[19:58:25] ebijack (mi): PLEASE WELCOME PAUL RIEGER FROM TRITON
[19:58:32] prairiepillow: welcome Paul
[19:58:47] triton: thank you glad to join you guys tonight
[19:58:47] Drift'r: welcome paul
[19:59:09] gotcha: welcome paul
[19:59:30] ebijack (mi): paul ,can you start us off with a brief discription of your new
[19:59:31] triton: i appreciate the chance to visit with all you guys and tell you what is
about to happen with triton and our entry to the walleye market
[20:00:26] triton: I will start by giving you an overview and answer questions whenever
someone wants to jump in
[20:00:42] gotcha: go for it
[20:00:43] ebijack (mi): sounds good paul
[20:01:04] triton: Triton boats as some of you may know is a boat company based here
in Nashville Tennessee
[20:01:25] triton: we have been about 2 years in manufacturing bass and some
saltwater skiff models
[20:01:57] triton: In a very short period of time we have become one of the two largest
freshwater fiberglass builders in the country.
[20:02:35] Drift'r: what do you attribute your success to
[20:02:39] triton: all this has been done without the benefit of the much needed walleye
models we are just now introducing to the market next
[20:03:09] ebijack (mi): triton seems to sponsor a lot of bass fisherman, is triton planning
on sponsoring walleye fisherman
[20:03:23] triton: month. We will be introducing 4 models of boats. Two 20 footers and
[20:03:35] Team Dunn (MWT): what are these Walleye boats going to have
[20:03:43] ebijack (mi): tiller and consoles?
[20:04:15] triton: We have been heavily bass oriented up to this point but are now
ready to address our friends in the northern parts of the country.
[20:04:25] ebijack (mi): great!!!!
[20:04:28] triton: hard to keep up with all of you at once.
[20:04:51] gotcha: thats understandable
[20:04:57] triton: Let me ramble for a minute then I'll shut up for a minute.
[20:05:09] ebijack (mi): no problem paul, we'll try to slow down
[20:05:12] Team Dunn (MWT): ok Paul
[20:05:41] triton: Triton has been building a reputation for all 100 percent composite
boats of high quality
[20:06:11] triton: We have focused on making them fish right .... have all the right stuff
in the right place and perform second to none
[20:06:37] triton: What we have been doing since last year is doing homework on the
existing walleye boats
[20:07:14] triton: this allows us to understand the strengths and weakness of what is
available and try to one up all of it.
[20:07:56] tims: Any news on when you'll start shipping Paul?
[20:08:02] triton: Months of studying ... talking to fisherman ,...dealers....tournament
guys like john kalinski to name one and assembling the plan
[20:08:30] triton: We did the study,...did the tooling and are now going to start building
next week on the 20 footer
[20:09:27] triton: Full assembly will begin and you will see some of this product at the
upcoming pwt classic next month
[20:09:42] ebijack (mi): cool
[20:09:58] Team Dunn (MWT): who will be fishing in them at the PWT Champ?
[20:10:08] triton: The 20 footer has a host of great features i will outline for you next
and give you some insight into the boat
[20:10:53] triton: I dont know if we will have anyone in one at the tournament with us
finishing this up so late this year.
[20:11:02] triton: back to the boat
[20:11:17] Team Dunn (MWT): ok Paul
[20:11:53] triton: This new boat is 20 '5" with a 95" beam. Will have a main fuel tank of
51 gallons and an auxilliary of 8 gallons
[20:12:38] triton: The boat has been gps at 71 mph weighted down to total of 3600 lbs
and as much as 75 loaded to 2800 lbs
[20:13:12] triton: Speed is not everything and I dont want you guys to think it is our
primary focus but we like to make them run.
[20:13:54] mikej: What is the max hp?
[20:14:00] triton: The boat has a huge rod locker centered up in the front deck with an
organizer to hold rods on each side and tubes up front for the tips.
[20:14:06] triton: max hp is 225.
[20:14:12] Team Dunn (MWT): you need to get to where the fish are and a fast boat
does that, and for trolling speed, well thats why they made kickers, so I see your point
[20:14:32] triton: rods up to 9 foot are no problem
[20:14:54] triton: the rod locker is huge at 22" wide and very deep,,,,you will love it
[20:15:04] ebijack (mi): what states do you expect the boats to arrive in first
[20:15:33] tims: Minnesota's gotta be first ebi!
