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Old 05-28-2005, 09:19 AM
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All seem like good boats and are similar in price and can handle 115 on the back.
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115 is a good size engine for these boats, but compare the weight of a 4 stroke vs a 2 stroke. Big difference !

If your willing to give up a few horses, an Evinrude E-Tec 90hp is a real light weight ! About 320 lbs vs 420lbs for a Suziuki (Johnson) 4 stroke 115.

Of course any boat from Brunswick will come with Mercury power only !
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Old 05-28-2005, 09:40 AM
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Ahhh, wondered where ya wus oldwizard

Heard any feedback yet on how the Triton tin boats hold up?
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I have heard nothing about Triton aluminum. I have been to thier website and they look like nice rigs but I believe they are a premium price as well. Haven't researched it much.
As for rivets leaking and not holding up as well as welds, not true. It's the actually the opposite. I have been a jet mechanic my entire adult life and nothing on a jet is welded. Simply put, welded aluminum cracks. Sure a pressurized aircraft is exposed to different stresses and a completely differnet operating enviroment than a freshwater boat, but rivets are still stronger. Rivets hold structure together, welds hold structure to another structure or skin.
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Old 05-28-2005, 11:43 PM
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Tin Tritons I have looked at had thick paint. Thick enough to make me wonder what it might be covering up?
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Old 05-29-2005, 09:18 AM
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Kelly, I was just on Walleyecentral and there is a post about Triton aluminum cracking. I didn't read all of it, but that can't be good.
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Old 05-29-2005, 11:47 AM
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Read a little closer and you will find out that the WC Central thread on "Cracked Triton" is a discussion on a 2000 Triton 205 fiberglass boat.
This thread on a 5 year old fiberglass discontinued model hull should have little bearing on whether or not the current aluminum hulls crack.
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Look at the black lab marine 19. Plate aluminum center console that is HD suitable for saltwater too.
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Old 09-01-2005, 11:15 PM
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I guess we are all about as predjudiced as the plastic boat guys are; but I love my Crestliner; we looked at every aluminum boat, welded ot rvited in the midwest, and ketp comming back to crestliner, the v hull, bass/musky layout is what we wanted and it rides great and feels safer than a traditional bass boat. the 115 Merc (Yammie) 4 stroke pushes it to about 45mph quick hole shot etc.
I love Lunds too, (gre up in Iowa and lived in Minnesota twice) but no Dealers anywhere near us. The fit and finish was best on the Crestliner, compared to G3, Tracker, Alumacraft, Express and Triton, Triton Mag is pretty but it is a hard core bas "pad" hull built for speed.
We are happy with our life time hull Crestliner, I have had it entirely out of the water a couple of times, on high traffic wave busting weekends, not fun for me, but felt safe and that is a big deal to wife and I.......run your bare hands all over the hull weldsand rivets of the above mentioned, but have bandaids handy for the others! Maybe fit and finish don't make em strong, but if the finish is good I feel the insides that I can't see are ok too. (by the way "NO WOOD") and that is a big deal for me as I intend to die owning this boat.
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Default Re: Lowe, Crestliner, or Lund?

Some boaters seem to wax eloquent about welded vs riveted aluminum but I frankly don't see much difference in a real world application. The riveted hulls have a kind of cool look to them (strictly personal observation) but I wouldn't let the difference sway my decsion much. I own a Crestliner Canadian 18 (welded) and have been very happy with it. I think it's a lot of boat for the money, vinyl floors, side console etc. Any boat has its limits - I wouldn't think it would be a very good ski boat but I needed something from which to fish and boat camp and it does a great job. Also, the 60 horse Yamaha 4s pushes it to about 34 mph, much faster than I need, and you can run all day on a few gallons of fuel. Good luch on your decision, I think you'd be happy with any of the boats you mentioned.
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KCook: Triton has also been bought by Brunswick.
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Roger that Ed'sMarineSuperstor. At this point Brunswick already has so many different aluminum brands I wonder it they will allow the Triton aluminum line to continue? Or trim Triton back to fiberglass only?
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I have my 1987 Crestliner 18' Phantom CC. with the Suzuki 140.
She is still solid and has spent her entire life in the salt.
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