The new 17 Pro is built from three separate parts - the proprietary hull, the inner liner and the deck - that are made completely of composite materials and fused together using a special process to create a strong and durable one-piece unit. It also incorporates Kevlar and vacuum-bag infusion to ensure quality construction and finish throughout. Like all Dolphin Skiffs, the 17 Pro contains no wood, and the company backs the hull with a transferable 10-year warranty.
Dolphin got input on the design of this boat from hundreds of customers and guides, and the result is a functional and intelligent layout. The hull shape is a modified version of the high-performance deep-V from the 16-foot Super Skiff Pro, but it still affords a 10-inch draft and now boasts an 81-inch beam. This combination of draft and beam enables the boat to run over 40 mph with a 90-hp Evinrude E-Tec and to smoothly handle a 2-foot chop, but the boat is rated for up to a 140-hp engine.