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October 26, 2001

Pro-Line 3000 Super Sport Cuddy

"The Pro-Line 3000, with its Divinycell coring and FIST stringer system, will run fast and hard, and it will take whatever beating you want to give it."

A large bait well within the helm leaning post will hold dozens of livies with no problem. But trolling these baits will require bumping the engine in and out of gear, because even when running just one engine, you'd be moving too fast. I'd also like to see a tool station on the back of the leaning post.

You can steer the 3000 downwind handily, and the less-than-radical 22-degree deadrise and transom bracket overhang help to dampen beam sea rolling more than you'd expect on a performance boat.

Design/Construction
About the only thing the tiny cuddy cabin only this boat can be used for is lying down or rod storage, though the portable head will work for children and short people. Storage areas, however, offer loads of room: Insulated fish boxes, pull-out boxes with storage and access beneath abound. Wiring has heat-shrink tubing and soldered connections, and each 3000 contains separate pumps for wash-down, bilge and bait well.

As you'd expect from a performance boat, the 3000 has an exceptionally comfortable leaning-post design with a backrest for support when seated. The contoured leaning post keeps you comfortably supported no matter the sea condition. An angled footrest lets you stand fiat-footed rather than always shoving your toes forward in your shoes.

Pro-Line employees fish, so it's no wonder that you'll find fishing amenities all present and located right where they need to be. Popup cleats, both on the bow and amidships, keep lines from snagging, as do standard stern cleats hidden beneath the gunwale, with hawsepipes for line access.

Working the cockpit in rough weather is always a challenge, but with cockpit bolsters just above knee height to port and starboard and room beneath to tuck in your toes, the 3000 gives you a secure feeling.

It rained on our way to the Marquesas, and while I don't mind getting wet, I had a distinct problem with raindrops pelting my face like someone shooting at me with a BB gun. Pro-Line definitely needs to redesign the windshield, making it higher and stronger as well as removing a few of the compound curves to get rid of the distortion.