27 Express
Owner’s Manual
27 Express
Copyright 2000 Pro-Line Boats Inc., P.O. box 1348,
Crystal River, FL 34423. All rights reserved. Rev. 05-12-00
Specifications subject to change without notice. Actual boats may vary from drawings.
Table of Contents
I. Introduction
Dealer / Customer responsibilities
II. Safety
Passenger safety
Rules of the road
Hazardous conditions
Carbon monoxide
III. Controls
Lanyard Stop Switch
Shift / Throttle / Trim
IV. Systems
Fresh Water
Sea Water
Head / Waste
Air Conditioning System
Fuel / Oil
After Market Accessories
V. Trailering and Launching
Load Distribution
Launching and Retrieving
VI. Operation and Performance
Trim / Tilt
VII. Service and Care
Fiberglass / Gel coat
Marine growth
Windshield and Hatches
Stainless Steel / Aluminum
Corrosion Protection
Winterization and Storage
VIII. Appendix
Boat Identification Information
Trouble Shooting Chart
Nautical Terms
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List of Illustrations
Fig. 1 Helm
Fig. 2 Dash Panel Switches
Fig. 3 Trim Tabs
Fig. 4 Trim Tab Pump
Fig. 5 Bilge D/C Breaker Panel and Fuses
Fig. 6 Fresh Water System
Fig. 7 Head / Waste System
Fig. 8 Air Conditioner
Fig. 9 Bilge Area with Fuel / Oil and Sea Water Systems
Fig. 10 Cabin A/C – D/C Panel
Fig. 11 Bilge D/C Panel and Battery Selector Switches
Fig. 12 Helm D/C Terminal Bus Panel
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Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a new Pro-Line 27 Express fishing
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 lifestyle.
Pro-Line's commitment to the needs and wishes of the professional sport fisherman has
resulted in a superior fishing craft providing you with comfort, performance, security,
and 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), American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC)
standards, and the optional Common European directive (CE).
This manual (to be kept onboard your Pro-Line) is designed to provide you with
information necessary for safe, efficient operation and care of your new Pro-Line. Take
the time now to carefully review the information in your owner’s pack and this manual to
maximize your enjoyment and safety as well as familiarize yourself with your new boat.
Dealer's Duties
Your dealer's responsibilities include but are not limited to:
* Pre-delivery verification of proper rigging and operation.
* Providing adequate orientation in general operation of your Pro-Line including
explanation of specific safety considerations regarding the use of systems and
* An explanation of owner’s packet literature and warranty registration
cards for all separately warranted equipment and accessories.
* Explaining local and out of area service procedures during and after
warranty periods.
Customer Responsibilities
* Be proficient in boat handling and safety. THIS MANUAL IS NOT
* Read and understand the limited warranty.
* Read all literature and instructions as well as use and maintain all equipment as
* Examine the boat at time of delivery to insure that all systems are
functioning properly.
* Learn about and operate boat in accordance with local, state, and federal laws,
regulations, and registration requirements.
* The owner is legally responsible for all liabilities of operation. Secure
insurance protection.
Your Pro-Line boat has been constructed with safety in mind. However, the ultimate
safety of you and your passengers is in your hands. 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.
The USCG is the authority of all waterways. State boating regulations are enforced by
local authorities. 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
proper authority. There are many publications available from the Coast Guard
concerning regulations. Call the Boating Safety Hot Line at (800)-368-5647 for
additional information.
USCG regulations require the following Coast Guard approved equipment while
operating your boat:
* Fire extinguisher
* 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
great lakes.
In addition, here is a list of suggested equipment you should have aboard your Pro-Line:
* First aid kit and blankets
* Anchor and sea anchor with sufficient line
* Mooring lines and fenders
* Bailing device
* Combination oar / boat hook
* Tool kit and lubricant
* Spare prop and hardware
* Spare fasteners, hose clamps, and plugs
* Spare fuses and bulbs
* Binoculars
* Local charts and compass
* Waterproof flashlight and spare batteries
* 2 way radio
* EPIRB (emergency beacon)
* Floating key chain and spare keys * Navigation device
* Emergency food and water
* Waterproof matches or lighter
Passenger Safety
You are responsible for the safety and conduct of your passengers. Make sure that:
* You instruct passengers on 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 emergency.
