4/22/2011 I bought my 225 in October of 2006. I have to say, i love this little boat! it does so many things so well. With the stock 225 verado and an 18" Inertia prop (i spent hours and many props getting just the right setup), i can get 53 and change out of the boat.
It routinely handles 6 footers and runs very well in the washing machine/potato salad environment in south florida. in the usual 2-4 foot multi-direction chop we get here with swells from two directions, wind chop on top of that, and giant sport-fish wakes, the boat runs great at 30 knots.
Too bad for me, Triton upgraded the boat after i bought it with better seats, a much bigger fuel tank, and stainless cupholders and thru-hulls. Oh well, i replaced the helm seats myself with flip-ups and with the little 79 gallon tank i got, i can still cruz at 25-30 and get 3mpg. i routinely run this boat offsore from Hillsborough Inlet to Whale Harbor / Alligator Reef in the middle keys with fuel to spare.
For the money, the boat is fantastic, it is so responsive and handles seas much bigger than you would expect, excellent bow reserve bouyancy, great manners and excellent responsiveness. Before i bought it i rented numerous boats in the class and the 225 provided the best value and performance. My only real grip is with the mounting hardware for the windshield, i had to replace them with custom stainless hardware mounts because the stock mounts kept failing. zero issues beyond that.
Too bad what happened with Triton, i always said they needed to dress em up and get em out there more to compete down here in south florida. Just dont see to many of em. thats ok, because after 500 hours and 4 years, it still runs and looks like new, you can see it on the verado club site under f1afreak.
Charles - Pompano Beach, FL