Seatamer 5 Triton
Good things sometimes come in smaller sizes like the Seatamer five-metre Triton offshore fishing machine.
Typically, Seatamer produces boats around 5.8m Ė 6m but this year we had the pleasure of catching up with one thatís somewhat smaller, yet also offshore capable.
In typical Seatamer fashion the Seatamer 5 Triton is a tough little customer well able to tackle some light sports fishing out a few miles.
The reason this five-metre can perform outside the square is the big boat-like design, strength and sure-footed buoyancy. It really is like a bigger boat compressed into a smaller size with features such as a self-draining cockpit, checkerplate alloy floor and hydraulic steering.
And the boat is built tough with 4mm plate alloy in both bottom and side panels. But best of all, this model is designed so it can slip easily into an average garage and be securely stored. Being smaller also makes it easy to trail and somewhat easier on the fuel required to fish offshore.
For all these reasons you could say the Triton five-metre is the ďright boat for our times.Ē
Design: The 5m Triton measures 5.3m, including pod, and has a generous 2.3m beam to give plenty of interior room for two anglers across the back of the cockpit.
Itís worth noting the same hull also comes in a runabout or open tiller steer version as well as the cuddy model shown here.
First off I have to say craft of this calibre donít come cheap, because of what goes into their semi-custom plate alloy. However, you can buy from a more reasonable $42,000 in a basic BMT (boat/motor/trailer) package with less of the accessories that were on the test boat like special paint and graphics.
In the flesh the test boat certainly looked quite fetching, especially with its custom black paint job and graphics. Offsetting the gleaming black hull was a crisp white deck that really enhances the neat, traditional lines.
Thereís also a practical look about the Triton, especially the smooth, high freeboard, wide beam and a fine bows below quite full bows. Bow shoulders are pushed well foríard to ensure good balance and enough buoyancy to ride up and over on-coming swells.
Those hull sections also become quite moderate at the stern (16-degree deadrise) so the Triton planes easily.
The under body features wide, reverse chines, which also helps to make it stable at rest when fishing. Meanwhile thereís a half-pod on the transom to support the motor. This pod is flanked by landing platforms that make it easier to get aboard.
And once you come aboard you find a self-draining cockpit for added safety offshore. Thereís also decent 75cm internal freeboard to give you and your crew safety when fishing offshore and a clip-in carpet for added comfort underfoot when fishing on hot days.
Another great feature is positive foam flotation under the floor. The foam is non-flammable so there is less danger of fire on board.
And talking about cockpits Ėthis one is surprisingly roomy for a boat around five metres due to the cuddy being well foríard. There are no rear seats either to get in the way of some serious piscatorial hunting.
The robust construction is further enhanced by strong frames and a fully welded deck. The side pockets and cabin structure also help add rigidity and strength. And yes, this boat could be built to commercial survey level.
Up foríard thereís a small but usable cuddy space for your dry gear and four-panel reinforced windscreen. The screen hinges backwards to reduce the road height and allow the Triton to fit inside a garage.
Overall, the Triton across as quite a gem, a boat that will be suitable for coastal fishing or happily fishing estuary waters or even taking the family for spin. For the latter thereís an optional rear lounge not shown in the test boat.
Triton also scores well in the trailer stakes. The all up trail weight, even with full fuel tank, falls within 1200kg. That makes it tow-friendly for cars like the standard Toyota Camry.
Performance: One of the great things about testing Seatamer boats is we get an excuse to hop in the car and drive up to the beautiful Swansea channel. This is one of my most favourite spots on the east coast with beautiful, pristine lake waters flowing to the open sea.
After a run up the Pacific Highway itís a pleasure to meet the new Triton at the ramp and launch her close to the ocean entrance.
This particular morning the sun was breaking through a hazy sea mist being pushed ahead of light southern change. It was a superb summerís day to be doing a boat test.
From the outset the Seatamer Triton was easy to launch and manoeuvre in the small boat basin. In no time at all Joe and I were heading out towards the entrance helped along by a fast run-out tide.
At the bar there was a bit of bump, which the Seatamer easily took in its stride with a steady motion. Even at this early stage you can see the Triton has a very steady, sure-footed feel in the water.
The swell past Moon Island was more relaxed and we were soon able to lift the speed to around 16-18 knots as we headed further offshore.
While these moderate vee boats canít be pushed quite as hard as a true deep vee they move easily and are easy on the horsepower, and fuel. For this reason alone theyíre very popular with commercial users.
