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Old 08-14-2019, 08:10 AM
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Does anyone know what year they switched to a molded in front cooler on the 25?
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Anyone? Really don't want to bother Bill with such a question, just curious as to which years I need to set as a limit in my search. Definitely want the molded in front cooler.
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Originally Posted by Double Creek View Post
Anyone? Really don't want to bother Bill with such a question, just curious as to which years I need to set as a limit in my search. Definitely want the molded in front cooler.
Good timing on this..... I have an 2003 Prowler 25 and recently asked Bill what brand of coolers he was now using. He replied they changed to the molded in cooler 7 years ago. Hope that helps....
Good luck on your search. Back in '06 when I bought mine It took me over a year to find a used one! I ended up paying full price as the buyer had people lined up to buy it.
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Thanks! That puts it in the 2012 time frame... Of course I haven't seen anything that recent for sale in a long, long time!
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This is the boat I am most interested in for my next boat. I live on a waterway 10 min out of the Charlotte Harbor and have a 30 min ride to get to Boca Grand pass and then open Gulf water. I want to use it a little for inshore in Bull and Turtle bay where it is shallow. This boat seems just as good and possibly better then any pathfinder for the inshore due to a draft that is maybe an inch better. Ease of poling and maneuvering will obviously be more challenging but that pathfinder will not get me offshore and to me has a crappy ride. I currently have a Sportcraft 252 hardtop with a newer 350 I/O with less then 20 hours on it. I am doing my planning and dreaming now for a boat that will also take me 70 miles offshore or more with twin motors for safety. Any feedback on this boat is always welcome. Like to know range on this boat at a 40 mph clip. I am thinking the twin 175's are the ticket from all I have read. I heard there is a 28 footer coming out but that may be a pain to maneuver in the back country.
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I am sorry if I seemed to hijack this thread. I did not read the title other then 25 ft Prowler and jumped in too fast. Apologies!
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It is the perfect boat for what you want to do. You will need 200’s to get a 40 mph cruise. It floats in less than a foot and with a trolling motor is a great inshore boat. Going offshore in anything under 2.5’s is a breeze and the boat handles great. Once you closer to 3’ you are slowing down to 25 as it will pound.
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Thanks, agree! I just saw a build out thread earlier on this cat and they went up to twin 200's and it made a lot of sense. At least when you have a 75 mile journey it does.
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I read a few times that it handles 3-4 footers with no problem. Do you have this boat?
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Originally Posted by Double Creek View Post
Thanks! That puts it in the 2012 time frame... Of course I haven't seen anything that recent for sale in a long, long time!
Hard to find, and to many people looking. If you can afford new you can have one if not you will be in line ( I am afraid to know the # of people in line) . I am hoping to find one in the next few years used but in the meanwhile saving and seeing what else is becoming available. PS I am going to start a thread to see how many 246/25 hopeful owners are out there.
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Speaking of buying a new one, what is the price range on a new one?
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I think approximately $150,000 nicely equipped with 200's
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I read a few times that it handles 3-4 footers with no problem. Do you have this boat?
Yes I have one with twin Suzuki 140s. Planning to repower in a few years to either Suzuki 200s or the new Merc 225s. The boat can handle 3-4 foot seas but it will pound hard in that big of a head sea. You can quarter for some relief but really just need to slow down. Of course spacing makes a huge difference. If the waves are 3 at 2 seconds you will have to slow way down. I think it has to do more with the boats length. It is not long enough to span the waves so you smash into the next wave while falling off the previous.
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Originally Posted by fishinmadness View Post
I read a few times that it handles 3-4 footers with no problem. Do you have this boat?
It will not handle short period, 3-4 footers, with no problem, especially a head sea. You will be slowing wayyyyy down, or breaking something. My experience was 2' and below was a good ride, but 3'+ I was slowing down quite a bit (I didn't go if forecast above 3'). Big rollers (long period seas) were no issue, just quarter and the ride was ok.
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It will not handle short period, 3-4 footers, with no problem, especially a head sea. You will be slowing wayyyyy down, or breaking something. My experience was 2' and below was a good ride, but 3'+ I was slowing down quite a bit (I didn't go if forecast above 3'). Big rollers (long period seas) were no issue, just quarter and the ride was ok.
I agree, everything is a compromise. I want one for the versatility. Back bays to offshore and fantastic little inter coastal cruiser with good economy and speed.
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Originally Posted by jgatorman View Post
I agree, everything is a compromise. I want one for the versatility. Back bays to offshore and fantastic little inter coastal cruiser with good economy and speed.
Very true
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Originally Posted by CLVL View Post
It will not handle short period, 3-4 footers, with no problem, especially a head sea. You will be slowing wayyyyy down, or breaking something. My experience was 2' and below was a good ride, but 3'+ I was slowing down quite a bit (I didn't go if forecast above 3'). Big rollers (long period seas) were no issue, just quarter and the ride was ok.
Thanks for your honest review. It almost sounds as if my 252 Sportcraft could match or come close to the ride of the prowler and probably because of the 6,000 lbs. 2.5 footers are not a real problem and 3 footers I will have to cut back like you have too. I will have to get on a Prowler soon and find out myself. When that 28 comes out, I will be curious to see the stats on it and get on that one also to compare it to the 25.
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Originally Posted by fishinmadness View Post
Thanks for your honest review. It almost sounds as if my 252 Sportcraft could match or come close to the ride of the prowler and probably because of the 6,000 lbs. 2.5 footers are not a real problem and 3 footers I will have to cut back like you have too. I will have to get on a Prowler soon and find out myself. When that 28 comes out, I will be curious to see the stats on it and get on that one also to compare it to the 25.
You're welcome. The issue is whether your current boat could get in as shallow water as the Prowler. No perfect boat.

I gravitated to fishing offshore with 70-80 mile runs one way rather than inshore fishing so moved up to a boat better suited for that.
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Originally Posted by cjlukens View Post
Yes I have one with twin Suzuki 140s. Planning to repower in a few years to either Suzuki 200s or the new Merc 225s. The boat can handle 3-4 foot seas but it will pound hard in that big of a head sea. You can quarter for some relief but really just need to slow down. Of course spacing makes a huge difference. If the waves are 3 at 2 seconds you will have to slow way down. I think it has to do more with the boats length. It is not long enough to span the waves so you smash into the next wave while falling off the previous.
Thanks for your comments and actual proof of the ride and what it can do. I wonder if that 28 may get to that second wave with the 3 extra feet. It sounds like the 25 is pretty close to my 252 Sportcraft with the 6,000 lbs I am carrying. I rarely get any pounding and with the weight, it really softens the ride.
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Originally Posted by CLVL View Post
You're welcome. The issue is whether your current boat could get in as shallow water as the Prowler. No perfect boat.

I gravitated to fishing offshore with 70-80 mile runs one way rather than inshore fishing so moved up to a boat better suited for that.
Heck no! I have no chance at about 2 ft. 4 inches, hence my plan for a future upgrade. lol I do have a Hobie fishing kayak that I can put on my boat and take to the flats and it carries my small livewell aboard and two poles. With the rudder I have, it can fly in 8-10 inches of water and tracks perfectly straight.

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