Flip the Seat for Fishing
In her "ski" configuration, the 191 FS has a conventional cockpit layout, with helm and companion pedestal seats behind the walk-through windshield and a pair of molded-in jumpseats at the transom. Forward, the bow has a typical U-shaped lounge that converts to a sunpad with a filler cushion – or remove the cushions to create a casting platform, with a mount for a fishing seat if you choose. We see this layout in countless bow riders, but not many are this versatile.
Release a catch behind the jump seats and they fold forward 180 degrees, as a unit, and lie on the cockpit sole. Their base becomes a fishing platform, with optional mounts for two pedestal seats. There's a built-in bait well with an integrated bucket. The fold-down seats create a large platform that is not only good for a fishing platform, but can also serve as a sunning pad – just buy a pad! It also looks like a good place to put on swim fins and goggles, or an ideal location to launch your banana for towing.
The Triumph 191 FS isn't set up like a competition fishing boat, or a hard-core ski boat, but she has enough gear for casual enthusiasts of both pursuits. There's a 33-gal. lighted bait well under the aft seats, rod holders and under-gunwale rod racks. She's wired for a trolling motor (comes with the panel and plug), and pre-wired for bow-mounted accessories. A kicker-motor mount is worked into the transom.
Skiers will like the removable stainless steel ski pylon, which can be rigged with the jump seats open or closed. There's ski stowage, but a swim platform and ladder are optional. (A bow ladder is standard.) Folks who prefer tanning to fishing can add a sundeck cushion on the casting platform, and a filler cushion forward to create sun pads fore and aft. Remove all the bow cushions and you have a nice casting platform, with a mount for a fishing seat if you choose.
Engine Choices Galore
Triumph will rig your 191 FS with a single outboard between 90-hp and 150-hp; the website lists engine options from Yamaha, Mercury, Bombardier (Evinrude), Suzuki and Honda. If you want to pull skiers, you'll want an engine from the high end of the range, we think: A couple of years ago we tested a 191 FS with a Yamaha F150 four-stroke, and found a top speed of 42.4 mph (68.2 kph), a most-efficient cruise of 25.4 mph (40.9 kph). Fishermen more interested in near-shore trolling should be happy with fewer horses, but we still suggest not skimping on power.
What's "Roplene," Anyway?
Like all Triumphs, the 191 FS is made of Roplene, not fiberglass. Roplene is high-grade polyethylene roto-molded to produce seamless hulls that, the company says, are "incredibly strong." If you've ever bounced a whitewater kayak over rocks that would shatter a fiberglass boat, you know how tough polyethylene can be, even when cast into thin, single-skin hulls. Triumph goes way beyond that technology: Using solid-modeling CAD programs, industry-proven finite element analysis and a lot of hands-on experience, company engineers design hulls that will maximize Roplene's properties.
While a typical fiberglass mold creates a part finished on one side, the two-part Roplene molds include the outer hull, inner hull and all the bits and pieces inside. Transom, gunwales, stowage boxes, deck, etc., are all built simultaneously in the same mold. When the mold is opened, a virtually complete boat pops out. Any cavities in the structure are filled with foam to add strength, stiffness and flotation. Like every Triumph, the 191 FS is covered by a limited lifetime warranty, transferable during the first five years.
The Triumph 191 FS looks to us like an acceptable compromise between a fishboat and a family sportboat for families who like casual fishing and skiing. Like most combination products, she won't do either as well as a boat dedicated to the purpose, but should be good enough at both for most folks. And who really wants a boat that's good for only one activity, anyway? Not us. Her base price starts at $35,168 with a 90-hp Mercury, but we suggest more power: A 150-hp Mercury 150 XL Verado four-stroke, the most expensive option, bumps the price to $41,965. All prices include a trailer.
One final thing: if you are one of those people who does not enjoy compounding and waxing your fiberglass boat a couple of times a year to take off the gel coat oxidation to keep it looking shiny and new, then you will love Triumph. Roplene does not oxidize and needs only a minimum of care. Just rinse her off with a hose when you get back to shore and call it a day.As noted, the boat is virtually indestructible, so if you are looking for boat to hand down to your kids, the Triumph 191 FS might be the answer.
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