[20:15:40] triton: I expect we will start seeing them in minn , wisc, michigan early on
because of dealers we have there
[20:16:08] triton: we just signed a new dealer in du buque iowa.... hope the spelling
wasnt too bad.
[20:16:40] triton: inside molded depth from floor to gunnwale is 25 inches
[20:16:55] triton: molded depth from the deck to top of rails is 9 inches
[20:17:07] triton: this is less than pro v
[20:17:25] triton: the dimensions are what we think is in the mainstream
[20:17:31] Team Dunn (MWT): yes I see that Paul
[20:18:01] triton: deep enough for security and comfort...dryness etc but not too deep
and high sided causing to much drift
[20:18:20] ebijack (mi): are there both console and tiller models?
[20:18:41] triton: We have both consoles modular so you can get it with no console,
one or two
[20:18:42] ClearCatch: Do you have locking compartments for gear storage?
[20:18:43] racer: sorry i missed it but what are the dimensions again??
[20:18:49] tims: Weight?
[20:19:09] triton: Lots of dry storage under lock and key.
[20:19:23] triton: which dimensions you want
[20:20:01] racer: length and width.... engine set back? height of transom?
[20:20:19] triton: 20'5" by 95" beam
[20:20:41] triton: transom will take std 20 inch motor
[20:20:55] ebijack (mi): are these also 100% composite?
[20:21:00] triton: Yes
[20:21:04] racer: what about kicker will it take a short shaft?
[20:21:45] triton: kicker setup for 20
[20:22:17] triton: sorry 20" motor on the kicker.... we wanted to keep the transom up
[20:22:22] ebijack (mi): are the seats on pedestals?
[20:22:31] ClearCatch: What will one of these boats cost fully loaded?
[20:22:34] tims: How many livewells, baitwell, location?
[20:22:37] triton: yes the seats are on pedestals and there will be several locations
[20:22:40] Team Dunn (MWT): what style of hull does the boat have?
[20:22:59] triton: two livewells one at 48" long and the other is about 35
[20:23:16] racer: good idea on transom use short shaft motors.... how many gals. in live
[20:23:16] triton: The hull is a deep vee.
[20:23:38] Team Dunn (MWT): how wide is the beam ?
[20:23:41] triton: I dont have gallons on top of my head sorry.
[20:23:46] mikej: baitwell in the front?
[20:23:50] racer: are live wells insulated so they can double as coolers??
[20:23:52] triton: 95" beam
[20:23:55] ebijack (mi): paul, is there backing under the cap as to allow rod holder
[20:24:04] triton: two baitwells in back similar to what you would see on a champion
[20:24:52] triton: we have lots of flat area throughout the boat on both the vertical
surface and the top rail for rod holders
[20:24:58] Team Dunn (MWT): how wide are the gunnel caps?
[20:25:00] ClearCatch: Do the bait wells have scale filters?
[20:25:23] ClearCatch: I fish with shad a lot.
[20:25:34] triton: The gunnwales have a flat about 4" wide ..more than enough for
most any rod holder
[20:25:47] ebijack (mi): give paul a chance to answer the questions guys/gals :)
[20:26:05] triton: We will look into the scale filters thanks for bringing that up.
[20:26:24] racer: is anything under the gunnals to prohibit use of flush mount rod
[20:27:23] Team Dunn (MWT): 4" how do you plan to keep up with compeitors like
Lund which have wider caps?
[20:35:15] ebijack (mi): talking about the gunales
[20:35:19] racer: how about are the live wells insulated??
[20:35:29] triton: yes they will be foamed
[20:35:44] Team Dunn (MWT): with a 4" cap, how do you plan to keep up with
competitors like Lund, and the Pro V which have wider caps?
[20:36:19] triton: That is the width of the top of flat area the overall width is about 9
[20:36:23] racer: Yes i asked if there was anything under the gunnels to prohibit using
flush mount rod holders as fish on??
[20:36:35] triton: no problem
[20:36:49] RoyG(PA): please explain the advantage of a wider cap.....somebody
[20:37:10] racer: how about enough strength to mount down riggers in back corners
[20:37:27] Team Dunn (MWT): the wider cap allows bigger base mounts for rod
holders like big jon
[20:37:33] triton: we have a nice flat that will be rock solid for downriggers at the back
[20:37:56] racer: have underside reinforcement??
