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Purchased a Sea Pro 208+DF200A this week and got a factory tour (photo intense)

Old 04-23-2016, 01:52 PM
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Default Purchased a Sea Pro 208+DF200A this week and got a factory tour (photo intense)

I posted in another thread that I was getting my boat this week and got a few questions from previous Sea Pro owners as well as someone with one on order, so I thought I would just post everything in public if people are interested. I apologize it's photo intense, but since it's a newer manufacture/model I wanted to make sure anyone interested had as much info as they wanted.

I recently ordered a 208 bat boat from Sea Pro boats. For those who don't know-- this is the new Sea Pro. Sea Pro was sold to Brunswick around 10 years ago and got rid of the SeaPro line when the economy tanked. Jimmy Hancock, an original owner has revived it.

I was looking for a boat that works to tow kneeboards/tubes as well as go island hopping around the inter-coastal in Florida, some near shore fishing, and offshore on good days. I have a Nissan Frontier-- and a full size won't really fit in my garage, so I was limited to something that could be towed with a mid sized truck. The new 208 bay boat has a 15 degree deadrise, so it handles chop well for a bay boat, weighs in at under 2300lbs + 500lb motor, has storage galore, and generally met my needs. I wasn't going to buy a new boat, but the price point they're selling these right now new is right around what I was seeing decent used bay boats sell for.

Since the dealer network is still growing, I drove up to South Carolina to pick up my boat from Cove 2 Coast Marine. Before picking it up, I got to take a factory tour.

Step 1 is seeing how the molds are created. To make the mold, first a life sized boat is made out of wood and bondo. The skill that goes into these is amazing, every detail is done by hand.


Once you have the mold, you can make a boat. At this phase in the process, they're spraying resin and putting the glass down, then beating out any bubbles


Eventually you have a hull ready for trimming and sanding


Then painting


Then installation before the bottom and top are put together


Lots of T tops and leaning posts depending on what you order


Finishing touches/detailing


Loading up and shipping out


Leaving the factory


After a looooong drive with rain, accidents, etc, we finally made it back to FL. Time to take her out! We put 3 hours on her around Lake Harris this morning.



When I got home, I took some photos to show the various features since there aren't a ton of them online.

Before I get to the pictures, I wanted to show the custom stringers, metal fuel tank, and all of the wires/hoses are run in channels so they can be replaced easily down the road.


Rear Platform


Around the transom, the water/fuel separator and bulb are mounted out of sight


There is also a single outlet drain for the entire boat, with emergency shut off valve.


The rear casting deck seats both flip up


Under each of them is dry storage


The rear left/right live wells are both identical. You can see each live well has an LED in it for use at night.


With a center one as well


If you want rear seating for non fishing days riding around with family, there's an option being released soon which will allow that, too, with a backrest and seat cushion over the center live well. I got to see a prototype while I was there-- very easy to add/remove depending on what you're doing that day.

Moving to the center console. I didn't get any electronics installed yet as I have them from my old boat. Not a ton to say about the rest


All Sea Pro's now have tilt steering, which is awesome when switching between standing and sitting


Battery changer for using two batteries


Has lockable storage for phone/wallet. You can also see room for your feet to slide under.


On the front side is a seat


Cushions are removable to access the inside of the console and storage under.


Lots of storage in the console


Wires are tidy, and cup holders drain to the main boat drain


Moving on to the casting deck


Hatches are hinged


Rod holders are removable for when you just want storage space


Deck has a lip on it so you can feel the edge with your toe


Anchor storage


Moving back to the rear of the boat, 200hp Suzuki, although some have 150's, and Mercury/Evinrude are also factory options.


Underwater lights and drain plug that can't fall out


Last, the LED nav lights are tucked away in the bow out of the way


I will update this thread with performance numbers after the full break in.
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very nice! congrats
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Looks great. I'm glad to see they have cleaned up the wiring compared to older models. I'd love to have a new one, I'm going to have to stick with my 08 sv1900 for a while.
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Now that it's dark I was able to get some shots of the courtesy lighting, rear lights and livewell lights




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Awesome looking boat congrats.

