Fast. Good. Cheap. The classic school of thought tells us that we can have two out of the three in any combination, but never all three at once. However, Triumph has proven that it can be done with its 210 Center Console fish boat.
The 210 CC is fast not only when it's in the water, but also on the assembly line. Triumph uses Roplene roto-molded polyethylene to build dual-hull boats in one seamless piece, so it drastically cuts down on production time.
Roplene construction also means that the 210 CC is good for the environment. There are no hazardous air pollutants or materials generated during the manufacturing process, and both the boat and mold are 100 percent recyclable. The quality of the 210 CC's construction, however, is more than just good — it's great. Triumph's claim to fame is that it makes the "World's Toughest Boats," able to stand up to the most rigorous abuse.
Let's not forget our favorite of the three: cheap. Recent enhancements to Triumph's factory, along with Roplene's cost-effective manufacturing process, keeps production costs low, resulting in a lower MSRP for new boat buyers, to save big bucks.
A Whole New Image
In 1999, Genmar acquired Logic, the company that had introduced the Roplene roto-molded polyethylene construction system back in 1994. The innovative Roplene system received a lot of attention when it won the North Carolina Governor's New Product Award in 1997. That was followed by the National Society of Professional Engineers Best New Product award in 1998. The technology is once again on display — aboard the 210 CC.
Last year, Genmar announced that it had made substantial improvements to the Roplene system, which warranted the introduction of an entirely new brand name. Hence, the company Logic was renamed Triumph Boats.
Genmar expanded the Durham, North Carolina plant to 85,000 square feet and installed the world's first shuttle-oven system, which can charge, mold and cool in one automated, computer-controlled operation. With a shuttle-oven system, a polyethylene compound powder is poured into a high-temperature mold mounted in a large convection oven and rotated both vertically and horizontally. The oven's heat melts the powder, which forms the boat. The mold continues to rotate during the cooling stage to ensure an even, consistent thickness.
This sophisticated machine is capable of producing boats up to 23 feet long with amazing precision in a single shift, which is just a fraction of the time it takes to build a fiberglass boat from start to finish. As a result, retail pricing can be drastically reduced for the Triumph brand, which currently offers 13 different models ranging from $2,500 to $25,000.
The new-and-improved Roplene material is touted to have five times the impact resistance of fiberglass. Even more remarkable is that the boats can be ground up and recycled into next year's model, which is something you can't do with fiberglass. Also, unlike fiberglass, the Roplene hull material is naturally buoyant so it won't sink.
Roplene has a satin finish with color molded throughout the boat, eliminating the need for fragile gelcoat that can blister, fade, crack or scratch. And if you do find a way to gouge it, repair is simple with heat from a propane torch. After the patch is in place, the area is simply sanded off and polished to look as good as new.
While Triumph isn't the first boat builder to claim that it can saw one of its boats in half and it will still float afterward, it is the only company that can weld the parts back together again. Try doing that with fiberglass.
Light as a Feather
Generally lighter than fiberglass models of the same length, Roplene-constructed boats can run faster and more efficiently with less power.
Indeed, the Triumph 210 CC ran more on top of the water than we were used to. With a 200 hp outboard and a light load — just the driver and zero gear — the boat cavitates very easily during extreme hard-over turns, which is one of the downsides to having a lighter boat. The upside is that the hull draws only 14 inches of water, so you can go places where other fishing boats can't.
Load this boat up with a bunch of fishing gear, fill the bait tank and bring along a few of your friends, and it is going to settle nicely down into the water. Also, a longer shaft engine, or just taking it a bit easier in the turns, would help a lot.
A second test run proved our theory. With a moderate load of two adults, 250 pounds of gear and a half tank of fuel, the 210 CC performed confidently in light chop. The boat is very quick and responsive — again, because of its lightness. It turns effortlessly; however, you have to remember not to trim the engine too far up, because the prop needs to stay as deep in the water as possible.
The 140 hp Suzuki DF140 four-stroke outboard, outfitted with an 18 pitch stainless steel, three blade propeller, pushed the boat from 0 to 30 mph in 8.6 seconds, achieving a top speed of 37.1 mph at 6,000 rpm.
Optimum cruising speed was around 20.7 mph at 4,000 rpm. Best fuel efficiency was estimated to be 4.1 mpg, which gives the 210 CC a cruising range of 256 miles with a 70 gallon fuel tank.
Sitting at the console, the one objection we have is that the footrest doesn't extend far enough to port to rest your leg in comfort. Other than that, the full standup windshield offered us very good protection from the wind and spray, as did the optional T-top (with rocket launchers) installed on our test boat. We also liked the enclosure for electronics and gear located under the T-top, which provides good hand-holds.
Big for Its Size
As the largest model in the Triumph line, the 210 offers ample elbow room for anglers to fish off the bow and stern without tangling lines. Walking around the boat is easy and safe, thanks to high gunwales and a secure railing. Also, the polyethylene is much less slippery than traditional fiberglass; coupled with the anti-skid pattern, it offers very good traction underfoot.
Triumph's designers obviously made storage a top priority. There is a massive 350 quart storage bin in the cockpit, a 48 quart forward dry storage compartment, a bow anchor locker and specially molded-in storage areas, so your keys, sunglasses, compass or binoculars won't slide overboard while the boat is under way.
Standard fishing features include fishboxes on both starboard and port sides, rod holders and a 30 gallon bait well.
Priced in the low 20s, the Triumph 210 CC is an excellent value for new boat buyers. Its compact size and lightweight hull make it easily trailerable, so you can get to all the fishing hot spots.
Triumph 210 CC Specifications
|Dry weight w/o engine||2,200 pounds|
|Fuel capacity||70 gallons|
|Maximum power||200 horsepower|
|Base price with 140-hp Suzuki DF140 four-stroke outboard||$21,900|
|Top speed||37.1 mph|
|Cruising speed||20.7 mph|
|Estimated miles per gallon at 20.7-mph cruising speed||4.1|
|Fuel cost for 100 miles||$33.90|
|Range at 20.7-mph cruising speed||256 miles|
(Fuel cost based on a fuel price of $1.39 per gallon.)
Test Boat Engine Specifications
|Model||Suzuki DF140 four-stroke outboard|
|Bore and stroke||3.4" x 3.5"|
|Maximum engine speed||6,200 rpm|
|Weight||421 pounds (25" shaft)|
Anchor locker/roller, automatic bilge pump, bait well, built-in fuel tank, fishboxes, full stainless steel bow rail, horizontal rod holders, rear fishing cockpit deck, Roplene construction, self-bailing cockpit, skid-resistant floor, vertical rod storage, windshield, windshield grabrail
Electronics box, hydraulic steering, T-top w/rocket launcher, trim tabs, Comfort Package: cooler and cushion seats, dual battery switch, hydraulic steering, raw water washdown, stereo w/two speakers, swim platform
For More Information
Genmar Triumph LLC
100 Golden Drive
Durham, NC 27705
(800) 564-4225 or (919) 382-3149