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October 26, 2001

Sea Pro 235

To its great credit, Sea Pro builds seaworthy boats of high quality that don't cost an arm and a leg.

Live-bait fishermen will particularly appreciate three baitwells - two large and one small. And rarely can you find as much factory-standard rod storage. With holders on the T-top, under and in gunwales and more around the transom, Sea Pro allows you to carry 16 rods. Our boat had pedestal seats, but the optional leaning post boosts rod storage to 20. Also, the leaning post provides very convenient storage for all those items you use constantly, like leader spools, terminal tackle and pliers. I think it's a better choice than pedestal seats.


There's no mistaking the offshore shear of the 235. A high bow wards off spray and provides exceptional buoyancy. A substantial height difference exists between bow and cockpit gunwales. Families in particular will appreciate the security that the rail height provides all around.

Our boat sported a full transom with an engine bracket. However, Sea Pro also builds this model in a cutout-transom version. Not surprisingly, the full-transom model seems to be the more popular among offshore fishermen. Optional swim platforms (one with a swim ladder) can be mounted on either side of the engine bracket.

You'll find loads of storage all over this big 23-footer. Besides a sizeable anchor locker, the casting deck in the bow holds two big fish boxes.

When I'm offshore, I like being able to access a boat's vital components in an emergency. Sea Pro does a fine job of placing all pumps, electrical harnesses, rigging tubes, batteries, hydraulics and such within easy reach of an opening hatch - no contortions needed. Standard bronze thru-hulls should contribute to preventing such critical moments, however.

Sea Pro uses superb ingredients in all the right places without going overboard and adding needless expense. For example, vinylester resin below the waterline prevents osmotic blistering. Stitched fiberglass mat combined with Thermalite, Divinycell and Coremat composites makes a strong yet lightweight hull. And all hardware gets thru-bolted with aluminum backing plates.

For more information, contact Sea Pro, 182 Sea Pro Drive, Newberry, SC 29108; 803-321-5777 or fax 803-321-9096.