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Old 03-28-2010, 09:10 PM
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Default 1970's boat comparison chart (Sea Craft, Robalo, Mako, Hewes, ProLine, Cuda Craft,

Found this comparison chart between all the big boat makers - I think this was published in 1970. All still making boats except Ray Bond Cuda Craft. His boats were belt the best of the lot - guess they never were massed produced because he built every boat by hand. Interesting to note it says his Cuda Craft 19' boats were rated for up to 400 HP.

Thought the community would be interested to actually see all the spec's on these great small center console boats all in one location.

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got to love them 70's boats lol wait
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The SeaCrafts I know were hand laid, maybe almost all were back then, not sure why you say the cuda's were the best built?
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Just pointing out that the Cuda Craft has the most glass in the hull, stringers and sides. They were renowned for their "battleship" ability to withstand a horrific beating. There are stories of them being dropped off trailers and going right back in the water. Also of them surviving hurricanes, etc. Basically they are the heaviest built of the lot - best will always be subjective. (I am a fan of the Sea Craft's too!)
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Neat post. It also looks like cuda craft was the heaviest and most expensive.
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Robalos are still built like a tank......
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Found this comparison chart between all the big boat makers - I think this was published in 1970. All still making boats except Ray Bond Cuda Craft. His boats were belt the best of the lot - guess they never were massed produced because he built every boat by hand. Interesting to note it says his Cuda Craft 19' boats were rated for up to 400 HP.

Thought the community would be interested to actually see all the spec's on these great small center console boats all in one location.

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Pretty neat!
THANKS FOR POSTING.

I sold PRO-LINE then.
We began in 1968 and I'd say AQUA SPORT was our biggest competitor of the group, and our target.

Some of this stuff makes me feel pretty ancient.
Got a PM today from someone who is looking at a 1963 SEABREEZE with the original 4 cyl MERC on it. Didn't hurt me so bad because I didn't have an involvement with SEABREEZE until 1963/1964, so it didn't make me feel so old.
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Well there is a limit until the weight becomes a burden, your really not supposed to drop them off trailers or need the ability to run them into a dock. But it is an interesting chart
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I love the line of the old 20 prolines and the 222 AquaSport too. Lots of folks on the west coast re-hab them into tarpon/flats boats... And, of course, you are not supposed to drop a boat off the trailer - but it definitely does happen in the world. (I have seen more than one boat sitting on pavement.)

I dont think the Cuda's were over built - they were revered by their owners as inch-for-inch the best 19' ever built. If you look at the spec you see it outclasses in just about every category -- more deck space, more fuel space, more storage space, more glass... and I seriously ? the draw spec. That must've been with the 400 i/o and loaded with fuel and ice. I have been in 9" in a cuda with no problem.

Glad you are all enjoying the old stats. Whatever the case NONE of these boats are built like they used to. I wonder why Proline and Aquasport dont bring back those classic lines. Their hulls these days look so cheap to me.
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I love the line of the old 20 prolines and the 222 AquaSport too. Lots of folks on the west coast re-hab them into tarpon/flats boats... And, of course, you are not supposed to drop a boat off the trailer - but it definitely does happen in the world. (I have seen more than one boat sitting on pavement.)

I dont think the Cuda's were over built - they were revered by their owners as inch-for-inch the best 19' ever built. If you look at the spec you see it outclasses in just about every category -- more deck space, more fuel space, more storage space, more glass... and I seriously ? the draw spec. That must've been with the 400 i/o and loaded with fuel and ice. I have been in 9" in a cuda with no problem.

Glad you are all enjoying the old stats. Whatever the case NONE of these boats are built like they used to. I wonder why Proline and Aquasport dont bring back those classic lines. Their hulls these days look so cheap to me.
Actually we tried to reintroduce the 20 as a "Classic".
Didn't work.
Also though it must be understood what our original heritage was, "Grass Flats Hulls".
Ten degree deadrises at the transom for the guides in the Crystal River/Homosassa area. Thus our name, "PRO-LINE". The "PRO" portion of it went to the fishing guides. It was a one at a time boat built for the professional guides.
There's a custom builder a little south of us, Gause? I probobly spelled his name wrong. He began by buying old PRO-LINE and AQUASPORT hulls, gutting them, and rebuiding the hulls as Tarpon boats and the like. Doe's a damn good job of it too. He's grown a lot bigger now, but still doe's an excellant job and knows how to do it correctly.
Yeah, there's a lot to be said for the old hulls. We swapped a local guide his/our original 24', hull number one, still in use a few years ago. We swapped him a new boat for his forty year old boat. He was still using it too. Swapped him boat and motor for boat and motor.
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Actually we tried to reintroduce the 20 as a "Classic".
Didn't work.
Also though it must be understood what our original heritage was, "Grass Flats Hulls".
Ten degree deadrises at the transom for the guides in the Crystal River/Homosassa area. Thus our name, "PRO-LINE". The "PRO" portion of it went to the fishing guides. It was a one at a time boat built for the professional guides.
There's a custom builder a little south of us, Gause? I probobly spelled his name wrong. He began by buying old PRO-LINE and AQUASPORT hulls, gutting them, and rebuiding the hulls as Tarpon boats and the like. Doe's a damn good job of it too. He's grown a lot bigger now, but still doe's an excellent job and knows how to do it correctly.
Yeah, there's a lot to be said for the old hulls. We swapped a local guide his/our original 24', hull number one, still in use a few years ago. We swapped him a new boat for his forty year old boat. He was still using it too. Swapped him boat and motor for boat and motor.
You got the name right - Gause Built boats... I admire them every time I see one. The look like a spitting image of the 222 or 23 pro-line from back in the day. They are beautiful boats with that massive inlaid portrait of a Tarpon. Love the boats, but 120K for a new loaded-up boat is outta my league... While buying an old boat and re-habbing it can be a real can of worms (I should say IS a can of worms) you just can't beat the value of you actually get a decent hull. For 20-25K you can have a one-of-a-kind classic boat with a new motor/floor and transom. Can't touch it with a new boat - but most folks are afraid to take on such a large project. I am enjoying the discussion!
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