The folks at Triton have put a lot of thought into what it takes to make both a serious boat for hunting as well as for multi-specie freshwater fishing. The result is what they call a “hybrid,” and in this case it means killing two birds with one boat. The Triton Ambush 16 might just be the best single investment that an active outdoorsman can make – a durable aluminum boat package, with virtually all the equipment you need as standard for hunting in season, and fishing the rest of the year.
Removable anchor light and nav. light
Upright and level floatation
2 across seating with storage box
Tempress seat assembly
O.D. Green paint
Trolling motor harness (12 volt 8 gauge wire)
Low casting deck
Side-console with steering
Stainless steel bow and stern eyes
All welded construction
16' 0'' 4.88 m
75'' 1.91 m
900 lbs. 408 kg
- Draft Up
- Draft Down
- Air Draft
16 gal. 60.6 L
Length on Trailer
Height on Trailer
Total Weight (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
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Triton Ambush 16 (Not in Production) Line Drawing
The Triton Ambush 16 is 16’ (4.92 m) LOA with a 75” (1.92 m) beam and a dry weight of just 900 lb. (409 kg.). She has a 16 gal. (60.8 L) fuel capacity with an integrated tank. Side depth is 22”. The horsepower range is up to 60, which is adequate for what you should be doing with this boat.Casting platforms fore and aft hide stowage caverns underneath, and a live well aft. Bucket seats and a side steering console permit easy passage from bow to stern, but a bench seat is optional. There’s more stowage under the seats, and a big gun/rod locker in the port gunwale. The camo paint job is also optional – standard is olive drab.
The boat is rated for four passengers or 600 lb. (272 kgs.), whichever is reached first. But these boats are usually best suited for two fishing or hunting buddies. About the only options you’ll need on this boat are: fishfinder, spare tire for the trailer, and maybe a trolling motor.
The 22-gallon (83.6 L) livewell is located under the aft casting platform. Note that you can separate the live well into two compartments.
This is not a jon boat on steroids. Rather the Ambush 16 is a combination of deluxe duck boat combined with features for a versatile multi-species fishing boat. The integral fuel tanks in the middle of the boat on the centerline so when fuel burns off the trim remains the same. FYI, the weight of the fuel (about 224 lbs. (102 Kgs.) is the weight of another person. Think what that does to the trim when both the skipper and the fuel is in the stern.
Squaring-off the bow gives the Ambush 16 extra deck space, especially forward where most fishermen like to stand when casting, or hunters when searching the shoreline. The seat up here is standard. Triton builds the Ambush of welded 5052 aluminum, so it won’t be fazed if you tap a rock or bump into a waterlogged snag. There’s no hard-to-patch gelcoat to crack, and a scratch through the paint, once it oxidizes to dark gray, just adds to the camo. At 900 lbs bare boat, maybe 1400 lbs with outboard, gas and gear, the Ambush is light enough to tow behind any vehicle. A trailer is standard.
The Triton Ambush 16 has a keel as well as eight 1-1/4” strakes on the bottom of the boat. These are important for a number of reasons. First they have the boat directional stability and keep the boat from slewing around. Second, when you turn the boat they dig in and let you carve a nice clean turn without sliding. Finally, when you pull the boat up on a beach with rocks or gravel, they protect the bottom.
You can see that the Triton Ambush 16 really scoots with these two husky duck hunters aboard. Note the location of the stagnation line just below the passengers seats indicating that the engine has plenty of power to move this load with alacrity.
On both the bow and the stern you will find stainless steel eyes for your mooring lines, this is an important attention to detail, because ss is so much stronger than aluminum. The boat is welded construction and contains no wood.
Unless you hunt with a bazooka, the Ambush’s portside locker will hold your weapons with room to spare. When duck season ends, you can fill the box with fishing rods. Triton is one of the world’s top builders of tournament-level bass boats, so they know how to fit the maximum number of rigs into even their smaller boats. The inside of the box is nicely finished, too. Note the aluminum gunwale extrusion, heavy enough to take quite a whack without denting.
Inside Has Protective Coating
Another distinguishing feature is the optional protective coating that Triton puts in the inside of the boat. This is sprayed on and it is somewhat similar to the coating some people put on the beds of their trucks. You can drop a metal tool or tackle box on the boat’s deck and it will not scratch. As an added benefit, when the boat is wet it acts like a non-skid surface. This is a terrific safety feature when two men are moving around the boat like bulls in a china shop.
This versatile stowage container comes out of the boat so that you can take its contents home, or load it up before you arrive on the boat. This is the kind of thoughtful detail integrated into the boat all over.
We like the standard Lock Track which goes all around the gunwale of the boat. Not only can you put drink and rod holders in this track, but you can also put in a duck blind. Buy the collapsible kind and stow it in the storage under the rear seat. You can also use the track to hold a “tree strap” when you want to snug up to shore when you are duck hunting. FYI – the gun/rod locker is lockable.
Standard seating is a pair of buckets, easier to step through than the optional bench seat. They’re mounted well aft, where the ride will be a little smoother, but the Ambush is only 16 feet, so don’t expect miracles. On the other hand, it’s meant for rivers, lakes and sheltered bays, where all you should run into is a short chop. For big water, choose a bigger boat, such as the Ambush 18. Maximum power is a 60-horse outboard; we haven’t tested the boat, so can’t tell you how it performs. But 60 hp on a boat that, all-up, should weigh around 1500 lbs. (682 kgs.) ought to produce pretty good performance.
Triton offers two optional packages much like you buy on an automobile. The Sportsman Package includes camo, the spray liner we like so much, and a bench seat. The Deluxe Package includes all of the above, a gauge pack (tach, water, and fuel), the windshield, plus performances wedges.
If anything, we’d say the trailer is over-built for this weight boat. The tubes are closed, there are loading guides, and a spare tire carrier. But there is no spare for the 13” wheels, nor is there a swinging tongue to save space in your garage; both of these things are optional. The standard MSRP price with a 60-hp engine, trailer, with the Deluxe package plus some trailer options, will run between $17,500 and $18,000. Not bad, particularly when you consider all of the detail in this boat. Check the builder’s website before you buy, as there might be a pleasant surprise there. For example, when we last looked there was $750 factory rebate available.
Lay down the seat backs to open the stowage locker under them. We’d keep stuff here we didn’t need too often, maybe tools, cleaning supplies or PFDs. It’s a great place to stow the duck blind. All stowage comes in handy on a boat. Note the aluminum stiffener to minimize flex when a couple of beefy guys are on the seats. A 22-gallon aerated livewell is standard, ideal for cooling drinks when you’re not bait-fishing. The Ambush comes with an electric bilge pump, anchor and nav lights, a 12v. power point, mooring cleats and stainless bow and stern eyes. A fuel gauge is standard, but tach, speedo, voltmeter and trim gauges are options. Now you’re talking: These guys know how to dress – you can hardly see them. They also know how to make use of a boat like the Ambush 16, loading it with all the gear needed for a day of hunting or fishing. Note the Lab up forward. It seems to like sitting on the foredeck better than he likes hanging his head out the window of the pickup.
Standard and Optional Features
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!