Tristram 550 – RAW BOAT REVIEW

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Step on board the Tristram 550

What is not to love about the Tristram 550… A striking sleek hull design, sweet riding hull, unrivaled attention to detail matched with performance that is second to none. In a nutshell, Tristram has always delivered with style and quality. As said by Lance Fink, “I only have one standard, it’s that simple”.

Yes, the Tristram 550 is an older model in the fleet of Tristram Marine, but it’s built with Tristram’s philosophy of perfection with passion.

We managed to take the 550 out for a spin on Great Lake Taupo on a cold but windy day, the perfect conditions to test a boat’s capability and performance… It is safe to say she exceeded our expectations, the boat trims well, being well balanced at cruising speeds and rough corners.

Testing the Evinrude outboard on this 550 was a pleasure, the sixty-degree V6 Evinrude is light, it produces more than enough power to get the 550 underway quickly and effortlessly through onto the plane. The luxury of having a 175hp V6 outboard gives you an array of capabilities on the water – ideal if you are into water sport activities, from a deep water start on a slalom ski, wakeboarding, tubing, or even just a cruise into the sunset. 


A very functional layout on the 550 ensures that every centimeter on-board is maximized and utilized for a purpose on this 5.5 hull. The seating options include a captain boat seat with under-storage, back-to-back seating on the port side, along two seats at the stern. There is a small cabin at the bow, not quite enough for overnighting, but ideal for a child to sit down or a place to store more gear. Under gunnel storage is featured on both sides too, an ideal place for keeping your rods intact.



  • Smooth, dry, and stable handling in choppy conditions
  • Deep-vee hull
  • Fiberglass molded keel
  • Marine-grade upholstery

WHAT WE THINK … Final words from Brock, Gordon & Matt

If you’re after modern styling and distinct sharp craftsmanship then the Tristram 550 is the boat for you. Carefully executed ergonomics is matched with Tristram’s superior build quality to deliver you a rig that will exceed your expectations. The 550 is well suited for an entry-level boatie or a family looking to enjoy some quality time on the water. 

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