A rare and incredibly handsome vessel for the Westcoast! This rugged all-weather performer is not only strong, but performs like a champ and provides exceptional comfort and luxury for the whole family. This one-owner 2008 model was only launched in 2010 and has seen light use with only 500 hours on the engine. Seeing is believing – she looks almost new! She has been lovingly stored on her own dual axle trailer during the winters. Tow her anywhere to explore and fish, or sit in the huge cockpit and enjoy the sunsets.
My first impression when I saw the Pro-Line 23 XP was that she was larger than 23 feet. While most pilothouse boats have room inside the pilothouse for the captain and maybe one or two others, the pilothouse on this Pro-Line is huge. Although only 23 feet in overall length, the Pro-Line 23 XP’s spacious pilothouse gives you the impression of being on a much larger boat (actual pilothouse dimensions are 6 feet, 6 inches wide and 5 feet deep with 6 feet, 6 inches of headroom). In creating this new model, Pro-Line took its venerable 23 Express hull (with its 20-degree deadrise) and redesigned the cockpit with a pilothouse for use in cool and wet climates, perfect for the Northwestern and Northeastern boating markets. Proline has hit a home-run with one of the most impressive 23-foot pilothouse boats we have had the opportunity to review.
The pilothouse top is constructed of lightweight composite and substantial fiberglass. A beefy glass windshield sports sleek curves and a heavy weatherproof gasket. The glass side panels are uniquely hinged so they can be opened to vent the pilothouse with fresh air. In inclement weather several adults can be comfortably accommodated in the pilothouse The helm has comprehensive instrumentation and is ergonomically comfortable.
For walking forward around the pilothouse, safety grab-rails along the hardtop make it easy, a nice touch usually overlooked by other manufacturers. A knee-high stainless steel bow-rail continues along the gunwales aft of the pilothouse for added safety. An electric windlass is just aft of the anchor roller at the bow, and leads to a large line locker. There are three 6-inch stainless steel cleats forward – one for anchoring and port and starboard cleats for mooring. Two similar-size spring cleats are amidships as are two more on each stern quarter. All cleats come with substantial backing plates and are recessed – both exceptionally nice additions. There is a remote-control spotlight forward and a spreader light on the aft end of the hardtop.
Entry to the cabin is two steps down via a bi-fold door to port. The area is not huge, but there is an amazing 5 feet of headroom at the foot of the steps, and the 6′ 6″ long V-berth is 5′ wide for two adults and two small kids to sleep. A Porta Potti (never used) is under the aft starboard cushion, and the galley is equipped with an butane stove and foldaway dining table. A directional light over the sink provides night-time cooking help, and a storage locker below the sink will hold cooking and cleaning necessities. Another storage bin is in the forward part of the V-berth under the cushions. Port and starboard oval portholes let light into the cabin, and a 20-inch overhead hatch opens for ventilation.
The cockpit is a work of art for a 23-foot boat. The 52 square feet of nonskid deck area, has two unique folding bench seats that provide seating for four and fold up out of the way when not needed. Two large in-deck fish-boxes port and starboard (with macerators) provide ample fish storage for a 23-foot boat, and bilge access is also easy thanks to deck and transom access hatches. Combing bolsters in the cockpit are installed at just the right height for bracing when leaning over the gunwale to gaff or grab a fish or other object in the water. There are rod storage racks under each gunwale and built-in rod holders port and starboard. This vessel also comes equipped with two top-of-the-line Scotty electric down-riggers which make this one very serious fishing machine.
Under way, the 23 XP comes on plane smoothly with the Suzuki 200 hp outboard and a Suzuki kicker. Standard hydraulic steering provides smooth handling, and with the 23 XP’s full transom, the boat is very quiet. Conversations in a normal tone of voice can take place while at cruising speeds. Swimmers will appreciate the ease of getting back on board via the foldaway ladder and transom door.
As the listing broker for this exceptional vessel, I have logged more than 40,000 miles as a Transport Canada Commercial Skipper on small high-speed vessels. I would buy it myself if I didn’t already own a sailboat!
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