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Brief Summary

Weighing in at 10,798-lbs. (4,898 kg), the Pronautica 29 Open utilizes a hand laid deck and hull, reinforced with carbon fiber. Its sharp bow entry and 10’1” (2.97 m) beam adds stability as well as room to the 29 Open. The interior details, including engine selection, are determined by each customer – making this boat quite unusual in class. Even more unusual, is the builder’s approach to interior seating and finish work.

Key Features

  • Center console molded with the deck as a single structure
  • Comfortable seats both fore and aft
  • Through the stem bow roller with windlass
  • Wrap around transom seating with 13-gallon (49 L) livewell
  • Two insulated, in-deck, self-draining 27-gallon (102 L) storage compartments
  • Two 21-gallon (79 L), forward, dry-storage compartments
  • Non-distorting, curved plexiglass windshield
  • Fiberglass T-top with aluminum stanchions
  • Freshwater washdown with shower wand
  • Built-in insulated cooler box, sink and storage behind the helm seats
  • Limited lifetime warranty on hull and deck, 5-year on factory rigging, contact Pronautica for details
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 29′
    8.84 m
    Beam 10′ 1''
    3.07 m
    Dry Weight 10,798 lbs.
    4,898 kg
    Tested Weight 12,543 lbs.
    5,689 kg
    Draft N/A
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 22-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity 10
    Fuel Capacity 211 gal.
    799 L
    Water Capacity 60 gal.
    227 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power 2 x 350-hp Suzuki 4-stroke duo prop
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 4.2 3.7 1.2 3.5 3.0 665 578.0 60
    1000 6.6 5.7 2.5 2.7 2.3 508 441.5 67
    1500 8.0 7.0 3.7 2.2 1.9 411 357.0 71
    2000 9.3 8.1 5.5 1.7 1.5 324 281.8 76
    2500 12.2 10.6 9.5 1.3 1.1 245 213.2 81
    3000 19.1 16.6 12.9 1.5 1.3 282 245.4 85
    3500 29.0 25.2 17.1 1.7 1.5 321 279.6 84
    4000 33.8 29.3 20.1 1.7 1.5 319 277.3 83
    4500 42.4 36.9 30.9 1.4 1.2 261 227.0 87
    5000 45.4 39.4 35.6 1.3 1.1 242 210.4 85
    5500 50.7 44.0 43.8 1.2 1.0 220 191.2 90
    6000 56.5 49.1 60.2 0.9 0.8 178 154.8 95
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    600 578.0 1070 6.80 4.54 1.49 60
    1000 441.5 818 10.60 9.46 1.15 67
    1500 357.0 661 12.90 14.01 0.94 71
    2000 281.8 521 15.00 20.82 0.72 76
    2500 213.2 394 19.60 35.96 0.55 81
    3000 245.4 454 30.70 48.83 0.64 85
    3500 279.6 517 46.70 64.73 0.72 84
    4000 277.3 513 54.40 76.09 0.72 83
    4500 227.0 420 68.20 116.97 0.60 87
    5000 210.4 389 73.10 134.76 0.55 85
    5500 191.2 354 81.60 165.80 0.51 90
    6000 154.8 286 90.90 227.88 0.38 95

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 2.7 sec.
    0 to 30 6.8 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props 22
    Load 3 persons, 3/4 fuel, 1/2 water, no gear
    Climate 92 deg., 85 humid; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: 2 rollers
    Elevation Sea Level

    Captain's Report

    Contents of Report

    Pronautica 29 Open running
    The Pronautica 29 Open is a center console that can double as an offshore fishing or a watersports platform.
    Pronautica 29 Open running
    The Pronautica 29 Open that was tested was equipped with Suzuki DF350A 4-stroke outboards. Pronautica offers several other options up to 800-horsepower.

    Mission

    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.

    Pronautica 29 Open layout
    The layout of the Pronautica 29 Open has wide transitions fore and aft and the amount of seating shows the social aspect of the model.

    Back Story

    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.

    Overview

    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.

    Major Features

    • 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.

    Performance

    Pronautica 29 Open running
    The Pronautica 29 Open is designed to have very little bow-rise when accelerating with clear forward visibility for the operator.

