Boat Reviews By Owners
2000 -- 18' 6" SEA PRO
Cockpit: The aft cockpit has a big chunk taken out of it by the aft casting platform, but there is room to move around. Visibility is good standing or seated. Lots of seating for a fishing boat -- this is a fishing boat that makes a nice saltwater deck boat when family duty calls.
Cabin: N/A. However, there is a lot of storage under the casting platforms.
Construction: The boat is generally well built, with a few exceptions. Some of the stainless deck hardware is not bedded, and the nuts cannot be accessed for repair or to remove the hardware in order to bed it. At least it's through-bolted. The center console is an odd design, recessed into the cockpit sole such that there can be no dry storage inside. I think they redesigned the console around 2002. The wiring in the console is cheaply done, and someone at the factory left the hose clamp off the gas tank vent hose on my boat.
Handling: My boat tops out at 45-50 mph, but with its modified-V hull, I'm much happier at 30 mph in a light chop and 15-20 in sloppier stuff. I've run her out into the gulf stream off Fort Lauderdale in 4-5' waves. I was wet and uncomfortable, but did not feel that I was in danger and maintained a comfortable slow plane until the waves reached 6'.
This boat is weight-sensitive aft. Filling both live wells raises the minimum planing speed quite a bit. I chose the 115 hp 2-stroke suspecting that this might be the case, and I don't think I would want a heavier motor on this boat without trim tabs. When they redesigned this boat around 2003-2004, SeaPro added 1' to its length which should help those models to deal better with heavier motors. However, I prefer the interior layout and higher side rails of the older models, which are still being marketed under the SeaBoss brand name.
Engine Room: The 115 hp Yamaha 2-stroke powers this boat nicely. Decent acceleration to around 35 mph, fairly easy on fuel. Quite a bit louder than my father's Yamaha 200 2-stroke, though. This engine would still be my choice were I to repower the boat today.
General Comments: A great boat for fishing the shallows, as well as ocean fishing on nice days. Also makes a nice family boats for warm climates -- a decent boat for skiing, tubing and just cruising around with room for the whole family. Bargain-priced, well-designed, and decently constructed.
Date Submitted: 2005-03-04
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