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Thinking About Taking My Pro V To Florida

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 1:20 pm
by flgatoenmt
Hello All, my Pro V has been at Canyon Ferry in Montana for the past three years since I bought it. Between the crowds and low water, Canyon Ferry has been a challenge this year. I would really like to have it back in Florida to use in the Northern Gulf of Mexico (Florida Panhandle). It is so much roomier in the stern than many fiberglass boats of similar size down here, and has the wonderful top. I think it would handle the water in the bays down here and some offshore just fine. What really concerns me is the salt water. I know many of you take your Hewescrafts, including Pro Vs, into Pacific salt water all the time. The Gulf of Mexico is somewhat saltier I believe but salt water is salt water. I am very, very proud of my Pro V and would hate to put it in an environment it can't handle. With the proper anodes, diligent washing and lubrication, do you all think the Pro V would tolerate Gulf salt exposure?
PS If I get the Pro V to Florida, I will have some serious fish pictures to post!!!!

Re: Thinking About Taking My Pro V To Florida

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 2:50 pm
by kenya
I use mine in the Puget sound. I trailer it and wash it off with fresh water after each use. I use Tef Gel on any screws I put in and I flush out the engine with salt away.
After 70 hours use I see no corrosion issues.
Best wishes in Florida.

Re: Thinking About Taking My Pro V To Florida

Posted: Wed Sep 15, 2021 12:14 am
by Long Tom
She’ll turn heads in Florida!

Salt water is just plain hard on everything it touches pretty much, but I’d still take her. Keep an eye on your zincs. If they are working right they’ll form a powdery grey coating and should be visibly eroding away over time. Reason I say this, is not all zincs are created equally and in fact, you may want “aluminums” rather than zincs anyway! Look into that.

It’s going to degrade your freshwater boat cosmetically to use it in salt, that’s just the truth, but she’s a utility fishin’ boat.

I bought mine pre-salted so it saved me the agony of seeing the new get knocked off. :).

Don’t forget your trailer. I like to rinse my brakes with fresh water, using a bike bottle, after launching but before leaving port; that way the brakes, at least, aren’t just sitting there corroding all day while I’m out fishin.

Re: Thinking About Taking My Pro V To Florida

Posted: Wed Sep 15, 2021 3:58 am
by Rangerman
I've owned my ProV for a little over a year. I see much much nicer/bigger boats that sit in salt water for months. My boat only goes in a day at a time. I wash it when I get home and run my motors. I really enjoy the salt and have never ventured out into the ocean until this year. I have no worries about using my boat in salt water.

Re: Thinking About Taking My Pro V To Florida

Posted: Wed Sep 15, 2021 1:38 pm
by flgatoenmt
Thank you all so much for your replies. The Pro V will absolutely turn heads here in the Florida Panhandle! There is really nothing like it down here. I think it is a much better layout than the prevalent center consoles . These guys bake in the sun all day with at best a T-Top that barely shades the helm. It is just miserable if they are honest with themselves. With a forward helm and spacious top, you get the best of both worlds. You can sit at the helm or on the bench seats in comfort under the top and still have loads of room to fish at the stern. I will probably get some a bit of pounding in rough chop I wouldn't get in a heavier fiberglass boat, but I can handle that. The salt water degradation Long Tom mentioned is going to agonize the family, but the experience of running it in interesting places around the Panhandle should offset that. And no offense to Canyon Ferry, which I really like, but the fishing quality is nowhere near the Gulf (and the Gulf doesn't freeze over). I will keep you posted on if the logistics work later in the year. Thanks again for the input. Dan