* They are aware of prop dangers and the possibility of sudden maneuvers and
* 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.
Rules of the Road
Know and use the rules of the road. The information here is only a brief overview.
Contact the USCG for detailed information.
Audible warning signals:
* One short horn blast: starboard course change.
* Two short horn blasts: port course change.
* Three short horn blasts: astern operation.
* Five horn blasts: doubt about previous signal, or danger.
* One 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.
Hazardous Conditions
Keep track of weather developments and avoid hazardous conditions if possible. When
forced to operate your Pro-Line in storm conditions:
* Wear PFD's.
* Stow loose gear and equipment.
* Place heavy items as low as possible.
* Head for the easiest to reach 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
* Stay with the boat if it capsizes unless it is burning out of control.
Don't drink and drive. If you have been drinking, have a designated driver who has not
been drinking. Never operate a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Carbon Monoxide
Be aware of and avoid conditions that can cause carbon monoxide poisoning (see USCG
boating safety circular 77). Sources of carbon monoxide 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
vessel with fresh clean air.
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 and learn how to properly
use it (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:
* Abandon the boat into the wind to minimize burn risk from floating fuel.
* Wear a PFD unless you must swim under burning fuel.
* If swimming under burning fuel, throw a PFD outside of the burning area and
swim under the burning fuel to it.
Be aware of and avoid conditions that can cause your boat to flood with water.
Possible causes of flooding include: damage to hull or thru-hull fitting, waves washing
into the boat, water entering cockpit due to improper loading, or failure to properly install
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.
Pro-Line Boats offers many different motor choices. Therefore, the information in this
manual is general in regard to engines and controls. Refer to the engine manual in your
owner’s packet for additional specific information.
Instruments and Gauges
Switch Panel
Trim Tab Switches
Shift / Throttle and
Tilt / Trim Switches
Key Switches
<fig. 1 - Helm>
Lanyard Stop Switch
The ignition switch has three positions: “OFF”, “ON”, and “START”. To start the
engine: attach safety lanyard and turn the key clockwise against the spring pressure to
the “Start” position. Once the engine starts, release clockwise pressure allowing spring
tension to return switch to the “ON” position. Some engine models incorporate the choke
into the ignition key switch. See the engine manual for specific details.
The choke is only used to aid in starting a cold engine. Choke operation varies with
manufacturer. Consult your engine manual.
Lanyard Stop Switch
The safety Lanyard Stop Switch shuts off the engine in case the operator is thrown from
the boat. Always attach the lanyard securely to the operator to insure proper functioning.
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. Practice shifting a few times without the engine running to develop
a feel for the range and friction of the system. 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. Practice in a
safe area away from obstacles until familiar with the feel of the throttle. The throttle can
be operated independent of the transmission. If attempting to start an engine this way,
keep a hand on the throttle to pull it back as the engine clears to prevent over revving.
The shift / throttle levers can be operated independently for precise maneuvering (do so at
slow speed only). Refer to the engine / drive manuals in your owner’s packet for specific
Your Pro-Line is equipped with a self contained hydraulic steering system. 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 if 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 manual in packet).
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, first check for: drive entanglements, fluid level, hoses / fittings for leaks, and /
or air in the system.
Your Pro-Line's instrumentation will vary from model to model and engine to engine.
Therefore, the following descriptions are general. Refer to your engine manual for
Fuel Gauge
Differences in temperature, humidity, speed, and trim can affect the actual accuracy of
this gauge in service. It is important to verify the fuel flow in gal./hr. for your boat and
make note of your gauge position with respect to time for different RPM settings. No
gauge can give 100% accuracy. If you notice unusually high or low fuel consumption,
investigate further to see if the engine is using more fuel than normal or the gauge has
The temperature gauge indicates the internal temperature of your engine. Your engine is
equipped with a thermostat to quickly bring the engine up to its optimum operating
temperature range. Outboard engines are also equipped with an audio alarm system
indicating an overheat condition. Many times overheating may occur due to a blockage
of the water intakes caused by aquatic vegetation or mud. Check the water intakes for
blockage and see the engine manual for specific details.
The volt meter indicates battery voltage. A low reading indicates too heavy of a load or a
malfunction in the charging system. Too high of a voltage reading indicates a fault in the
charging circuitry and continued operation will damage the battery. Refer to engine
manual for specifications.
