They Fish: The Triumph 1700 skiff is an indestructible uni-hull rotomolded from polyethylene that requires little to no maintenance.
We Fish: The 17'4"-by-8' shallow-water skiff is certainly a launch-and-go-put-away-wet type of boat. Paired with the 75-hp Yamaha F4, it's fuel efficient to boot. We used more gas trailering the 1700 to a launch ramp. We played all day and barely put a dent in the 13.2-gallon fuel load split between two removable plastic tanks. (You can also get the boat with an 18-gallon tank housed under the console.) The 1700 isn't for someone who wants creature comforts. Seating consists of a padded cooler seat at the helm and a padded seat in front of the console. Plus, with just 7.5 degrees of transom deadrise, it's not a wave buster, but it serves its shallow-water duty -- drawing just 6" of water -- admirably. Its rotomolded plastic lets you bounce off docks. Trim up and beach it without worrying about hull damage. Dents and dings can be sanded or worked out with a heat gun. The 1700 comes with a 25-gallon livewell, placed in either the transom or the console, but you have to install your own rodholders.
Who Will Fish It: Anglers looking for a no-frills fishing platform.
Another Choice: The Carolina Skiff DLV 178 is a fiberglass boat with a wider beam and deeper V.
MSRP: As tested - $15,766
Contact: 919.382.3149 www.triumphboats.com