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Brief Summary

The boat pictured above looks like a small express to us, because we expect a true walkaround to have deep side decks that are easy and safe to maneuver as one walks around the boat working a fish – that means having one hand on the pole and the other on the crank. That translates into “two hands for the fish and none for angler or the ship...” That’s why “walk arounds” were called walkarounds. It meant that in a sloppy sea you could actually walk around the perimeter of the boat and keep your balance by leaning against the center console or cabin on one side and the gunwales and life rails on the other side. It meant that you could move from stern to bow working a fish much like you would on a center console, but with the added advantage of having the convenience of a cuddy. Now, none of this should detract from this very nice looking 22’ Triton, because by any other name it is still a nice looking 22’ Triton.

There is a good reason that the lines, hull shape and topsides of this Triton 225 WA look so graceful to our eye, and that is because it was designed by a man who is a life-long boater, a former boat race driver, and career boat builder. He is a man who has wrung more fresh and saltwater out of his socks than most, and who therefore knows what a well-designed boat “should” look like, how it should function, and how it should ride and handle. His name is Earl Bentz, and at 57 years old he is one of the legends in the boat building industry.

Let’s get past the “WA” nomenclature and find out more about the Triton 225 WA, more about Earl Bentz, and about a $7,000 rebate on the 225 that is like manna from heaven.

Key Features

  • 4- 6" thru- bolted stainless steel cleats
  • 2 - Flush mount stainless steel rod holders
  • 316 L stainless steel hardware
  • Aluminum backing plates glassed in for seats, cleats, rails, rod holders & tops
  • Anchor tie-off
  • "Featherlite" finished fiberglass lids
  • High impact rubrail with insert
  • High speed pick-ups with shut offs for washdown or livewells
  • Res-Q retractable boarding ladder
  • Self draining anchor locker
  • Stainless steel grab rails
  • Stainless steel transom grab rails
  • Salon thru hull fittings with stainless steels covers, Reinforced Hose & Clamps
  • Skid resistant E-Z clean casting deck surfaces & gunwales
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 22' 8''
    7.0 m
    Beam 8' 6''
    2.6 m
    Dry Weight 3,400 lbs.
    1,545 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 17''
    .44 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 20 deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance 8' 2''
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 110 gal.
    418 L
    Water Capacity 11 gal.
    41.8 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    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.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Captain's Report

    Triton 225 WA
    The difference between an express fishboat and a walkaround is becoming blurred these days.

    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?

    Triton 225 WA
    Earl Bentz, center, with two college bass fishing anglers who used a Triton fishing boat.

    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.)

    Earl Bentz, president of Triton, has a passion for designing boats.

    After buying Stratos, OMC put Bentz in charge of its fishing boat building operations, but after a few years he and the suits in Waukegan didn’t see eye-to-eye...and, well, you get the picture. Bentz rolled out to show them how it was done.Three years later Triton’s annual sales were nearly $100 million as Bentz gobbled up bass boat market share with a combination of creative designs, higher tech materials, modern manufacturing, and marketing savvy. His friendly down-home personality and warm hospitality made him friends wherever he went and that didn’t hurt, either. On December 22, 2000 OMC declared bankruptcy, and was subsequently dismembered at an auction and its different assets were hacked off and carried away by the highest bidders.

    Triton 225 WA
    The radar arch comes as an option on the Triton 225 WA. Note the step to reach the port side deck has a small hatch for much needed storage.

    Saltwater Beckons

    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 Triton 225 WA is a boat that mom and kids can enjoy, too, because it has plenty of comfortable seating, and a Porta-Potty below.

    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.”

    Triton 225 WA
    The 225 WA has a basic galley. Note the ice box below the sink.

    Down Below

    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.

    Triton 225 WA
    The Triton 225 WA has comfortable seating for six people and plenty of room for fishing buddies or a small family.

    Systems

    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).

    Triton 225 WA
    The 225 WA is an ideal size because it is so easy to handle. The outboard engine helps make the boat versatile for fishing or coastal cruising, or just messing about in boats.

    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?

    Triton 225 WA
    A fish box abaft the companion seating. Note the finely finished inside of the light-weight lid as well as the strong clasp to keep the hatch secure.

    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.

    Triton 225 WA
    The Triton 225 WA along with five other models of saltwater Triton’s have what we can only describe as a “double-dipping” rebate program. Go to their website... http://www.tritonboats.com/savings.asp

    Pricing

    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

    Systems

    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Portable Standard
    Shore Power Optional
    Trim Tabs Optional
    Washdown: Fresh Water Standard
    Washdown: Raw Water Standard

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Transom Shower Standard

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Optional

    Warranty

    Hull Warranty
    Transferable
    Limited Lifetime Hull Warranty


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