The tachometer indicates the revolutions per minute (RPM) of your engine. Do not
operate the engine beyond the limits stated in your engine manual. Abnormally low
tachometer readings (for a given throttle setting) indicates loss of power, or a prop
entangled with weeds or trash. Check the prop first. A reading higher than normal may
indicate a ventilating or cavitating prop as well as possible prop / drive damage.
The speedometer indicates the speed of your boat in Miles Per Hour (MPH) and
Kilometers Per Hour (Km/H). The gauge operates by sensing water impact pressure from
the pitot tube which is mounted on the transom (or integrated into the lower drive unit of
the motor) depending upon the motor manufacture. Suspect a blocked pickup if the
gauge fails to give a reading.
The trim gauge indicates the in (down) and out (up) position of the drive unit in relation
to the hull (see Trim / Tilt on p.24).
Optional instrumentation for your Pro-Line includes: fish locator / depth finder, VHF
radio, GPS navigation aids, etc.. Refer to the manuals supplied.
Washdown Pump
Fish Box Pump
Baitwell Pump
Baitwell Light
Cockpit Lights
Bilge Pump
Nav/Anc Lights
Circuit Breaker
<fig. 2 - Dash Panel Switches>
Bilge Pumps
Your 27 Express is equipped with automatic bilge pumps. The pumps are located in the
bilge area at the keel and in the forward bilge on the keel (or as close to centerline as
possible). A manual switch at the helm which overrides normal automatic operation of
the aft pump (forward pump is only automatic). The automatic float switch is wired
directly to the battery terminal through a breaker or inline fuse. A circuit breaker for the
pump is located at the helm next to the manual switch. Keep the bilge area clean and free
from debris that could clog ports or inhibit float movement. Also, keep the battery that
provides power to the bilge pumps charged. If the battery is discharged and flooding
occurs, the boat could swamp causing damage and possible loss of life or property.
Your Pro-Line is equipped with a variety of different lighting systems. The navigation
and anchor lights are required to be used for operation at night or under low visibility
conditions to indicate your position to other boaters. Visually verify operation of your
Nav/Anc lights and insure the lights are free from obstructions. The dash instrument
lights are turned on by the Nav/Anc light switch as well. Lights are also provided for the
cockpit, baitwell, cabin, helm-courtesy with optional top, and optional spreader lights.
Spreader lights are controlled by a switch incorporated into the helm-courtesy light which
is located under the overhead electronics box on the optional top. An optional remote
spot light is also available and has a separate switch and control.
The horn is used to signal, warn, or alert other boats or people on shore. Avoid any horn
use without appropriate purpose.
Baitwell and Washdown
These switches energize the sea water pumps for the baitwell and washdown features (see
Sea Water Systems section). Leave these switches off when not in use.
Fish Box Pump
This switch operates the pump / macerator to drain the fish boxes and should be left off
when not in use.
Windshield Wipers
Optional windshield wipers enhance visibility from the helm and therefore improve
safety for operation in rain or adverse conditions.
These switches can be used for additional dealer installed accessories.
The optional windlass is operated by a separate switch and is protected by an 80A
breaker located below the switch. Refer to the windlass manual for operation and
Trim Tabs
The trim tabs operate independently up or down to correct for differing conditions of
wind or load. The trim tab pump is located on the aft port stringer and is accessible from
the bilge hatch. The pump should be maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s
instructions. Refer to the owner’s packet for specific information.
Before the boat is underway, depress the bottom half of both switches until the tabs are
fully elevated (bow up position). While underway and in open water clear of other
boaters, depress the top half of the switches in half-second increments to achieve the
desired degree of trim. To correct a starboard list, depress the top half of the port switch
in small increments until the list is corrected. To avoid over trim, allow a few seconds
between tab adjustments to allow the boat to respond (if you over trim simply give the
over trimmed tab an adjustment in the opposite direction). Push the top half of both
rocker switches in half-second increments to trim the bow down.
Warning: trim tabs can cause a dramatic change in the attitude and heading of
your boat. Adjust them in small increments when in open water and clear of any
<fig. 3 – Trim Tabs>
<fig. 4 – Trim Tab Pump>
Circuit Breakers
The wiring on your 27 Express is protected by circuit breakers and/or fuses. In the event
a device stops working, check to see if the circuit breaker is tripped or the fuse is blown.
