2007 Owner’s Manual
2007
Owner’s Manual
Specifications subject to change without notice. Actual boats may vary from drawings and/or photos.
Copyright 2005 Pro-Line Boats Inc., PO Box 1348, Crystal River, FL 34423
All rights reserved. Sep 15, 2006; Rev. May 2, 2007
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Table of Contents
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Introduction
Specifications ..........................................................................................................
Dealer Responsibilities .............................................................................................
Customer Responsibilities ........................................................................................
Owner’s Package ....................................................................................................
Insurance and Registration .......................................................................................
Capacity .................................................................................................................
Warranty .................................................................................................................
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Safety
Carbon Monoxide .................................................................................................... 6
Emergency Treatment for CO Poisoning ......................................................... 6
Where CO May Accumulate........................................................................... 7
How To Protect Others and Yourself............................................................... 7
Fire......................................................................................................................... 8
Equipment............................................................................................................... 8
Flooding.................................................................................................................. 9
Hazardous Conditions .............................................................................................. 9
Passenger Safety .................................................................................................... 9
Regulations ............................................................................................................. 10
Rules of the Road .................................................................................................... 10
Alcohol ................................................................................................................... 10
Controls
Throttle & Shift Controls ...........................................................................................
Ignition – Binnacle, Fwd, Neutral & Reverse Gear Operation ............................
Key Switch Alarm .........................................................................................
Lanyard Stop Switch .....................................................................................
Shift / Throttle / Trim ................................................................................................
Steering – No Feedback ...........................................................................................
Steering .......................................................................................................
Steering Wheel .............................................................................................
Power Trim ..................................................................................................
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Systems and Accessories
Electrical System .....................................................................................................
Circuit Breakers ............................................................................................
Switch and Breaker Panel .............................................................................
Lighting Systems .....................................................................................................
Navigation Lights ..........................................................................................
Anchor/All Around Lights ...............................................................................
Instrumentation........................................................................................................
Compass .....................................................................................................
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Horn ............................................................................................................
Instrumentation / Gauges ..............................................................................
Sea Water System
Baitwell Pump ..............................................................................................
Bilge Pump ..................................................................................................
Fuel/Oil Systems .....................................................................................................
Fuel Tank.....................................................................................................
Vented Fuel Fill Fitting ..................................................................................
Fuel Sender & Fuel Pick Up ...........................................................................
Fuel Water Separator ....................................................................................
Primer Bulb ..................................................................................................
Oil Tank and Oil Fill.......................................................................................
Fuel / Oil Leaks ............................................................................................
Windshield ..............................................................................................................
Storage and Hatches ...............................................................................................
Storage ........................................................................................................
Hatches and Latches ....................................................................................
Seating ...................................................................................................................
Bimini Top (Optional) ...............................................................................................
Rod Holder Storage .................................................................................................
Hardware ................................................................................................................
Cleats ..........................................................................................................
Bow Rail ......................................................................................................
Gunwale Trim / Rubrail ..................................................................................
Grab Rails ....................................................................................................
Half Dive Platform w/Ladder ..........................................................................
Cockpit / Deck Drains ....................................................................................
Drain Plug ....................................................................................................
Thru Hull Fittings ..........................................................................................
Vinyl Upholstery.......................................................................................................
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Operation & Performance
Trim / Tilt.................................................................................................................
Propellers ...............................................................................................................
Starting ...................................................................................................................
Before Starting the Engines ...........................................................................
Starting the Engines ......................................................................................
After Starting the Engines ..............................................................................
Fueling ...................................................................................................................
Before Fueling ..............................................................................................
While Fueling ...............................................................................................
After Fueling.................................................................................................
Loading ..................................................................................................................
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Trailering and Launching
Selecting a Trailer ....................................................................................................
Check Before You Go Out On The Highway ...............................................................
Backing A Trailer .....................................................................................................
Pre-Launching Preparations .....................................................................................
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Launching ............................................................................................................... 32
Retrieval ................................................................................................................. 32
Storage ................................................................................................................... 32
Service and Care
Fiberglass and Gelcoat ............................................................................................
Epoxy Barrier Coat and Bottom Paint .............................................................
Graphics .................................................................................................................
Gunwale Trim/Rubrail...............................................................................................
Fuel Water Separator ...............................................................................................
Compass ................................................................................................................
Aluminum ................................................................................................................
Stainless Steel ........................................................................................................
Corrosion Protection ................................................................................................
Windshield ..............................................................................................................
Bimini Top (Optional) ...............................................................................................
Canvas
Vinyl .......................................................................................................................
Exterior Vinyl – Upholstered Seats .................................................................
Winterizing and Storage ...........................................................................................
Resealing................................................................................................................
Additional Cleaning and Maintenance Products ..........................................................
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Appendix
Helpful Check Lists ..................................................................................................
Each Time You Go On A Boat Trip .................................................................
Once A Month ..............................................................................................
Once A Year ................................................................................................
Boat Identification Information ...................................................................................
Trouble Shooting Chart ............................................................................................
Wiring Diagrams ......................................................................................................
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While we endeavor to be as accurate as possible, certain changes in standard equipment, options and the like may
have occurred which would not be included in the Owner’s Manual. All weights and fuel capacities are estimates and
could/will vary with each vessel and with each application. In all cases, consult your local Pro-Line dealer for the
most current information.
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Introduction
Congratulations on the purchase of your new Pro-Line Boats 17 Sport sport fishing boat. Welcome into
the proud family of satisfied Pro-Line owners. Every expedition lets you enjoy the outstanding features
designed into every boat we construct. Your new Pro-Line is more than just a boat, it's a whole new
lifestyle.
Pro-Line's commitment to the needs and wishes of the sport fishing family has resulted in a superior
fishing craft providing you with comfort, performance, security, and outstanding fishability. All of our boats
comply with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) safety regulations and are designed and crafted in accordance
with the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the American Boat and Yacht Council
(ABYC) standards, and the Common European directive (CE).
This manual (to be kept onboard your Pro-Line) is designed to provide you with information necessary for
the safe, efficient operation and care of your new Pro-Line. Take the time now to carefully review the
owner’s manual and the additional information in your owner’s package to maximize your enjoyment and
safety as well as familiarize yourself with your new boat.
We have prepared this manual to help you fully enjoy each voyage while operating your boat safely.
While the information in the manual cannot and does not cover every boating situation, we urge you to
read this manual carefully and familiarize yourself with the boat before using it. If a specific method or
procedure is not recommended, you must make sure that whatever action you take is safe for you, your
passengers and others on the water. Always use common sense when boating.
Specifications
Length Overall (LOA)
Beam
Draft (Hull)
Deadrise
Weight
Hull – w/o Engines
Trailerable
17’ 4”
7’ 8”
12”
19o
1,700 lbs.
2,400 lbs.
Cockpit Area
Cockpit Depth
Maximum Horsepower
Bridge Clearance
w/Bimini Top
Fuel Capacity
Baitwell Capacity
50 sq. ft.
18”
115 hp
4’ 9”
7’ 3”
40 gallons
12 gallons
Dealer Responsibilities
Your dealer's responsibilities include but are not limited to:
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Pre-delivery verification of proper rigging and operation. Deliver the boat in water ready
condition unless you and your dealer have agreed upon other arrangements.
Complete the pre-delivery checklist with the customer at the time of delivery.
Provide adequate orientation in the general operation of your Pro-Line including an
explanation of the specific safety considerations regarding the use of the systems and
components.
Provide an explanation of the owner’s package and literature, including the warranty
registration cards for the vessel, engines and all of the separately warranted equipment
and accessories.
Discuss the terms of all warranties and emphasize the importance of registering each
warranty with the specific manufacturers.
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Repair any damages that may have occurred to the boat while the boat has been in the
dealer’s possession.
Provide service to Pro-Line boat owners within the locality of the dealership.
Explain local and out of area service procedures during and after the warranty periods.
Customer Responsibilities
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Review and sign the Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) report for the boat and motors with
your dealer to ensure that your boat is in top condition when you take delivery.
Examine the boat at time of delivery to insure that all systems and components are
functioning safely and properly. Report any outstanding issues (i.e., scratches, missing
items, etc.) to your dealer before or during the delivery of the boat.
Read all literature and instructions to ensure proper usage and operation of the
equipment as well as how to use and maintain all equipment as directed.
Read and understand the limited warranty. Sign the warranty registration card and mail
it to Pro-Line Boats.
Contact your local Pro-Line dealer for assistance with any warrantable repairs.
Transportation of your boat to and from your dealer or repair facility for warrantable
repairs.
Schedule your 20-hour boat and engine check up with your dealer.
Know your boat and the rules of the road before you use your boat.
Be proficient in boat handling and safety. This manual is not intended to provide
complete training on all aspects of general boat operations. We at Pro-Line urge all boat
owners and operators to attend a boating safety course before operating a boat.
Owner’s Package
Each Pro-Line boat comes with an Owner’s Package that contains this Owner’s Manual along with
materials supplied by various manufacturers whose products have been installed on your boat.
Manufacturers of certain products (i.e., Stereo, Engines, Electronics, etc.) provide their own limited
warranty and owner’s manuals. While we have endeavored to be as accurate as possible in this manual,
if you should notice a discrepancy between the information in this manual and that of the individual
supplier’s manual, always follow the instructions in the supplier’s manual.
Make sure that you complete the individual warranty cards for these products and forward them on to the
respective manufacturers to register for your warranty with them. Retain all materials in your Pro-Line
Owner’s Package for easy reference.
Insurance and Registration
As the owner of the boat, you are legally responsible for all liabilities of operation. Secure insurance
protection with a reputable insurance company through your local insurance agent.
Learn about and operate your boat in accordance with local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and
registration requirements.
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Capacity Information
In accordance with the National Marine Manufacturers
Association (NMMA) and the American Boat and Yacht
Council (ABYC), all boats 26 feet in length or less are
required to display a capacity plate. Your 17 Sport is
rated for the following capacities.
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Maximum capacity of persons may not
exceed 5 passengers. The combined
weight of those passengers may not
exceed a total combined weight of 715
pounds.
Total weight including passengers, motor
and gear may not exceed 1,250 pounds.