    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

    Pronautica 29 Open

    Handling

    Pronautica 29 Open running
    Although sea conditions were calm, while putting the Pronautica 29 Open through her paces, the test boat showed a composure throughout that would suggest that she will handle most sea state conditions thrown at her.

    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.

    Boat Inspection

    Pronautica 29 Open pattern
    There is padded non-skid material with a diamond pattern on most surfaces throughout the Pronautica 29 Open. This is an unusual treatment.

    The Bow

    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.

    Pronautica 29 Open foredeck
    The foredeck is clear of obstructions and covered with padded non-skid. Note the 8” (.20 m) pop-up cleats that are flush with the cap rail when down.
    Pronautica 29 Open
    Shown here is the pop-up cleat in the stowed position. Note the button on the inboard side. When it is depressed the cleat goes to the deployed position.
    Pronautica 29 Open
    Shown is the pop-up cleat in the deployed position. Note the button is depressed.
    Pronautica 29 Open windlass
    The standard windlass is mounted under the anchor locker hatch. The cutouts on either side allow access to the anchor rode. For safety reasons, we would like to see the control switch further away from the chain, possibly on the vertical behind the windlass.
    Pronautica 29 Open anchor
    The anchor is deployed through the stem on a stainless-steel bow roller system. Note, there is a standard stainless steel scuff plate to protect the stem.

    Forward Seating

    Pronautica 29 Open bow table
    At least five adults can fit around the forward seating and table while two can join in at the forward console bench seating. The coaming pad is 7” (.18 m) high and the depth of the forward cockpit is 30” (.76 m). Freeboard is 40” (1.02 m) at the forward seating.
    Pronautica 29 Open bow
    With the table lowered and the upholstered insert in place, the forward seating converts to a sun pad.
    Pronautica 29 Open speakers
    Strategically placed speakers and drink holders are placed in the inserts on the port and starboard liner bulwarks.

    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.

    Pronautica 29 Open bench
    In front of the console is built-in 3’8” (1.12 m) wide bench seating that is designed to fit two adults.

    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.

    Pronautica 29 Open console
    The console hatch in the open position. Note the lip that must be stepped over which could present a tripping hazard, but is necessary to keep the compartment dry.
    Pronautica 29 Open head
    Once in the head, users utilized a stainless steel handle to pull the hatch down, into the closed position.
    Pronautica 29 Open head
    Inside the head, there is 5’4” (1.63 m) headroom and 3’10” (1.17 m) headroom above the portable toilet seat. The faucet pulls-out to become a shower wand.
    Pronautica 29 Open step
    To ease egress, Pronautica placed a welcome corner step inside the console.
    Pronautica 29 Open toilet
    Above the toilet is an access panel and a breaker panel for the helm electronics and system switches.
    Pronautica 29 Open port light
    On the starboard side is an opening portlight for natural lighting and ventilation. Note there is a fire extinguisher mounted just inside.
    Pronautica 29 Open single piece
    The console and deck are a single molded piece, adding strength that allows the T-top stanchions to be mounted onto the console in lieu of on the deck, saving valuable deck space. This allows 19” (.48 m) wide side decks.
    Pronautica 29 Open extinguisher
    There is a second fire extinguisher mounted in an insert out of the way but easily accessible in the starboard bulwark.

    Helm

    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.

    Pronautica 29 Open gps
    The test boat had a single 12” Garmin multifunction display. The carbon fiber accented dash had plenty of room for a second display.
    Pronautica 29 Open wheel
    The custom vinyl wrapped stainless steel steering wheel has a tilt base for positioning the wheel for stand-up operation or operating while seated.
    Pronautica 29 Open buttons
    The system control buttons surround the steering wheel base. Note that the horn button is the innermost button and not set off by color or position. We’d like to see it moved to a conspicuous place, such as in the upper right of the panel.
    Pronautica 29 Open
    The engine start/stop control switches are located on the starboard side of the steering wheel and on the test boat the troll mode controls are directly above.
    Pronautica 29 Open switches
    The windlass and standard trim tab control switches are to the port of the steering. The trim tab controls could be more logically placed above the engine control binnacle for one hand operation.
    Pronautica 29 Open vhf
    The standard VHF radio and Fusion Stereo are well placed with a dual USB port nearby. A 4’ (1.22 m) VHF antenna is standard. The cup holder will be a good place to set a smart phone and be charged.
    Pronautica 29 Open lanyard
    Shown is the proper use of the safety lanyard connected to the engine(s) safety cut-out switch.
    Pronautica 29 Open switch
    On the test boat, the engine safety cut-out switch is located in a position that is in an easy knee strike when using the console footrest which may cause accidental shut downs.

