Captain's ReportTested By Capt. Bob SmithThe 240 Light Tackle Series is anything but a light weight when it comes to fishability. She is just as comfortable in shallow calm water as she is in a choppy off-shore run. We ran her with four guys aboard for the helicopter shots and I only needed to flex my knees one time as we crossed our own wake, even in one to two foot chop! Triton builds their boats without any wood and designs them for zero flex in the stringer system. Maximum flotation is added for safety and comfort underway. The unibody construction is performance engineered delivering a better ride and feel with more structural strength. The transom is designed to spread the stresses of the motor over the entire width of the boat.Cockpit and FeaturesThe forward casting deck was spacious with a nice single step up from either side. Cleats were pop-up style to keep from snagging lines while working a fish around the boat. The ground tackle stores in a compartment up front that has keeper slots for a Danforth style anchor.
Over on the port side you have a rod storage system in the rod locker that can handle a 10 foot fly rod, and more room over on the starboard side for additional rods or general storage capacity. They took advantage of the space in the floor ahead of the console and created another storage area here. Just ahead of the console is an igloo cooler bungeed to the console. Four rods store vertically on either side of the console with a stainless grab rail surrounding the windscreen. Behind the WheelThere is plenty of room for electronics at the helm with hydraulic assisted steering. A leaning post adds comfort underway and another space to hang four more rods across the back. I found there to be plenty of walking room to either side of the center console. The back fishing deck is also a spacious area for casting and it also has a single step access from the cockpit on either side. To the portside at the stern is a connection for washing down the deck after boating a fish.SpecsThe 240 LTS is 24’0” in length and a full 8’6” in the beam. She is rated for a maximum 250 horse power, but we ran her with a 225 Optimax for this test. She sports 15 degrees of deadrise at the transom and a transom height of 25 inches. The 240 can work shallow waters with a draft of just 13 inches. She has a hull weight of 2,450 pounds and a bridge clearance of 8’2”. She can carry up to 79 gallons of fuel and has a baitwell capacity of 25 gallons. Forward storage is 356 quarts of space and the rear area has a 60 gallon space.Performance and HandlingWe had two fronts come through while testing on a freshwater inland lake. During this test we had two people on board with lots of professional fishing gear, ¾ of a tank of fuel and light choppy waters. The 240 seemed to be an agile performer and handled smoothly in turns. She took on the wakes of passing boats without a lot of bounce and delivered a smooth quiet ride. We found the best cruise to be around 3000 rpms which equals about 21.5 miles per hour. She burned 5.7 gallons per hour at cruise and at this speed can deliver a range of 268 miles. Top end came at 5600 rpms which equaled 51.3 mile per hour. At this speed she burned 22.1 gallons per hour for a range of 165 miles. She jumped out of the hole in 4.5 seconds and was cruising along at thirty miles per hour in 6.8 seconds. The sound levels were good for an outboard, just 68 dBa at idle and 91 dBa at top end measured at the helm.If your fishing needs include working inland lakes and bays but also working reefs off the coast, the 240 LTS from Triton might just fit right.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Triton 240 LTS Pro is 51.3 mph (82.6 kph), burning 22.10 gallons per hour (gph) or 83.65 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Triton 240 LTS Pro is 21.5 mph (34.6 kph), and the boat gets 3.77 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.6 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 268 miles (431.3 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 225-hp Mercury Optimax Saltwater.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|