These capacity standards are based on Standards and
Recommended Practices for Small Craft published by the
National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).
Warranty
The Pro-Line Boats Limited Warranty is attached to the warranty card. After signing the warranty card,
your dealer will provide you with your copy of the warranty and mail the warranty card to Pro-Line Boats,
Inc. A copy of the Pro-Line Boats Limited Warranty is also included in this chapter.
The Pro-Line Boats Limited Warranty extends only to parts that were factory installed. Dealer installed
items are the responsibility of the dealer. All warrantable repairs are to be completed by an authorized
Pro-Line dealer. Your dealer should be able to assist you with any service or warranty related issues.
If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the services performed by your dealer, we suggest that you
discuss the matter with the service manager. The service manager is responsible for the quality of
service being performed and has a direct interest in resolving your issues to your satisfaction. If the
matter is complicated and cannot be resolved to your satisfaction by the service manager, we suggest
that you talk to the general manager or owner. In most cases a compromise can be reached.
If the matter cannot be resolved by the dealership to your satisfaction, contact the Pro-Line Boats
Customer Service Department by calling 352-795-4111 or by writing to:
Pro-Line Boats, Customer Service Dept.
PO Box 1348
Crystal River, FL 34423-1348
FAX: 352-795-9373
So that your dealer and we can provide you with the best possible service, please have the following
information available when calling or writing:
HIN (Hull Identification Number)
Selling dealer’s name and location
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Servicing dealer (if different from selling dealer)
Nature of problem
Names of dealership personnel involved with the situation
Record of service performed and approximate dates
When contacting Pro-Line Boats, please keep in mind that your issue will most likely be resolved at the
dealership, using their facilities, equipment, personnel and/or sublet repair facilities.
Note: There are items that are not covered by the Pro-Line Boats Limited Warranty, including but not
limited to the following:
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Incidental and consequential damages (i.e., storage charges, telephone or rental charges
of any type, inconvenience or loss of time or income).
Damage caused by neglect, lack of maintenance, accident, abnormal operation, improper
installation or service.
Haul-out, launch and towing charges.
Transportation charges, service call charges and/or travel time to and from a repair
facility, customer’s home or marina.
Service requested by customer other than that which is necessary to satisfy the warranty
obligation.
Oils, lubricants or fluids used in normal maintenance.
Air freight, next-day or second-day air, or any special delivery fees unless pre-approved.
Gelcoat cracking, chalking, crazing, discoloration, yellowing or blistering.
Hull blisters that form below the water line: Osmosis blistering is not covered by our
limited warranty. The phenomenon of osmotic blistering is known to occur in salt water,
brackish water and/or fresh water. Any boat left in the water for any period of time is
susceptible. Most marine bottom paint manufacturers offer coatings that help protect the
hull against osmosis blistering. We highly recommend that you add a protective coating
to your hull. Find out which type of bottom paint is recommended for your area and have
an epoxy barrier coat and bottom paint applied by a professional.
Parts not installed by the factory
The Ten Year Limited Hull Structural Warranty is transferable to subsequent owners for a nominal fee.
Please contact your dealer or Pro-Line Boats to obtain the applicable transfer form so that the new owner
will have piece of mind knowing that their pre-owned boat comes with the same structural hull warranty
protection that was afforded to the original owner.
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Safety
Your Pro-Line boat has been constructed with safety in mind. But, remember, boating safety and the
safety of your passengers is YOUR ultimate responsibility. You should fully understand the operations of
your vessel as well as the basics in boating safety.
Your local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA) and the U.S. Power Squadrons (USPS) offer excellent
safe boating classes several times a year. If you have not already passed a boating safety course, we
recommend that you do so at your earliest convenience.
Plan your trips carefully. Insure ample fuel supply and a reserve. Tell someone where you are going and
when you expect to return. Keep current charts onboard. Read USCG boating safety circulars and follow
the safety guidelines.
Carbon Monoxide
Be aware of and avoid conditions that can cause Carbon Monoxide poisoning (see USCG boating safety
circular 77). Sources of Carbon Monoxide (CO) include any gas or diesel engine and any flame from
items such as a charcoal grill, stove or heater. Carbon Monoxide can accumulate to deadly levels in
enclosed spaces. Always ventilate occupied areas of the vessel with fresh clean air.
In high concentrations, CO can be fatal within minutes. The effects of CO in lower concentrations are
cumulative and can be just as lethal over long periods of time. CO poisoning is often confused with
seasickness. So be aware of the following CO symptoms: Itchy and watery eyes, flushed appearance,
throbbing temples, inability to think coherently, ringing in the ears, tightness across the chest, headaches,
drowsiness, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, vomiting, collapse and convulsions.
Do not stand or swim near the motor when the engine is idling.
Carbon monoxide can harm and even kill you inside or outside your boat!
Did you also know:
• CO symptoms are similar to seasickness or alcohol intoxication?
• CO can affect you whether you're underway, moored or anchored?
• You cannot see, smell or taste CO?
• CO can make you sick in seconds? In high enough concentrations, even a few breaths
can be fatal.
Most important of all, did you know CO poisonings are preventable? Every boater should be aware of
the risks associated with CO - what it is; where it may accumulate; and the symptoms of CO poisoning.
To protect yourself, your passengers and those around you, learn all you can about CO.
Emergency Treatment for CO Poisoning
CO poisoning or toxicity is a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate action. The following is
a list of things that should be done if CO poisoning is suspected. Proceed with caution. The victim may
be in an area of high CO concentration, which means you or others could also be in danger from
exposure to CO.
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Evaluate the situation and ventilate the area, if possible.
Evacuate the area and move affected person(s) to a fresh air environment.
Observe the victim(s).
Administer oxygen, if available.
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Contact medical help. If the victim is not breathing, perform rescue breathing or
approved cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), as appropriate, until medical help arrives.
Prompt action can mean the difference between life and death.
Shut off potential sources of CO, if possible. Correct ventilation problems and/or repair
exhaust problems as appropriate. Investigate the source of CO and take corrective
action, such as evacuating and ventilating the area, or shutting off the source of the CO
while at the same time evacuating and ventilating the area.
Where CO May Accumulate - Carbon Monoxide can accumulate anywhere in or around your boat
as shown in the following pictures:
Inadequately ventilated canvas enclosures.
Exhaust gas trapped in enclosed places.
Blocked exhaust outlets.
Another vessel's exhaust. CO from the boat docked next to you can
be just as deadly.
"Station wagon effect" or back drafting.
At slow speeds, while idling, or stopped. Be aware that CO can
remain in or around your boat at dangerous levels, even if your
engine or the other boat's engine is no longer running!
How to Protect Others & Yourself
You are in command of your boating safety. Follow these simple steps to help keep Carbon Monoxide
from poisoning you, your passengers or others around you.
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Know where and how CO may accumulate in and around your boat.
Maintain fresh air circulation throughout the boat at all times. Run exhaust blowers
whenever the generator is operating.
Know where your engine and generator exhaust outlets are located and keep everyone
away from these areas.
Never sit, teak surf or hang on the back deck or swim platform while the engines are
running. (Teak Surfing is a new and dangerous boating fad that involves an individual
holding on to the “teak” swim platform of a vessel while a wake builds up then lets go to
body surf on the wave created by the boat; hence the term - Teak Surfing.) Teak surfing
is never a safe activity.
Never enter areas under swim platforms where exhaust outlets are located unless the
area has been properly ventilated.
Although CO can be present without the smell of exhaust fumes, if you smell exhaust
fumes, CO is also present. Take immediate action to dissipate these fumes.
Treat symptoms of seasickness as possible CO poisoning. Get the person into fresh air
immediately. Seek medical attention unless you are sure it is not CO.
Install and maintain CO alarms inside your boat. Do not ignore any alarm. Replace
alarms as recommended by the alarm manufacturer.
Get a Vessel Safety Check. A VSC is a free bow-to-stern safety examination.
Fire
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Be aware of and avoid conditions that can lead to accidental fire.
Guard against and watch for fuel spills and leaks.
Inspect wiring for damage or exposure that could lead to short circuits or arcing.
Make sure those who smoke are careful to avoid accidental fire ignition.
Do not allow smoking while fueling.
Keep a USCG approved fire extinguisher on board at all times.
Inspect the fire extinguisher regularly, learn how to use it properly and instruct others as
well.
Use water to fight a fire as a last resort after making arrangements to abandon the boat if
a fire should get out of control.
Keep the following in mind if a fire is burning out of control and you must abandon the
boat:
o Abandon the boat into the wind to minimize burn risk from floating fuel.
o Wear a PFD unless you must swim under burning fuel.
o If swimming under burning fuel, throw a PFD outside of the burning area
and swim under the burning fuel to it.
Equipment
USCG regulations require that you have the following Coast Guard approved equipment onboard while
operating your boat:
• Fire extinguisher(s)
• Personal Flotation Device (PFD) for each occupant
• One throwable PFD
• Sound signal device
• Navigational lights if operated at night
• Sight signal device approved for day and night use when in coastal waters or the great
lakes
In addition, here is a list of suggested equipment you should have aboard your Pro-Line:
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First aid kit and blankets
Mooring lines and fenders
Combination oar/boat hook
Spare prop and hardware
Spare fuses and bulbs
Local charts and compass
2 way radio
Floating key chain and spare keys
Emergency food and water
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Anchor and sea anchor with sufficient line
Bailing device
Tool kit and lubricant
Spare fasteners, hose clamps and plugs
Binoculars
Waterproof flashlight and spare batteries
EPIRB (emergency beacon)
Navigation device
Waterproof matches or lighter
Flooding
Be aware of and avoid conditions that can cause your boat to flood with water. Possible causes of
flooding include:
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Waves washing into the boat
Water entering cockpit due to improper loading
Failure to properly install the drain plug.
The boat will become flooded and may swamp, capsize or sink if water enters the boat faster than the
bilge pump can expel it.
Hazardous Conditions
Keep track of weather developments and avoid hazardous conditions whenever possible. When forced to
operate your Pro-Line in storm conditions:
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Wear PFD's.
Stow loose gear and equipment.
Place heavy items as low as possible.
