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Brief Summary

If you want to fish and your kids want to ski, why not buy a boat that claims to do both? Triumph's 18' 6" (5.64 m) 191 Fish & Ski bowrider converts easily from one use to the other, simply by flipping over the aft jump seats. We think serious fishermen and serious skiers will both prefer purpose-built boats, but those who enjoy the two activities might be happy with the 191 FS as a nice compromise.

Key Features

Specifications

Length Overall 18' 6''
5.64 m
Beam 8' 2''
2.49 m
Dry Weight 1,850 lbs.
839 kg
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 14''
.36 m
- Draft Up N/A
- Draft Down N/A
- Air Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom 16 deg.
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance 43''
1.09 m
Weight Capacity N/A
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity 60 gal.
227 L
Water Capacity N/A
Length on Trailer N/A
Height on Trailer N/A
Trailer Weight N/A
Total Weight
(Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
N/A

Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Std. Power Not Available
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power 1 x 90-hp Mercury 150 XL
1 x 150-hp Mercury XL Optimax OB
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Captain's Report

Triumph 191 Fish and Ski
Built not of fiberglass, but Roplene (rotomolded polyethylene), the Triumph 191 FS is "the world's toughest boat," according to her builder and they may be right.

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.

Triumph 191 Fish and Ski
For skiing or just messing about, the Triumph 191 FS has two molded jump seats aft, with drink holders and a cooler between them. There's tackle tray stowage, too. Note the socket for the ski-tow pylon and the long stainless steel hinge.

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.

Triumph 191 Fish and Ski
Flipping the jumpseat deck over creates a casting/fishing platform. (Remember to empty the cooler first!) Gunwale rod holders are standard, along with under-gunwale rod lockers. You still have access to the ski-pylon mount, but not to the tackle trays, so take out the lures you need before flipping the seats.

Standard Equipment

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.

Triumph 191 Fish and Ski
As an option, Triumph installs a pair of pedestal mounts in the fishing deck, and a single mount in the forward cockpit. Where do the seats come from? Both helm and companion seats can be relocated for fishing, or you can buy additional seats.

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.

Triumph 191 Fish and Ski
The ski pylon can be mounted no matter how the jump seats are configured. We expect most folks into skiing will leave the seats like they are in this photo, which makes more room in the cockpit. The Triumph 191 FS has built-in ski stowage, too.

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.

Triumph 191 Fish and Ski
Here's an angle you don't see very often. With a 150-hp outboard the 191 FS will run faster than 42 mph, and provide wake-jumping thrills. The Bimini top is optional.

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.

Triumph 191 Fish and Ski
Look closely and you'll see a folding fishing chair mounted on the aft casting platform. We think some 191 FS fish-obsessed owners fold the jump seats once and leave them that way all season.

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.

Triumph 191 Fish and Ski
A couple of extra fishing chairs are a worthwhile investment: They are not only good seats for trolling, but also for just riding around, although we'd be hesitant to sit in them when running fast: It would be too easy to be pitched overboard.

Recommendation

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.

Triumph 191 Fish and Ski
If you want to carry a crowd this big and also tow a skier, you'd better opt for plenty of horsepower; we recommend 150-hp.

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.

Triumph 191 Fish and Ski

Standard and Optional Features

Systems

CD Stereo Optional
Shore Power Standard

Exterior Features

Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Optional

Canvas

Bimini Top Standard

Warranty

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