Boat Reviews By Owners
2002 -- 17' 9" SEA PRO
Cockpit: Big enough, good for fishing.
Construction: I feel the boat is very well built as far as materials used and workmanship. Seapro uses top materials, SS, Starboard, bronze, etc. I must say that I do not think that they accounted for the additional weight of a Four Stroke, instead of 8" draft in the stern I have not quite 5" so alot of water comes in when I am drifting or stopped. Watch out for the live well hoses, both of mine are leaking and I have to take it in. I still love the boat.
Handling: The boat handles alot different than a Boston Whaler, my former boat, with more keel it requires more adjustment but I just have to get used to it. It has a much softer ride and handles ocean waters nicely, a little wet in the stern area but very dry in the bow. Boat needs help to get on a plane when both live wells are full. 6ft swell 8 seconds apart fine, 7 and above not fun at all.
Engine Room: Boat came powered with a Yamaha 115 four stroke. As stated above the extra weight of the four stroke keeps the bow up at low speeds and hard to get on plane. If you have a light load and don't fill the live wells you have all the power you need you can cruise at 30+ not problem top speed is about 43mph. I installed Bennet trim tabs to help the bow issue and they work great. You can go lower in horse power but I think the max range of around 140hp would help providing the stern doesn't go under. Go with Four Stroke you can go farther per gallon and not have that smelly fumes coming at you all the time.
General Comments: I love the boat compared to the Whaler, I think it is a quality boat and priced right. It has allowed me venture in areas that were out of range before for one reason or another. I am a avid fisherman who enjoys both fresh water and salt water and living in the San Francisco Bay Area I get to do both. This boat, with some adjustments is perfect for both fresh and saltwater and is trailerable so you can take it anywhere. I have caught Black Bass, Stripers, Albacore, Rockfish, Salmon, Halibut and perch. Go with the Four Stroke if you can afford it and it will put you in another world in the Ocean and save you a whole lot of money on gas!
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Date Submitted: 2003-10-18
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