Head for the easiest port to reach a safe location.
Reduce speed. You are moving too fast if the boat leaves the water.
If power fails, anchor or rig a sea anchor off the bow (an empty ice chest in a pinch).
Stay with the boat if it capsizes, unless it is burning out of control.
Passenger Safety
You are responsible for the safety and conduct of your passengers. Make sure that:
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You instruct your passengers on the proper use and location of PFD's. Children and
non-swimmers should wear one at all times.
Each passenger is in a safe location when underway and knows to keep the boat
balanced.
At least one other person knows how to operate the boat in case of an emergency.
Your passengers are aware of propeller dangers and the possibility of sudden maneuvers
and jolts.
The engine is turned off and the key is removed when swimmers are near the prop or
using the dive platform.
All passengers keep away from lines under stress in case they break and recoil.
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Regulations
The USCG is the authority of all waterways. Local authorities enforce State Boating Regulations. You
are subject to marine traffic laws and "Rules of the Road" for both federal and state waterways.
Therefore, you must submit to boarding if requested by the proper authority. There are many publications
available from the Coast Guard concerning regulations. Call the United States Coast Guard Info Line at
(800)-368-5647 for additional information.
Rules of the Road
Know and use the “Rules of the Road”. Your boat is subject to U.S. Coast Guard enforced marine traffic
laws know as “Rules of the Road.” There are two sets of rules: the US Inland Navigation Rules and the
International Rules. The latter rules are applicable to all vessels inside the demarcation lines separating
inland and international waters. You may obtain a copy of the rules from any of the following and by
requesting the publication titled “Navigational Rules, International - Inland.”
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The United States Coast Guard Info Line (800)-368-5647
The USCG Headquarters by logging on to uscg.mil
The information here is only a “brief” overview. Please contact the USCG for detailed information.
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Audible warning signals:
o One short horn blast: starboard course change.
o Two short horn blasts: port course change.
o Three short horn blasts: astern operation.
o Five horn blasts: doubt about previous signal or danger.
o A Five-second horn blast every minute: for fog operation.
When overtaking, give-way vessel announces intention with horn blast(s) and waits for a
response, then completes maneuver.
When approaching head-on, both boats give way after giving appropriate horn blast(s)
(preferably to starboard).
When crossing, a vessel converging from starboard has the right-of-way. Port vessel
gives way (both acknowledge with one short horn blast).
Know and observe navigational buoys and markers.
Give way to craft under sail.
Alcohol
Don't drink and drive. If you have been drinking, appoint someone who is an experienced boater and has
not been drinking to be the designated driver. Never operate a boat under the influence of drugs or
alcohol. Operation of motorized vessels while under the influence is a Federal offense carrying a
significant penalty.
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Controls
Controls and engine systems vary greatly from one engine manufacturer to another. Please read your
engine owner’s manual carefully.
Note: If your engine package was not factory installed, some components that are
normally standard installations may not be included.
Throttle & Shift Controls
Ignition – Binnacle, Forward, Neutral and Reverse Gear Operation
The binnacle on the 17 Sport is located at the console forward of the helm seat. To ensure that the
binnacle is working properly, shift the binnacle forward to put the engine in forward gear. Make sure the
engine shifts smoothly into idle with no grinding of the gears. Bring the binnacle back into neutral and
repeat the same process while going into reverse. Again, ensure that there are no gears grinding. It is
important to check the binnacle at wide-open throttle (WOT) to ensure the binnacle is not stiff and
operates smoothly while going into the WOT position.
Actual binnacle will vary depending upon the engine package that was selected.
Key Switch Alarm
The key switch alarm is located in the binnacle and sounds when the ignition key is turned on. The key
switch alarm is actually a warning alarm that will go off in the unlikely event that an overheating problem
occurs with the engine. To check the key switch alarm, turn the ignition key to the right but do not start
the engine. The alarm will sound ensuring that the engine warning alarm is working properly. When
finished, turn the key off.
Lanyard Stop Switch
To ensure the lanyard stop switch (also called the emergency stop feature) on the engine works properly,
first turn on the ignition key and start up the engine. While the engine is running, locate the lanyard stop
switch. The lanyard stop switch is installed in close proximity to the binnacle or the ignition. While the
engine is running in the neutral position, pull the lanyard stop switch downward until the plastic element at
the end of the lanyard pulls the stop switch pin into the off position. This process will automatically stop
the engine and will ensure that the emergency lanyard stop switch is working properly.
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Shift / Throttle / Trim
Your Pro-Line can be ordered with different shift/throttle systems based upon motor type. Refer to the
owner's packet to find the manual pertaining to your particular installation. Each motor has an individual
tilt/trim switch located on the port throttle lever. Separate shift and throttle controls are available for each
outboard motor.
The throttle lever has three range positions: “Forward”, “Neutral”, and “Reverse”. The shift function
occurs in the first portion of the lever travel. After the transmission is shifted into gear, further movement
of the lever advances the throttle.
Push the throttle lever ahead to move forward and pull it back for reverse. Centralize the lever to the
detent for neutral. The throttle lever is equipped with a neutral safety switch to prevent the motor from
starting in gear. The initial short movement of the lever to engage the transmission should be made firmly
to avoid causing gear clash.
CAUTION: Use care in shifting to avoid advancing the throttle more than intended.
Steering – No Feedback
Steering
When the steering wheel is turned, the helm pump pumps fluid to the steering cylinder causing it to
extend or retract. Periodically, check the fluid level and fill as necessary. Beware of adding too much
fluid, especially if the ambient temperature is cold because subsequent expansion could cause leaking or
damage to your system. Refer to the owner’s manual that was provided by your engine manufacturer.
After every 24 hours of operation check all nuts, caps, and hose fittings for tightness. Make sure the
hoses are not chafing or kinking on sharp corners. Also, check that hose ends are not damaged or
distorted. The fluid should be changed annually under normal conditions and every six months during
times of heavy usage. If your steering does not operate properly, check the following:
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Drive entanglements
Hoses and/or fittings for leaks
Air in the steering system.
To properly check the steering system on the 17 Sport, start by turning the steering wheel port to
starboard. If the engine does not respond the same time as the steering wheel is being turned, this
means that there is air in the steering system and the steering system needs re-bleeding. When there is
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air in the steering, the steering wheel will feel “loose”. Contact your dealer to have them bleed the
steering system.
Steering Wheel
The stainless steel steering wheel is mounted at the helm
along with the binnacle, switch panel and other controls.
Please refer to the Care and Maintenance section of this
manual for cleaning recommendations.
Power Trim
The power trim unit is located on the engine and can be operated by using the trim button on the engine
or by using the trim toggle switch on the binnacle. To ensure the power trim is working, start by pressing
the toggle trim switch in the up position and trim the engine to the full up position. Repeat the same
process by pressing the trim toggle switch down and the engine will go into the full down position. See
the Trim and Tilt information in the Operations section of this manual.
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Systems and Accessories
Electrical System
Circuit Breakers
Circuit breakers and/or fuses protect the wiring on your 17 Sport. In the event a device stops working,
check to see if the circuit breaker is tripped or if the fuse is blown. Breakers are installed on the switch
panel next to the individual switches.
A tripped breaker will protrude or move from its set position indicating that the circuit has been
overloaded. Turn off the device(s) on the circuit, then reset the breaker by pushing in once or by
returning a breaker switch to the on position.
f the breaker does not reset or if it resets and then trips again after the device is turned back on, then a
short circuit exists or your device may be damaged, overloaded, or faulty. Correct the problem and then
reset the breaker. If the breaker continues to trip and you are certain the device, switch and wiring are in
good repair; either the breaker is faulty or it is too small for the load. Reduce the load or replace the
breaker.
Switch and Breaker Panel
The switch and breaker panel is located on the console and is equipped
with 4 switches for the horn, navigation lights, bilge pump and baitwell
pump. Descriptions for each switch are provided below:
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Horn - The horn is used to signal, warn, or alert other boats, swimmers
or people on shore. Depress the horn switch to the up or forward
position to activate the horn. Release the horn switch to deactivate
the horn. Using different sequences of horn blasts indicates different
and sometimes dangerous situations to you or someone around you.
Avoid any horn use without an appropriate purpose. See the Safety
Section in this manual and/or take a safe boating course for more
information on the proper use of the horn.
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Navigation & Anchor/All Around Lights - Locate the Nav. light
switch on the instrument panel. This is a 3-way switch (forward,
middle, back/aft) that functions as follows when you press the
switch:
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Forward position - Turns on the bow lights and the anchor light. This function will
also activate the red light in your compass and illuminate the gauge lights.
Middle position – All lights are off.
Back/Aft position – Anchor light is on; the bow lights and gauge lights are off.
Bilge Pump - Your 17 Sport is equipped with an automatic bilge pump and float switch. This 500gph pump is located in the bilge. The bilge pump and float switch are accessible via the hinged
hatch in the motor well over the aft bilge.
The bilge pump is wired automatic to the battery and has a manual override located at the switch
panel on the console. The automatic float switch is wired directly to the battery terminal through a
breaker or inline fuse. The circuit breaker is located at the helm next to the manual switch.
Depressing the bilge pump switch to the up or forward position activates the bilge pump.
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If for some reason the indicator light on your bilge pump switch comes on, check your bilge for
water. It is not uncommon for rain water or water from washing your boat to accumulate in the bilge.
Standing water will activate the automatic float that is connected to the bilge pump. If you notice
your pump running frequently during your day on the water, you should check the thru hull fittings,
hose connections, etc. for any possible leaks.
Keep the bilge area clean and free from debris that could clog ports or inhibit float movement. Also,
keep the battery (starboard) that provides power to the bilge pump charged. If the battery is not
charged and flooding occurs, the boat could swamp causing damage and possible loss of life or
property.
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Baitwell Pump - The baitwell pump is located in the bilge area and is plumbed to a seacock (ball
valve). This pump is also used for the raw water washdown. See the Sea Water section of this
manual for instructions on using the raw water washdown fitting.
For the pump to operate properly you need to make sure the seacock is in the open position. The
seacock is wide open when the yellow seacock lever is vertical. When the yellow seacock lever is
horizontal, the seacock is closed.
