- Built-in LED bow navigation lights
- Hi-capacity rear insulated livewell with divider
- Built-in ice-chest in front-deck step
- Lowrance® HDS 7 Carbon at Dash
|Length Overall||20' 5'' / 6.22 m|
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||3.4 sec.|
|0 to 30||7.5 sec.|
|Load||2 persons, 1/4 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. gear|
|Climate||68 deg., 45 humid; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: light chop|
1 x 250-hp Mercury Pro XS
7 Mercury engines from 200-hp to 250-hp
4 Evinrude engines from 200-hp to 250-hp
Contents of Report
- Major Features
- Boat Inspection
- Aft Casting Deck
- Equipment Discussion
- Optional Equipment to Consider
Triton 20 TrX: Mission
“Designed to perform, built to fish” is Triton’s byline for the TrX Series. Triton builds seven TrX models from 17’ to 21’ (5.18 m to 6.40 m). From weekend tournaments to competing at the highest level, the TrX Series can be customized to fit an angler’s style and boating needs.
Triton 20 TRX: Major Features
• Hot Foot
• Mercury 250 Pro XS 4-stroke outboard
• Zero Flex stringer system
• Four-bank battery charger
• Bow trim switch
• Standard jack plate
Triton 20 TrX: Design
The Triton 20 TrX employs a V-hull and uses the company’s Zero Flex Stringer System design. The stringer system includes two longitudinal members from bow to stern, and seven transverse members connecting port to starboard. This design helps eliminate hull flex in rough water and when the boat’s at peak speed.
The full-width transom design is intended to distribute outboard weight thus providing a smoother ride in rough water. The composite (wood-free) transom features bustles that have been a Triton signature design element since day one.
Triton 20 TrX: Performance
Now let’s check out the 20 TrX’s performance. We tested the boat with the Mercury 250 Pro XS 4-stroke outboard. Our test boat had the engine mounted on a standard 10” (25.4 cm) jack plate.
Checking out the numbers, the 20 TrX measures 20’5” (6.22 m) long with a 7’11” (2.4 m) beam. Empty weight is listed at 1,790 lbs. (812 kg). With two people, 11.25 gallons (43 L) of fuel and test equipment on board, we had an estimated test weight of 2,913 lbs. (1,321 kg).
Our 250-hp Mercury 4-stroke outboard motor spun a 14” x 24” (35.6 cm x 61.0 cm) Fury three-blade stainless-steel propeller.
Top Speed. We wound the engine up to 5900 rpm, hitting a top speed of 73.0 mph.
Best cruise came at 3500 rpm where we saw 34.7 mph and a fuel burn of 7.4 gph, giving us 4.7 mpg and a range of 191 statute miles while holding 10 percent of the boat’s 45-gallon (170 L) fuel capacity in reserve.
In acceleration tests, the 20 TrX planed in 3.4 seconds and ran through 20 mph in 5.1 seconds, and through 30 mph in 7.5 seconds. Mid-range acceleration with the four-stroke engine is strong, and when we decelerated quickly, the water didn’t wash over the transom during deceleration.
Time to plane: 3.4 seconds
Zero to 20 mph: 5.1 seconds
Zero to 30 mph: 7.5 seconds
Triton 20 TrX: Handling
When it comes to handling, the 20 TrX is one of the better-mannered bass boats we’ve tested. She runs straight line speed runs with ease, cuts through turns with aplomb and was predictable and smooth to drive. There was no chine walking at the top end.
Triton 20 TrX: Boat Inspection
Forward, the bow casting deck measures an average of 6’4” (1.9 m) wide and 5’ (1.5 m) fore and aft. Forward of the in-deck hatches, the area is covered in a fatigue-reducing padded carpet.
Our test boat was equipped with a Minn Kota Fortrex 112 lb./45 kg trolling motor with i-Pilot station keeping. There’s a foot pedal for the trolling motor in a recessed tray. The bow fishfinder is a Lowrance HDS9 with a 9” (22.9 cm) screen.
The lighted center locker is designed with moveable dividers, which can be set up for different sized tackle boxes and butt-end rod holders.
