Boat Test: 2023 Sea Pro 259

The Sea Pro 259 is a great mix of fishability and comfortable amenities.
Sea Pro 259 running out to fish
The 259 is at home fishing or day cruising. Courtesy Sea Pro Boats


I tested Sea Pro’s 259 deep-V by running 147 miles from the Chesapeake Bay into Washington, D.C. The boat’s 22.5-degree bottom smoothly cleaved the chop I encountered, allowing me to keep the throttles pinned. The twin Suzuki DF 140s never missed a beat.


Note that the 259 normally gets rigged with 150s or 200s, which have more displacement and turn larger propellers. You can read Boating’s review of the Sea Pro 259 with twin 200s, here.

Sea Pro 259 outboards
The twin Suzuki DF 140s never missed a beat. Courtesy Sea Pro Boats

Credit the performance of these Suzuki 140 overachievers to not only their toughness, but also the EcoGen 90 fuel from VP Racing that they were burning.

Suzuki Marine organized this 941.5-mile run from Jacksonville, Florida, to our nation’s capital to promote sustainable marine fuel. The DF140s’ cooling systems also carried Suzuki’s standard microplastic-­collecting devices. The debris they collected during the run has gone to Suzuki’s Japan headquarters for study under Suzuki’s Clean Ocean Project.

Sea Pro 259 helm
The helm is nicely appointed. Courtesy Sea Pro Boats

EcoGen 90 is a ­non-ethanol fuel with 10 percent ethyl tertial butyl ether (ETBE), an ­oxygenate blended with gas for a 90-octane rating. Unlike ethanol, ETBE has low affinity for water, does not corrode fuel-­system parts, offers a higher energy content than standard gas, and reduces carbon emissions.

The Sea Pro 259 is one of those boats that serves double duty, providing an able and well-equipped platform from which to pursue gamefish while simultaneously serving as a well-appointed boat for ­going day cruising.

Sea Pro 259 bow seating
Bow seating reclines, and removable backrests are available. Courtesy Sea Pro Boats

Interior and Accessories

The 259 comes standard with excellent “infrastructure,” meaning those things needed to ensure confidence and ­convenience on the water. These include the DLX fiberglass hardtop, a high-powered through-hull transducer, an anchor windlass, Dometic Optimus power-assist hydraulic steering, and a portside boarding door. Bow seating reclines, and removable backrests are available. Toe rails are a nice touch, as is the dry box built into the helm to store phones, wallets, sunglasses and other captain’s essentials. It also boasts an Audison audio system, a tempered-­glass windshield, and a spacious head compartment in the console. A bevy of options ensures boat buyers can buy and equip a Sea Pro 259 to suit their personal use requirements.

Sea Pro 259 livewell
Multiple livewells are located throughout the 259. Courtesy Sea Pro Boats

How We Tested

  • Engines: Twin 140 hp Suzuki outboards
  • Drive/Props: Outboard/14″ x 22″ 3-blade stainless steel
  • Gear Ratio: 2.59:1 Fuel Load: 85 gal. Crew Weight: 560 lb.
Sea Pro 259 seating
Comfortable seating is found at the helm and in the cockpit. Courtesy Sea Pro Boats

High Points 

  • Excellent mix of fishy business and comfortable amenities.
  • Standard T-top with a fiberglass top is a big plus.
  • Standard Lewmar Fish Pro windlass offers a free-fall function for more precise anchoring.

Low Point 

  • This boat’s spacious wide beam will require an extra-wide permit to tow in many jurisdictions.

Toughest Competitor

Check out the Sea Fox 268 Commander, another beamy center-console with twin engines that comes with a standard fiberglass T-top. It retails for $128,855 with twin Yamaha 150s.

Pricing and Specs

Draft (hull):1’7″
Displacement (approx.):4,850 lb.
Transom Deadrise:22.5 degrees
Bridge Clearance:8’7″
Max Cabin Headroom:6’1″
Fuel Capacity:147 gal.
Water Capacity:20 gal.
Max Horsepower:400
Available Power:Twin Suzuki outboards to 400 hp total

Speed, Efficiency, Operation

Sea Pro 259 performance data
Sea Pro 259 Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

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