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Word of advice: go plastic with the boat

What do sea kayaks, Saran Wrap, pickup truck bedliners and Triumph Boats' new 24-foot center-console model have in common?

Answer: They all are made of the same material - polyethylene.

The new Triumph 235CC is a bit more complex than the other products - it is believed to be the largest roto-molded plastic boat in the world.

"The material is strong and buoyant. It floats, no matter what," district sales manager Jeff Gross said.

You can bounce the boat off the dock, remove scratches with sandpaper and never wax it. It withstands temperatures up to 325 degrees, so it won't melt unless you run it through a river of lava. The company actually has performed sea trials consisting of two Triumphs bashing into each other, with no one getting hurt or sinking.

"The joke at the factory is, you might have to upgrade your boat in about 500 years," Gross said.

A recent test drive in and around Government Cut showed the boat handled as well or better than other center-consoles the same size.

Propelled by a 250-horsepower Yamaha, it jumped choppy waves without getting the skipper or crew wet. There was no reverberating shock upon landing. The bucket helm seats were comfortable, and although no fishing was conducted, the boat looked ready to fish.

It is equipped with a deep, 35-gallon livewell, four fish boxes, bait rigging and prep stations with sink and freshwater washdown, and a large tackle locker.

Comfortable for family cruising and snorkeling, the boat has more than six feet of headroom beneath the console, which can hold a portable toilet or be used for storage. There's a dive ladder, stereo, engine tilt-trim and plenty of space to store drinks and food. Tricked out, it retails for about $52,000.

Triumph also makes smaller models ranging from 12 to 21 feet.

The concept of a roto-molded sportfishing boat originated a few years ago with a company called Logic, which was bought out by boating giant Genmar and renamed Triumph.

Gross said Triumph is being embraced by novice and veteran boaters.

"We have the guy that's new who bounces off the dock and can't hurt it and the guy who's had a boat all his life and doesn't want to bother (maintaining) it anymore," Gross said.

For more information, visit www.triumphboats.com or www.toughboats.com.

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