Boat Reviews By Owners
1998 -- 27' 4" PRO-LINE
Model: 251 Walk-around
Cockpit: Twin helm chairs with integral storage and tackle drawers. Fitted with full curtain package and dual wipers-excellent wx boat. Good vis. Lockable electronics box at helm. Lighted switches. comfortable
Cabin: Room for two with v-berth addition. You had better be close! Enclosed head. Refer and alcohol stove (optional). Good storage for a boat this size.
Construction: Solid. No problems in over 1600 hours of hard use. No wood construction, foam cored. Easy clean up!
Handling: Handles rougher conditions than I care to try and fish in! About 38 knots tops with 320 hp, cruises 25-28 knots. Tracks straight with duo-prop power. No chine walking, no nose steering. Will tend to porpoise at full throttle unless trimmed nose down. Good offshore boat with great range (170 gallon).
Engine Room: Originally with 7.4 Gi (310hp),seized at 1485 hours due to oil additive. Replaced with 5.7Gxi (320hp). Better fuel economy, better physical fit but 4 knots slower due to less torque available. I think a good compromise.
General Comments: The 251 is a great boat! The single I/O offers reduced maintenance and lower operating costs than twin outboards. I fish it 98 percent of the time. Fitted with radar, gps plotter, twin downriggers. Easily handled solo.
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Date Submitted: 2004-01-20
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