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jj1987 05-28-2019 06:11 AM

Bought a SeaPro 248
 
So my wife and I recently moved to a boating community, and 2ft disease kicked in as we wanted to be on the water more and choose our days less....so we hopped up 4ft. When I bought our previous boat, I wrote a review that seemed to be useful to a lot of people, so I figured I'd do that again.

Here's my 208 review. You'll notice a lot of overlap as we basically built the exact same boat and options since we loved that boat. That boat we learned a lot about what we like in a boat, so this one I don't expect as many updates and changes.
https://www.thehulltruth.com/boating...o-intense.html

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.the...5c7e0b4e54.jpg

First, here's the 248 getting capped for anyone who wants to see wiring
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We took delivery of her Friday, and immediately splashed her for a sunset cruise. Took us 2 days to complete the 10 hour break in :)


For the review, I'll start from the back forward.

I went with the Suzuki DF350 primarily because of the duo prop system. I usually cruise at 25-30, so the DF250 or DF300 would have most likely been plenty of motor for my needs. The duo prop is night and day better when docking in current. It's incredibly the difference in prop grip at slow speeds. The 350 also comes packaged with power steering, which is a nice to have as even the DF200A on my 208 had decent torque steer.

The Atlas jack plate is a standard feature on the 248. If you look, they made the rear all deck space, so you can't actually trim the motor if there wasn't a jack plate.

For the shallow water anchors, you have the choice of Talons or Power Poles. I REALLY wanted the 15ft Talons, but after searching and searching the web for justification on going with Talons, Power Pole's warranty and customer service reviews kept me with the 10ft Blades.
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.the...f11668bb99.jpg

If you look in the splash well above, you'll see an access compartment which is where you get to the
- water fuel separator
- single outlet drain
- bilge pump

On the rear deck, you'll find two large storage compartments on each side
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.the...4a98bdef1c.jpg

You'll also find a pressurized live well to keep your bait from being beat up. One cool feature is that it has tension hinges, so it won't slam like the 208 did.
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.the...9f51700c73.jpg
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Next up is the rear seat. On the 208/228, these pop up seats are on the sides. When I picked up my 208 and saw the 248 plug being made, one thing they said was that they went with a center seat because at boat shows wives asked why the men would get the center console with wind blocked, but they got stuck freezing with the seats that aren't protected. Under this seat you'll notice a MASSIVE storage compartment, along with the control valves for the forward and aft pressurized live wells.
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.the...a2571f22aa.jpg
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The rear deck has tackle storage standard on both sides.
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.the...484a4c790e.jpg

The center console is huge from what I'm used to, and even at 35-40mph you don't need to squint to see through the wind.
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.the...df4f5183df.jpg

The leaning post seats
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.the...e29f8968b3.jpg


You have the option of tackle storage under the leaning post
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.the...01be09eed9.jpg

The center console has quite a bit of storage. Ours has less because it has a toilet and 20 gallon freshwater shower in there.
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.the...11a80287c8.jpg

The ttop has a map light that when turned up is white, or down is red, along with blue lights. If I were designing it, I'd remove the blue lights and make them all red/white depending on switch direction.

I REALLY wish they would have integrated a 12v DC outlet or two into the ebox for charging phones. I'll add one almost immediately.

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.the...9484148409.jpg

You have a spreader light on the rear (not pictured) and forward
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.the...54f4224a7e.jpg

On the forward deck, you have two rod locker storage areas along with another pressurized live well. I personally use the rod storage area for fenders, dock lines, life jackets, throw cushion, etc, and put all the rods in the t top holders. I guess if you fished a ton of rods, you'd like this storage area.
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.the...72761bda1a.jpg

^^ you can also see the trolling motor battery compartment which holds 3 batteries for a 36v trolling motor comfortably. I forgot to photograph that.

You also have an insulated fish box. My experience with this on the 208 is that it's better for storage, and use a real cooler for the fish. Easier to clean, easier to take out, and the ice lasts way longer than any "insulated" box built into a boat.
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.the...0bd2f1d5cd.jpg

The selling feature for my wife on this boat were the forward seats. I like how they're 100% out of the way for fishing trips with the guys, but the milled aluminum is rock solid for riding up front on family days.