[20:38:03] Team Dunn (MWT): sounds nice, so the cap is 4" thick, and 9" wide?
[20:38:38] triton: the 4" isnt thickness it is the base of flat surface for mounting rod
[20:39:14] tims: Paul, what's the weight on the 20'
[20:39:41] triton: we will finish the first production boat end of next week and we
expect it to be around 1600
[20:40:00] ebijack (mi): not bad at all for a 20fter
[20:40:07] RoyG(PA): Max HP?
[20:40:16] tims: How about those 18'ers
[20:40:27] triton: Its not what we would consider light but we dont want to be fat either.
[20:40:55] triton: the 18's will be out before spring
[20:41:06] mikej: 1600 for a 20 fter is good
[20:41:29] racer: 1600 lbs is right in the ball park the new 620vs is at 1650
[20:41:41] Team Dunn (MWT): how are the consols arranged?
[20:41:54] triton: from what aspect do you mean
[20:42:33] triton: The consoles are located at about midship with plexi windshields
[20:42:47] mikej: What other boat on the market would you compare the hull design
[20:42:56] racer: do you offer a boat with no carpet...as in salt water type finish??
[20:43:11] FICHT (MN): where are livewells located
[20:43:17] Team Dunn (MWT): so its a dual consol?
[20:43:20] triton: We will offer this without carpet in about a month
[20:43:30] Drift'r: has anyone bought serial # 001 yet ?
[20:43:34] triton: we will offer in single dual or none
[20:43:38] ebijack (mi): paul, will tritons be sold with any manufactures motor
[20:43:42] triton: 101 is being made as we speak
[20:43:45] racer: cool a no slip finish i hope?
[20:43:46] ebijack (mi): slow down guys
[20:43:56] triton: nice non skid
[20:44:10] triton: We will package with omc yamaha and merc
[20:44:20] racer: great idea someone is finally thinking .....
[20:44:33] triton: We are here to get you what you want the way you want it
[20:44:52] triton: lets talk about battery accommodations.,...
[20:45:14] triton: You can get up to 4 up front and 3 in the back if you so choose
[20:45:29] racer: how many and room for the onboard charger??
[20:45:36] ebijack (mi): wow!
[20:45:38] triton: We planned this boat for guys who want to use 36 volt motors
[20:46:00] FICHT (MN): good idea
[20:46:03] triton: plenty of room for charger in back or under consoles on shelf
[20:46:11] racer: do you have floor plan layouts you can email??
[20:46:39] triton: Yes we do and it will be out soon enough so we have no problem in
sending one to you.
[20:47:04] ebijack (mi): what about ease of livewell/baitwell etc pump replacement
[20:47:06] triton: I expect our competition is waiting to see one badly from what we
[20:47:07] racer: that would help lots of us to see the floor plan to compare
[20:47:27] ClearCatch: I just checked out your web site. Lots of questions answered
[20:47:44] Team Dunn (MWT): how big of a mounting place to you have on the front
[20:47:45] FICHT (MN): what is the beam measurment
[20:47:48] triton: anyone wanting to get e mail on floor plan can email me thru the
website at tritionboats.com
[20:47:53] Team Dunn (MWT): for Graphs/GPS
[20:48:25] triton: There is ample room up front or to the right of the instrument cluster for
lms 350 's etc
[20:48:44] triton: beam is 95 " and 20'5" long
[20:48:50] racer: can dash take two lms 350's side by side
[20:49:32] triton: Not at this time but you can mount one behind the other. the flat area
has elevation on back half to elevate the second unit.
[20:49:41] RoyG(PA): with a R-A-M mount, i bet it could
[20:49:42] mikej: of the other walleye boats on the market which resembles your hull?
