Captain's ReportTough Just Got BetterBy Capt. Ron SvobodaThe Triumph brand is on a course to revolutionize boat building, much in the same way the introduction of fiberglass did to the industry decades ago. The material and process is not new, but what is original is the scale of which the technology is used.The Triumph process is called ‘Roplene’ and is said to be a proprietary polymer, yet after a close examination of the boat I think it to be a variant of HDPE or high-density polyethylene. We all know this material, it’s used in water and milk jugs, shampoo and cosmetic containers and a whole bunch of other types of fluid containers. But since it isn’t glamorous like Kevlar or Carbon fiber, the Triumph marketing folks probably don’t want people to know exactly what they are using. That’s OK, because this unique plastic is great. It’s flexible, strong and recyclable. It won’t crack or chalk like fiberglass and nothing sticks to it, so clean up is easy and will never require waxing. (For greater detail on the making of this innovative vessel go to Toughboats.com.)Bow LayoutThe 195 DC (dual console) fits squarely in the middle of Triumph’s line of plastic boats. The boat’s multi-function design serves fisherman, family day boaters and waterskiers/ wakeboarders equally. At 20 feet overall and utilizing an 8 foot 2 inch beam the 195DC grants a spacious cockpit, plus a usable bow rider area that double as a casting platform. The bow features wrap-around padding and a welded stainless steel railing and pulpit. Although the pulpit is small, it is functional and handy in many situations. The bow’s seat bottom cushions remove to give access to the anchor locker and storage compartments hidden below them. Or, the cushions can be completely removed to offer anglers a casting platform large enough for two adults.Helm FeaturesJust aft of the bow area is a dual console helm which is protected from the elements by a curved glass windshield. The helm station is basic yet comfortable with a tilt steering column, white-faced analog gauges and accessory switch panel that incorporates built in circuit breakers. Binnacle mount engine controls, storage compartments and a cup holder finish off the pilots station. On the companion side of the helm is a generous glove box and vinyl grab handle. As well as ample storage compartments and drink holders. The boats weather-proof CD stereo is also located to port and features easy to use controls and Sirius Satellite Radio option. Smart CockpitA favored part of the cockpit is the high-end Pompanette helm and companion chairs that give good support and adjust to suit, plus rotate 360 degrees for maximum use. Both of these seats are mounted on clever boxes that serve as a livewell on the starboard side and as a jumbo beverage cooler on the port side. Additionally, the hatches to these compartments include cushions for added seating in the cockpit. Another slick idea on the 195DC is the transom jump seats. Built on sturdy aluminum frames, these seats have backrests that neatly secure in the transom’s rod holders. When not in use they simply remove to give loads of room in the back for fishing, swimming or skiing.The balance of the cockpit is as well thought out and comfortable as the rest of the boat. Thick coaming pads are mounted to both gunwales, while high-quality, stainless steel deck hardware and cup holders complete the space. The transom features a removable splash guard at the engine well to facilitate servicing or for simplifying access to the bolt-on swim platform and telescoping ladder located to starboard.ConclusionHere at BoatTEST, we’ve tested a lot of small boats under 20 feet and for the most part they are all…..well small, especially for my 6’5” frame. So what surprised me the most on the Triumph was how room and stable the boat felt, even underway in the bay’s choppy water. The boat is easy to drive and dock, and should you have an encounter with a dock or piling while backing in, you won't have to sweat it. That’s the beauty of the boat’s construction, it deflects impacts and won’t crack or get scratched-up if your boat handling skills have not been perfected. The Roplene Technology also gives the boat a soft and quiet ride as the polymer material absorbs much of the impact of the waves. Some people might think that this way of building a boat is just a fad, but after testing the 195DC and some of the other boats in the Triumph family, I think the brand deserves a serious look from all you doubters.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Triumph 195 CC is 43.9 mph (70.7 kph), burning 14.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 53.75 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Triumph 195 CC is 26.4 mph (42.5 kph), and the boat gets 5.43 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.31 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 293 miles (471.54 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 150-hp Yamaha 4-Stroke.
Standard and Optional Features
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