Contents of Report
The primary mission of the Pronautica 29 Open is to provide a superior and personalized fit-and-finish boat for the family. That means that she is designed for a watersports-oriented family. A secondary mission for the Pronautica 29 Open is to provide an offshore fishing platform. All of this is provided in a boat that can be highly personalized in the last stage of construction, something that is quite unusual.
Finally, a mission of the builder is to provide all of this for a very competitive price.
The company was founded in Venezuela in the early 1990s by two brothers with the purpose of designing and building high-performance boats for offshore use. Some years ago the company’s name was changed from Promarine to Pronautica.
Today, the boats are built in Venezula, and then for the North American market are shipped to Dania, Florida, but we were recently told that it is planning on moving production to the U.S. In the past the boats were shipped to Dania, where they were customized and finished to the owner’s specifications. Items customized include accessories, electronics, upholstery, engine rigging, and other details.
Pronautica designed a hull with a wide 10’1” (3.07 m) beam, and a deadrise of 22-degrees at the transom, according to the builder. Strakes to the hull are added to the bottom for greater lift, and reverse chines add to stability and give a dry ride.
All of the seating has multi-density foam for support and premium vinyl upholstery. The forward pneumatic table and seating converts to a sun pad with an upholstered insert. A transom bench seat wraps around the port side. Both the port and starboard sides of the transom have boarding platforms and there is a walkthrough on the starboard side of the transom. The 29 Open has a head with sink and opening portlights.
Fishy Stuff. With four rod holders built into the gunwales and four rocket-launcher style rod holders mounted on the T-top and a 13-gallon (49 L) livewell under the port side transom seating, the Pronautica 29 Open is ready for offshore fishing. Fishboxes in the deck are ready when the catch is brought aboard.
- • Built-In Leaning Post Cooler and Sink. Behind the helm seating built into the leaning post is a cooler and sink with storage.
- • Integrated Transom Seat Livewell. The transom bench seating has a 13-gallon (49 L) livewell under the port side cushion.
- • Freshwater System. The freshwater system has a 60-gallon (227 L) aluminum tank and 4 gph pump.
- • In the Console Head Compartment. The head is located inside the console with sink and pull-out shower wand.
- • Through Stem Bow Roller. The stainless steel anchor is deployed via a through stem bow roller and in the anchor locker is a windlass.
- • In-Deck Insulated Storage. Built into the deck are two insulated storage areas which self-drain into the bilge that can be used as coolers or fishboxes.
- • Diamond Non-Skid Surfaces. Throughout the Pronautica 29 Open are padded non-skid surfaces with diamond grids.
- • Walkthrough Transom Door. On the starboard side of the transom is a walkthrough with a door and a 4” (.10 m) step down into the cockpit.
- • Pop-Up Cleats and Chocks. All the cleats and chocks are flush mounted and are spring loaded to pop-up when needed. This keeps fishing lines from snagging and prevents tripping or other human hazards.
- • Carbon Fiber Reinforced Hull. Pronautica uses carbon fiber to reinforce stringers and the transom for added strength.
The Pronautica 29 open is rated to receive 500 to 800-horsepower. The test boat was equipped with twin Suzuki DF350A 4-stroke outboards with dual props delivering 700-horsepower at the transom.
The boat has a length overall of 29’ (8.84 m) with a beam of 10’1” (3.07 m). With an empty weight of 10,798 lbs. (4,898 kg), 75% fuel, 50% freshwater and three people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 12,543 lbs. (5,689 kg).
Top Speed. With twin 350-horsepower Suzuki 4-stroke outboards turning dual propellers, the test boat reached a top speed of 56.5 mph at 6000 rpm.
Best Cruise. The best cruise came in at 3500 rpm at 29.0 mph. At that speed, the 17.1 gph fuel burn translated into 1.7 mile per gallon and a range of 321 statute miles while still holding back a 10% reserve of the boats 211-gallon (799 L) total fuel capacity.
Acceleration Times and Test Conditions
Upon hitting the throttle, the test boat had an aggressive and solid feel and accelerated to 20 mph in 4.7 seconds and continued to 30 mph in 6.7 seconds. These are fast times for a boat of this size and weight and are largely due to the boat’s bottom design which undoubtedly carries the 22-degree deadrise a bit further forward than on most boats we test.
The bow on the Pronautica 29 Open demonstrates the manufacturer’s commitment to comfort and socializing onboard. The forward seating wraps around the forward cockpit with 7” (.18 m) coaming pads that can be used as back rests when seated at the pneumatic operated table. The table lowers and forms a sun pad with the upholstered insert. Two more can join in the conversation at the forward facing bench seat built into the front of the console. Pronautica utilizes multi density foam that keeps passengers secure and comfortable for long passages.