[20:49:51] Team Dunn (MWT): as you probably know from my introducing paragraph, I
like customer feed back especially from someone as sucessful as you
[20:50:27] triton: As far a other similar boats let me elaborate
[20:50:45] racer: i was thinking of more like a global 2000 directly in front of driver and
[20:50:59] racer: x 70 to the side
[20:51:11] triton: We have a deep vee bottom and a look of our own, the back end
does have some similarity to a champion
[20:51:25] ebijack (mi): paul, can you mention about the trailer.....single dual axle etc
[20:51:45] triton: We differ in that we have incorporated a separate baitwell in the
driver side well where champion does not
[20:51:55] triton: dual axle trailer std
[20:52:01] Team Dunn (MWT): how far is the floor set down in the boat, in the front
[20:52:05] triton: fuel location is different
[20:52:42] triton: the fuel is under the floor allowing us lots of storage in front of boat
and lots of room to work in the back
[20:52:47] Drift'r: how did this boat do on really bad water as in erie?
[20:52:49] triton: the floor is 25" from the rail
[20:53:24] triton: This boat will be superb in roughwater. The hull is designed for it.
[20:53:28] racer: are brakes standard on trailer ... will it have removable tonque
[20:53:45] triton: brks stdd and removalble tongue optional
[20:53:56] racer: disc i hope...
[20:53:59] FICHT (MN): rod storage? where
[20:54:06] triton: That is the only kind we offer
[20:54:10] Drift'r: is the ride dry ?
[20:54:14] racer: good choice
[20:54:36] mikej: are you building your own trailers?
[20:54:39] triton: I hate you missed our rod locker description earlier but it will set a new
standard in walleye boats in my opinion
[20:55:05] triton: We do not build trailers they are made for us. We specialize in making
[20:55:19] Dave (Pa.): I've joined the chat very late. Did you list a web page address?
[20:55:40] tims: Is SeaStar steering standard or is it an option?
[20:55:50] triton: You can talk to me direct mon- fri at triton and can see our web page
[20:56:07] triton: Hydraulic Steering is std....sea star
[20:56:38] tims: Any setback on the transom?
[20:57:01] ebijack (mi): paul, are you guys determing the prop to run/per hp etc?
[20:57:06] triton: No the transom is straight across but there is a step in the hull which
really gets the boat up on top end.
[20:57:09] Team Dunn (MWT): how far is the Consols from the splash well?
[20:57:31] tims: Do you recommend a jackplat then?
[20:57:43] triton: The console is midship but I would have to measure to give you the
length to splashwell.
[20:58:05] triton: You will not need a jackplate to tune this hull as we did that in the
[20:58:23] ebijack (mi): the console can be set in place to fit the buyer/driver? since it's
[20:58:58] triton: I dont expect anyone will have a complaint on the performance. we
expect this boats to be 3 to 5 mph faster than any competition we know of
[20:59:11] racer: what motor and prop did you test with
[20:59:20] triton: The console is modular but has specific location
[20:59:27] triton: Merc 225 efi
[20:59:30] Team Dunn (MWT): well I have to go, remember, You can never
underestimate the power of the Walleye! good night
[20:59:56] triton: anyone with any other specific questions
[21:00:00] ebijack (mi): c ya dunn
[21:00:01] racer: what gear case and prop combination
[21:00:22] tims: Any comments on anticipated price ranges?
[21:00:34] triton: We ran a standard stock 225 merc and stock gearcase
[21:01:01] triton: Price range is going to be in the upper 20's
[21:01:07] racer: which stock merc prop works best
[21:01:25] triton: we did best with a 24 trophy
[21:01:40] Drift'r: that price is with a max motor
[21:01:58] ebijack (mi): paul, when do expect pics of the walleye boats up on your web
[21:02:02] racer: will you offer a quality fitted cover also
[21:02:06] tims: I'd still like to hear some more on the 18
[21:02:18] triton: The price is a ballpark as we are yet to put final price on it. That will
be done next week and options will make that go up or down
[21:02:27] mikej: Who are your dealers in Minn?
[21:02:39] triton: Quality custom covers will be available for sure.
[21:02:51] triton: as far as the 18 what can i offer?
[21:03:08] racer: looks like you have most bases covered...good job
[21:03:57] tims: On the 18, anticipated spec's, hp, weight, etc.
[21:03:59] triton: We have tried to look at all aspects and take advantage of knowing
what is out there already and went after something better
[21:04:13] triton: We expect the 18 will be rated for 175 max
[21:04:19] ebijack (mi): any more questions for paul?
[21:04:34] racer: run by the rod locker for us quickly..
