The 220 Escape is the flagship of Triton’s Fish & Ski Series and she’s designed and equipped to perform capably in both tasks. She has a big forward casting deck and the cockpit is deeper than competitive boats, which should make her more comfortable for cruising or watersports.For fishing, she has large casting decks forward and aft and she comes standard with all the equipment anglers need including an 800-gph aerated livewell, a trolling motor and a Lowrance Mark 5x fishfinder. For skiing, the 220 Escape has a removable tow pylon, a large in-sole storage locker and a swiveling co-pilot’s seat for observing.Because Triton is an independent builder, the manufacturer can offer 2- or 4-stroke Mercury, Evinrude, Yamaha and Suzuki outboards, ranging from 200 to 250 horsepower. Finally, Triton packages its boats with trailers made for the hull design.
Triton president Earl Bentz is a former world champion powerboat racer in the Formula 1 class. Many of the design elements found on Triton’s Vortex bottom were developed by legendary outboard performance boat innovator Roark Summerford whose STV (Summerford Tunnel Vee) boats won numerous championships in the Mod-VP class. Summerford designed the concave pad on the 220 Escape which traps air to cushion the boat’s ride in rough water and provides lift to increase efficiency. Additionally, Triton custom-matches the stainless steel propeller to the boat and horsepower package.
Triton builds the 220 Escape with hand-laid fiberglass and AME 1000 resin. The transom is cored with Tri-Core polyurethane coring that is used in aircraft construction and the transom spans the full width of the stern to better support the motor. Basically, the 220 Escape is built from three pieces: the hull bottom, a single-piece stringer grid, and the deck. The Zero-Flex Stringer System has two longitudinal braces running from bow to stern and seven crossmembers to provide strength and to prevent twisting when the boat is running in rough water. The hull, stringer grid and deck are bonded together with fiberglass, and flotation foam is injected into the stringers, hull rails and compartments in the hull and deck.
Anglers and skiers will be equally pleased with the standard equipment list on this boat. In addition to the accessories mentioned above the 220 Escape comes with two folding fishing seats, an aerated 800-gph livewell with a recirculation pump, a pump-out and a timer, the Lowrance Mark 5x and a Motorguide X3 trolling motor with 70 lbs. (32 kg) of thrust and a 50” (1.27 m) shaft. For skiing, there’s a removable tow pylon that extends above the top of the outboard, plus a dedicated tow-line locker in the stern.
Triton manufactures its trailers so that the boat is cradled low in the bunks when being towed. That decreases the effects of crosswinds and improves fuel efficiency. The trailer comes with disc brakes, a spare tire, swing-away tongue and LED lights.
The 220 Escape could be described as a three-section boat. The bow is focused on fishing with a large casting platform. There are receptacles in the deck for two fishing chairs and immense lockers for gear. In the center, there’s a rod locker long enough for flippin' rods and outboard on each side are locking compartments big enough for oversized gear bags, fenders and more. In the bow, the foot control for the trolling motor is recessed into the deck to keep the area obstruction free, and there’s a trim switch for the outboard motor at the bow so anglers don’t have to go back to the helm when fishing shallow waters. Retractable rod belts secure gear to the deck when the boat is running to the next stop.
Step through the opening center section of the tempered-glass windshield and down into the 220 Escape’s cockpit and the boat has the look and feel of a family runabout. In that step to the bow is an insulated 54-quart cooler. The cockpit comes standard with two bucket seats that swivel and adjust fore and aft and an aft bench seat. Buyers can opt for an L-shaped lounge to port that provides more seating capacity. There’s a large glove box in the port console and down low is a footrest for the co-pilot.
The 220 Escape’s helm is designed to accommodate a variety of driver heights via a molded, angled footrest with non-skid pads that extends forward beneath the console. The most important gauges are on the same level as the Lowrance Mark 5x fishfinder, which is important on a boat with the speed potential this one has. When a driver is running at high speed, he doesn’t want to look down to check an instrument. The dark color will reduce glare. The accessory switches are split on each side of the steering wheel, all easily accessed. To keep passengers entertained, the 220 Escape includes a stereo with an MP3 input and four waterproof speakers.
We haven’t tested the 220 Escape so we don’t have numbers for the boat. Buyers can choose a 2- or 4-stroke outboard from Mercury, Yamaha, Evinrude or Suzuki in 200, 225 or 250-hp ratings.
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The 220 Escape has a more substantial look and feel than other fish-and-ski models we’ve seen. Her deep cockpit should appeal to families with young kids or even pets. Drivers should find the bucket seat at the helm comfortable, and the port side seat swivels for observing watersports.The boat is well-equipped with everything an active family could want, including livewells, a Motorguide X3 70/50 trolling motor and a Lowrance Mark 5x fishfinder. For watersports, she has a ski tow bar and can be upgraded with a wakeboard tower with speakers. The standard stereo has an MP3 player with four speakers.Cruising amenities include a convertible top, a walkthrough windshield and grab handles placed where they should be throughout the boat. A dedicated space for a 54-quart cooler helps keep the cockpit free of clutter and there’s plenty of storage for fishing gear as well as skis and boards. A custom-matched trailer completes the package.
Standard and Optional Features
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