Carl Bentz became famous for driving on the mostsuccessful Mercury Racing team in history. Then he compounded thatfame by building a series of extremely successful bass boats. Butpeople who chase perfection can never stop. That character trait,combined with Bentz's love of offshore fishing, inspired him todevelop his line of blue-water boats, the latest of which is this2895 CC. Built at first to target the lucrative kingfish-circuitmarket, this almost-30-footer qualifies as stable, indestructibleand unsinkable.
No one will ever call a Bentz-built boat slow.Even with the weight of twin Honda 225-hp four-strokes, our testplatform registered 54 mph at 6,000 rpm in calm water.Unfortunately, in the 4- to 6-foot seas off Miami Beach, Florida,running wide open would've been imprudent. The most efficientcruising speed turned out to be 30 mph at 3,000 rpm. That used 12gph for 2.42 mpg.
Our test boat's engines were bolted into the topholes on the transom and ran 15 1/4- by 20-inch props. If it weremy boat, I'd drop the prop size down to 19 inches and lower theengines a notch.
Additionally, these boats come with bigKiekhaefer trim tabs as standard gear, which, in this case,qualifies as overkill. The boat doesn't like a head sea at highspeed, but rather runs straight into it very well at a prudentspeed. You could easily get away with smaller tabs with lessdramatic reaction, I think. I'd also move the location of the tabswitches so the throttles don't hit them when youaccelerate.
The boat turns well, scribing a tight arc. Whentrolling or drifting in a beam sea, I found the 2895 to be anextremely stable platform, exhibiting more of an up-and-down motionrather than side-to-side. You do get a slight thump when a wavecomes up under the integral bracket/swim platform.
Despite the 15-knot wind and substantial seas,lengthy weed lines bordered some nice rips and color changes.Everything looked "fishy." Unfortunately, nobody informed the fishof this fact.
Had we caught fish, the large in-deck fish box oncenterline and two smaller boxes outboard on each side would haveproven more than adequate to handle our catch. The two baitwells -one in the transom and the other, large one in the leaning postmodule - held our livies and kept them hale and hearty despite therolling seas. If you troll dead baits, the 2895 boasts two boxesdedicated to holding your rigged baits to keep them close athand.
Fishing in calm water is pleasant and easy.Fishing in rough water tends to bruise you physically and mentally.The stability and dryness of the 2895 counteracts the mentalaspect, while the padded coamings and excellent handholdsconstitute preventive measures for the physical abuse the sea canmete out.
This Triton provides copious storage for rods andtackle with four holders in gunwales and molded rod lockers underthe gunwales. Our optional T-top held an additional five rods, andthe leaning post another four.
Design and Construction
Triton builds an all-composite boat. Allstringers and below-deck cavities are fully foamed, making the 2895unsinkable as well as unusually quiet underway. The deck rests onthe "Zero-Flex" stringer system comprised of four transversebulkheads and five longitudinal stringers in a one-piecegrid.
The Tri-core composite construction mixesfiberglass and polyurethane to produce a material that is strongand dense and that will never rot. Add to that AME 1000 resin andadvanced bonding materials that never let go, and you can easilysee how Triton can offer a lifetime warranty on everyhull.
In addition to the normal"throw-stuff-on-top-of-the-console" storage, Triton builds in twotip-out catchall storage compartments in the bulwarks to eitherside of the helm console. In front of the leaning post, you'll findmore storage and access to all valves.
This fishing boat's only concessions to familyare the fold-down seat on the transom and the toilet in theconsole. Otherwise, you won't find a more serious fishingmachine.
Triton mounts an Armstrong ladder on the back ofthe transom, but a mounted ladder you can deploy from the waterback on the platform is really needed.
One other change I'd make: I'd request that theleaning post module be moved aft by 2 or 3 inches to give more roombetween the helmsman and the steering wheel.
No, it's not one of the 65- or 70-mph kingfishrockets. But it still goes plenty fast and is solid as a rock toboot. That satisfies what I look for in a boat - stability,reliability, durability and a secure feeling in roughseas.
Honda BF225-hp Four-stroke
TYPE: 60-degree V-6
DISPL.: 212 cid
MAX RPM: 6,000
HP/LB RATIO: 0.38
FUEL SYSTEM: EFI
GEAR RATIO: 1.86:1
WEIGHT: 588 lb.
ALT. OUTPUT: 60 amps
Honda goes through lots of starter motors frompeople cranking them over while the engine is already running. Atidle, this is the quietest four-stroke on the market.
LOA: 29 ft.
BEAM: 9 ft. 5 in.
DEADRISE: 20 deg.
DRAFT: 1 ft. 9 in.
WEIGHT: 5,150 lb.(w/o power)
FUEL: 204 gal.
MAX POWER T250-hp OB
MSRP $98,496 (as tested)
Notable Standard equipment
- Lifetime warranty
- Pop-up cleats
- Leaning post
- Two livewells (50/25 gal.)
- All-composite construction
- Two rigged-bait boxes
- Full transom
- (2) 800-gph livewell pumps
- Large electronics console