Dragging a boat down the road without a trailer isn't recommended, but it is part of the ``Bubba Test,'' a Web site commercial Triumph Boats Inc. uses to showcase the durability of its rotational molded boats.
In the clip, a customer uses his pickup truck to drag the boat along roads until it lands in the water. It floats and he concludes, ``I'll take it.''
The boat builder touts its toughness and now, its largest rotomolded boat is even longer - 23 feet 8 inches long to be exact. The company calls it the largest rotomolded boat in the world.
The Triumph 235 Center Console model was unveiled at the Miami International Boat Show back in February. It's a show with about 3,000 different models of boats, and many companies use it to introduce and showcase their newest models. The event is put on by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, based in Chicago.
``Among the NMMA boat builders, Triumph builds the largest rotomolded boats,'' said Robert Newsome, who heads the certification program for the marine manufacturers trade group.
Newsome said that there are 270 NMMA-certified boat builders using a variety of techniques, but among the rotomolders, most are in the 12-foot range.
Triumph already offers what it says is among the top-two selling 17-foot saltwater boats. However, George Blaisdell, vice president of operations at Triumph Boats, was thrilled that they could offer an even larger version.
``We spent a lot of time on the details. This takes rotomolding to the next level,'' Blaisdell said in a recent telephone interview.
He said the current model was in development for 18 months. It started full production in May.
The boat is built for fishing with storage for fish, bait and accessories, as well as rod holders.
The company started out with 12-foot boats, and it now offers a variety of sizes.
Triumph has 75 employees working at a 75,000-square-foot facility in Durham, N.C. It has four ovens and makes more than 1,200 boats per year, according to Blaisdell.
``Our success grows every year,'' he said. ``When we go to boat shows we have to tell people it is not fiberglass.''
He said boat owners are skeptical about the low-maintenance claims. They've had to fix, repaint, repair and do all sorts of the things to keep up past boats. So Triumph touts its maintaining ease.
Blaisdell said that the company has been in the boat business 12 years. It started as Logic Marine and became Triumph in 2001. It currently is part of Genmar Holdings Inc.
He said Triumph has grown in the market because customers ``like low maintenance.''
And, Blaisdell added: ``It has a soft, quiet ride.''