During the first week in June 2007, I purchased a like new 2006 Triumph 215 center console from Salty Dog Marine in Jacksonville Florida. The boat only had about twenty five hours on it at the time. We had seen the Triumph 215 boat at several local boat shows and really fell in love with it. When we came across this particular boat we couldn’t pass it up... read more »
MOTHER NATURE TEST
During the first week in June 2007, I purchased a like new 2006 Triumph 215 center console from Salty Dog Marine in Jacksonville Florida. The boat only had about twenty five hours on it at the time. We had seen the Triumph 215 boat at several local boat shows and really fell in love with it. When we came across this particular boat we couldn’t pass it up. We picked up the boat on Friday and took our maiden voyage the next day. We were leaving the following Friday for a ten day fishing vacation to the Florida Keys. We were of course thrilled to be taking our new boat with us. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans for us. Tuesday morning I received a frantic phone call from my wife Vicky. It seems a tornado had just ripped through our neighborhood and dropped a significant section of a large pine tree on top of the Triumph.
I immediately left work and headed home to survey the damage. When I got near the house I could see major tree damage all over the neighborhood. When I finally weaved my way home through the debris and reached my driveway my heart sank. I could barely see the boat for the pine tree. The section of tree, all thirty feet of it, had broken off the upper section of a very large tree from about twenty five feet up the main trunk. This was not a limb. It was half a tree. The largest section that landed right on the rear port gunnels was about ten inches in diameter. My first impression was the boat had to be totaled. It took three tree trimmers two and a half hours to surgically remove the tree from my boat. To my amazement the hull was unscathed. The only sign of the impact on the gunnels was some pine tar.
The T-top, motor cowling and most of the seat cushions did not fare as well though. They were all damaged and had to be replaced. The T-top was bent so much I could not sit in the captain’s seat without hitting my head on it. Other than a bent T-top, some torn cushions, broken antennas and a cracked motor cover there did not appear to be any other damage.
I was in awe. I could not believe my eyes once the tree was removed. If this had been a fiberglass or wooden boat it would have been cut clean in two. My Triumph didn’t even have a dent, just some pine sap, which was very difficult to get off, but oh well. I took the boat to my local welder who did a temp repair on the Tee top. On Friday of that week we headed to the Keys with our amazing Triumph boat. We had a great time and the boat performed perfectly in spite of the minor damage.
We have since had all the repairs completed and the boat truly looks like a new boat. While the boat was in for repairs my dealer noticed that my console’s foul weather shield had discolored badly, and it was hard to see through the clear windshield sections. No one was sure why it had happened, but to my delight Triumph Boats replaced the entire cover at no cost. What a boat! What a company. What a dealer! I am a customer and Triumph boat owner for life!
Ed Woods, St Augustine FL
St Augustine FL
I have been the proud owner of 3 Triumph Boats, my current boat is a 2006 170cc w/ Yamaha 60hp, 4 stroke. On August 21 22, 2008, Tropical Storm FAY hit Jacksonville. This slow moving storm had local winds measured at over 60mph and lasted for nearly 36 hours... read more »
MY TRIUMPH BOAT SURVIVED HURRICANE FAY
I have been the proud owner of 3 Triumph Boats, my current boat is a 2006 170cc w/ Yamaha 60hp, 4 stroke. On August 21 & 22, 2008, Tropical Storm FAY hit Jacksonville. This slow moving storm had local winds measured at over 60mph and lasted for nearly 36 hours.
I live on the Trout River a large tributary of the St. Johns River. Many piers and docks were torn apart, with reportedly thousands of boats sunk or damaged. My boat was at my pier on an AirDock, sitting off the water, when the storm hit. A piece of debris floated against the boat and under, lodging into the dock system. The dock, under heavy wind, broke apart and debris unfortunately, punctured one side of the docking system. This was bad as only one side collapsed and rolled my Triumph off the port side and right onto the pier pylons. With safety lines in place, the boat could not do anything but slam the flooded pier, which was underwater, with rising and lowering tides, for more than 26 hours. The boat swamped.
After the storm, the boat was salvaged and trailered. I have waited until now to write, as I wanted to get a final determination from Kohl Boat Restoration and YamaTech, LLC that the boat was in fact, absolutely undamaged, except for a small rubber cover for a rod holder! That's right, not even a scratch!
My insurance company, after seeing photos, and taking a statement was sure the vessel was a total loss. I said, No, you don't understand. We're talking about a Triumph Boat. Remember the boat dropped from a Helicopter and the commercials of one being dragged along a street and it still floats?" "This boat is designed not to sink, and also keep the motor Power Head out of the water. It did both perfectly." They still insisted on the boat being evaluated for damage and frankly, they were amazed.
I am 60 years old and have owned over 20 boats in my lifetime. I feel very safe and stable in my Triumph Boat. I will never own anything else!
Thank you for the world's toughest boat.
Mike Davis "The NaviGuesser"
Several years ago I was at the Harrisburg Boat Show in Pennsylvania. I was really impressed with the layout and features the Triumph 215CC offered. However, I had purchased a Carolina Skiff DLV 238 about six months earlier... read more »
TRIUMPH 215CC AN OUTSTANDING BOAT
Several years ago I was at the Harrisburg Boat Show in Pennsylvania. I was really impressed with the layout and features the Triumph 215CC offered. However, I had purchased a Carolina Skiff DLV 238 about six months earlier.
The Skiff was just not doing what I wanted for fishing in the Chesapeake Bay. It could not handle rough water; I had to pick my days, which were far and few between. After doing some homework, three Center Console boats were on my list (Grady White, Angler & Triumph). Grady White was too heavy and way over priced. The Angler was heavy and lacked storage space. Triumph seemed to have what I needed. In talking to another Triumph 215CC owner, he highly recommended the Triumph.
Hooked on the Bay is my closet Triumph dealer. Wayne, the owner, and I were able to make a deal with my trade in. Two weeks later I went to pick up my new boat. I was introduced to two people in the shop who went over the whole boat with me. I mean in detail. Hank went over the engine, explaining everything (trim tabs, battery switch, water separator, gauges, and engine maintenance). Roger went over the boat in detail, how it was made, and location of the wash down pump, aerator pump, shut off for the pump, fuses and storage.
After my break-in period on the engine, I made an appointment to take my boat in for a check up. The folks at Hooked on the Bay were ready for me and took care of my boat. Here it is two months later, 70 hours on the motor. I don’t have to pick and choose when I fish because of the weather. This is really an outstanding boat for the money and the fuel economy is unbelievable.
Richard T. Cassidy
Richard T. Cassidy