Triton Boats was founded by former Mercury Racing Team member Earl Bentz. Through turns and transitions, Bentz has remained, helping with a racer’s instincts.
So we weren’t surprised to see the new 21 TRX push the speedometer to nearly 75 miles per hour at 5,650 rpm. On a cooler day with a little riffle on the water, Triton’s tech staff has attained speeds up to 3 mph faster. The magnum-size bass platform cruised at 33.5 mph while getting 3.6 miles per gallon — a sure sign of an efficient relationship between a well-designed hull and a powerful outboard. At any speed, the TRX’s stability was as reassuring as a snugly buckled life jacket.
At the helm we had a Hot Foot throttle pedal, and our trim switch was on the helm stalk, in easy fingertip reach for adjustment without ever removing a hand from the wheel. Full instrumentation is positioned over the helm, and still there is room for a 12-inch GPS/sonar display. Another will fit on the electronics panel at the bow, ahead of the recessed trolling motor pedal and flanked by polished stainless-steel-trimmed tool and cup holders.
Triton’s calling card may be its top speed, but its popularity on the bass fishing tournament circuit is equally attributable to its fishable platforms. The 21 TRX’s rod storage is unique to premium bass rigs, with a central locker for 10 rods nestled between utility tackle box racks. On the port side another rod locker secures 14 rods in tube tips and butt hangers.
While spare tackle can remain secured below, both anglers can roam around on the forward casting deck. Triton expanded it by 20 percent over last year’s model, and padded the deck to ease stress and strain on the anglers’ frames.
If you know Triton boats, you don’t need to be told the livewells are top shelf with pumps for recirculating, aerating and draining. You also know that beneath the aft hatch you’ll find easy access to batteries, a two-stroke oil tank — yep, two-stroke engines with their ultimate power-to-weight ratio are the engines of choice for this boat — a battery charger and pump access.
*Enlarged front deck provides better maneuverability.
*Bow panel accommodates 12-inch GPS/sonar display.
*Large front-deck lockers hold up to 24 8-foot rods.
*Fiberglass console can house a 12-inch sonar display.
*Bow has fixed, flush lights.
Dry Weight: 1,840 lb.
Seating/Weight Capacity: 4/675 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 46 gal.
How We Tested
Engine: 250 hp Mercury 250 Pro XS
Prop: Fury 14" x 25" 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.75:1
Fuel Load: 43 gal.
Crew Weight: 415 lb.
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Ashland City, Tennessee; 888-887-4866; tritonboats.com