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.
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.
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.
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.
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. •
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.
. 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. •
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 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.
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. •
Fiberglass simply lends itself better to creating the shapes necessary to make a dual console more comfortable and better looking. (See pictures below.)
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.
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.)
• "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
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
• 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)
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.
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 Features
|Carpet: Cockpit||Standard Snap-in|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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