The main breakers are located on the starboard stringer in the bilge area and are
accessible from the bilge hatch. Additional breakers / fuses for the bilge pumps, trim
tabs, etc. are located next to the main breakers and on the dash panel next to the switches.
There are also additional breaker switches located in the cabin on the A/C – D/C panel.
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. If 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 is in good repair; then either the breaker is too small for
the load or is faulty. Reduce the load or replace the breaker.
<fig. 5 – Bilge D/C Breaker Panel and Fuses>
Fresh Water System
The fresh water pump on your Pro-Line supplies water to the transom sink / shower and
to the galley on demand when a drop in water pressure activates the pressure switch. The
fresh water is activated by the switch on the cabin D/C panel. The switch should be kept
off when not in use or unattended. The fresh water tank and pump are located aft of the
cabin. The pump and tank are accessible by removing the ice box. The water fill is
located on the port gunwale. The optional water heater is located under the galley area
and is accessible by removing the ice box. Before operating the water heater, make sure
all air is purged from the system by turning on the hot water faucets one at a time until
water flows. Failure to purge the air could result in damage to the heating elements. Top
off the fresh water tank for full capacity after the air is purged. The transom sink and
shower are supplied by cold water only.
Fresh Water Tank
Fresh Water Pump
<fig. 6 – Fresh Water
Sea Water System
The baitwell switch controls a pump mounted on a seacock in the bilge area. Two
overflow drains allow circulation to keep bait alive. The baitwell pump and seacock are
accessible through the bilge hatch. The washdown pump is mounted on the aft port
stringer and is equipped with a pressure switch. The washdown pump is accessible via
the transom hatch. Turn the main switches off if the pumps are not going to be used
soon. Boats that are equipped with an air conditioner will have an additional seacock and
a strainer installed in the bilge to filter sea water. The seacocks should be closed when
not in use. See figure 9 on page 18.
Head / Waste System
Your Pro-Line is equipped with a portable or an electric head. The portable head has an
optional dockside discharge available. Refer to the manual supplied in your owner's
packet. The electric head utilizes clean-out fittings for dockside operation. A sea “Y”
valve and macerator / waste pump is provided for offshore operation. A sea water pump
with an intake seacock is used for flushing. The “Y” valve is used to divert waste
overboard for at sea use. The valve is shipped restrained in the closed position as per
USCG regulations. It is illegal to dump waste overboard in most locations. Familiarize
yourself with laws regarding overboard discharge of waste before removing the restraint.
The macerator switch is located on the panel inside of the cabin and is used to discharge
waste while at sea. Turn the macerator off and secure the valve in the closed position
when the tank is empty. A switch on the panel energizes the sea water pump. The
seacock for the head / waste system is located in the bilge area and the sea water pump is
incorporated into the head. The “Y” valve is accessible via the access hatch located
underneath the cockpit lounge seat.
Waste Holding Tank
“Y’ Valve
Waste Macerator Pump
<fig. 7 – Head / Waste System>
Air Conditioning System
The optional air conditioner uses sea water for cooling. The seacock is located in the
bilge and a strainer is located between the seacock and the cooling (sea water) pump. Do
not operate the unit if cooling water is not flowing or the pump will be damaged. If the
unit fails to cool, inspect the intake and strainer for blockage. Make sure the seacock is
open when in use and closed when not in use. The sea water cooling system may develop
an air lock at high speed or if the boat is removed from the water. An air lock will cause
cooling water to fail to flow through the system. Open the strainer to purge air from the
system and eliminate the air lock. This should be done each time the boat is put in the
<fig. 8 – Air Conditioner>
Fuel / Oil System
The fuel tank on your Pro-Line is constructed of heavy gauge aluminum with internal
baffling to minimize sloshing. The tank is vented overboard and the vent should be
inspected for obstructions regularly. Deck plate access ports are placed over the hose
connections and the sending unit. Inspect the hose connections on a regular basis. There
may be a leak somewhere in the fuel system if you notice a fuel odor or see fuel in the
bilge. Correct any fuel leaks before operating the vessel.
Fuel filter / water separator units are located in the bilge area. There is one unit for each
motor and 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. The
cartridges may need to be replaced more often depending upon usage and conditions or if
motors begin to run rough. When replacing the filters / separators, coat the rubber seal
with a film of grease or oil to help prevent sticking. Mercury Opti-max engines have fuel
filter / water separator units installed in the engine. Refer to your engine manual for
additional information. Models equipped with Opti-max engines do not have separate
fuel filter / water separator units installed in the bilge area.
