A few months later the first Triton bass boat rolled out of his factory and Bentz never looked back. The company now builds nearly 75 different models in both fiberglass and aluminum for both freshwater and saltwater applications.What does this have to do with the Triton 225 WA? Plenty. As careful readers of BoatTEST.com know, we are of the firm opinion that top management is responsible for creating good boats (or bad boats), not advertising hype. We think the 225 WA is a good boat, so who is responsible for it?
The Back Story
When Earl Bentz founded Triton Boat Company he not only knew what he was doing, he also knew where he was going -- because he had been down the road before! You see, he had started the Stratos bass boat company, built it up and sold it to OMC back in 1987. (Outboard Marine Corporation -- then the maker of Johnson and Evinrude outboard engines -- was getting its head handed to it by the Japanese 4-stroke outboard engine makers in the saltwater market and by Mercury Marine in the freshwater market, so its strategy was to simply buy sales by acquiring the companies that built boats.)
A few years later Bentz moved into saltwater boats with center consoles and almost immediately the brand became a force to be reckoned with. Bentz is probably one of the country’s best-kept secrets as a boat designer, but his eye is obvious in the rounded, flowing lines of the Triton saltwater series, including the 225 WA. And he is as fishy as they come. Because he once was a Mercury factory race boat driver he understood how to make a boat handle and perform at its peak. In saltwater he set his competitive sights on Grady-White, Boston Whaler, Hydra-Sport and others.In the bumpy years of the early 2000s Triton’s sales star was rising faster than virtually any other builder in the country. In the 12 months from July 2005 to June 2006 Triton sold 6,500 boats at retail, became the second largest builder of outboard-powered fiberglass boats in the world, and seemed to be on track to make the offshore outboard market its personal fiefdom.
Lightning Strikes Again!
Then, lightning struck Earl Bentz again – and this time he sold Triton to the Brunswick Corporation. Unlike OMC, Brunswick management had the foresight to listen to the boat-building entrepreneur and keep him in charge. Now Triton builds no fewer than 24 saltwater models from a 17’ bay boat to a 35’ center console. (As well as building more than 50 models of freshwater fishing and pontoon boats.) Suffice it to say, then, that Triton is a brand that is here to stay in the saltwater realm, no matter what it calls its boats – and it can call them anything it wants as far as we're concerned.
Triton 225 WA
The 225 WA is 22’8” (7 m) with a beam of 8’6” (2.6 m) a draft of 17” (.44 m) outboard up, and has a hull weight of about 3,400 lbs. (1,545 kgs.). She holds 110 gallons (418 l) of fuel and 11 gallons (41.8 l) of water. It has a live well, and fish boxes, and ice chest, rod holders and has tackle drawers and organizers, etc. She is plenty fishy.Triton is proud of its construction, so we should mention a few things. There is no wood in a Triton, it has basic flotation, which means if she is swamped some part of her will be above the water. All of the cleats, seats, rails and stanchions for tops are bolted through backing plates. While this is not revolutionary, it is important because it means that the stress on a cleat or pedestal seat is spread over a wide area of fiberglass and is likely to stay put. All fiberglass lids are properly finished inside and out and are “Featherlite.”
The interior of the 225 WA has a filler cushion so that the forward area can be a sleeping berth for two, or a place where dad or the kids can take a nap. This area has a table on a pedestal which makes into a cozy place for lunch or a glass or two of wine after sundown with your honey.The galley is rudimentary and has a butane cooktop. This is fine for heating water, making soup, or heating up something brought from home. There is no ice box, so you’ll have to keep whatever in your cooler with the wine and beer. There is a Porta-Potty, so now the whole family should be happy.
The systems on the boat include a 800 gph live well pump, a 4 gpm raw water washdown pump.We like the fact that the boat has circuit breakers and not fuses. That makes life simple. The steering is hydraulic and the outboard motors are installed by the factory, which is another thing we like (no offense, dealers, you do a great job, too).
And the Engine Is...?
That brings us to the subject of power. As you may have heard, the Brunswick Corporation which owns Triton, also owns Mercury Marine. In fact, there are even some people who suspect that the reason Brunswick bought Triton was to insure that it would have some transoms available for its engines. So Triton is available only with black power, right?
Wrong. Right from the Brunswick sale get-go, many saltwater and even some freshwater Tritons have been available with Honda 4-stroke outboard engines rigged at the factory. Go to Triton’s website and you will find that the Honda engines are virtually always less expensive than the Mercury options.We think that this arrangement has probably been good for all concerned, giving the consumer a choice of brands, making the Tritons more competitive in the marketplace, helping Honda move its engines, and even helping Mercury by forcing it to hone its competitive edge “in house” in terms of performance, price and customer service.
The Honda 225-hp is an option on the Triton 225 WA, and at $60,753 MSRP is $1,257 less than if you order the boat with the 225-hp Mercury Verado. You can also get the 225 rigged with a 250XL Mercury Verado 4S for $63,753, MSRP. Honda does not make a 250-hp engine.Possibly most noteworthy of all is that Triton is currently running a double rebate program on its saltwater boats. There is both a $2,000 “Dealer Rebate” and a $5,000 “Factory Rebate” – at total of $7,000! – being rebated on the Triton 225 WA. That is 11.5% off the $60,753 MSRP price – which means you might be able to do even better. This is one of the best published discount programs we have seen this fall. A great discount by any other name, is still a great discount.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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