If you’re ready to go on the inshore attack, the 2020 Triton 260 LTS Pro will get you pumped and primed.
Few fishing boat designs are as versatile as bay boats that can handle bluewater, particularly if fishing in a coastal bay is your normal game but it’s a short run to the inlet when favorable weather and a hot bite make it tempting to hit the open ocean. And in this class, 26-feet may be the optimal size. It’s small enough to keep draft down, maneuverability up, and perform strongly with a single outboard. But it’s also large enough to confidently handle open waters and bring aboard a crew large enough to manage offshore action. One potential hitch: many bay boats come equipped purely for inshore fishing out of the box, and may need some fairly substantial modification and/or equipping to get the job done in both the shallows and the blue water. Others, of course, are ready for that action right out of the box. Case in point: The Triton 260 LTS Pro.
For starters, note the boat’s 25’5” LOA, 8’6” beam, 2,650-pound footprint. That gives it plenty of beef to handle seas, while the semi-V 15-degree deadrise splits the difference between seakeeping and shoal draft abilities. And just what is that draft? A mere 13-inches.
Triton 260 LTS Pro Specifications
- LOA – 25’5”
- Beam – 8’6”
- Draft –1’1”
- Displacement –2,650 lbs.
- Transom deadrise –15 degrees
- Fuel capacity – 96 gal.
Then consider standard equipping, which is a long reach beyond the norm. The boat has both live (25-gallon) and release (60-gallon) wells (both with dual pumps), two forward fishboxes with a rather shocking total capacity of 156 gallons, two locking bow rod lockers, a raw water washdown, 10 vertical console rod holders, trolling motor pre-wiring (there are eight different factory-installed Minn Kota or Motorguide options), and a four-inch hydraulic jackplate. The boat also comes with a standard 65-quart Yeti, which is used as the forward console seat. That could be construed as a mixed blessing since molded-in forward seats certainly have better longevity and would allow for an additional plumbed forward livewell, but having a removable cooler also has its benefits and if you’re going to have one, we’re certainly not going to knock a Yeti.
In a nod to their bass boat heritage, Triton uses a padded hull design on the 260 LTS. This is one feature that sets the boat apart from most others in the class and gives it a bit of an edge for speed and efficiency. While some might argue that pads don’t ride quite as smoothly as Vs, truth be told when running this boat offshore you’ll want to keep the bow down a bit and meet waves amidships, anyway. You’re not likely to go ripping across the surface at 60-plus mph with little more than the pad in the water — save that for calm days back on the bay — and pulling the throttle back to a 3500 rpm, 30-ish mph cruise (with a 350 Verado on the transom) will make a lot more sense.
The 260 LTS tilts more towards inshore than offshore when it comes to deck design, as evidenced by a massive foredeck casting platform that takes up over 38-percent of the boat’s LOA. Multiple anglers will have no issue swinging their rods up there and a single angler will be in heaven, though we do need to acknowledge the fact that making the foredeck so big does result in less cockpit space. The aft casting deck is more normal-sized, and incorporates a removable backrest and cushions for when you need additional seating.
One other thing we need to note is that unlike some competitors the Triton doesn’t come with a trailer as part of the standard package (which base MSRPs at $64,795). That said, the $7,500 optional tandem-axel aluminum I-beam trailer is a beast, with aluminum wheels and radial tires including a spare, disc brakes on both axels, a swing-away tongue, and ratcheting tie-downs included.
Though the trailer isn’t included as part of the package, it’s exactly the type of rig you want this hull sitting on.You want a bay boat that makes you feel thoroughly confident about popping through the inlet, and makes you feel like you’re a king of the inshore waters? Of course you do. And when you go looking for it, make sure you check out the Triton 260 LTS.
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