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Old 04-03-2012, 06:54 PM
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Question 1998 Proline 2950

I have been doing some research on THT regarding this boat and model. It seems for every bad opinion, there is a good opinion to follow. This boat is on my short list for a few reasons. 1) the boat has 2008 4-stroke Yamaha 250 motors with about 120 hours on them; 2) it has a brand new tri-axle trailer with brakes; and 3) the appliances in the galley are brand new; 4) the radar and GPS unit are brand new. I have ordered a boat survey, sea-trial and engine survey, and of course, will make sure I'm 100% satisfied before handing over the cash.

I'm a Whaler and Grady boat guy. However, at this time, I can't see dropping another $35-$45K to get this manuf, from the used market, with similar size/power options. I need something that will sleep a few adults and be good for the family, keeping the kids out of the weather and offering a place for them to sleep on long runs, as well as fishability.

I would like to hear from those captains who have either owned this boat or fished it with some consistency. Just a few more bits of advice before I pull the trigger.

The boat will be used and cared for as follows:

1) the occasional overnight trip offshore
2) trips down the Intracoastal to Galveston and Kemah
3) offshore fishing trips, Sabine Pass and Cameron, out about 90 miles
4) bay and river running with the kids/friends

*I would expect to use the boat 10-12 times/year. It will be "garage" kept. Also, I'm not a fan of fishing in anything over 3', but would like to know the boat is seaworthy for those days when I don't have a choice.

Thanks in advance for your time and advice.
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:11 PM
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I own and have been re-doing the 1989 version of this boat and I love it. My wife, 5 and 9 year old children are equally positive about the boat. I have recently repowered with 250 OX66 and she runs well. If there is an issue with mine other than age, the cabin has no head or galley. I had to add and plumb a livewell and replace the bracket. I don't know what kind of $$$ you are looking at spending, but I bought mine right and the investment of more time than money has been a labor of love. This is and will continue to be the perfect boat for my family. Big enough to go across to the islands and sea worthy enough to handle unexpected weather.

Good luck with your purchase,
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I own and have been re-doing the 1989 version of this boat and I love it. My wife, 5 and 9 year old children are equally positive about the boat. I have recently repowered with 250 OX66 and she runs well. If there is an issue with mine other than age, the cabin has no head or galley. I had to add and plumb a livewell and replace the bracket. I don't know what kind of $$$ you are looking at spending, but I bought mine right and the investment of more time than money has been a labor of love. This is and will continue to be the perfect boat for my family. Big enough to go across to the islands and sea worthy enough to handle unexpected weather.

Good luck with your purchase,
Bob
Huh? A 2950 with no head or galley? Was it "modded" by the PO?
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Really big sea capable
Keep water tank full, navigate better.
Trim sensitive
Good boat, I took like 8 months to learn how to play with in different conditions
but super .
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You will love the boat, as long as ur expectations of the hull are within reason. I've had my 30 W ( same as the 2950 ) for over two years and its been great. I've been to bimini twice and one of the times, I was fighting 5 to 7 footers in the stream. Its a little wet sometimes, but nothing crazy. I love the deck space in the back for fishing or partying. Its very stable on the hook or while drifting. In ur case, all the upgrading has been done so just buy it and use the shit out of it. It will perform great with the 250s. I just repowered mines with 250 zukes and im getting 46 to 47 @ wot and cruise is 37 mph @ 4500 rpms.

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I have been doing some research on THT regarding this boat and model. It seems for every bad opinion, there is a good opinion to follow. This boat is on my short list for a few reasons. 1) the boat has 2008 4-stroke Yamaha 250 motors with about 120 hours on them; 2) it has a brand new tri-axle trailer with brakes; and 3) the appliances in the galley are brand new; 4) the radar and GPS unit are brand new. I have ordered a boat survey, sea-trial and engine survey, and of course, will make sure I'm 100% satisfied before handing over the cash.

I'm a Whaler and Grady boat guy. However, at this time, I can't see dropping another $35-$45K to get this manuf, from the used market, with similar size/power options. I need something that will sleep a few adults and be good for the family, keeping the kids out of the weather and offering a place for them to sleep on long runs, as well as fishability.

I would like to hear from those captains who have either owned this boat or fished it with some consistency. Just a few more bits of advice before I pull the trigger.

