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Old 03-18-2020, 01:18 AM
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I am interested in a 23’ Proline Sport 2014, Any comments Pro or Con any historical issues , concerns etc.

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Old 03-18-2020, 07:56 AM
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I have a 2003...so a lot older and mine has the Donzi hull.
Love it. On third engine. So far have put 5700 hrs on that boat so far.
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I have my 2008 for sale right now, which is the same hull. You can't compare it to any pre-2007 23 proline, and even post-2008 there are some other boats people will mistakenly call a 23 sport. (they had a 23 bay, for instance) Pro-line didn't do anyone any favors with their naming over the years since there were at least 3, maybe 4 entirely different hulls with the same name.

I liked it enough that I've owned two of them. Search THT and you'll find plenty of my comments as well as others.

I'm not aware of any structural deficiencies or major issues and I've paid some attention. If it is a dark colored hull the "wings" on the transom will oxidize since they catch more sun. Side-to-side weight distribution is a bit sensitive but very easy to correct with trim tabs. I would want at least 225 hp on a non-bottom painted one, or 250 hp on a bottom painted one. Since it was an "affordable" boat you'll find them used in everything from pristine to trashed condition.

If you have specific questions feel free to pm/email me.

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Thank you, listed as a 2014 Proline Scout 23 with 250 Mercury Verado, T top, 9.9 kicker, dual fish finders very low hours. 3 boat owner and mainly trolled reason for low hours. I am coming from an IO hear a lot of good things about Yamaha but what about the Mercury Verado. Appreciate your feed back.
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Make sure to get a survey. I would say more than not I have seen some blistering issues.
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Salmon Bum thanks what’s your thoughts on the Mercury Verado. Any other concerns, absolutely on the survey.
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I have a 2014 26 proline with a 300 verado; so far, so good with the boat and motor.
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Originally Posted by Joegimpert View Post
Salmon Bum thanks what’s your thoughts on the Mercury Verado. Any other concerns, absolutely on the survey.
I have never been much of an OB guy on bigger boats, but the boats I have worked on with the Verados the owners have been happy.

What you should do is research older Prolines to give you an idea how they age. I think you will be surprised as they are an entry level built boat.
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I believe they are a fine boat with a good reputation; but then I may be a bit biased
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Most owners of a particular brand believe their boats are a good product. It all comes down to what quality you can afford and what you deficiencies you are willing to put up with as the boat ages. But what is common for almost all boat owners after they have owned it for a bit is to think that washing and changing the oil constitutes "well maintained " when the fact is a boat is designed to fall apart as soon as it leaves the factory. Most dont have a clue in what happening below skin deep until they go to sell and potential buyers surveyor reveals the story.
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I think Salmon is right. They are not Regulators, Pursuits, or Parkers. Mine has served me well, I can see where some corners have been cut, but I enjoy it. I got a nearly new boat ( with 6 years engine warranty) for what a 15-20 year old Pursuit wouldve cost. I've taken mine on a share of long journeys that a lot of nicer boats around here haven't made.
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Originally Posted by browndog15 View Post
I think Salmon is right. They are not Regulators, Pursuits, or Parkers. Mine has served me well, I can see where some corners have been cut, but I enjoy it. I got a nearly new boat ( with 6 years engine warranty) for what a 15-20 year old Pursuit wouldve cost. I've taken mine on a share of long journeys that a lot of nicer boats around here haven't made.
Bayliners get a bad rap, but there are millions of them out there. And the owners are out having fun, and that's what matters. Not everyone can afford a Viking.
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You might be biased. It was nice meeting you.
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Originally Posted by Joegimpert View Post
You might be biased. It was nice meeting you.
And you as well!
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I have a 2014 pro line 23 sport, and I cant say enough positive things about it, I bought it in 2016. with a 300HP Verado. Its a great rough water boat, and other then routine maintenance, i haven"t had a bit of trouble
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Originally Posted by tobra100 View Post
I have a 2014 pro line 23 sport, and I cant say enough positive things about it, I bought it in 2016. with a 300HP Verado. Its a great rough water boat, and other then routine maintenance, i haven"t had a bit of trouble
In your routine maintenance, have you rebedded thru hulls and all deck hardware? Many think since they don't SEE any trouble that everything is all fine amd dandy.
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Originally Posted by Salmonbum View Post
In your routine maintenance, have you rebedded thru hulls and all deck hardware? Many think since they don't SEE any trouble that everything is all fine amd dandy.
Interesting advice; curious as to why you would rebed anything at 6 years?
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Originally Posted by erie skipper View Post
Interesting advice; curious as to why you would rebed anything at 6 years?
7-8 yrs is the avg life of the bonding material, and that's "IF" it was actually done correctly at the factory.
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Originally Posted by Salmonbum View Post
7-8 yrs is the avg life of the bonding material, and that's "IF" it was actually done correctly at the factory.
I would have to believe it would depend on the bonding agent that was used and I've never heard that time line applied to thru hulls or anything else. You may indeed be correct, but we sell a very large number of used boats yearly and we have not experienced any number of thru hull failures at all; and those that we have are normally items either installed by the customer or the dealer.

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