Inserts. Pronautica uses inserts in the liner bulwarks in several places throughout the 29 Open. Although they are not as attractive as molded in recesses, inserts can serve a strategic purpose, allowing access to behind the bulwark when replacing or repairing systems on the boat.
In-Console Head Compartment
The in-console head compartment is accessed through forward console seating. It becomes a rather heavy forward and up opening hatch. The hatch has two gas-assist struts that help with the lift and holding the hatch in the open position.
On the inside of the hatch is a stainless steel handle to help those that are in the head to close the hatch. There is a lip that one must step over, which keeps water from getting into the compartment. The boat comes with a standard portable toilet, a freshwater sink with a pull-out shower wand, and an opening portlight for ventilation.
The helm is designed to be operated from the port side of the two bucket seats with armrests. The layout is clean with the dash easily able to accommodate two 12” (.30 m) multifunction displays. The standard Richie high-speed compass is mounted in direct line-of-sight of the operator on the top of the console.
The console top is curved forward and down. This feature does not allow for storage of incidental items on top of the console. The plexiglass windshield is stylishly curved without distorting the operator’s forward visibility.
Engine Safety Cut-Out Switch. The engine safety cut-out switch is designed to shut down the engines if the operator is thrown out of a control position or overboard. The safety lanyard should be attached at all times while underway to the operator’s wrist or firmly attached to clothing or personal floatation device.
The helm seating consists of two bucket-style fixed seats with fold up bolsters. On the test boat they felt a bit too close for comfortable stand-up operation even when the bolsters were in the up position. A slide under the seats is a solution. Seated, as is, the operator was in easy and comfortable access of the helms controls.
The standard T-top frame is substantial but only minimally obstructs the 360-degree view from the helm. It is important to note that the stanchions are mounted on the console, not the deck. Normally this would create undue stress on the console if it were screwed down to the deck, as we see on many center consoles. However, Pronautica molds the deck and console as one piece adding considerable strength to the console. This build also does the best job of keeping water from seeping into the bilge.
Normally the aft cockpit of a center console boat of this size is the business end of the boat. In this case, the Pronautica 29 Open is designed to be more social with wraparound fixed bench seating built into the transom. However, Pronautica did not ignore the vital nature of a center console and placed a 13-gallon (49 L) livewell under the aft seating on the port side and built into the deck, two 27-gallon (102 L) in-deck insulated, self-draining storage compartments that could be used as fishboxes. The entire deck is covered with padded non-skid with a diamond pattern etched in.
Re-Boarding Ladder. ABYC standards call for all boats to have a re-boarding ladder deployable by someone in the water. It must reach a minimum of 22” (.56 m) below the waterline.
Dual, Counter-rotating Props. The key advantage of dual, counter-rotating props is performance. Dual props have better grip when accelerating and provide better tracking and stability underway. They also eliminate the need to have two counter-rotating props, one clockwise and the other counter-clockwise, on twin outboard installations.
Pronautica has a limited lifetime structural warranty on the hull and deck and a five-year warranty on factory installed rigging. Engines and electronics are warranted by the manufacturers and vary. Contact Pronautica for details.
We always recommend that consumers read the fine print of all boat and engine warranties.
The MRSP is $105,802.00 base price, without engines.
Options to Consider
- • Battery charging system
- • Dual Garmin 7612 XSV multifunction displays
- • Taco carbon fiber outriggers
- • Twin outboard engines
- • Pneumatic table converts to a sun pad (free upgrade)
- • Electric head with holding tank
- • Saltwater washdown system
The Pronautica 29 Open accomplishes its mission of being a center console sport boat that has style and comfort for the family when at anchor or when having a picnic. Plus, they did it at a competitive price. The use of carbon fiber reinforcement and molding the console and deck as one piece creates a strong boat. The sumptuous seating throughout the forward and aft cockpit make the 29 Open a boat everyone can appreciate and enjoy socializing while at the dock or underway.
Add some additional fishing features and the Pronautica 29 Open can be a formidable offshore fishing platform.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Pronautica 29 Open (2018-) is 56.5 mph (90.9 kph), burning 60.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 227.86 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Pronautica 29 Open (2018-) is 29.0 mph (46.7 kph), and the boat gets 1.7 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.72 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 321 miles (516.6 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 350-hp Suzuki 4-stroke duo prop.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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