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Triton vt 17 with 50 hp #13219787 07/19/19 08:33 PM
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Looking at a triton vt 17 with a 50 hp merc. Im not looking to win any races but dont want to be completely under powered. Can anyone speak from experience what I could expect out of a setup like this? Ive had the big 21.5 bass boat with a 225. I want something efficient and low maintenance to fish a few times a month. Any help appreciated

Re: Triton vt 17 with 50 hp [Re: cschneider] #13220868 07/21/19 04:39 AM
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It will be fine. You'll be able to hit 30-35MPH and you must be more careful, especially on the 'big' lakes.

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RB77, I appreciate the reply. When you say careful on the big lakes am I just concerned with wind and waves coming up or is there something else im Missing?

Thanks!

Re: Triton vt 17 with 50 hp [Re: cschneider] #13221126 07/21/19 03:52 PM
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That's it. Those boats are small and lightweight. If you are used to driving a bigger bass boat, you will just need to be more cautious with the wind and waves. I was on a smaller aluminum boat several years ago on Tawakoni when a storm blew up. While heading back to the ramp, the boat got swamped by a large wave. The whole thing took no more than 15 seconds until I was swimming. My fishing partner and I were both wearing our life jackets. Otherwise, I would not have made it.

Re: Triton vt 17 with 50 hp [Re: cschneider] #13221156 07/21/19 04:30 PM
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Hey I have a Triton aluminum VT 17. Its my second one in 10 years. I like it.

Mine has a 2 Stroke Mercury Optimax 115 HP with a Jack Plate.

With the right conditions and trim I can go around 40 mph. I bet in the most perfect of conditions I could get up to 45...

LMK if I can answer anymore questions on this specific boat.

Re: Triton vt 17 with 50 hp [Re: cschneider] #13222700 07/23/19 02:57 AM
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So would you expect a night and day difference between a 75 hp and a 50 on this boat?

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not night and day, but a little more speed

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I have a Triton TC 17 with 50 hp. merc.runs 32 to 34 mph. on gps. ,not speedometer. have been in 2- 2 1/2 waves with no problems !!!!! Just don't try to run W>O>T>!!!!


I would agree with you , but then we would both be WRONG !!!!!
Re: Triton vt 17 with 50 hp [Re: cschneider] #13224584 07/24/19 08:58 PM
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I appreciate all the replies.

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