Primer bulbs are used to prime the fuel pump in the motor with fuel. There is a primer
bulb for each engine. Squeeze the 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 bulbs are located in the bilge area near the fuel / water separators.
Pro-Line boats equipped with oil injected outboard engines have remote oil tanks located
in the bilge near the transom. The remote oil tank fills are located just aft of the transom
sink. Insure the tanks are well stocked with the recommended two stroke oil - refer to
your engine manual. It is imperative 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.
<fig. 9 – Bilge Area with Fuel / Oil and Sea Water Systems>
Washdown Pump
Fuel / Water Separators
Trim Tab Pump
Baitwell Pump
Fuel Pickup
Fuel Tank
7. Battery Tray
8. D/C Panel and Battery Switches
9. Remote Oil Tank
10. Seacock ( Baitwell / Washdown )
11. Bilge Pump w/ Automatic Switch
12. Fish Box Pump and Macerator
Electrical System
Alternating Current
Shore power is used for the operation of A/C devices like your air conditioner, battery
charger, and 110v outlets for other appliances. Turn off the main A/C breaker switch
prior to plugging into shore power to minimize contact arcing. The panel is located in the
cabin. If the reverse polarity light is on, unplug shore power and do not use it until this
potentially dangerous situation is corrected by a qualified technician. The battery charger
switch should be on to keep batteries fully charged.
<fig. 10 – Cabin A/C – D/C Panel>
Direct Current
12 volt direct current provides electrical power for all lighting, pumps, electronics, and
D/C devices. A main breaker panel is located in the bilge on the starboard stringer.
Additional D/C switches and breakers are located on the cabin and dash panels. There is
also a D/C terminal bus panel located behind the helm. Battery selector switches are for
battery isolation, parallel operation, and disconnect. Caution: To avoid possible
alternator / battery damage on twin engine installations, insure the dual battery switches
are never left so both engines are connected together (never leave a switch on “BOTH” or
“ALL”). The preferred switch position is port engine to port battery, starboard to
Bilge D/C Panel and Battery Selector Switches ^
Helm D/C Terminal Bus Panel ^
<fig. 11 and 12 – D/C Panels>
After Market Accessories
Your Pro-Line's electrical system was designed for factory tested and approved dealer
installed optional accessories. Pro-Line makes no recommendations to the suitability of
accessories that are not listed in the Pro-Line sales literature. Any unapproved
modifications or additions to the standard or optional system are done at the owner’s risk
and may void the warranty. Unapproved modifications could result in risk of fire or
failure of the electrical system. A pull wire is installed in the optional top to facilitate
installation of electronics. The wire is located on the starboard side, forward corner of
the overhead electronics box. Use the factory supplied buss bar for connection. Make
sure any added circuits are protected by a fuse or breaker and the wire is properly sized
for the load and length of run.
Trailering and Launching
Consult your trailer manufacturer for specific information relating to your particular
trailer. Pro-Line does not make or recommend the use of any particular trailer. Make
sure the trailer you use is certified. Consult your state authority for state regulations
pertaining to trailering a boat.
Use the following towing check list as a guideline:
* Check brakes if equipped.
* Check springs and under carriage for cracks, loose parts, and fasteners.
* Insure tires are inflated to proper pressure and in good condition.
* Check wheel bearings and lug nuts.
* Verify light and signal operation.
* Make sure boat is tied down from bow and stern eyes.
* Stow items likely to blow off or out of the boat.
* Carry a spare tire and tools for changing (spare bearing and race set for
long trips).
* Securely brace O/B motors.
* Go slow over bumps.
* Check tires and hubs often for excessive heat. Service if required.
* Have an assistant watch blind spots and guide with signals when backing.
The trailer you choose should be a proper match for your boat with regard to capacity and
hull design. Consult your dealer when making your selection. The tow vehicle must
have sufficient towing capacity for the combined load of boat, trailer, and accessories.
Check the certification label on the forward port (left) side of your trailer to insure it has
adequate gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) for the combined boat and trailer. The
boat weight must include the weight of the empty hull, motors, full fuel and fresh water
capacities, accessories, equipment, and provisions.
