Triton 351XD: ‘get up and go’

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Triton, the Tennessee builder known for its tournament bass boats, has introduced a 35-foot express sportfishing boat based on the hull of its largest center console.

Triton, the Tennessee builder known for its tournament bass boats, has introduced a 35-foot express sportfishing boat based on the hull of its largest center console. The Triton 351XD was designed with both hardcore anglers and family fishermen in mind, according to Paul Rieger, head of product development and engineering for the Ashland City, Tenn., boatbuilder.

While the cabin and comfort amenities lend themselves to overnight fishing trips and family cruises, he says the name of the game is performance. Power for the 351 comes from up to three 300-hp outboards.

“It’s meant for people who aren’t looking for a big, tall boat that goes 35 mph; they’re looking for something that goes in the upper 50s, 60, 65 mph,” says Rieger. “People that are used to boats that get up and go a little bit.”

The boat rides a 24-degree deep-vee hull with generous bow flare, he says, and such features as air conditioning, diesel generator with a 10-gallon fuel tank, and custom anchor are standard. The hand-laid hull carries a limited lifetime warranty. “We just haven’t cut any corners on it,” says Rieger.

To build the all-composite 351, Triton took its largest bluewater boat — the 351 Center Console — changed the deck and adjusted the center of gravity, according to the company. The deck layout is similar, but with a cabin at the bow and an additional seating area forward of the center console. The cabin has a forward V-berth with storage beneath, a drop-down dinette table and a filler cushion. There is a head compartment with shower to starboard; a molded galley unit to port with a microwave, refrigerator and sink; and a midcabin berth with a privacy curtain aft.

On deck, L-shaped seating with storage is located between the cabin and the center console. While the console has its own windshield, this seating area is protected by a larger wraparound windshield similar to the conventional express sportfisherman layout.

Access from the cockpit to the forward seating area and cabin entry is on the port side of the console.

The walk-in center console allows access to such systems as the batteries and electrical components. There also is side-deck access to the foredeck, and the 351XD comes standard with a welded stainless steel bow rail. An outrigger-ready fiberglass hardtop with rod holders, electronics box, dome lights, spreader lights, and PFD storage also is standard.

At the helm is a fiberglass leaning post with a 50-gallon lighted, recirculating live well. The cockpit area, of course, is laid out for fishing, with removable coaming bolsters, horizontal rod racks, molded rod lockers, stainless steel toe rails, and fold-down aft seating. The transom contains a 21-gallon lighted recirculating live well; there also is a transom door and transom shower. Other fishing gear includes a 220-quart aft in-deck fishbox, a pair of 75-quart in-deck storage boxes, a 25-gallon bait well, 56-quart cooler, and tackle drawers and organizers.

Triton brand manager Spencer Ward says the 351XD can be equipped with a tower. “We’re really trying to get into the serious offshore sportfishing market,” says Ward. The 351 will compete with “all the big outboard boats,” he says, though Triton remains primarily a bass-boat builder.

So for those who want to get out and fish the canyons, Rieger says, the 351 has the fishing features, comfort and storage to do so. “It’s a faster, lower-profile boat to get out there quicker,” he says. “But you can get out there and spend the night in comfort.”

Specifications

LOA: 34 feet, 10 inches

BEAM: 10 feet

DRAFT: 2 feet, 1 inch

DISPLACEMENT: 9,432 pounds

HULL TYPE: deep-vee

TRANSOM DEADRISE: 24 degrees

TANKAGE: 355 gallons fuel, 35 gallons water, 15 gallons waste

ENGINE OPTION: twin or triple outboards to 900 hp

SPEED: 60 mph top, 40 mph cruise (with twin 275-hp Mercury Verado 4-strokes)

PRICE: $210,386

CONTACT: Triton Boats, Ashland City, Tenn.

Phone: (615) 792-6767.

www.tritonboats.com