Certainly, the Triton 5 felt very much at home in these offshore conditions and we enjoyed a run of a few miles offshore. We had neither had the tackle, or time to go further out and in any event the southern looked like getting a lot stronger.
Coming back in towards Moon Island we noticed a lot of boats hanging there, no doubt reacting to the weather forecast. While we drove the boat inshore and we jumped a few mini waves over the bar and got a feel for its general handling.
I have to say the Triton handles very nicely especially thanks to the hydraulic steering and really comfortable helm station. I like the way you can easily move from the seated to standing position. And the solid windscreen is high enough to give good protection spray protection as well as clear vision ahead. On windy wet days youíd certainly appreciate the spray protection of the upper clears as well.
Running with the swell I was able to lift speed up to almost flat out, thanks to those full bow shoulders and easy driven shape. With care not to overrun the waves ahead it was easy to get up to 25 knots or more.
The added weight of the Seatamer certainly provides a solid feel in the water, especially when youíre stopped in fishing mode. I found the boat was stable enough for both of us to be over on one side.
What I also like about the Triton is having a foot brace and helm seat slide adjustors. Thereís also enough room to get three people behind the windscreen on the run out and back from the fishing grounds Ė middle one standing!
Power: The Seatamer Triton 5 is rated for motors up to 115hp, however, our test confirmed itís quite happy with a 100hp four-stroke on the transom.
In this case it was a Yamaha 100hp straight line four-cylinder motor of 1596cm. Itís probably not the fastest motor around but I suspect a perfect choice for long-range fishing because itís not too stressed or working hard.
A little bit more speed would be achieved by going to for the 115hp Yamaha because this is the same motor block but with a touch more horsepower. However, I rather like the 100hp, especially when it does the following decent speeds and should be reasonably economical to run:
3500rpm 20 knots
4500rpm 25 knots
5500rpm 32 knots
And still on all things power, I was pleased to find a generous sized 100-litre fuel tank under the floor. It comes with a deck filler and dash gauge as standard.
Also included in the Triton package are good safety features, including twin batteries, a battery isolator switch and a Rancor fuel line water filter.
Deck Layout: Returning to the ramp, I was able to take a closer look at this new Seatamer. As with the bigger Seatamer models you get a proper anchor bowsprit with integrated roller, split bowrail and Tee bollard.
You can also have a bow anchor well, however, it was left off this particular boat because the owner preferred to deploy his anchor from the cockpit. This is very much the approach you would usually see in New Zealand. and I personally think itís a more practical concept, especially if you use the buoyed anchor system offshore.
Moving back from the bows you notice the way the cuddy coach-house extends well foríard and provides quite good room below. However, the cuddy is just a flat-floored space and is really more of a stowage area than a place to sit or sleep.
Because itís a folding screen you donít get perimeter grab rails, but there is a grab rail across the full-width dash. Meanwhile, you have a simple but very practical helm dash area with room for a flush-mounted Furuno sounder/chartplotter. You also get a VHF radio at the helm station and group of water-proof switches.
Driver and passenger seats are armchair style pedestals atop stowage boxes that have side access.
Fishing Features: The rear cockpit features all the goodies youíd want for serious offshore piscatorial warfare. You get raised side pockets of a decent size for fishing gear, six deck rod holders, and a decent eight -pack rod rack on the overhead targa as well as under deck rod/gaff holders.
There is even an in-floor kill tank big enough for a few large snapper. The fishing package is further enhanced by a live-bait tank built into the rear bulkhead with water recycling system. The latter is fully plumbed and topped by a raised cutting board Ė all factory supplied.
Unlike most production boats you also get proper Tee bollard cleats at the stern and amidships for mooring at docks and marinas.
You also get a bilge pump bracket with pick up tube, plus a transducer bracket at stern. Other standard equipment includes insulated tinted wiring, battery in battery box, radio and speakers. There is also a Furuno sounder/ chart plotter as well as a single-axle Marlin trailer with centre rollers and Teflon slides.
Verdict: The Seatamer is definitely one of those brands you think about when you are serious about your fishing. Not only serious about fishing, but also going offshore.
The quality of this boatís construction and its built-in safety features like positive flotation and self-draining deck make it especially appealing for open water use.
With no foríard recesses to trap water and a water-shedding cuddy, the Triton would punch through water work nicely and be good at crossing bars. Throw in the offshore safety pack, including EPIRB and fire extinguisher and itís a great little offshore battle wagon.
|SEATAMER 5 TRITON|
|Configuration / Style||Cuddy|
|Max engine hp||115Hp|