Insure the hitch on the tow vehicle is rated for the gross total weight (GTW) or greater,
and the ball size matches the trailer receiver.
Load Distribution
In general, the tongue weight should be from 5 to 10 % of the GVWR. Make certain the
hull is evenly supported along the length and width of the trailer with no load
concentrations. The bottom of the transom should be supported and not hanging past the
end of the trailer. The bow must be supported as well. Load the boat so it is centered
side to side, and straight on the supports. Rollers, if used, should only serve to guide the
boat into position while in the water and not relied upon to support the weight of the boat.
The improper use of rollers voids your warranty and could seriously damage your hull.
Launching and Retrieving
Pre - Launch Check List:
* Install drain plug.
* Remove covers and tie downs (leave bow winch strap in place).
* Place lines and fenders if needed.
* Disconnect lights to avoid shorting.
* Verify safety equipment is aboard.
* If possible use a lookout.
* Back down the ramp until wheels are underwater or the stern of the boat just
starts to float ( keeping perpendicular to the shore).
* Loosen bow strap, board the boat, and lower the motors.
* Start the motors and check the bilge for leaks.
* Remove winch strap from bow eye.
* Back boat off trailer.
* Dock the boat and park the tow vehicle.
* Back down the ramp so trailer is half submerged.
* Carefully line up boat, slowly maneuvering with short bursts of power.
* When the keel is centered and boat is just touching the trailer, winch or
smoothly apply power until the boat eases to the bow rest.
* Secure the bow strap.
* Haul the boat out of the water and park out of the way of others.
* Remove the drain plug.
* Rinse off salt water as soon as fresh water is available.
* Stow equipment and canvas as well as affix tie downs and covers.
* Hook up trailer lights and verify operation.
Operation and Performance
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
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 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 as
well as a reduction in top end speed. There is an optimum load location which 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 at a time.
* Pass gear from the dock to someone in the boat, do not carry gear while
* Never allow passengers to hang 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
Certain precautions must be observed when fueling due to the explosive nature of
Before Fueling:
* Secure the boat to the dock with adequate moorings.
* Turn off 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:
* Keep nozzle in contact with fill opening to minimize chance of sparks.
* Do not leave unattended.
* Do not spill fuel.
* Do not over fill. Filling a tank until fuel is vented is dangerous.
* Allow room for expansion.
After Fueling:
* Close fill opening.
* Wipe up any spilled fuel and dispose of rags on shore.
* Open doors and ventilate boat before starting.
* Check for fumes in bilge. Continue to ventilate if fumes are present.
Follow the information in your engine manual if it deviates from the following
Before Starting Engine:
* Ventilate all enclosed spaces.
* Visually inspect bilge for fuel and check for vapors.
* Visually make sure propellers are clear of obstructions or swimmers.
* Make sure engine cooling water intakes are submerged.
* Lock helm seat to face straight forward.
* Attach safety stop switch lanyard.
Starting Engine:
Start the engine according to the instructions provided in your engine manual.
After Starting Engine:
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.
* Check for fuel, oil, and water leaks. Shut down and correct leaks if found.
* Follow the break-in procedures for your engines.
Trim / Tilt
The power trim system allows the operator to raise and lower 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 on trim / 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 bow, providing 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
* In excess, the reduced stability can lead to bouncing, porpoiseing, 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.
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 desired performance needs. For instance:
* Decreasing pitch will enhance acceleration and power at high loads.
* Increasing pitch will increase speed at light loads.
* Decreasing diameter will compensate for loss of power at high altitudes.
* Increasing 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.
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 the following
maintenance practices will result in shorter life of your equipment and may void your
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 warranties in force.
Your engine manual contains service information relating to your particular engine
installation. Follow the provided recommendations for trouble free service and to
preserve your warranty.
Fiberglass / Gel Coat
The gel coated 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 gel coat
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 gel coated surfaces a minimum of twice a year, more often if the boat is stored in
the sun. If due to neglect, the surface takes 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 wax afterwards.
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 gel coat on your Pro-Line is approximately 25 mil thick. Minor scratches and deep
stains that do not penetrate the gel coat can be lightly wet sanded with 600 grit, buffed
and waxed to remove.