The underside of the seacock thru-hull is equipped with a scoop to allow the water to be picked up
even when the boat is on plane. When the boat is not in the water or the baitwell pump is not going
to be used for an extended period of time, the seacock valve should be in the closed position.
To activate the pump, depress the switch to the up or forward position. To turn the pump off after
the baitwell tub is full, depress switch to the down or aft position.
Lighting Systems
The navigation and anchor/all around lights are required to be used for operation at night or under low
visibility conditions to indicate your position to other boaters. Visually verify the operation of your
navigation and anchor/all around lights and verify that the lights are free from obstructions. You should
check your navigation lights monthly during optimum visibility conditions.
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When you are underway in low visibility conditions, you should have the Nav/Anc switch
in the up or forward position. This will activate the navigation lights, as well as your
anchor/all around light.
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When you are anchored or in low visibility conditions, you should turn on the anchor/all
around light. Press the Nav/Anc switch to the down or aft position to turn on the
anchor/all around light.
Navigation Lights
The navigation light is a combination red and green light that is mounted bow of the boat. The port side
of the light red and the starboard side of the light is green.
Nav Light
Anchor/All
Around Light
Outlet
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Anchor/All Around Lights
The U.S. Coast Guard requires that the anchor light be installed at the highest point on the boat and must
be secured in the up position when you are underway. The outlet for this light is installed on the transom.
Set the base of the light fixture in the outlet and snap it into place. When not in use, this light fixture can
be folded up for easy storage inside the console.
Instrumentation
Compass
The Compass on the 17 Sport is located on the dash on top of the
console. To ensure that the compass light is working properly,
press the Nav Lts switch in the forward position to turn on the red
LED light inside the compass. When finished, turn the Nav Lts
switch back to the middle position.
Please refer to the owner’s manual provided by the manufacturer
of the compass for operational procedures and for information
related to the care and maintenance of their product. When in
doubt, always defer to the compass manufacturer’s instructions
and/or recommendations.
Horn - Electric
To check and see if the horn is working properly, press the horn switch in the forward position and listen
to hear the horn. The horn is used to signal, warn or alert other boats or persons on shore. The horn
switch is located on the switch panel. The horn device is located on the starboard side of the console.
Depress the horn switch to the up or forward position to activate the horn, then release the horn switch to
deactivate the horn. Using different sequences of horn blasts indicates different and sometimes
dangerous situations to you or someone around you.
See the Safety Section in this manual for more information. Avoid any horn use without an appropriate
purpose. Additional information regarding audible warning signals should be covered in a safe boating
course.
Instrumentation / Gauges
A multi function analog gauge for rpm’s (tachometer), fuel and volts is installed on the console. The
analog gauge will be illuminated when the navigation lights are on.
Tachometer
The tachometer (tach) gauge is included in the multifunction gauge that is installed on the console. To
ensure the tach is working properly, simply turn the ignition key on and start the engine. While the engine
is idling, the tach should be reading in the proper RPM range recommended for the engine. Your engine
manual will indicate the appropriate RPM range. When you are running at wide-open throttle, the tach
should read near the top end of the recommended RPM range.
If the RPM gauge is reading correctly and the engine throttle settings are correct, the tachometer is
operating properly. If the tachometer is not reading correctly, refer to the manual provided by the
manufacturer of the gauge that was included in your owner’s package.
Fuel
The fuel gauge reads the amount of fuel remaining in the tank. To check the fuel gauge, place a known
amount of fuel into the fuel fill and fill the tank. Turn the ignition key on and the fuel gauge should read
the approximate amount of fuel in the tank.
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For example: If the fuel tank holds 40 gallons of fuel and you pumped 10 gallons of fuel
into the tank, the fuel gauge should read approximately ¼ of a tank. This ensures that
the fuel gauge and the fuel sender are working properly.
If the fuel gauge is not reading correctly, we recommend that you have the fuel sender checked by a
qualified professional before considering changing out the gauge. For more information, please refer to
the Fuel/Oil Systems section of this manual.
Volts
To system check the volt gauge, turn the ignition key on and turn on the engine. With the engine running,
check the reading on the volt gauge. It should be reading between 12 and 14.5 volts. This reading
ensures that the charging system and the volt gauge are working properly.
For specific information related to your multifunction gauge, refer to the materials in your owner’s package
that was provided by the gauge manufacturer.
Sea Water System
Baitwell Pump
The baitwell switch at the helm controls the baitwell pump. The pump
and seacock are mounted in the bilge and are accessible through the
bilge hatch in the motor well at the transom. Raw water for the baitwell
tub comes through the seacock, to the pump and then to the baitwell
tub. Before turning the pump on from the helm, check to be sure that
the seacock is open. The seacock is wide open when the yellow
seacock lever is vertical. When the yellow seacock lever is horizontal,
the seacock is closed. The seacock should remain closed when the
pump is not in use.
The 12-gallon capacity baitwell tub is located below the seat in front of
the console. It comes equipped with an aerator head and a standpipe.
Note: In the photo above, the seacock lever is shown in the open position
To operate the baitwell system, locate the baitwell switch on the console and press the switch to the
forward position to turn on the pump. When the baitwell pump is operating, go to the baitwell tub, open
the baitwell lid and visually check to see if water is pumping into the tub through the aerator fitting. To
turn the baitwell pump off, press the baitwell switch to the aft position. You should always turn the
baitwell switch off at the helm if the pump is not going to be used soon.
If you find it necessary to run the baitwell pump while you are underway, you may be forcing more water
than necessary up through the seacock. In this instance, adjust the seacock lever to a 45o angle so that
the seacock is only halfway open. The seacock lever may require additional adjustments to find a setting
that works best for you.
Even when the baitwell pump is turned off, if the seacock is open, the baitwell tub will continue to fill with
water while you are underway.
Bilge Pump
The boat is equipped with a 500-gph bilge pump. This pump is installed as far aft as possible in the bilge.
There are 2 steps in properly checking the bilge pump. First, turn the bilge pump on at the instrument
panel by pressing the bilge pump switch to the on or forward position. When the bilge pump switch is in
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the on position, the switch light should be illuminated. To check and see if the bilge pump is operating,
open the bilge hatch over the bilge pump and listen to hear the bilge pump running.
Second, turn the bilge pump off at the instrument panel and
check the bilge pump float switch. The bilge pump is
equipped with an automatic float switch (white box) that is
mounted in close proximity to the pump. As long as your boat
is equipped with an operable battery, the pump will operate
automatically when water is present in the area. The float
switch is equipped with two plastic knobs located on either
side of the switch. Turn either one of the knobs to raise the
float to engage the bilge pump. If the pump comes on, the
automatic float is operating properly. It is recommended that
you check the operation of the automatic float switch monthly.
Float Switch
Baitwell
Pump
Bilge Pump
Fuel/Oil Systems
Fuel Tank
The 40-gallon fuel tank (Inca Molded Products) on your Pro-Line is constructed of flame resistant crosslinked high-density polyethylene. The fuel tank is located under the deck and is secured between the
stringers and bulkheads.
Located below the access pie installed
aft of the console and forward of the helm seat.
Fuel Fill Hose
Manufacturers
Label
Fuel Pick
Up
Located below the access pie installed
inside the console.
Fuel Vent Hose
Fuel Sender
Inspect all hose connections on a regular basis. You can access the other end of the fuel fill and fuel vent
hoses via the 6” deck plate that is installed just below the fuel fill on the inside the cockpit.
Vented Fuel Fill Fitting
The vented fuel fill fitting is labeled “Gas” or “Fuel” and is located
approximately amidships on the starboard gunwale. Twist the cap to
open the fitting. The cap is connected to the fitting by a chain or cable
so that it will not fall into the water and/or get lost. Be careful not to
pump fuel into any other fitting on the vessel.
While you are filling the tank, fuel entering the tank pushes air in the
tank out through the vented fuel fitting.
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Note: Never pump fuel into any fitting, opening or access on the boat unless it is labeled
“Gas” or “Fuel”.
Fuel Sender & Fuel Pick Up
The fuel sender and fuel pick up are accessible via the access pie that is installed aft of the console and
forward of the helm seat. The fuel sender is equipped with a float that moves up and down with the fuel
level in the tank. The fuel level information is sent to the fuel gauge and keeps you informed of the
approximate fuel level in the tank. If you feel that your fuel gauge is reading incorrectly, before
considering changing the gauge, have your Pro-Line dealer’s Service Department or a qualified service
professional remove the fuel sender and check to make sure that the float is able to move up and down
freely.
Fuel Water Separator
Depending on your selection of the various optional engine packages, your boat may be equipped with a
fuel water separator for the engine. However, some engines come equipped with a built in fuel water
separator. Please refer to the owner’s manual provided by the manufacturer of your engine package for
operational procedures and for information related to the care and maintenance of their product. When in
doubt, always defer to the engine manufacturer’s instructions and/or recommendations.
If your engine package requires the installation of a fuel water separator, it will be mounted to a stringer or
bulkhead inside of the bilge. The “spin on” filter cartridge should be renewed every season at a minimum.
Fuel tanks that are not kept full accumulate water faster due to condensation. Therefore, the filter
cartridge may need to be replaced more often depending upon usage and conditions or if the motor
begins to run rough. When replacing the filter cartridge for the fuel water separator, coat the rubber seal
with a film of grease or oil to help prevent sticking.
If water should somehow enter your fuel tank via condensation, your fuel source, etc., it will become
trapped in the fuel water separator before it is able to travel through the fuel system and to your engine.
Please refer to the owner’s manual provided by your engine manufacturer for proper procedures. Some
engines will not have a separate fuel water separator located in the bilge. Instead it will be located on the
engine itself. Check engine specs.
Primer Bulb
A primer bulb may be installed with your engine package. It is used to prime the fuel pump in the motor
with fuel. Squeeze the primer bulb a few times until resistance is felt in order to prime. If no resistance
develops and the fuel pump will not prime, you may be out of fuel, the primer bulb may be defective, or a
leak may have developed allowing air into the system. The primer bulb (if applicable) is located with the
rigging tubes where they exit the bilge and are easily accessible in the motor well area.
