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Muskie Fishing -> Muskie Boats and Motors -> Triton 202 tiller..
 
Message Subject: Triton 202 tiller..
bn
Posted 12/13/2006 6:02 PM (#225328)
Subject: Triton 202 tiller..


Anyone own one or been in one? Not that I'm even boat shopping as I love the boat I have but I always like to keep an eye out there should a smokin deal come up on one...as far as big tillers go this thing looks perfect. Love the layout.
bluegill
Posted 12/13/2006 7:23 PM (#225343 - in reply to #225328)
Subject: RE: Triton 202 tiller..




Posts: 199


Location: Sandusky, OH
bn,

I'm not a big tiller expert; in fact, I've never fished from one. But I've looked at them a lot trying to find a way to reduce costs on a large boat (I live on Lake Erie and have limited cabbage). I'll bet the triton is a good hull, dry and fast, and I bet it flys with a 150. The walk around deck is really nice, and I like the non-carpeted floor for easy clean-up. However, I don't like the layout in the boat. The electronics console seems too far back; I'd prefer it a foot or so forward and with a lockable door (if not for electronics, then for 'other' gear). The front deck seems like it wastes too much space between the large bin and the bow; I realize it's probably floatation, but still seems like a waste. Last, I hate how the passengers are all lined up in the center of the boat. It probably balances really well, but there would be major obstructions to visibility. If buying off the lot, the last issue would be a deal breaker. If ordering, I'd have them offset the passenger seats. Although, if the right deal came along, I'd be hard pressed to turn any boat down.

I prefer the Yarcraft and Tuffy tillers, although opinions are real cheap from boat-less trash.

Cheers,
BNelson
Posted 12/13/2006 10:20 PM (#225378 - in reply to #225328)
Subject: RE: Triton 202 tiller..





Location: suspended over open water
Yah, I think the electronics spot is too far back...an easy remedy would be to have the ram mounts coming out from the side below the compartment ahead of that area...that would allow the guy in back to stand where the electronics currently are.
as for the seats..I'd only ever have one it it, if I had 2 other people one can easily sit on the side compartments...front deck looks perfect to me
i like how there is side storage on both sides all the way around..great for standing on and fighting fish. I hope they have one at one of the shows this winter to I can see it in person...I did see an 06 new online for 29k. ready to go.
Steve Jonesi
Posted 12/14/2006 10:35 AM (#225476 - in reply to #225328)
Subject: RE: Triton 202 tiller..




Posts: 2088


BN,
I saw a couple at landings this Summer and last year at the Blaine Show. Very nice boats.Long live the Tillers!!!! Steve
Shep
Posted 12/14/2006 10:39 AM (#225478 - in reply to #225476)
Subject: RE: Triton 202 tiller..





Posts: 5772


I hadn't seen the Triton tiller, but my guess is it would be a great boat. Does it have the same width as the console version, or do they narrow it down like the Ranger?

I had tillers until I caved and went console in 2002. Now I'm thinking I should have gotten a full windshield on the new Tuffy! It's hell getting old, and spoiled!
bn
Posted 12/14/2006 10:42 AM (#225480 - in reply to #225328)
Subject: RE: Triton 202 tiller..


same size as the console and tiller versions of the Triton...20'2" by 93"

bluegill
Posted 12/14/2006 4:14 PM (#225582 - in reply to #225328)
Subject: RE: Triton 202 tiller..




Posts: 199


Location: Sandusky, OH
I don't care for the splashwell area as well. You'd need a plate added to mount a transom TM, and if you backtroll at all (Not for muskies, but for those other fish) it looks like a soaker. I like the recessed rails for rod holder mounting, and the recessed TM well in front.

Despite all my dislikes on the layout, I still think it would be a nice boat, but not as flexible as I would want. Better for casting and forward trolling for muskies. Maybe not so good for other uses. Livewells seem a little small, and I can't tell where they are located from the pictures on the website. Also, I'd like to know where/how the driver's seat is placed in the boat, since the pictures don't have one installed. Either way, its still nicer than my boat!

Eric
bn
Posted 12/14/2006 4:24 PM (#225585 - in reply to #225328)
Subject: RE: Triton 202 tiller..


since I don't troll much and am 99% of the time a caster maybe that is why it appeals to me...though in a perfect world Ranger would build a 19 foot boat, 90 or so wide rated for 175 ...like the 690 I own now...
sled
Posted 12/14/2006 7:05 PM (#225622 - in reply to #225328)
Subject: RE: Triton 202 tiller..


take a look at the big yarcraft with the 150 power steer too. i haven't seen the triton yet, but i tend to drool over the white 20' yarcraft on my daily trip to the post office.
muskihntr
Posted 12/14/2006 7:07 PM (#225624 - in reply to #225328)
Subject: RE: Triton 202 tiller..




Posts: 2002


Location: lansing, il
or you could go buy a new sled instead
sled
Posted 12/14/2006 7:13 PM (#225627 - in reply to #225328)
Subject: RE: Triton 202 tiller..


did that last year and it's pointed out the garage ... just sucks that spring seems to want to replace winter this year!
bn
Posted 12/14/2006 7:29 PM (#225633 - in reply to #225328)
Subject: RE: Triton 202 tiller..


take a look at the tritons Sled...the styling of the Yarcrafts seems about 20 years behind the times....the Tritons are very sharp...
big wide open area and storage down both sides to stand/cast from....
bluegill
Posted 12/14/2006 8:30 PM (#225650 - in reply to #225328)
Subject: RE: Triton 202 tiller..




Posts: 199


Location: Sandusky, OH
I read once where someone said that the Triton tiller looks like it was built by bass boat guys (Apparently the Ranger 620T was somehow different in their mind!?). It looks like a great muskie layout (being newer to musky fishing, its hard for me to evaluate boats with only one style of fishing in mind). I agree that the Yarcraft is not as musky friendly, with a smaller deck and deeper interior, but I really like the depth of the hull for big water. Plus, everything is in reach from the tiller seat for other species. I'm so glad we have different options even in the minor market for big tillers. Someday, a company will offer a modular layout for their hulls so we can customize everything to our own tastes. A Yarcraft hull with the Triton/Ranger casting decks with the Tuffy layout in the front. At least I can dream about it.

Edited by bluegill 12/14/2006 8:31 PM
sworrall
Posted 12/15/2006 4:36 PM (#225847 - in reply to #225650)
Subject: RE: Triton 202 tiller..





Location: Rhinelander, Wisconsin
All the 20' tillers are designed to fit what the builder perceived as the needs of the market the boat was intended for. I saw a Triton at Frankies (Chisago City, MN) booth last year at the Minneapolis show, and thought it looked pretty good. the Yar Craft looks good too, nice interior and layout for the multi-specie guys. Tuffy designed the Esox Deep V for the muskie guys, and the Osprey for the Walleye guys, the difference being a modular rear deck system. Ranger shot at both markets with the 620T. Lund has a new 175HP rated tiller out now. All good boats, just get out and ride them, price them, and decide which meets your particular needs. Good choices abound!
Reef Hawg
Posted 12/17/2006 5:05 PM (#226157 - in reply to #225328)
Subject: RE: Triton 202 tiller..




Posts: 2944


Location: north central wisconsin
Looks like a pretty sweet rig. Front deck area looks very nice I would like to see the 202 and the 620T offered with the electronics moved a bit forward, leaving better options for a rear deck. I do like that more boat manufacturers are offering nice tillers, and offering differing packages. Cannot wait to see some of these at the shows this winter.
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