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New TR-186 From Triton Is A Serious Competitor

Posted: 3/14/2002

The fishability, performance and dry storage of most midsized bass boats can be described as adequate at best. Little wonder -- most bas boat manufacturers put the lion's share of their research and development efforts into their more costly 20- to 22-ft professional tournament models, ignoring smaller models geared to weekend anglers.

But not Triton Boats. Their new TR-186 offers the weekend bass fisherman true big-boat features in a midsized format. Like the larger tournament models in Triton's lineup, it's a seious competitor through and through.

At 18'7.5" in length and sporting a 90.5" beam, Triton's new TR-186 is perfectly sized for weekend bass tournament competition on both the local and regional level. It's rated for 150hp outboards, has a fuel capacity of 36-gal and features Triton's legendary wood-free composite construction.

The new TR-186 shares many design features with Triton's largest bass boats, including their 22' TR-22, flagship of the company's pro tournament lineup. Rear storage boxes are identical to those used in the TR-22 and feature Triton's exclusive ProActive Lure System (PALS), which allows anglers to organize their arsenal of lures into modular Plano utility boxes by style, season or lake for instant access. Each storage box is insulated and can double as an ice chest if desired.

The TR-186 has over 36 sq. ft. of front deck space, providing a fishing platform of unparalleled room and stability for a midsized bass boat. A center P.A.L.S. storage box is flanked by two oversized rod lockers, each of which can easily handle extra-long cranking and flipping sticks; the port locker feature's Triton's exclusive RediRod organization system, which elevates your most frequently-used rods for quick access while allowing ample bulk rod storage beneath. There's also a convenient step-up accessing the front deck. The rear deck provides yet another roomy fishing platform, and contains two dry storage boxes and a large hatch accessing the roomy rear utility compartment.

The console, like that of the flagship TR-22, features ergonomic styling with tremendous knee and leg room -- easily the roomiest console in any midsized bass boat on the market! Complete instrumentation is standard, with a dash layout that facilitates instant readout at high speeds. The soft-touch control switches are logically arranged so lights, livewell aerators and bilge pumps can be accessed quickly.

Like every Triton boat, the new TR-186 features 100% wood-free Tri-Core composite construction, eliminating the possibility of rot which could lead to structural failures. The boat utilizes Triton's radical Zero-Flex stringer system for unparalleled strength and rigidity, plus a full-width fiberglass/Tri-Core transom. The hull is hand-laid for a superior strength-to-weight ratio and enhanced performance. The TR-186 features a limited lifetime warranty on both hull and transom -- compare this to the paper-thin warranties most bass boat manufacturers offer on their midrange models!

Other features of Triton's new TR-186 include built-in passenger rod ramp with rod butt organizer, passenger foot rest and retractable security grab handle, two livewells with freshwater aeration and recirculation pumps, insulated ice chest and matching drive-on trailer.

Ray Scott, founder of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, had this to say about Triton's new TR-186: "At last -- an affordable, yet full-featured rig for the serious weekend tournament fisherman! The TR-186 packs an incredible array of professional-level features into the midsized format."