Note: Not all engines require a primer bulb. Refer to the engine manual for verification.
Oil Tank and Oil Fill
Depending on your selection of the various optional engine packages (i.e., oil injected outboard engines),
your boat may be equipped with a remote oil tank. If your engine package requires the installation of an
oil tank, it will be mounted in the bilge and can be accessed via the hatch below in the motor well. The oil
fill will be installed on the forward edge of the motor well.
Make sure that the oil tank is well stocked with the type of engine oil that is recommended for your
engine. Refer to your engine manual. It is imperative that the oil supply remains clean and
uncontaminated by water or dirt. Check to make sure the oil lines are free from leaks, kinks and chafing.
Some motors use a primer bulb to initiate oil flow. Air may periodically enter the system and require
purging. Refer to your engine manual for specific instructions.
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If your optional engine package requires the installation of a remote oil tank, please refer to the owner’s
manual provided by the engine manufacturer for operational procedures and for information related to the
care and maintenance of their product. When in doubt, always defer to the engine manufacturer’s
instructions and/or recommendations.
Fuel / Oil Leaks
The fuel tank is vented via the vented fuel fill fitting and the fitting should be inspected for obstructions
regularly. Verify that all of the fuel hoses remain properly secured and located according to NMMA
standards. Inspect all hose clamps and fittings to ensure they are double clamped where needed and
that there are no fuel leaks in any of the hoses. Also, inspect the oil system, if applicable, and ensure that
the oil tank and hoses remain properly connected and secured.
If you notice a fuel odor or see fuel in the bilge, there may be a leak somewhere in the fuel system.
Correct any fuel leaks before operating the vessel.
Caution: If at all possible, any fuel tank and or fuel system repair should be handled by
your Pro-Line dealer’s service department or by another qualified service professional.
Windshield
The Plexiglas windshield assembly is molded to fit
the console
DO NOT use commercially available glass cleaners
containing harsh chemicals such as ammonia or
alcohol as this will permanently damage the
windshield. Please refer to the Service and Care
section of this manual for cleaning recommendations.
Storage and Hatches
Storage
Your boat has the following storage areas for your tackle and/or gear:
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Inside the console.
Wet/Dry storage compartment below the port aft jump seat.
Wet/Dry storage compartment in the casting deck storage box.
Hatches and Latches
To open the hatches just lift the handle of the latch from the recessed area of the hatch, twist it and lift the
hatch open. Make sure that all hatches are closed and secured before you get underway.
In addition to the deck hatches, there are round access pies installed on the boat that provide access to
components. The following photo identifies the locations of the components that can be accessed via the
deck hatches and access pies.
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Access Hatch Locations
Inside the console
Access to the fuel fill &
fuel vent hoses on the
fuel tank
Fuel fill fitting
and hose
Forward of the console seat
Access to the fuel sender
and fuel pick up
Thru hulls for
Deck Drain
Bilge pump
Baitwell
Thru hull for deck drain
Bilge pump
Baitwell pump
Seacock
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Seating
The 17 Sport has seating at the helm, forward of the console and at the transom.
Cooler w/Flip Flop Backrest
(Standard Helm Seat)
Forward Console Seat
w/cushion, Backrest & Baitwell
Tub (Standard)
Molded Jump Seats
The following optional seating is also available:
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Aluminum leaning post w/backrest and cooler
Pedestal Seats (2)
Jump seat cushions with back rests and grab rails
Bimini Top (Optional)
A Bimini top is standard with the 17 Sport. The frame is made of anodized aluminum and the Bimini
canvas top is made of high quality Sunbrella canvas. Please see the Service and Care section of this
manual for cleaning and care recommendations.
Rod Holder Storage
Your 17 Sport has rod holder capacity to accommodate up to six rods and reels. Four vertical rod holders
with PVC inserts have been installed on your console (two on each side) and another pair of rod holders
has been installed on the gunwales.
Hardware
Cleats
Your boat is equipped with 4 standard cleats. They are installed to provide areas to permit you to tie off
the boat at dockside, tie off to another boat that is anchored, secure bumpers/fenders, tie off the anchor,
etc. You should never use the cleats for towing another boat or skier.
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Bow Rail/Low Profile Recessed
The low profile recessed bow rail is constructed of stainless steel. The railing, which is through bolted to
the gunwale, is provided for safety. Never use the bow rail to tie off to anything heavier than a
bumper/fender. Do not use the bow rail for anchoring, or to tie off to the dock or another boat. Do not
use the bow rail to tow another boat or skier. Never stand on the bow rail or use it as leverage when
pulling up an anchor, a fish or any other objects. Do not use the bow rail to tie off and/or secure a large
catch, etc.
Gunwale Trim / Rubrail
A white rigid vinyl gunwale trim with a vinyl insert is installed at the juncture of the deck and hull. This
durable trim provides a nice clean look and serves as somewhat of a cushion when you are docking,
coming along side another vessel, etc.
See the Service and Care section of this manual for cleaning recommendations.
Grab Rails
Stainless steel grab rails have been installed to provide safe boarding and navigation on the boat. Grab
rails are built into the ladder on the half dive platform and two more grab rails are installed on each side of
the console seat. The selection of the optional jump seat cushions includes the installation of a grab rail
at each jump seat.
Half Dive Platform w/Ladder
The ladder on the half dive platform allows you easy boarding and lets you easily stow away the step.
Cockpit / Deck Drains
There are two (2) cockpit/deck drains in the aft area of the
cockpit that allow excess water in the cockpit to drain
overboard via thru hulls on each side of the boat. To ensure
that there is no blockage in any of the hoses connected to the
drains, it is recommended that you occasionally run water
through each of the cockpit drains and visually inspect the thru
hulls to verify that water flows freely and that there is no
blockage. To trouble shoot, check the hoses for leaks and
make certain that all hose connections are secure.
Drain Plug
Before launching the boat, always make sure that the drain plug has been installed in the fitting on the
transom at the keel. If your boat is being transported, remove the drain plug once the boat is secured on
the trailer so that any excess water can be drained via the fitting. Never remove the drain plug when the
boat is sitting static in the water.
If you live in an area where it snows and you are storing your boat on a lift during the winter, make sure
that you remove the drain plug. When the snow melts, if the float switch for the bilge pump happens to
fail, it could flood the bilge and damage electrical components in the bilge.
Thru Hull Fittings
Thru hull fittings provide overboard drainage. The following photos indicate the source of drainage for
each of the thru hulls.
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Thru Hull Locations
Port Side
Port Side
Deck/Cockpit
Drain
Starboard Side
From Top to Bottom
Bilge Pump
Starboard Side Deck/Cockpit Drain
Baitwell
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Vinyl Upholstery
Please see the Service and Care section of this manual for information on how to clean and care for your
seat cushions and cockpit bolsters.
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Operation and Performance
Trim / Tilt
The power trim system allows the operator to raise and lower the motors throughout an infinite number of
settings between its upper and lower limits. There is a trim setting that will yield maximum speed, stability
or maneuverability for every throttle setting. Refer to your engine manual for specific questions regarding
the trim and tilt.
For most conditions, the best all-round performance is obtained when the bow of the boat is slightly out of
the water and all motors are trimmed to the same degree.
General trim down (or "in") characteristics are:
• Starting position for best acceleration to plane.
• Lowers the bow, which provides better stability and ride in rough water.
• Reduces boat speed and economy due to increased drag of hull and drive.
• More spray over bow.
General trim up (or "out") characteristics are:
• Raises the bow of the boat out of the water resulting in less hull in the water.
• Greater speed and economy for a given throttle setting.
• Greater maneuverability; provided prop does not ventilate during the maneuver.
• In excess, the reduced stability can lead to bouncing, porpoising, and propeller
ventilation.
In addition to providing ideal boat performance, the power-trim/tilt enables the motors to be raised (tilted
up) for trailering, beaching and launching. Avoid operating the trim switch if travel of the motor is blocked
or it has reached the limits of travel.
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Propellers
If your Pro-Line was ordered with a factory installed engine, it will have a propeller that has been
performance tested to provide the best all-round performance for your engine/hull combination at sea
level. In some situations, it may be desirable to re-prop your Pro-Line to enhance the desired
performance needs for your area. For instance:
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Decreasing the pitch will enhance acceleration and power at high loads.
Increasing the pitch will increase speed at light loads.
Decreasing the diameter will compensate for any loss of power at high altitudes.
Increasing the diameter results in higher efficiency at low speeds at the expense of top
end speed and acceleration.
Be sure not to over rev the engine when re-propping or engine damage could result. Operating your
engine with a damaged prop will decrease performance, increase fuel consumption, and may introduce
undesirable handling characteristics. The vibration caused by running a damaged prop could cause
costly damage to your lower drive unit.
Starting
Follow the information in your engine manual if it deviates from the following instructions.
Before Starting the Engine:
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Ventilate all enclosed spaces.
Visually inspect the bilge for fuel and check for vapors.
Visually make sure that the propellers are clear of obstructions or swimmers.
Make sure that the engine cooling water intakes are submerged.
Lock the helm seat to face straight forward.
Attach the safety stop switch lanyard.
Starting the Engine:
Start the engine according to the instructions provided in your engine manual.
After Starting the Engines:
After your engine starts, make sure to observe a few basic rules to insure the engine is functioning
properly:
• Verify engine cooling water circulation.
• Check the temperature gauge for the first few minutes to make sure the engine is
warming properly and not overheating.
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Check for fuel, oil and water leaks. If any leaks are found, shut down the engines and
make the necessary repairs before continuing on with your voyage.
Follow the break-in procedures as recommended by the engine manufacturer for your
engines.
Fueling
Certain precautions must be observed when fueling due to the explosive nature of gasoline.
Before Fueling:
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Secure the boat to the dock with adequate moorings.
Turn off the engine and any equipment having spark-producing contacts.
Close doors and hatches so fumes do not enter boat.
Disembark all persons not necessary for the fueling operation.
Prohibit all smoking and open flames on board and nearby.
Have a fire extinguisher close by.
While Fueling:
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Keep the nozzle in contact with the fuel fill opening to minimize the possibility of sparks.