One question - the water separator looks like it has a plastic bowl. I though those weren't allowed below deck or enclosed compartment. Only asking because I was thinking of mounting a similar one and heard they were only allowed outside the compartment.
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Originally Posted by Catn TJ View Post
Awesome looking boat congrats.

One question - the water separator looks like it has a plastic bowl. I though those weren't allowed below deck or enclosed compartment. Only asking because I was thinking of mounting a similar one and heard they were only allowed outside the compartment.

I believe that only applies to boats with an inboard engine.
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I really like the way the live well stand pipe is out of the way in it's own compartment and the sea chest replacing the need for multiple thru hulls. lots of storage for a 20 footer, very nice.
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Originally Posted by Catn TJ View Post
Awesome looking boat congrats.

One question - the water separator looks like it has a plastic bowl. I though those weren't allowed below deck or enclosed compartment. Only asking because I was thinking of mounting a similar one and heard they were only allowed outside the compartment.
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I believe that only applies to boats with an inboard engine.
Nice looking boat

I have my Racor mounted inside too. 10 years and never needed to drain any water from it.

I was talking to a mechanic the other day and he too said the Raycor shouldn't be in an enclosed area. I heard it was OK with an outboard, not inboard.

I may replace the clear bowl with the metal bowl with plugs if I hear different.



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Nice review and sweet ride for 20 footer boat has a lot of storage and space inside, wish my 17 flats boat had that much storage. The 200 Suzuki looks like a good choice too, saw another one last night in the keys at Island Grill at Key Largo never heard it crank up just 30 feet away over the guy playing music. Enjoy, 20 footer with a 200 HP bet she flies too !!!

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Originally Posted by BIG R JR View Post
Nice review and sweet ride for 20 footer boat has a lot of storage and space inside, wish my 17 flats boat had that much storage. The 200 Suzuki looks like a good choice too, saw another one last night in the keys at Island Grill at Key Largo never heard it crank up just 30 feet away over the guy playing music. Enjoy, 20 footer with a 200 HP bet she flies too !!!

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Does around 52mph with a t top, not sure what mine does yet without one (barely past 3 hr break in) but by the time my GPS is installed the t top will be too so I'll likely never know.

Here's how noisey the df200a is idling through a no wake. Took this yesterday.

https://youtu.be/ViFH_kUiTes

At one point yesterday I was getting 6.2mpg, but I'll wait for the GPS speed sensor before I trust that number.
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Thanks for a great post.

She sure is a beauty, best of luck with her.
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Very nice and congrats, could you post those on the sea pro forum please.
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Love it, Love it, Love it !!!!!! CONGRATS MAN !!!!!! HAVE FUN !!!!!
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Father in law had an older 20' Sea Pro and I always thought it was a great boat. You is very nice looking.
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Congrats, nice lookin rig. Where did they put the battery, batteries?
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Love my 2000 SV2100, I bought it new.... The attention to detail in your boat is way beyond mine. Enjoy!
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Originally Posted by jj1987 View Post
Does around 52mph with a t top, not sure what mine does yet without one (barely past 3 hr break in) but by the time my GPS is installed the t top will be too so I'll likely never know.

Here's how noisey the df200a is idling through a no wake. Took this yesterday.

https://youtu.be/ViFH_kUiTes

At one point yesterday I was getting 6.2mpg, but I'll wait for the GPS speed sensor before I trust that number.
Great looking boat, the video comes up as private by the way.
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Is there an access to the fuel sender on tank, and what's in there.?

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I missed a couple of Picts, I now see the inspection port over the fuel sender, very nice! And the livewell pumps in the floor box? Are there valves on them? Post a pict of what's in there if you would?
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