Gear

The birth of a Triton

Follow along as we explore the Triton plant in Arkansas and watch as a 21HP is made by hand.

<p>A mold containing the hull of a Triton 21HP is wheeled to the paint room. This is the top side of the bottom of the boat.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - A mold containing the hull of a Triton 21HP is wheeled to the paint room. This is the top side of the bottom of the boat.
<p>When the hull is taped off, it’s ready for paint.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - When the hull is taped off, it’s ready for paint.
<p>This is the bottom of the top cap. Yes, even this part gets paint. As you can read on the mold, it’s a Triton 21HP.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - This is the bottom of the top cap. Yes, even this part gets paint. As you can read on the mold, it’s a Triton 21HP.
<p>The hull is ready for fiberglass to be shot onto it.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - The hull is ready for fiberglass to be shot onto it.
<p>The hull receives a few coats of paint then a member of the Triton team looks to apply more fiberglass for extra support.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - The hull receives a few coats of paint then a member of the Triton team looks to apply more fiberglass for extra support.
<p>After the hull is painted and the bulk of the fiberglass is shot onto the hull, team members apply more glass to peripheral areas or thin spots.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - After the hull is painted and the bulk of the fiberglass is shot onto the hull, team members apply more glass to peripheral areas or thin spots.
<p>This employee sprays glue onto strips of fiberglass.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - This employee sprays glue onto strips of fiberglass.
<p>This worker sprays the majority of the ‘glass onto the hull.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - This worker sprays the majority of the ‘glass onto the hull.
<p>More details are addressed.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - More details are addressed.
<p>A robot cuts the compartments out of the hull.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - A robot cuts the compartments out of the hull.
<p>Foam is added to the cavity to improve flotation and solidify the hull.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - Foam is added to the cavity to improve flotation and solidify the hull.
<p>Triton’s Adam Adkisson shows the transom, which is made of space-age material that’s proprietary to Triton. It's exceptionally strong.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - Triton’s Adam Adkisson shows the transom, which is made of space-age material that’s proprietary to Triton. It's exceptionally strong.
<p>The fuel tank goes in the center of the 21HP for proper balance.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - The fuel tank goes in the center of the 21HP for proper balance.
<p>Here, the top cap is almost ready to be applied to the hull.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - Here, the top cap is almost ready to be applied to the hull.
<p>The top cap is on and the carpeted sections are being installed.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - The top cap is on and the carpeted sections are being installed.
<p>Here’s a look at another Triton taking shape.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - Here’s a look at another Triton taking shape.
<p>Here, a Triton employee installs hardware such as hinges and box lids.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - Here, a Triton employee installs hardware such as hinges and box lids.
<p>The steering column and electronics are next.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - The steering column and electronics are next.
<p>When you order a Triton, almost everything is up for customization from electronics, the trolling motor, chargers and more. When your boat is begun, every option is pulled from the store room and kept on a cart that travels with your boat in every step of the process to ensure that what you ordered is on your boat.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - When you order a Triton, almost everything is up for customization from electronics, the trolling motor, chargers and more. When your boat is begun, every option is pulled from the store room and kept on a cart that travels with your boat in every step of the process to ensure that what you ordered is on your boat.
<p>Every hull is floated before construction goes any further. If leaks are found, they’re addressed.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - Every hull is floated before construction goes any further. If leaks are found, they’re addressed.
<p>An employee sews the seat fabric together.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - An employee sews the seat fabric together.
<p>Here’s the cowling of a Mercury destined to power a Triton.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - Here’s the cowling of a Mercury destined to power a Triton.
<p>A Triton team member readies the outboard by affixing fuel lines and other connections.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - A Triton team member readies the outboard by affixing fuel lines and other connections.
<p>The boat is just about ready for the outboard.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - The boat is just about ready for the outboard.
<p>Getting close!</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - Getting close!
<p>Now it’s time to add the trolling motor.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - Now it’s time to add the trolling motor.
<p>Adkisson shows off the innards of a new Triton seat that’s made to absorb a lot of shock.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - Adkisson shows off the innards of a new Triton seat that’s made to absorb a lot of shock.
<p>Like many manufacturers, Triton allows owners to pick many color options on their boat. Here’s a custom yellow-and-grey scheme.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - Like many manufacturers, Triton allows owners to pick many color options on their boat. Here’s a custom yellow-and-grey scheme.
<p>This Triton’s ready to hit the road to the dealer.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - This Triton’s ready to hit the road to the dealer.
<p>Here’s another one, sealed up to protect it from road debris.</p>
Photo: Chris Brown - Here’s another one, sealed up to protect it from road debris.