    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.

    Helm Seating

    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.

    Pronautica 29 Open helm seating
    Shown is the helm seating with armrests and bolsters deployed.
    Pronautica 29 Open bolster
    The bolsters and armrest can be positioned for stand-up operation.
    Pronautica 29 Open helm
    Seated, the operator is in easy reach of the helm controls.
    Pronautica 29 Open helm seating
    Under the helm seating is the battery switches and storage locker.
    Pronautica 29 Open wet bar
    Behind the helm seat is a built-in refreshment center with an opening lid.
    Pronautica 29 Open cooler
    Under the lid there is a cooler, a freshwater sink, and a storage tray.

    T-Top

    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.

    Pronautica 29 Open t top
    The fiberglass T-top has molded in speakers and spreader lights and is supported by aluminum stanchions.
    Pronautica 29 Open electronics
    Shown is the molded in electronics box and courtesy lights along with the light switches, which were unmarked on the test boat.
    Pronautica 29 Open rod holders
    Four stainless steel, rocket-launcher style rod holders are mounted on the aft end of the T-top.

    Aft Cockpit

    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.

    Pronautica 29 Open transom
    The wraparound transom bench seating is 4’5” (1.35 m) across and could seat three adults comfortably.
    Pronautica 29 Open storage box
    On the port and starboard side is a 27-gallon (102 L) insulated, self-draining storage box that can be used as a cooler or fishbox.
    Pronautica 29 Open livewell
    Under the wraparound seat is a 13-gallon (49 L) livewell with clear lid to see how the bait is faring.
    Pronautica 29 Open walk thru
    The 18” (.45 m) wide transom walkthrough has a gate and a 4” (.10 m) step down to the cockpit. Note the grab handle next to the transom bench seating.
    Pronautica 29 Open shower
    There is a standard pull-out freshwater shower wand built into the gunwale at the walkthrough for a convenient rinse after in-water activities. The freeboard towards the stern is 30” from the cap rail to the water.
    Pronautica 29 Open systems
    There is a large storage and systems access area under the cockpit deck. Note the hatch has two gas assist struts that ease the opening and holds the hatch open.
    Pronautica 29 Open self draining
    The cockpit is self-draining with scuppers on the port and starboard side of the aft cockpit.

    Transom

    Pronautica 29 Open boarding
    The 16” (.41 m) deep boarding platforms on both sides of the outboards allow boarding from a floating dock from either side. Note the white powder coated grab handles on both sides.
    Pronautica 29 Open transom storage
    The additional storage in the transom is a great place to stow fenders and dock lines. Note there is a narrow cross over with padded non-skid for those that board on the port side platform to reach the walkthrough on the starboard side.
    Pronautica 29 Open ladder
    The pull-out re-boarding ladder has three steps and is accessible from the water.

    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.

    Notable Features

    Pronautica 29 Open
    Pronautica placed strategically located, flush mounted pull-up chocks that eliminate snagging hazards when not deployed.
    Pronautica 29 Open chocks
    When deployed, the pull-up chocks provide a source to redirect dock lines.
    Pronautica 29 Open props
    The Suzuki DF350A utilizes dual counter rotating props on each outboard.

    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 29 Open inserts
    Storage and speaker inserts can be removed for access to system cabling and plumbing.

    Warranty

    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.

    Price

    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

    Observations

    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

    Marine Electronics

    VHF Radio Standard

    Systems

    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Portable Standard
    Trim Tabs Standard
    Washdown: Fresh Water Standard
    Windlass Standard

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Standard
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Transom Door Standard
    Transom Shower Standard

    Warranty

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