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Hey everyone, i'm in the market for a new/used fishing boat, i'm looking at a 24' seaswirl striper with a 5.0 i/o, i've also looked at a 25' proline walkaround. I really like the layout of the proline and it seems like they have been around for a while. The only problem i have is i'm looking for an i/o as i plan on trailering this boat and i personally prefer the i/o. i am also looking for one with no bottom paint, a trailer, and the hard top. I would prefer the dual prop as well. I've searched the internet for the proline with an i/o and a couple other walkarounds and it seems that all the company's have gone to outboards. i'm just wondering if there is a good walkaround boat out there with i/o other than the seaswirl striper. any help is greatly appreciated
Would be interesting to know why you prefer the i/o. I found that the motor box took up to much working space for fishing. I found that the o/b was easier for maintenance and winterization. OB's a little more expensive to buy but I think worth it. I had the Seaswirl with OB. Basic but a nice build. Trophy's are popular here in the NW. Grady's seem to be overpriced for my taste. There are lots out there. Check out the new ones at the Jan. boatshows.
If you're on the east coast, you may find Steiger and a few other small builders with I/O versions.
But expect mostly Seaswirl for I/O. Seaswirl vs Pro-Line is a tough call. If you do include OB boats that really opens a lot of doors. Examples Century, Sea Hunt, SeaSport, and Wellcraft.
Most of the market for this style of boat is building outboard exclusively. Which probably means buyers prefer outboard versus I/O.
So consider resale value- it will probably be higher for outboard powered boats, and it will be easier to sell since it's what most buyers in this market of boat want.
Dual prop will most likely be found with Volvo power- (or may be easy to upgrade to) which will eleiminate Brunswick brand boats such as Trophy.
So if you want I/O- you will probably need to look farther afeild from your local are, because they will be harder to find, due to being less -plentiful. You may be able to negotiate a better deal, howver, because it may be hard to sell, and the seller may not be getting many offers (or hearing a lot of "I wish it was outboards").