When you step aboard Triton's new 351 Center Console, it becomes immediately obvious that fishermen designed the boat. Subtle but important touches abound in the 351, things that a nonangler might not even notice. But for those of us who live and breathe for our time spent fishing, these things make all the difference in the world.
These handy design features happen to come wrapped in a beautiful, aggressively styled package, too. It's a complete package, from stem to stern, a serious boat built for serious fishermen.
LOA 34 ft. 10 in.
The boat ran softly and tracked well at every angle to the seas, with minimal spray.
HONDA 225 Four-stroke
TYPE 60 deg. V-6
When we stopped to drift in the chop, the 351's 10-foot beam allowed the boat to drift in a stable and predictable manner.
When we opened her up, the triple Hondas pushed us to a top speed of 56.6 mph at 6,000 rpm, burning 62.4 gph. These are impressive numbers when you consider that the 351's hull has a steep 24-degree deadrise and weighs 8,000 pounds. This is no lightweight go-fast boat, but is instead a boat built to fish hard in rugged conditions and stay together.
And it will run well with a pair of large outboards, too, for those of you who don't require triples and maximum speed.
How many boats have you seen with standard tuna tubes? A second livewell with a 50-gallon capacity sits in the aft end of the leaning post/ rocket launcher.
Tackle drawers on either side of the leaning post provide good storage for your loose gear, and rod storage abounds as well. Multiple rod racks hold quite a few outfits; the center two storage compartments, located amidships, are lockable. You can also store four rods vertically beneath the console, and the forward racks under the raised passenger seating can be removed when you need that space for dry storage. Triton also offers an optional rocket launcher that sits on the aft edge of the transom bulkhead.
Forward of the console, a second fish box beneath the deck provides an additional 125 gallons of storage, and it also drains through a macerator. Another subdeck hatch aft of the well opens to provide access to the boat's holding and freshwater tanks, plus it holds two more bucket recesses.