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.the...4016fdcf1f.jpg
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Finally, the Sea Pro cover fits like a glove, and is priced at almost half of aftermarket covers. I do wish it covered the sides of the boat however.
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.the...414562b9e5.jpg

Here's the performance data, for those interested
http://suzukimarine.com/Product Lines/Outboard Motors/Products/DF350A/2012/~/media/Marine/BoatBuilders/TestResults/S/Sea-Pro Boats/SeaPro 248 DF350A

As always, I'm more than happy to answer questions if I know the answer. We're at 12 hours on her now, so I don't have a ton of seat time and may defer some questions until I can give a better answer.

autobaun70 05-28-2019 07:14 AM

Gorgeous boat. Looked one of these over yesterday at the gas dock on Lake Murray. Really like the dual livewell setup. On Murray we live bait blueback herring for striper quite a bit. Those are kept in recirculating tanks. Owner had modified his forward well to be a recirculating tank, and when in use it cycles through the rear tank so that the forward can be both circulating and pressurized.

kennyboy 05-28-2019 07:15 AM

congratulations. Sea Pro's are good boats for the money. I owned a 21 bay and couldn't believe the ride and stability. thanks for taking the time for the review and pics....

RIDE2GETHER 05-28-2019 07:19 AM

Enjoy!!!

jj1987 05-28-2019 07:52 AM


Originally Posted by autobaun70 (Post 12568168)
Gorgeous boat. Looked one of these over yesterday at the gas dock on Lake Murray. Really like the dual livewell setup. On Murray we live bait blueback herring for striper quite a bit. Those are kept in recirculating tanks. Owner had modified his forward well to be a recirculating tank, and when in use it cycles through the rear tank so that the forward can be both circulating and pressurized.

Was that a dark hull with twin white talons and a white 350? I think I know who you're talking about, he's the one that gave us a ride on Lake Murray and got my wife convinced to upgrade when she rode in the 248 haha

autobaun70 05-28-2019 08:05 AM


Originally Posted by jj1987 (Post 12568326)
Was that a dark hull with twin white talons and a white 350? I think I know who you're talking about, he's the one that gave us a ride on Lake Murray and got my wife convinced to upgrade when she rode in the 248 haha

Sounds like the one. Didn't pay attention to the brand, but it had dual poles on it. Given we are 20 min from the factory there are tons of Sea Pro's on the lake.

JBS 05-29-2019 09:14 AM

Got yourself a nice ride!

rcrejzer 06-12-2019 05:26 AM

What is the round control panel beneath your jackplate switch? It's killing me trying to figure it out...

jj1987 06-12-2019 05:41 AM


Originally Posted by rcrejzer (Post 12617539)
What is the round control panel beneath your jackplate switch? It's killing me trying to figure it out...

Power steering. Sea Pro requires that you upgrade to power steering when you go to the 350.

Jettywolf 09-08-2019 05:42 AM

Bay boats???.......not for the shallow water bay anymore. Kinda like a bmw suv. Not really meant for the mud, like a ole 1976 bronco!
Its all gone too far!!! What the hell.? A 350 on a dang 24 footer?
Bay boat used to mean, a 18-20' rolled edge, light weight, kenner, bluewave, etc.
If you build it, and its shiney, they will by it.

RIDE2GETHER 09-08-2019 05:56 AM


Originally Posted by Jettywolf (Post 12908412)
Bay boats???.......not for the shallow water bay anymore. Kinda like a bmw suv. Not really meant for the mud, like a ole 1976 bronco!
Its all gone too far!!! What the hell.? A 350 on a dang 24 footer?
Bay boat used to mean, a 18-20' rolled edge, light weight, kenner, bluewave, etc.
If you build it, and its shiney, they will by it.

So what brand of oars do you use on your "real" bay boat?

OBTW, nice boat OP! :thumbsup:

jj1987 09-08-2019 06:01 PM


Originally Posted by Jettywolf (Post 12908412)
Bay boats???.......not for the shallow water bay anymore. Kinda like a bmw suv. Not really meant for the mud, like a ole 1976 bronco!
Its all gone too far!!! What the hell.? A 350 on a dang 24 footer?
Bay boat used to mean, a 18-20' rolled edge, light weight, kenner, bluewave, etc.
If you build it, and its shiney, they will by it.

Im curious, what size motor would you approve?


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