If a deep gouge to the surface occurs that goes through the gel coat 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
gel coat repair kits on the market for this use. However, results obtained may not be
See your Pro-Line dealer for fiberglass damage deeper than 1/16 inch.
Marine Growth
If marine growth is a problem, consult your dealer about an anti-fouling finish for the
portions of the hull below the water line. When moored in salt or brackish water, it is
recommended to scrub the bottom monthly, at a minimum, to prevent the accumulation
of marine growth.
Windshield and Hatches
To clean acrylic, rinse with fresh water to remove as much grime as possible. Use bare
hands with plenty of water so you can feel any grit and avoid grinding it into the surface
as you dislodge it. When all material that may scratch the surface is removed, use a soft
clean cloth with a non abrasive mild detergent and fresh water. Rinse and blot dry with a
clean dry chamois.
Grease and adhesives may be removed with kerosene, hexane or white gas ( not gas you
burn in your boat, car, or lawnmower ). Never use solvents such as acetone, silicone
spray, benzene, carbon tetrachloride, dry cleaning fluid, lacquer or paint thinner, or any
chlorinated solvent on acrylic since they may dissolve the material.
Stainless Steel / Aluminum
Stainless steel is used for bow rails and deck fittings on your Pro-Line. Stainless steel
and aluminum are corrosion resistant but not corrosion proof. If used in contact with
sulfides, chloride salts, or rusting metals, stainless will show rust spots, discolor, or
corrode. The grain structure of stainless and aluminum, 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 stainless
and aluminum:
* Always clean frequently with soap and water. Most glass cleaners work.
* Always protect with a wax, especially around welds to guard against microcorrosion, cracking, and rust spots.
* Always remove rust and corrosion spots as they appear with a stainless steel or
aluminum cleaner.
* Never use coarse abrasives like sandpaper or steel wool, as these can cause
* Never clean with acids or bleaches.
* Never permit contact with iron, carbon steel, or other metals which could cause
rust or corrosion.
Cleaning: Brush the canvas with a soft bristle brush and hose down at regular intervals to
remove bird droppings and dirt particles. It may be washed with a mild solution of
natural soap in lukewarm water (less than 100 deg. F). DO NOT USE DETERGENTS.
For stubborn stains, soak the canvas in a solution of 4oz. non-chlorine bleach, 4oz.
natural soap, and one gallon warm water for approximately 20 minutes. Rinse with cold
Note: If the water repellence is lost due to cleaning, apply a water repellent treatment as
The canvas may be washed in an automatic washing machine with cold water using 2
cups non-chlorine bleach and 1 cup natural soap. DO NOT DRY IN A DRYER. LINE
DRY ONLY to prevent shrinkage. If water will not bead on dry surface, re-treat with
water repellent.
Storage: Do not fold or store any canvas while wet. All canvas should be rolled or
folded when dry and kept in a clean dry location.
An occasional cleaning with mild soap and water is all your interior and exterior vinyl
needs to remain in good condition for many years. We do not recommend the use of any
special cleaners, sealers, or treatments for interior and exterior vinyl. Refer to the
provided brochure.
Only use dry cleaning fluid for all fabrics.
Corrosion Protection
If you moor your Pro-Line in salt water for extended periods, be sure to check the
transom mounted anti-corrosion anode often for operation. Check the electrical
connections (green wire) on all metallic fittings with anode for conductivity with an ohm
meter. 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 / drive unit has 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.
Winterization and Storage
* Remove drain plug and keep bow high to drain any water accumulation.
* Drain all water from water systems.
* Fill fuel tank and add a stabilizer to the gasoline.
* Prepare the engine in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations found
in your engine manual.
* Treat metal parts with rust inhibitor.
* Remove the battery and protect from freezing. Trickle charge overnight once
per month.
* Place under cover. Loosen tie down straps and unload the tires with blocks if
loaded on a trailer.
Fitting Out After Storage:
* Check entire fuel system for loose fittings, leaks, and damage.
* Clean battery terminals, install battery(s), and coat terminals with a deoxidizing
* Check all through hull fittings and hoses for obstructions, water tightness, and
* 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.
* Clean out any debris from bilge and cockpit.
* Flush water systems.
* Install hull drain plug.
* Verify operation of equipment before leaving dock.