Do not pump fuel into any opening unless it is marked “Fuel” or “Gas”.
Do not leave the boat unattended.
Do not spill fuel.
Do not over fill. Filling a tank until fuel is vented is dangerous.
Allow room for expansion.
After Fueling:
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Close the fuel fill opening.
Wipe up any spilled fuel and dispose of the rags on shore.
Open the doors and hatches to ventilate the boat before starting the engines.
Check for fumes in the bilge and continue to ventilate if fumes are present.
Loading
The performance of any boat is contingent upon the amount of load carried. Reduce the load to permit
safe operation in rough and adverse conditions. Heavy loads reduce the performance and increase fuel
consumption. The load positioning greatly affects the performance of your boat. If excessive weight is
placed too far aft, the boat may have difficulty getting on plane and may ride rough. If the load is
concentrated too far forward, the boat may “bow steer” or veer off to the side when entering a large wave
at an angle. There may also be a reduction in the top end speed. The optimum load location is generally
near the center of the boat.
When loading your Pro-Line, always:
• Maintain a balance both port to starboard and bow to stern.
• Keep heavy items as low as possible.
• When boarding, step (never jump) into the boat one passenger at a time.
• Pass gear from the dock to someone in the boat. Do not carry gear while boarding.
• Never allow passengers to hang their feet over the side of the boat.
• Do not allow passengers to sit or stand on top of the stern or gunwales.
• Do not overload the boat to the point where water enters the cockpit scuppers.
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Trailering and Launching
Selecting a Trailer
Choose the proper trailer for your boat and make sure the trailer you use is certified. Consult your state
authority for state regulations pertaining to trailering a boat. More damage can be done to a boat by the
stress of road travel than by normal water operation. A boat hull is designed to be evenly supported by
water. Pro-Line does not make or recommend the use of any particular trailer. We do, however,
recommend using the bunk style trailer in lieu of a roller style trailer. The bunk style provides the hull of
the vessel with a much more even distribution of weight.
When transported on a trailer, your boat should be supported structurally, as evenly across the hull as
possible. This will allow for even distribution of the weight of the hull, engine and equipment. It should be
long enough to support the whole length of the hull but short enough to allow the lower unit of the boat's
engine to extend freely.
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Rollers and bolsters must be kept in good condition to prevent scratching and gouging of
the hull.
Tie-downs and lower unit supports must be adjusted properly to prevent the boat from
bouncing on the trailer. The bow eye on the boat should be secured either with rope,
chain or turnbuckle in addition to the winch cable. Additional straps may be required
across the beam of the boat.
The capacity of the trailer should be greater than the combined weight of the boat, motor,
and equipment. Check the certification label on the forward port (left) side of your trailer
to insure it has an adequate gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) for the combined boat
and trailer.
The tow vehicle must be capable of handling the weight of the trailer, boat and motors, as
well as the weight of the equipment, which will be carried inside. The boat weight must
include the weight of the empty hull, motors, full fuel and fresh water capacities,
accessories, equipment, and provisions. This may require that the tow vehicle may need
to be specially equipped with:
o Engine of adequate power.
o Transmission designed for towing.
o Larger cooling systems for the engine and transmission.
o Heavy-duty brakes.
o Load bearing hitch attached to the frame, not the bumper.
Rollers, if used, should only serve to guide the boat into position while in the water and should not be
relied upon to support the weight of the boat. The improper use of rollers voids your warranty and could
seriously damage your hull.
Check Before You Go Out On The Highway
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Insure that the hitch on the tow vehicle is rated for the gross total weight (GTW) or
greater and that the ball size matches the trailer receiver.
The tow ball and coupler are the same size and the bolts with washers are tightly
secured. (The vibration of road travel can loosen them.)
The coupler is completely over the ball and the latching mechanism is locked down.
The trailer is loaded evenly from front to rear as well as side-to-side. Too much weight
on the hitch will cause the rear wheels of the tow vehicle to drag and may make steering
more difficult.
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Too much weight on the rear of the trailer will cause the trailer to "fishtail" and may
reduce traction or even lift the rear wheels of the tow vehicle off the ground.
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The safety chains are attached crisscrossing under the coupler to the frame of the tow
vehicle. If the ball were to break, the trailer would follow in a straight line and prevent the
coupler from dragging on the road.
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The lights on the trailer function properly.
Check the brakes. On a level parking area roll forward and apply the brakes several
times at increasing speeds to determine a safe stopping distance.
The side view mirrors are large enough to provide an unobstructed rear view on both
sides of the vehicle.
Check tires (including spare) and wheel bearings. Improper inflation may cause difficultly
in steering. When trailer wheels are immersed in water (especially salt water), the
bearings should be inspected and greased after each use.
Carry a spare tire and tools for changing. Include a spare bearing and race set for long
trips.
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Allow more time to brake, accelerate, pass and stop.
Remember, the turning radius is also much greater.
Curbs and roadside barriers must be given a wide berth
when negotiating corners.
Prior to operating on the road, practice turning, backing
up, etc. on a level, un-congested parking area.
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Make certain that water from rain or cleaning has been removed from the boat. Water weighs
approximately eight pounds per gallon and can add weight that will shift with the movement of the trailer.
Backing a Trailer
Practice backing with a trailer before you get into a confined launch site. Get accustomed to using the
trailer in an open area. Take someone with you who knows how to back a trailer. Backing a trailer works
the opposite of backing a car. If the trailer needs to travel to the right, turn the steering wheel to the left
and vice versa. Do not turn the wheel too far or over steer. Turn the wheel gradually until you get the
feel of safe backing.
Pre-Launching Preparations
For the courtesy of others and to prevent rushing, prepare your boat for launching away from the ramp.
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Check the boat to ensure that no damage was caused by the trip.
Remove any covers and tie downs.
Place lines and fenders, if needed.
Verify that your safety equipment is aboard.
Raise the lower unit (remove supports) to the proper height for launching so that it will not
hit bottom.
Remove tie-downs and make sure that the winch is properly attached to the bow eye and
locked in position.
Put the drain plug in securely.
Disconnect the trailer lights to prevent shorting of the electrical system or burning out a
bulb.
Attach a line to the bow and the stern of the boat so that the boat cannot drift away after
launching and it can be easily maneuvered to a docking area.
Visually inspect the launch ramp for hazards such as a steep drop off, slippery area and
sharp objects.
When everything has been double checked, proceed slowly to the ramp remembering that your boat is
just resting on the trailer and attached only at the bow. The ideal situation is to have one person in the
boat and one observer at the water's edge to help guide the driver of the tow vehicle.
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Launching
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Keep the rear wheels of the tow vehicle out of the water. This will generally keep the
exhaust pipes out of the water. If the exhaust pipes become immersed in the water, the
engine may stall.
Set the parking brake and place tire chocks behind the rear wheels.
Make sure someone else on shore is holding the lines attached to the boat.
Lower the motor and prepare to start the engine (after running blowers and checking for
fuel leaks).
Start the boat motor and make sure that water is passing through the engine cooling
system.
Release the winch and disconnect the winch line from the bow when the boat operator is
ready.
At this point, the boat should be able to be launched with a light shove or by backing off the trailer under
power. Finish loading your boat at a sufficient distance from the ramp so that others may use it.
Retrieval
The steps for removing your boat from the water are basically the reverse of those taken to launch it.
However, keep in mind that certain conditions may exist during retrieval that did not exist during
launching. As you approach the takeout ramp, take special care to note such factors as the change in
wind direction and/or velocity, the change in current and/or tide, any increase in boating traffic, visibility,
etc.
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Unload the boat at a dock or mooring if possible.
Back down the ramp so that the trailer is half submerged.
Maneuver the boat carefully to the submerged trailer, and raise the lower unit of the
engine.
Carefully line up the boat, slowly maneuvering with short bursts of power.
When the keel is centered and the boat is just touching the trailer winch, smoothly apply
power until the boat eases to the bow rest.
Winch the boat onto the trailer and secure it.
Drive the trailer with the boat aboard carefully out of the ramp to a designated parking
area for cleanup, reloading, and an equipment safety check.
Remove the drain plug.
Rinse off the salt water as soon as fresh water is available.
Stow the equipment, canvas, etc. and affix the tie downs and covers.
Hook up the trailer lights and verify their operation.
Practice will make launch and retrieval a simple procedure. The best advice is just, "do it cautiously with
safety as your main concern."
Storage
Since your boat may be sitting on its trailer for quite some time before it is used again, it is important that
it be stored properly. To avoid damage from sun and weather, cover the boat with a tarp. To remove
weight from the wheels, put cinderblocks or wood beams under the tongue and all four corners of the
trailer frame.
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Service and Care
To enjoy trouble free use of your Pro-Line, follow the recommended procedures and instructions relating
to the service and care of your boat. Failure to follow proper maintenance practices will result in shorter
life of your equipment and may void your warranty.
Much of the installed equipment on your Pro-Line is warranted separately. Follow the care instructions
found in your owner’s packet to keep these individual warranties in force.
Your engine manual contains service information relating to your particular engine installation. Follow the
engine manufacturer’s recommendations for trouble free service and to preserve your warranty rights.
Your new Pro-Line boat is your home away from home. Generally, you should maintain your boat with
the same care as you would maintain your home or automobile. Many of the same products used in
caring for your home and automobile can be used to maintain your new boat.
Fiberglass and Gelcoat
The gelcoated fiberglass on your Pro-Line provides a smooth, easy to clean and maintain surface.
Regular cleaning and waxing will preserve the finish on your boat for many years to come.
Use a mild detergent and plenty of fresh clean water to swab down the exposed gelcoat on your boat. Do
not use harsh cleaners containing ammonia, chlorine or abrasives. Do not use acetone or any ketone
solvents. Stubborn stains may be removed with alcohol or kerosene provided they are washed off
immediately and completely with a mild detergent and water.
Wax all gelcoat surfaces a minimum of twice a year, more often if the boat is stored in the sun. If
neglected, the surface will take on a dull appearance that is not restorable by waxing. Hand buff with a
rubbing compound such as Dupont No. 7, or power buff with Mirror Glaze No. 1. Then follow up with a
good waxing.
