Small, But Complete
Although the 20 Sport CC is the smallest boat Pro-Line builds – there is an Express version of the boat as well, for folks who want a cabin – it’s rigged and outfitted as well as the company’s bigger models. It comes with an aluminum leaning post at the helm, hydraulic steering, stainless steel bow rails, a lighted baitwell and raw-water washdown. There are six horizontal rod racks and a pair of rod holders in the gunwales, plenty of stowage for other gear and enough room in the console to fit a portable head. With a Honda 135 four-stroke outboard, MSRP is $30,900 – add rods and tackle and for that price you can go fishing. Optional power to 175-hp is available.We haven’t tested the boat, but Pro-Line estimates top speed around 36 mph (58 kph) with the smaller outboard, up to 44 mph (70.8 kph) with the largest one. Unless you will use the boat mostly in calm conditions, we think 135-hp is enough: 20-footers can get pretty bouncy at 40 mph in a chop!
Built Like a Big Boat
Pro-Line builds this 20 Sport CC just like it does its bigger boats, using their F.I.S.T. That’s Fiberglass Integrated Structural Technology – it replaces all structural members that used to be wood with high-density closed-cell foam. The transoms, in any boat the most vulnerable place for water intrusion, are vacuum-bagged to ensure void-free bonding.
The fiberglass components are hand-laid using knitted 3610 fabmat, with a lightweight skin coat of fiberglass cloth behind the gel coat to prevent print-through and ensure a glassy exterior surface. The hull and deck are both chemically and mechanically joined, with high-bond adhesives that lock the stringers and cockpit sole together to create a stiff, strong hull.
Inspected, Tested and Warranted
All hardware is marine-grade 316L stainless steel, through-bolted and backed with reinforcing plates, then secured with aircraft locknuts. Handrails, T-tops and other accessories are all built in-house by Pro-Line craftspeople, as is all upholstery. When each boat is complete, it’s subjected to 32 quality-control checks followed by a run through the Hurricane, a high-pressure water bath intended to reveal any leaks. All systems are tested before the boat’s loaded on the truck for delivery. Every Pro-Line exceeds NMMA, U.S. Coast Guard and CE standards, and is covered by a transferable 10-year hull warranty.
Options We Like
Even though the Pro-Line 20 Sport CC is ready to fish as it comes standard, every buyer will want some options. First on our list is a T-top; we love T-tops, since they not only keep the sun off our heads but also provide mounting surfaces for antennas and radar scanners. The T-top adds $4,654 to the price tag, but we think it’s money well spent.Speaking of radar, there’s no reason not to install a small set aboard this boat, if you live in the north. There are still things out there to hit in the fog or at night, and a small scanner takes up very little room on the top and adds not much expense. There’s plenty of room at the helm for a separate display, or it can be piped into a multifunction navigator.
We’d also opt for the upgraded leaning post with rod holders ($838) and a flip-up forward seat ($1,023); otherwise, there’s no seating ahead of the console. A seat and cooler ($608) is also available here, but the flip-up seat can be folded out of the way when it’s not needed. There are jump seats port and starboard in the transom corners, which in our experience rarely get used.
We think the Pro-Line 20 Sport CC is a good choice for folks wanting a smaller, more affordable boat but who don’t want to give up fishability. It has a lot of competition in the marketplace, but Pro-Line has an excellent reputation, and when it’s time to move up to a bigger boat, the 20 Sport CC should be easy to sell. Although there are many boats we like of this type, the Pro-Line would make us happy, and give us an excuse to take lots of summer afternoons off to go fishing.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Optional|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!