It took me an hour and a half to wash down Pro-Line's 270 Walkaround. Half that time should be plenty. What gives? You simply can't wash down this boat without passersby stopping to comment on how good-looking it is. That's right - the 270 Walkaround batted 1,000 in this category, whether it was after an oceanic tuna hunt or a bay day chasing stripers. People can't just walk by this boat. They have to stop, gawk, talk, and if they're an angler, maybe drool a little bit. This machine gives everyone boat envy.
LOOKS LIKE A FISH. Granted, the 270 Walkaround is a hot-looking boat, and I'd stop to take a gander, too. Styling details like the pipework, which curvaceously follows the lines of the windshield and cabin top, or the coaming bolsters with graphics coordinated with those found on the hullsides, jump right out at you. Of course, eye candy like this won't help you catch more fish. However, the 270 Walkaround's cockpit design will. Pop up the aft seat to access a recirculating, lighted livewell. With 35 gallons of capacity and the strong baitwell pump, four dozen 6" menhaden - baits that are incredibly hard to keep alive in captivity - live up to two days in here. And if you can get a big fish to eat one of those livies, that trophy will fit into either of the dual fishboxes in the sole. Our biggest fish of the summer was a 54" bluefin tuna in the 90-pound range, and it fit into the box without bending the tail much. Thanks to a thick coating of foam insulation on that fishbox, it also held three 20-pound bags of ice all day in 90-degree weather, while we waited for that tuna to arrive.
Other fishing features you'd expect - under-gunwale rodracks, four gunwale-mounted rodholders, coaming bolsters, spreader lights, and four rocket launchers - are all present and accounted for. In fact, we ran the 270 Walkaround through 18 offshore fishing trips and countless bay trips and found nothing to complain about. Well, almost. The one anti-fish feature is the integrated Euro transom/motor bracket, which puts the outboards far aft where they're hard to reach around. Yes, you're right, just about every modern outboard-powered walkaround in this class, like Pursuit's 2870 WA ($104,360 with twin 200-hp Yamaha HPDI outboards) or Grady-White's 282 Sailfish ($103,250 with twin 200-hp Yamaha HPDI outboards), has the same setup. And no, we never did lose a fish to the props. But it sure is a challenge trying to steer a pelagic past twin outboards with a short standup rod.
THE HIGHS: The best-looking boat in the marina. Cruise near 40 mph in good weather; maintain 20 mph in just about anything else. More beef and less breakage than on most similar boats.
THE LOWS: Washdown time is extended due to gawkers and squawkers. Integrated Euro transom puts props out of reach of standup gear. High gunwales put you out of reach of the water.
That far-aft motor placement has some advantages, though. At all speeds the 270 Walkaround is a good handler. And its dockside maneuverability is as good as outboard-powered boats get. Even with the powerplants positioned close together, it doesn't take much throttle oomph to get the boat spinning in its own length. The motors' far-aft positioning also helps cut down on noise, though you'll still hear about 90 dB-A at cruise with the full enclosure up. Drop the canvas to reduce the buzz.