Sun protected drink holders plus a 12-volt charging port are located within the compartment. The reinforced hatch opens on two gas struts and secures with a locking latch.
To port, there’s dedicated storage for rods up to 8’ (2.4 m), and to starboard the locker space measures 3’11” (1.2m) long by 1’5” (.4 m) wide.
In interior of the locker is 5’8” (1.7 m) by 22” (55.88 cm) wide and has a clip for securing the anchor light. Both hatches lock.
To the port side of the built-in cooler are two cupholders. To starboard there’s a pull-out catch ruler and a tool rack.
Our test boat came with the optional port console. It has a carpeted glovebox. Below is another storage compartment in the angled footrest.
The port bucket seat has wraparound support in the backrest and bolsters as well as multiple upholstery textures. Like the driver’s seat, it adjusts forward and backwards.
The starboard console has an acrylic windscreen. To port are the speedometer with an integrated volt gauge, and a water pressure monitor. In the center of the dash is the largest screen the helm can accommodate, a 12” (30.5cm) fishfinder. To starboard are the tachometer and fuel gauge.
To the left of the 3-spoke steering wheel that is mounted on a hydraulic helm are the livewell switches. The turn-signal-style trim switch is on the starboard side of the steering wheel and outboard to starboard are the accessory switches including the master power.
Below the accessory switches are pop-out circuit breakers, the ignition key, a 12-volt plug, and the horn. Below are the Hot Foot throttle and an angled rest for the driver’s left foot.
Aft Casting Deck
There are twin hatches in the aft deck flooring which open the hi-capacity, insulated livewell complete with divider. It’s a “Stay-Full” overflow system with three pumps: an 800 gph aerator pump with timer, an 800 gph recirculation system, and an 800 gph pump-out.
Just forward of the engine, there’s a hatch that provides access to the batteries and mechanical gear. It’s hinged at the front so that naturally on-rushing air will help keep it closed when the boat is running at speed. The two removable plastic trays provide access to the three trolling motor batteries and single cranking model for the motor.
There’s a remote switch for the boat’s drain plug and the battery charger plug on the port side of the splashwell.
The boarding ladder pulls out of the transom on the port side.
Triton 20 TRX: Trailer
The 20 TrX comes on a tandem-axle trailer. Our test boat’s trailer had upgraded rims and radial tires, plus diamond plates on the fenders. The step plate has an integrated light and from a more practical standpoint, the trailer has a swing-away tongue. The trailer comes with built-in transom straps and a rack for the optional spare tire.
Triton 20 TrX: Construction
The Triton 20 TrX is NMMA Certified as meeting ABYC Standards. The deck is both bonded and mechanically fastened to the hull. The hull is also foam-filled to meet U.S. Coast Guard flotation regulations.
The Triton 20 TrX comes with a limited lifetime hull warranty for the original owner and a 3-year warranty on most factory installed components.
Triton 20 TrX: Equipment Discussion
The detailing includes pinstriping options, variations in console finishes, and interior carpet and upholstery colors. Color options and pinstriping are also available for the trailer.
Triton 20 TrX: Optional Equipment to Consider
• Removable passenger console assembly ($1,061)
• Digital touch pad dash ($518)
• Remote drainplug ($122)
• Mercury Smartcraft gauges ($1,098)
• Center bench seat insert ($295)
• JL Audio premium upgrade ($2,378)
• TH Marine hydraulic jack plate ($945)
• Blade series 8’ power pole ($2,499)
Triton offers several option packages of popular upgrades, including the Elite package and the Elite Performance Package. An upgraded equipment package called the 20 TrX Patriot may be the most cost-effective way to get the options desired at a discounted package price.
Triton 20 TrX: Price
$55,965 includes Mercury 250 Pro XS engine and trailer.
Price does not include options, dealer prep, freight, taxes, registration or licensing.
Triton 20 TrX: Observations
The Triton 20 TrX with predictable handling is certainly well equipped for a serious angler to attack the tournament circuit. The base price of the boat with the 250-hp Mercury is certainly competitively priced with the very best boats in class.