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September 21, 2007

Pro Sports 2250 WA

A great-riding boat to please family and fishermen alike.

In keeping with the company tradition of building affordable family fishing boats, Pro Sports has introduced a mid-size cuddy cabin for the 2002 model year. The 2250 WA maintains that tradition nicely, thanks to its versatile design and comfortable ride.

To accommodate the fam', the 2250 offers ample seating capacity with twin jump seats located on either side of transom, two more jump seats atop the bait wells, a cushioned seat forward of the cabin, and twin helm seats. The transom seats lift to provide access to the batteries and bilge, while the molded helm chairs rotate so you can keep an eye on the cockpit. The 2250's non-skid surface is aggressive enough for good traction (but not too rough for bare feet), while a stainless-steel bow rail, extending aft to the cockpit steps, provides additional security when the conditions warrant.

A lockable door with overlapping weather hatch allows access to the brightly lit cuddy cabin. Port and starboard bulkhead hatches and a tinted skylight admit plenty of natural light. A mirror and light on the aft carpeted bulkhead are also standard. The skylight hatch opens to a full vertical position for a view of the stars and to catch the evening breezes.

You'll find a standard fresh water sink in the cabin, and there's room for an optional porta-potty. The padded vee-berth offers a great deal of room for a boat of this size, and there is also a locker underneath to stow gear for overnight stays.

Pro Sports 2250 WAWith the creature comforts addressed, Pro Sports included numerous fishing amenities on the 2250. A tackle station is located in the middle of the transom, along with twin rod holders. You'll find two more holders in the gunwales. Folding horizontal rod racks mounted on each side of the cockpit provide additional storage.

To hold the day's catch, the 2250 is equipped with a four-foot, in-deck, insulated fishbox with overboard drain. The helm seats are mounted on top of twin 28-gallon bait wells; one comes with aeration, while the other can be fitted with an aerator or used as a cooler.

Our test boat had the optional fiberglass hardtop with four rod holders and an electronics box. If you opt for the standard package you'll get a Bimini top and room for black boxes at the helm station. Instrumentation on the test boat included a Yamaha tachometer and multi-function gauges to match the F225TXRA four-stroke outboard.

As we put the 2250 through its paces in Mississippi Sound, you could barely hear the engine running, thanks to its ultra-quiet operation and the brisk offshore breeze. The choppy conditions were negligible due to the boat's deep-vee hull, which also provided a high level of comfort while drifting and at anchor. But the boat could run when called upon, providing quick transitions to planing speed.

Pro Sports 2250 WAAccording to Pro Sport's performance data with the 225 four-stroke, the 2250 will top out at 49.8 mph at 6000 rpm, and cruise at 18.5 mph at 3000 rpm. With a fuel consumption of 4.8 gph at the latter speed and a fuel capacity of 90 gallons, that translates into maximum fishing and cruising opportunities. If you prefer twin outboards, the 2250 is also available with Mercury 150XL EFI outboards.

"The 2250 WA features a high-performance, deep-vee hull design with a 25-degree deadrise and reverse chines to create more planing surface and responsive handling. This gives it a safe, stable and dry ride, so it definitely fits the niche as a family fishing boat," said Mike Robinson, president of Pro Sports. We won't argue with that.

Pro Sports, Lincoln, AL; (205) 763-0231; www.prosportsboats.com.

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SPECIFICATIONS

Length: 21' 10"
Beam: 8' 6"
Draft: 14"
Transom deadrise: 25 ¿
Hull weight: 3,300 lbs.
Fuel: 90 gals.
Max hp: 300
Weight w/o engine: 3,975 lbs.
Base price w/ 225-hp Yamaha F225TXRA four-stroke outboard: $41,574