Caution: When power buffing, use care not to leave swirl marks or "burn" the surface.
You may want to leave power buffing to a professional.
The gelcoat on your Pro-Line is approximately 25-mil thick. Minor scratches and deep stains that do not
penetrate the gelcoat can be lightly wet sanded with 600 grit sand paper, buffed and waxed to remove.
If a deep gouge to the surface occurs that goes through the gelcoat and into the fiberglass, it must be
repaired promptly to avoid further damage. Your dealer is best equipped to handle this repair and
achieve good bonding and color match. There are many different gelcoat repair kits on the market for this
use. However, results obtained may not be satisfactory. See your Pro-Line dealer for fiberglass damage
deeper than 1/16 inch.
Epoxy Barrier Coat & Bottom Paint
If your boat will be in the water continuously, we recommend sealing the bottom of the hull with a high
quality barrier coating. Unsealed gelcoat may form water blisters. Repair of water osmosis blister
damage is not covered under the limited warranty.
The phenomenon of osmotic blistering is known to occur in saltwater, brackish water and/or fresh water.
Any boat left in the water for any period of time is susceptible. Nearly all the marine bottom paint
manufacturers today offer coatings that help protect the hull against blistering. If required, contact your
Pro-Line dealer’s Service Department or another qualified service professional for further information.
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We recommend that your boat be cleaned often to prevent unwanted marine growth on the hull and to
maintain ultimate high performance. The bottom of your boat must be kept clean. Any buildup of marine
life from water will create drag and affect the boat’s performance and efficiency. Never use brushes or
scouring pads on the bottom of your boat, as this can cause small scratches that will actually trap dirt.
Antifouling bottom paint is designed to dissolve slowly to prevent marine growth. Therefore, the hull
bottom should be repainted at the beginning of each boating season. Factors to take into consideration
when selecting a protective bottom paint are water temperature, pollution, salinity, current and organic
material in the water.
Important: Consult your Pro-Line dealer’s Service Department or another qualified
service professional for recommended bottom paints and local laws that may govern your
area. Many states regulate the chemical content of bottom paints to meet environmental
standards and regulations.
Blisters are unforeseen and unexplained phenomenon that are relatively undefined. There is no 100%
method of prevention, although barrier coating and bottom painting is the best known deterrent.
We recommend that a professional apply the epoxy barrier coat and bottom paint. The hull should be
sanded prior to applying the barrier coat and bottom paint. This is done so that the epoxy coat will
properly adhere to the hull, and when done correctly, will not void the hull warranty. Pro-Line Boats does
not recommend using an etching primer in lieu of sanding the bottom.
Bottom painting is an annual operation but may require more frequent applications if the bottom becomes
scratched, damaged, etc. We recommend strict adherence to the manufacturer's recommendations when
barrier coating and bottom painting your vessel. There is a small window of time in which the coats must
be applied in order to properly complete the application process; therefore, we recommend that a
qualified professional do this process.
While barrier coating and bottom painting are the best preventative to blisters caused by the environment,
this is in no way a guarantee that they will not occur.
Graphics
Your graphics may be cleaned with a mild dish cleaning soap and warm water or a good marine grade
cleaner that is recommended for cleaning gelcoat. Never use any harsh chemicals, abrasive cleaners or
any hard objects, as they will damage the graphics. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s directions
carefully before using any product on your graphics or gelcoat.
Gunwale Trim/Rubrail
The gunwale trim/rubrail that is installed at the juncture of the deck and hull is made of flexible, semi-rigid
and rigid PVC. It should be cleaned with the same products used to clean the gelcoat.
Fuel Water Separator
If a fuel water separator is installed on your boat, the “spin on” filter cartridges should be renewed every
season at a minimum. Fuel tanks that are not kept full accumulate water faster due to condensation.
Therefore, the filter cartridge may need to be replaced more often depending upon usage and conditions
or if the motor begins to run rough. When replacing the filter for the fuel water separator, coat the rubber
seal with a film of grease or oil to help prevent sticking.
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Compass
During periods of long storage, it is recommended that you remove the compass from the boat and store
it in a location providing normal room temperature. At low temperatures, an air bubble may form on the
top of the dome. This will in no way affect the reading or accuracy. When restored to normal
temperature, the air bubble will disappear.
Clean the Lucite compass dome carefully with a moistened soft cloth to avoid scratching. In saltwater
operation, salt crystals from the spray may form on the dome. These crystals should be removed with a
moistened soft cloth. A dry cloth and/or harsh rubbing may scratch the compass dome. Any good grade
of paste wax can be applied to the dome to retain its luster and optical clarity.
Aluminum
Pay particular attention when cleaning the tubing directly beneath the optional Bimini top. This area does
not receive the natural rinsing action of rainwater and is shielded from the sun. Therefore, it does not dry
as completely or quickly as the rest of the frame. The top of the frame is often overlooked when cleaning
the boat and should be hand washed and dried often. This area is likely to be the first place that staining
or pitting occurs.
Aluminum is corrosion resistant but not corrosion proof. The grain structure, when modified by welding
processes, has increased susceptibility to micro-corrosion (invisible to the unaided eye) and cracking.
Proper care will preserve the weld strength and beauty of your aluminum:
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Always clean frequently with a mild non-abrasive soap and lots of fresh water. Most
glass cleaners work.
Always protect with a wax, especially around welds to guard against micro-corrosion,
cracking and rust spots.
Always remove rust and corrosion spots, as they appear, with an aluminum cleaner.
Thoroughly wash the aluminum with a soft towel or sponge using lots of soap and water.
Remove all dried salt crystals and other contaminates. Rinse completely with direct
water pressure.
Clean and rinse it well.
Wash it often enough to keep contaminates from forming or building up.
Avoid the use of bleach or chlorides to clean the aluminum and/or nearby components.
Chlorides can leach onto the aluminum when nearby.
Never clean with acids or bleaches.
Avoid abrasive cleaning products. NEVER use sandpaper, steel wool, brass wool, wire
bushes, polishing wheels, or rubbing or polishing compounds. These items will remove
anodizing and lead to pitting.
Never permit contact with iron, carbon steel, or other metals, which could cause rust or
corrosion.
Additional information from Taco Metals is included in your owner’s package.
Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is used for bow rails and deck fittings on your Pro-Line. Stainless steel is not completely
free from corrosion attack. It is NOT stain or rust proof. When used in contact with chloride salts, sulfides
or other rusting metals, stainless will discolor, rust or even corrode. The degree of surface oxidation is
directly affected by local atmosphere and saltwater concentrations. All metals are subject to corrosion in
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some environments. The grain structure of stainless, when modified by welding processes, has
increased susceptibility to micro-corrosion (invisible to the unaided eye) and cracking.
Our most helpful recommendation is that you give your stainless steel hardware the same attention that
you would use to maintain other materials on your boat. Regular fresh-water washing with a mild
abrasive cleaner will keep your stainless bright and beautiful.
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Always clean stainless frequently with soap and water. Any cleaner safe for glass is
usually safe for stainless
Always remove rust spots as soon as possible with a stainless, brass, silver or chrome
cleaner. Irreversible pitting will develop under rust that remains on stainless for any
period of time.
Always use a cleaner, like a good car wax, for added beauty and protection.
Never use coarse abrasives like sandpaper or steel wool on stainless as these can cause
rusting.
Never clean with acids or bleaches.
Never leave stainless in contact with iron, steel or other metals, which cause
contamination leading to rust or corrosion.
Always protect with a wax, especially around welds to guard against micro-corrosion,
cracking and rust spots.
Additional information from Romac and G. G. Schmitt and Sons is included in your owner’s package.
Corrosion Protection
Spray all electrical connections with a good quality corrosion guard annually and whenever an electrical
connection is repaired or replaced.
If you moor your Pro-Line in salt water for extended periods, be sure to check the transom mounted anticorrosion anode often for operation. Check the electrical connections (green wire) on all metallic fittings
with anode for conductivity with an ohmmeter. Make sure the anode surface is exposed and not caked
with corrosion and scale. Renew the anode if it is more than 50% eroded. Your motor and/or drive unit
have a sacrificial zinc anode to mitigate the effects of electrolysis which causes corrosion. Maintain this
anode in accordance with the maintenance schedule in your engine manual.
Windshield
The windshield is made of Plexiglass. To clean the windshield:
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Rinse with fresh water to remove as much grime as possible
Do not grind dirt, soil, saltwater residue, etc. into the windshield, as this will permanently
damage the windshield.
If further cleaning is required, the windshield manufacturer recommends cleaning the
windshield with a mild soap (preferably Ivory liquid soap), lukewarm water and a soft
cloth. Make sure that there is no cross contamination on the cloth. Allow the windshield
to air dry. If you feel that you must dry the windshield, use only a very very soft cloth.
Note: Do not clean the windshield with any window cleaner designed specifically for
glass windows or any cleaner containing harsh chemicals such as ammonia or alcohol as
this will permanently damage the windshield.
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Never use any harsh chemicals, abrasive cleaners or any hard objects, as they will permanently damage
the windshield.
Bimini Top (Optional)
Canvas
One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella brand fabrics looking good and to delay the need for deep or
vigorous cleanings is to hose fabrics off on a monthly basis with clear water. This practice will help
prevent dirt from becoming deeply imbedded in the fabric and eliminate the need for more frequent
vigorous cleanings. In most environments, a thorough cleaning will be needed every two to three years.
When it's time for a thorough cleaning, Sunbrella fabrics can be cleaned while still installed on your boat.
It is important to observe the following:
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Brush off loose dirt.
Hose down.
Prepare a cleaning mixture of water and mild soap (Ivory Snow, Dreft or Woolite - no
detergents). Water should be cold to lukewarm. Never more than 100 degrees.
Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
Allow soap to soak in.
Rinse thoroughly.
Air dry. Never apply heat to Sunbrella fabrics.
If stubborn stains persist, you can use a diluted chlorine bleach/soap mixture for spot cleaning of mildew,
roof run-off or other similar stains. Prepare a special cleaning mixture:
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Four ounces (half cup) of chlorine bleach.
Two ounces (one-fourth cup) of mild soap.
One gallon of water.