[21:04:37] triton: I would guess the weight will come in around 1450
[21:04:48] triton: rod lockers coming at you
[21:04:52] tims: Mike, Riverview in Elk River is the dealer
[21:04:53] mikej: Who are your Minnesota dealers?
[21:05:03] prairiepillow: just want to say that it sounds like a very nice boat.....
[21:05:10] triton: The rod locker is centered up in the front deck and is 22" wide and
over 9 foot long
[21:05:35] triton: there will be an organizer on each side and tubes for the tips up front
[21:05:48] FICHT (MN): can you say at this time who is going to be running your boat
as far as pros?
[21:05:53] triton: the center area of the locker will be open for bulk loading of rods
[21:06:11] racer: aprox how many will it hold
[21:06:21] triton: As far as the pros the only commitment we have made thus far is to
Mr. John Kalinski
[21:06:47] triton: This rod locker should holt 30 rods or else
[21:07:02] mikej: that would be real nice!
[21:07:05] triton: Its huge guys!
[21:07:20] prairiepillow: wow
[21:07:29] tims: Is the organizer similar to your bass boats?
[21:07:31] racer: super as long as they don't get in a big knot
[21:07:32] triton: It is easy to get in and out of and your partner doesn't have to get up
or move for you to get into it.
[21:07:49] Dave (Pa.): I came in late. What's the name of this rig and when can we
see some pictures?
[21:07:50] Drift'r: the rod locker sleeps one :-)
[21:08:07] mikej: and then some!
[21:08:14] prairiepillow: a whole tackle shop on board!!! :-)
[21:08:22] tims: Will the tackle organizers be avail. on the walleye boats?
[21:08:22] triton: The organizers are different than the bass boats we build but the
tubes are the same. A bit larger in diameter to handle the guides on spin rods
[21:08:46] FICHT (MN): so its like the storage in the fisher
[21:08:58] ebijack (mi): THANKS FOR YOUR TIME PAUL!!! great chat,
[21:08:59] triton: The tackle organizers a similar but different arrangement will be there
to hold 3700 plano boxes
[21:09:48] triton: The organizers this year on this boat are neat. they are a modular
piece that can be attached to any vertical surface
[21:09:48] racer: triton sounds like you really did your homework finally somebody
listened to what a fisherman needs will look forward to the floor plan layout
[21:10:23] triton: We might ever start using them in other models or you could perhaps
use them in yours. Each one holds 4 3700's
[21:11:37] ebijack (mi): great, thanks paul..can we use your name :)
[21:11:39] triton: Our door is open and we welcome your input on the boats anytime
[21:11:40] prairiepillow: yes very informative and well hosted chat triton thank you
[21:11:43] Drift'r: thanks Paul
[21:11:44] racer: thanx you did a fine job in a pool of sharks.....lol
[21:11:49] RoyG(PA): walleye central road trip!!!!!
[21:12:10] Dave (Pa.): Super Job Triton!
[21:12:11] Drift'r: there ya go Roy
[21:12:16] FICHT (MN): thanks triton
[21:12:11] Drift'r: there ya go Roy
[21:12:16] FICHT (MN): thanks triton
[21:12:23] RoyG(PA): where's the plant?
[21:12:38] ebijack (mi): thanks triton!!!
[21:12:43] mikej: sounds like a nice boat
[21:12:52] triton: Please guys for more info on this holler at me a tritonboats.com and i
will e mail you more info on our all composite, lifetime structurally warranted brand new
boat and i hope to see some of you at the pwt classic
[21:13:47] triton: I am in good shape but have really only told about half of the neat
stuff on this new boat. Hope you all come see one soon. over and out guys
[21:14:10] RoyG(PA): thanks triton
[21:14:25] Lundman: where is the nearest dealer to Duluth MN
[21:14:29] racer: hey paul will all the compartments be water tight as a whaler is on the
non carpet model
[21:14:56] ebijack (mi): thanks again paul!!
[21:15:13] triton: We will make all dry compartments dry even in non carpet version. we
use a rubber seal
[21:15:37] triton: There is also a high dry return lip underneath
[21:15:42] racer: very good thanx again look forward to meeting you some day
[21:15:59] Lundman: hello flatop
[21:16:26] triton: I am gone now and thanks for your hospitality.....catch me at the
office...good fishing and watch for the new boat.....paul rieger...triton boats