Captain's ReportTested by Capt. Brandon De NataleCenter consoles have become very popular these days. With the new open layout designs, you have plenty of room for casting and moving about the boat. The new Trophy lineup features several noteworthy models. At the beginning of this list is the entry-level 1703. Measuring 17 feet in length and over 7 feet in width this is a boat that was built to fish in any condition.Trophy has done a nice job with the layout, and design of this 17-footer. Starting with the construction of the hull, everything is solid and well thought out. The stringers are fiberglass foam filled and the hull features a patented side foam flotation system and vinylester skin coat, which holds up very well to everyday use. The freeboard on the boat is higher than on most boats of similar size. This adds to the stability and to the sea kindly handling. The RideThe hull’s 14-degree deadrise really helps soften the ride in moderate to heavy chop. Another feature that eliminates an age-old problem is the extra-high engine well wall. Gone are the days of having a deluge pour over the stern when fighting a fish off the stern or backing down in rough weather. All the water is contained and then flows outboard through large scuppers by the motor mount. And with a hull weight of only 1,800 pounds sporting the standard 90-hp engine, she is fast and agile.LayoutThe deck layout comfortably accommodates several friends for a day out fishing. There is plenty of room for all to cast with the large casting deck up forward and open area aft. Under the casting deck you will find the large fish locker, which also incorporates room for your anchor. The entire deck and side decks are textured with aggressive non-skid to ensure solid footing when moving about. Further back in front of the helm station there’s a cooler that doubles as a bench seat. The backrest is attached to the console and conceals the access to the wiring and electronic hookups for the helm. I found there to be plenty of space to make repairs or to add equipment here, although as with any small space it’s a tight fit and any work should be done by trained hands. HelmThe helm console is well placed and all the gauges for the Mercury outboard are very visible. When you want some protection from the cold air there’s a nice windscreen that helps protect from the breeze when running. I found this to be a good place to hold onto when riding as a passenger due to the stainless railings. The helm also includes a 12-volt outlet for cell phones and accessories, engine alarm, engine controls with trim switch built-in, large glove box for storing personal items, and stainless steel wheel. Fishing FeaturesThe steering wheel is placed well over to port and is at a good angle for driving in either the seated or standing position. I would have liked an option for a tilt steering wheel as I usually find myself in both positions very often and enjoy different angles on the wheel. The helm features a flip-flop seat with 52-qt aerated Vortex baitwell beneath. Here you will also find tackle storage that neatly stores away. Further back on both port and starboard there’s rod storage under the side decks, and you can neatly store four poles here while keeping them within easy reach. There is storage below these seats and access to the battery.I am a big fan of center consoles for both fishing and recreation. They are simple to maintain, don’t require maintenance and are reliable in most sea conditions. I was impressed with this Trophy and think the company did an outstanding job at producing a 17-foot boat that feels and handles like a much larger one. This boat is rated for a 125-hp and I would probably opt for the upgrade if I were going to purchase this boat, mostly for the extra pulling power for water sports. But if I was just using it for fishing and getting around I would be very happy with the performance of the 90-hp. Test NumbersWe were able to get her to plane in 3.2 seconds and went from 0-30 in only 7.2 seconds. Those are impressive numbers for a boat this size. The foam stringer and flotation help with keeping the weight down and it really shows in the performance. The top speed was 36.3 mph at 5,500 rpm’s, which produced a range of 92 miles with the 37gallon fuel tank. And the best cruise was found at 4,000 rpm’s with a speed of 25.4 mph. At this speed you can travel 167 miles before refueling. I really enjoyed testing this boat, and if I were in the market for a new center console the 1703 would definitely be in the running. When it comes to quality, value and performance this fishing machine is a hard boat to beat.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Trophy 1703 CC is 36.3 mph (58.4 kph), burning 11.4 gallons per hour (gph) or 43.15 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Trophy 1703 CC is 20.6 mph (33.2 kph), and the boat gets 5.10 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.17 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 170 miles (273.59 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 90-hp Mercury OB Saltwater.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!