If you're looking for a good bass boat there are many things to consider when looking at the many lines out there. Some boast speed, some ride, fishablity and some stick with just having the cheapest line up out there. It's very rare that you find a company that has a balance of all the above. But there is one company out there that does just that. Triton Boats, founded by Earl Bentz, and they do a great job of efficiently combining everything a fisherman (or woman) is looking for out of a tournament style bass boat.
Earl Bentz has been in the boating business since the mid 60's and since has developed or had a hand in developing several styles and lines of boats, ending with Triton Boats. Triton was founded in Tennessee in 1996 by Earl Bentz and has since been sold to Fish Holdings and is now located in Flippin Arkansas along with Ranger Boats (founded by Forrest L. Woods) and Stratos Boats (Founded by Earl Bentz). Triton manufactures more then just bass boats however. They also have a walleye, hybrid and bay boat line up. For now we are just going to talk about their Bass Boat line.
Earl, with a history in racing boats has always wanted his boats to perform well. Todays Triton's are a far cry from what the bass boat world was back in the late 60's and even through most of the 70's. Back then, you had a 15 or 16ft boat that had a 50hp motor. Now the smallest of Triton's line up is their 17ft Explorer series capable of handling a 115hp, and range all they way up to their 21ft HP and XS design holding up to 300hp! Unlike alot of competitors out there when you look at a 17 or 20ft Triton, you are getting that and more. All Triton's are at least the ft length plus 6 inches (except the HP hull, its is even on the length in ft) and in some cases even more.
I wont get into the specifics on exactly how the boat is put together right now (I will in another post), but I will say that with their LLW on the hull, transom and stringers that they know what they are doing. They us no wood in the boat at all, a zero flex stringer system and foam flotation that exceeds all Coast Guard standards. Their Dry Chine design, deflects spray from the driver and passenger's and makes for a exceptionally stable boat. From fit to finish I truly believe Triton has earned is place among the top Bass Boat brands out there!