Clean with soft bristle brush.
Allow mixture to soak for up to 20 minutes.
Rinse thoroughly.
Air dry.
Repeat if necessary.
Re-treating the Fabric - Sunbrella fabrics are treated with a fluorocarbon finish to enhance water
repellency. This finish is designed to last for several years, but must be replenished after a thorough
cleaning. Based on test results, Glen Raven recommends 303 High Tech Fabric Guard™ as the
preferred re-treatment product for Sunbrella fabrics. Fabrics should be retreated after thorough cleaning
or after five years of use. Check with your local Sunbrella dealer or distributor for additional information.
For more information, visit the Sunbrella website at www.sunbrella.com for specific recommendations.
Vinyl
Exterior Vinyl – Upholstered Seats
Vinyl requires periodic cleaning to maintain its neat appearance and to prevent the build-up of dirt and
contaminants that may permanently stain and reduce the life of the vinyl if they are not removed. The
frequency of cleaning depends on the amount of use and on environmental conditions to which the vinyl
is subjected. The procedures used for cleaning are dependent upon the end use circumstances.
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For normal cleaning, most stains can be cleaned using warm soapy water and a clear water rinse.
Moderate scrubbing with a medium bristle brush will help to loosen soiling material from the depressions
of embossed surfaces. For stubborn stains, use either Fantastic or Mr. Clean, which are commercially
available mild detergents, in accordance with manufacturers instructions.
For additional information regarding the care and maintenance of this product, please refer to the
Morbern brochure provided in your owner’s package for recommended methods to clean specific types of
stains.
Winterizing and Storage
Your new Pro-Line was winterized before it left the factory. If you launch the boat prior to storing it for the
winter, please complete and/or comply with the following check list in order to ensure an easy “fitting out”
in the spring:
Pre-Storage Check List:
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Remove drain plugs, keeping the bow high to drain any water accumulation.
Run a pint of RV antifreeze through the bilge pump.
Drain all water systems, including the head, and pump an approved antifreeze through all
pumps, valves, drains and lines.
Fill fuel tank (3/4 – 7/8 full) and add a stabilizer/conditioner such as “STA-BIL” to the
gasoline.
Prepare engine in accordance with the engine manufacturer’s recommendations found in
your engine manual.
Treat metal parts with a rust inhibiter.
To prevent mold and mildew, use an absorbing product such as DampRid according to
the manufacturer’s directions. An alternative and inexpensive option is to fill egg cartons
with charcoal briquettes that have not been pre-treated with lighter fluid.
Remove batteries and protect them from freezing. Trickle charge overnight once a
month.
Place under cover. If the boat is stored on a trailer, loosen tie-down straps and place
blocks beneath axles to relieve the load on the tires.
For inboard/outboard engines only, to protect your boat during transport, the following procedures were
affected at the factory prior to shipping and will need to be rectified prior to launch:
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Drain plugs on engine block removed.
Petcocks on engine removed.
Large hose on re-circulating pump removed.
Power steering cooler hose removed.
All other water hoses disconnected (left in place with hose clamps tightened to prevent
their loss).
Fitting Out After Storage
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Check entire fuel system for loose fittings, leaks and damage.
Clean battery terminals; install battery(s), and coat terminals with a deoxidizing agent.
Check all thru hull fittings and hoses for obstructions, water tightness and condition.
Test all lights for proper operation.
Check wiring, terminal blocks and plugs for loose connections and corrosion.
Verify switch and equipment operation.
Check line condition. Inspect anchor and rope.
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Clean out any debris from bilge and cockpit.
Flush water systems.
Install hull drain plug.
Verify operation of equipment before leaving dock.
Resealing
In the heat and sun, silicone and sealant can degrade over time. We recommend that you reseal around
everything that comes in contact with the deck or hull with a high quality silicone such as 3M 5200 sealant
annually. This includes but is not limited to the following:
Cleats
Bow rail stanchions
Bimini Top hardware
Grab rails
Rubrail
Access and other hatches
Windshield
Bow and transom eyes
Clam shell at the anchor locker
Thru hull fittings
Dive ladder
Motor mounts
Additional Cleaning and Maintenance Products
Flitz
For use on brass, copper, stainless steel, chrome, silver, gold, pewter, nickel, factory gun bluing, bonze,
platinum, tin, aluminum, magnesium, anodized aluminum, painted surfaces, fiberglass, Plexiglas and
plastics. Flitz is available at many marine supply stores, marinas and at Home Depot. For more
information on this product, contact the manufacturer at:
Flitz International Ltd., Waterford, WI 53185, 800-558-8611
Woody Wax
Can be used on a variety of surfaces such as:
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Aluminum and Metals – T-tops, tuna towers, anodized aluminum, aluminum, stainless,
chrome, boat trailers, fishing gear, etc.
Fiberglass and Non-Skid – Fiberglass, non-skid decks and colored gelcoat.
Electrical and Engines – Electrical equipment, electrical connections, wiring harnesses,
outboards, engines.
Plastics – Plastic, vinyl seats, Plexiglas.
Be sure to read the manufacturer’s information carefully before using Woody Wax products on any
component on your boat. For more information regarding this product, visit their website at www.woodywax.com.
Tef-Gel
Bed all SS fasteners that come in contact with aluminum with Tef-Gel to prevent the galvanic corrosion
between these two dissimilar metals.
See the Tef-Gel website for more details
(http://www.wolfwire.com/tefgel/frameset.htm).
Ivory Soap and clean warm water – no cross contamination
Lysol Foaming Cleaner
Works well for cleaning gelcoat, vinyl and Formica.
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Appendix
Helpful Check Lists
Print and use these checklists, and do not operate your boat without doing the following:
Each Time You Go On A Boat Trip
Make sure you know where CO exhaust outlets are located on your vessel.
Educate all passengers about the symptoms of CO poisoning and where CO may
accumulate.
When docked or rafted with another boat, be aware of exhaust emissions from the other
boat.
Confirm that water flows from the exhaust outlets when the engines and generator (if
equipped) are started.
Listen for any change in exhaust sound that could indicate an exhaust component failure.
Test the operation of each CO alarm by pressing the test button.
Once A Month
Make sure all exhaust clamps are in place and secure.
Look for exhaust leaking from exhaust system components. Signs include rust and/or
black streaking, water leaks, or corroded or cracked fittings.
Inspect rubber exhaust hoses for burned, cracked or deteriorated sections. All rubber
hoses should be pliable and free of kinks.
Clean the bilge and all bilge components with a mixture of bleach and water. Then,
follow up by misting the bilge and components with WD-40. This includes but is not
limited to the hoses, seacocks, pumps, connections, clamps, air conditioner pumps,
generator (if equipped), etc.
Once A Year
Have a qualified marine technician:
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Replace exhaust hoses if cracking, charring or deterioration is found.
Ensure that your engines and generator are properly tuned and well maintained (if
equipped).
Inspect each water pump impeller and the water pump housing. Replace if worn. Make
sure cooling systems are in working condition.
Inspect all metallic exhaust components for cracking, rusting, leaking or loosening. Be
sure to check the cylinder head, exhaust manifold, water injection elbow and the
threaded adapter nipple between the manifold and the elbow.
Clean, inspect and confirm proper operation of the generator cooling water anti-siphon
valve (if equipped).
Spray CRC on all of the connections behind the console.
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Boat Identification Information
Owner:
Home Port:
Dealer:
Boat Name:
Registration Number:
Hull ID Number:
Boat Model:
LOA:
Beam:
Draft:
Vertical Clearance:
Hull:
Deck:
Interior:
Warranty Registration Date:
Fuel Capacity (Gallons):
Ignition Key #:
Cabin/Head Door Key #:
Other Key #:
Radio Call Letters:
Engine Make:
Bat.:
Model:
HP:
Port Engine S/N:
Port Drive S/N:
Stbd Engine S/N:
Stbd Drive S/N:
Prop:
Diam:
Pitch:
P/N:
Trailer Make & Model:
Trailer S/N:
GVWR:
Insurance Company:
Agent:
Policy #:
Phone #:
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Trouble Shooting Chart
PROBLEM:
POSSIBLE CAUSE
Poor speed or fuel
economy:
Wrong propeller for load or conditions.
Trim is in too far.
Load is too far forward or too heavy. Boat has taken on water.
Marine growth on hull. Line or anchor is dragging.
Fuel is stale or partially blocked. Engine is worn, out of tune or underpowered.
Improper rigging. Air intake or exhaust is partially blocked.
Engine cranks but will
not start:
Out of fuel. Filter is clogged. Fuel line kinked or fuel vent plugged.
Water in fuel.
Engine problem (electrical, fuel pump, blockage, etc.).
Safety stop switch lanyard not installed.
Engine will not crank:
Drive is in gear (check operation of the throttle release).
Battery is weak. Terminals corroded or loose.
Engine or drive is damaged.
Engine runs but boat will
not go:
Throttle release is engaged.
Disconnected shift linkage.
Damaged prop, or lower drive unit.
Entangled in lines or weeds. Anchor is down.
Prop cavitates:
Trim out too far. Motor is too high.
Weeds on prop.
Bow heavy, damage to hull.
Prop is damaged.
Excessive vibration:
Propeller, engine, or drive unit damaged.
Hull damaged.
Boat will not turn:
Steering unit needs fluid or has trapped air. Tiller is disconnected (helm turns).
Steering trunion or mechanism jammed (helm won't turn).
Electrical problems:
Corroded wires, terminals or plugs.
Broken, loose or short circuited wires.
Circuit breaker tripped.
Defective switch, device or breaker.
In-line fuse blown.
Overloaded circuit.
Handling problems like:
Porpoises
Runs wet
Hard ride
Lists
Over bank in turn
Catches in turns
Trimmed out too far, damaged hull (rocker), trim tabs up, stern heavy.
Trimmed in too far, bow heavy, trim tabs down, overloaded for conditions.
Stern heavy, trimmed out too far, going too fast for conditions.
Loaded to one side, trim tabs set wrong, trimmed too far in, fuel tanks uneven.
Trimmed in too far, improperly located load, throttle advanced too far.
Damaged hull (hook), stern heavy, trim tabs down.
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