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September 21, 2007

Go Pro

The Pro-Line 35 Express is all business.


STOW AND GO: An aft bench seat folds out of the way for plenty of rod clearance around the engines.
WIDE OPEN: A 115-square foot cockpit accommodates multiple anglers, while a tackle center stores lots of gear and a roomy lazarette eases pump service.
COMMAND CENTER: The ergonomic helm is arranged for easy, long-distance cruising, while the helm chair rivals the best La-Z-Boy.
TOWER UP: An optional tower will let you drive from on high, but also requires the triple-outboard package.
HIGH STYLE: With a full galley, beautiful appointments and a private forward berth, the 35 Express will cruise to far-flung fishing grounds.
PEACE OF MIND: Solidly built using quality resins, bi- and tri-axial fiberglass and a unitized stringer system, the 35 will stand up for years and comes with a ten-year transferable hull warranty.

Pro-line's flagship, the 35 Express, is built by fishermen for fishermen. Its primary focus never wavers-it'll welcome sweat, scales and slime like the rest of the Pro-Line fleet. Dependable outboards give the 35 Express more pep than a similar vessel with diesel power and reduce the draft. So don't scoff at its lovely profile and comfortable cabin, the 35 Express is really a fishing beast at heart.

Performance

Length 35' 6" Beam 12' 6"
Draft 2' 1" Deadrise 19 ¿
Fuel 320 gals. Price $258,223
w/ twin 250-hp Mercury Verado four-stroke outboards

Dual 250-horsepower Mercury Verado outboards powered our test boat. Wide open, the boat hit 43.5 miles per hour with four people and 50 gallons of fuel. At 4,500 rpm, the speed was a cruising-comfortable 31.1 miles per hour. The boat accelerated well and was very responsive to tabs and quick maneuvers without sacrificing overall stability.

How it Fished

Test Conditions
Crystal River, FL
Mostly Cloudy 75 ¿
Winds: 5-10 mph Eas
Seas: light chop
Target: grouper

Trolling for gag grouper, three anglers had room to move in a cockpit outfitted with thick coaming pads and stainless-steel toe rails. In two hours, we boated 14 keepers up to 15 pounds off rock ledges in water less than 25 feet deep, including several doubles, and released a dozen more. Pro-Line Boats; (800) 344-1281; www.prolineboats.com