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Old 08-15-2020, 08:11 PM
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Default Mako vs Dusky vs Pro-Line

Going to look at these at 23ft. I like the closed transom and bow flair on the Dusky, like the clean lines and layout of the Pro Line. Mako has the bow seating I like and price is favorable compared.

Any major differences in how these handle seas? Is one wetter than the other?

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What years? They've all changed over the years, especially Mako
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New? Used? What year?

Dusky makes a great boat. Little rough around the edges, but solid and proven.

Mako used to be a great boat. Now they are owned by Bass Pro. Heard of some hull issues on their smaller boats. Their current boats are more of an entry level boat.

Pro-Line just introduced a $5 charge to contact them with a question on their website. Do you really want to do business with that type of company? Just think how a warranty claim would go.

https://prolineboats.com/contact/
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2005 Pro Line 23 w 200 Merc
1994 Mako 211C 200 Evinrude
2004 Pro Line 21 150 Merc
1999 Mako 224 225 ox
2000 Dusky 233 200 Evinrude
1996 Dusky 256 2017 Suze 250

I have max $30k budget but prefer $20-$25k for boat, motor, trailer.

Need bow seating for family preferably the long fish boxes port and starboard where I can have cushions.

Donít want notched transom, only closed w bracket.

Need to plane w 6-7 people onboard.




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The only boat on your list that isnít a production boat is Dusky. I had a 1994 256 for years. The owners at Dusky are a class act and still make their boats by hand. Anything you need they are there. Canít say the same for Pro Line and Mako.
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As long as the deck and tank are solid on that Dusky, seems like an easy choice. Good luck!
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I'm a little biased.
sea trial each one before you buy...check the floors and transoms real.good...what brackets are on the Duskys??
mine is all original...still from 1987
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Easy choice with those engine options go with the newer suzuki.
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The Dusky ride will be the most comfortable.
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My concern is such a large boat Dusky 256 for single zuke 250?
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Dusky 25. It won’t be a speed demon with the 250, but still will perform well. Plus, it’s way more boat than any of the rest of them. If not the 25, by the 23’ Dusky.
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Originally Posted by El Comandante View Post
My concern is such a large boat Dusky 256 for single zuke 250?
I bet itís plenty. Sea trial it and find out first hand.
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Originally Posted by El Comandante View Post
My concern is such a large boat Dusky 256 for single zuke 250?
most have a single 300 or twin 150's with 50hp difference you'll drop a little top end speed...it will suffice
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Having not owned any of these, my perception from reading here for years would be:

1) Dusky
2) Mako
3) Proline

Actually (IMHO), not sure if Dusky and Proline belong in the same comparo.....

Also agree with the power on the 25' being marginal. My 25" HS CC had twin 175s. As was said, I'd sea trial if possible.

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Originally Posted by pgkeating View Post
Having not owned any of these, my perception from reading here for years would be:

1) Dusky
2) Mako
3) Proline

Actually (IMHO), not sure if Dusky and Proline belong in the same comparo.....

Also agree with the power on the 25' being marginal. My 25" HS CC had twin 175s. As was said, I'd sea trial if possible.

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quick search yielded me 3800lbs for the dusky and 5400lbs for the hydra. Big weight difference, someone correct me if Iím wrong but not the best comparison. I think a 250 is a fine motor for the dusky.
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Originally Posted by El Comandante View Post
2005 Pro Line 23 w 200 Merc
1994 Mako 211C 200 Evinrude
2004 Pro Line 21 150 Merc
1999 Mako 224 225 ox
2000 Dusky 233 200 Evinrude
1996 Dusky 256 2017 Suze 250

I have max $30k budget but prefer $20-$25k for boat, motor, trailer.

Need bow seating for family preferably the long fish boxes port and starboard where I can have cushions.

Donít want notched transom, only closed w bracket.

Need to plane w 6-7 people onboard.
inhave the proline 23 super sport if thatís what youíre looking at. Some pros and cons. My only real complaint is it gets pretty squirrely above 45kts. I have twin 175s on it. Outside of that very happy with the ride for its size
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If (and I think it is) that's the 23 Proline with the 22 deg bottom it's the best running of the hulls listed but might be a bit uninspiring with a 200.
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Thank you all.
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There's a 25 proline in the classifieds that has a 225 Yamaha pretty low hors for your budget. Its set up a d ready to go.
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Bang on the side of a proline, sound is thin and weak. I would take the Dusky over the others in this case.

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