In a day when boat builders know their customers, and fishing enthusiasts know boats, it is a bit unusual to see something different. Take the new Triumph 195 Center Console for example. It is, perhaps, the "thinking man’s" fishing boat.
Why do we say that? It begins with how this boat is built: Triumph is not your typical boat builder. All of the company’s boats are manufactured with a unique process using polyethylene pellets and foam, instead of fiberglass. This process builds a boat in huge one-piece molds that forms the boat’s hull and top deck as one complete unit.
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What you won’t get in the 195 CC is a boat that looks like all the other boats. The polyethylene hull results in a semi-gloss surface, almost a matte finish, that will appeal to anglers who would rather spend their time fishing, and not compounding and waxing fiberglass to keep it looking new. Because Roplene is resistant to weathering, easy to maintain, and easy to repair, it is the boat of choice for many professional fishing guides who need what is essentially a commercial grade of boat. In this regard the Triumph line is a good alternative to aluminum.The Triumph 195 CC is obviously not made for running out to the canyons, and is intended do bays, estuaries, and coastal work. But because of her solid feel I think that you'll find her surprisingly comfortable even when venturing farther offshore.
Details in Design
Starting at the bow, there is an attractive anchor pulpit that juts forward under a wraparound stainless steel bow rail. The forward fishing deck is expansive with plenty of walk-around room for casting as this 18'6" (5.6m) boat has an8' 2" (2.5 m) beam. There are lined storage compartments port and starboard for your gear, as well as a rope locker at the bow.The 195 CC can also be equipped with a full sun pad that includes an insert for the center, making this open fishing boat very comfortable when the family is onboard.
Since we do a lot of bottom fishing, we always like to see a pulpit. This has the added benefit of not having to store an anchor and rode in limited storage areas that any boat this size can offer. The forward deck has a filler that turns the bow into a casting platform. With the aft seats left in the truck, you have room to work across the whole aft deck. Two rod holders are provided standard per side, and storage on the fly is in the optional T-top (add $2,627)
As you would expect, stainless steel cleats and fittings are used throughout. Our boat was also outfitted with a stout T-top that looks terrific and offers mounts for fishing gear and antennas.
There is plenty of foot space around the center console. The console itself lifts open from the front to gain access to the helm’s wiring as well as a storage compartment for the boat’s batteries. The 195 CC comes pre-wired for an optional trolling motor.The helm features a broad panel that remains uncluttered with minimal black on white gauges that are easy to see. Above the gauges is a compartment to protect the boat’s radios and electronics. The compartment is covered with a clear plastic hatch so you can see an optional fishfinder display screen without opening the cover. Our test boat was equipped with a Clarion AM/FM/CD Sirius satellite radio.The standard stainless steel steering has an attached steering knob. Underneath the steering wheel is a small storage compartment for personal items. There is also a control for the boat’s batteries and a small compartment with a freshwater hose inside.Two seats are provided for the helm, and both are the usual low-end but comfortable and stylish with the Triumph logo stitched into the backrests. The seats also swivel and move forward and back. The stern features two mounts for optional jump seats.
Performance and Ride
Underway, the Triumph 195 Center Console feels like a heavier boat in that the hull seems to soak up wakes and waves, without the normal pounding and noise you would expect in a boat this size. Triumph tells us that this is the result of how the one-piece design and the polyethylene and foam construction distributes the pressure from the water hitting the hull. The material is more compliant to impacts, which spreads the stress loads and reduces the noise of water transferring vibrations through the hull.The 195 cuts and turns well with no dramatics and stays true to a course. One of the advantages of the boat’s construction is that a small, more fuel-efficient outboard can be used than on boats made of fiberglass that are the same size.Our boat was outfitted with a Yamaha 150 horsepower four-stroke. With this engine, we saw a top speed of 45.4 mph, and a quick three-second time to plane, which is plenty of performance for this boat. Base price with a Yamaha 115 is $34,751. Upgrading to a 150 Yamaha will add $3704. Triumph will power your 195 with an engine from Mercury, Honda, Suzuki, or Evinrude as well. Overall, I think the Triumph 195 Center Console offers a lot of boat for the money with plenty of space onboard, and the type of features that compare favorably with center consoles that cost far more. If you are the type of angler who doesn't want to spend a lot of time maintaining a boat, then the Triumph could be heaven-sent.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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