Boat Identification Information
Home Port:_______________________________________________________
Boat Name:_______________________________________________________
Registration No:___________________________________________________
Hull No:__________________________________________________________
Boat model:_______LOA:__________Beam:__________Draft:____________
Vertical Clearance:_______-Hull:_______-Deck:________-Interior:________
Warranty Registration Date:_________________________________________
Fuel Capacity Gal.:_________________________________________________
Ignition Key No:___________________________________________________
Radio Call Letters:_____________________Bat. ________________________
Engine Make & Model:________________________________HP:__________
Engine S/N:_______________________________________________________
Drive S/N:________________________________________________________
Prop: Dia:____________Pitch:___________P/N:________________________
Trailer Make & Model:_____________________________________________
Trailer S/N:___________________________GVWR:____________________
Insurance Company:_______________________________________________
Policy No.:________________________Phone No.:______________________
Trouble Shooting Chart
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 under
*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
*Steering trunion or mechanism jammed (helm won't turn).
Electrical problems
(see wiring diagram)
*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:
Runs wet
Hard ride
Overbank in turn
Catches in turns
Nautical Terms
*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.
Abeam: At 90 degrees to the center line of the boat, exactly to either side of the boat.
Abaft: A point on a boat that is aft of another.
Aft: Toward the rear of the boat.
Beam: The widest part of the boat.
Bilge: The lower interior of the hull.
Bow: The fore part of a boat.
Bulkhead: A vertical partition or reinforcement in a boat usually perpendicular to the
Chine: The juncture of the bottom and the side of the boat.
Chock: Deck fitting used to guide a line.
Cleat: Deck fitting used to secure a line to.
Deck: Upper structure of a boat that covers the hull.
Draft: The distance the lowest part (usually the keel) of the boat projects into the water.
Fathom: A unit of measure equal to six feet.
Freeboard: The height of the deck above the water line.
Gunwale or Gunnel: The juncture of the side of the cockpit, deck, and hull.
Hatch: An opening used for access to an interior space.
Head: Toilet or toilet area in a boat.
Helm: Steering wheel or console area of a boat.
Hull: The basic structure of a boat that provides flotation by displacing and excluding
Keel: The major lengthwise member of the hull, the lowest portion of the hull.
Knot: A measure of speed in nautical miles per hour, equal to 1.15 MPH
Lee: The side sheltered from the wind.
Port: The left side of the boat when aboard the boat facing the bow.
Scupper: Duct to drain water from the cockpit, usually with a check valve to prevent sea
water intrusion.
Sheer: The juncture of the deck and the hull, generally covered by the rub rail.
Starboard: The right side of the boat when aboard the boat facing the bow.
Stern: The back of the boat.
Stern Drive: Inboard /outboard I/O drive unit.
Stringer: Lengthwise reinforcing members of the hull.
Transom: Vertical part of the stern.
Wake: Waves produced by a boat moving through the water.
Windward: Toward the direction from which the wind is blowing.
Specifications: 27 Express
Length Overall ........................................................ 29’1” (8.86 m)
Beam ........................................................................ 9’10” (3.00 m)
Draft (Hull) ............................................................. 21” (.53 m)
Deadrise .................................................................. 19 Degrees
Fuel Capacity – O/B ............................................... 201 gal. (760.87 L)
Weight (Hull – approx.) ......................................... 6,300 Lbs. (2857.63 kg)
Weight (Trail – approx.) ........................................ 9950 Lbs. (4513.24 kg)
Maximum H.P. – O/B ............................................. 500 H.P. (373 kW)
Cockpit Depth ......................................................... 26” (.66 m)
Cockpit Area ........................................................... 65 Sq. Ft. (6.04 m2)
Bridge Clearance .................................................... 7’3” (2.21 m)
Bridge Clearance w/ Top ........................................ 9’7” (2.92 m)
Fresh Water Capacity ............................................ 30 Gal. (113.56 L)
Baitwell Capacity .................................................... 35 Gal. (132.49 L)
Fish Box Capacity (2 @ 25 gal. ea.) ....................... 50 Gal. (189.27 L)
Specifications are approximate and subject to change without notice.
Pump Wire Colors
Bilge - Automatic
Bilge – Manual
Electric Head Supply
Fish Box Macerator
Head Macerator
Potable Water
Wire Color
Brown / Green
Brown / Red
Brown / Yellow
Brown / Pink
Brown / White
Brown / Blue
Brown / Orange
Brown / Black
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