The boat will be used and cared for as follows:

1) the occasional overnight trip offshore
2) trips down the Intracoastal to Galveston and Kemah
3) offshore fishing trips, Sabine Pass and Cameron, out about 90 miles
4) bay and river running with the kids/friends

*I would expect to use the boat 10-12 times/year. It will be "garage" kept. Also, I'm not a fan of fishing in anything over 3', but would like to know the boat is seaworthy for those days when I don't have a choice.

Thanks in advance for your time and advice.
I have never read a bad review by anyone who owns or owned a "2950". It was "Boat Of The Year" two years running with a national magazine, put Pro-Line on the map as to wide beams, and is an extremely popular boat today. I owned one and was totally satisfied with the boat. I also sold more of them than anyone in the country, have alot of experiance with the hull, our customers who bought and used the hull, and subsequent customer service questions ongoing including right now.
The hull was modified some became other models like 30W, 31W, 30S, 30E. Same running surface changed a little as a Euro model vs. the bracket'd 2950. It's an extremely proven hull with a very successful track record and a very-very high customer satisfaction.

LOA 30' of glass, then a 2' bracket.
Beam 10'10"
Hull draft motors up 22' approx
Hull draft motors down 38" approx
Fuel 300
Weight full fuel, max power, 10,760 approx
Cockpit area 80SF
Max HP 500
Freshwater 42 gals
Sleeps 4
Holding tank 8.5 gals however the one your looking at seems to have changes
Bridge clearance W/Hardtop 9'6" approx. I'd allow for more.
Cabin headroom 6'6"
Deadrise at the transom 19 degree.

1995 model year or newer wood free structure.

With the 250's you should approach 50 MPH WOT, and cruise low to mid 30's with the O/B's snoring. I have no specs with 250 Yammi 4/s's.

Hope this was some help to you.
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After reading Mike's post, I feel I have mispoken. My boats title reads 28' Proline. I do not have same capacities listed in Mikes post. Beam is 10'2" with 200 gal fuel sell, bolt on bracket with a seperate ladder and swim platform The cabin in mine while incredibly prestine for its age is set up in a way that a private head and or galley could been an option in 1989 but was not on my boat (maybe mine was a basic model?) there is a large walled off area with a full size door that would certainly accomoadate a head and then some. I have a freshwater sink outside of the cabin on the port side of the helm area. Either way, my family and I could not be happier with the way our remodel is working out. Unfortunately not a great deal of info on the web for the 1989 28' model, but would love to find out more of the history on this year and model.

Bob

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Seabob

After reading Mike's post, I feel I have mispoken. My boats title reads 28' Proline. I do not have same capacities listed in Mikes post. Beam is 10'2" with 200 gal fuel sell, bolt on bracket with a seperate ladder and swim platform The cabin in mine while incredibly prestine for its age is set up in a way that a private head and or galley could been an option in 1989 but was not on my boat (maybe mine was a basic model?) there is a large walled off area with a full size door that would certainly accomoadate a head and then some. I have a freshwater sink outside of the cabin on the port side of the helm area. Either way, my family and I could not be happier with the way our remodel is working out. Unfortunately not a great deal of info on the web for the 1989 28' model, but would love to find out more of the history on this year and model.

Bob
You addressed Bob however Bob and I often answer Pro-Line questions togeather so I know he wont mind my chiming in.
You have the 28', the forerunner of the "2950".
If you PM me your personal E address I'll try to get you info on your hull back to you.
Bet it's red trim?
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You are correct sir, red stripe on the hard top. What a PIA to remove after all these years. She's an old girl, but she's mine and she is paid for. Kind of like my wife now that I think about it.

Thanks Mike, PM sent
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You are correct sir, red stripe on the hard top. What a PIA to remove after all these years. She's an old girl, but she's mine and she is paid for. Kind of like my wife now that I think about it.

Thanks Mike, PM sent
Well, I have one also.
Married her in October, 1964.
Her dad ran all of the testing and racing for Mr. K of Mercury fame.
He thought I was about the most useless guy his daughter could marry.
As I recall the conversation:
"How the hell are you going to support my daughter selling boats"?
Trust me, I know the drill.
Long time since October of 1964.

I have asked Faron at Pro-Line to forward info to you.
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Thank you all for the replies and confidence in this purchase
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