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    Procraft company history

    I am looking at buying a 1989 Pro Craft and I am having trouble finding information on the boat and the company itself. Does anybody know the background on Procraft? I know that BPS/Tracker eventually bought the company out but I was wondering if someone could tell me an approximate year this happened? Were the 1989 models dependable? How do they hold up?

    Any information anyone knows would be great.

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    ok - i used to remember everything about the company but my memory is slipping these days

    Brunswick corperation owned ProCraft & Astro until Johnny Morris (BPS/Tracker) bought majority shares in 1999. Johnny Morris had previously first purchased Fisher Bass boats, but then dropped that line to place ProCraft & Astro into the 'Marine Group'. He continued to have ProCraft and Astro built in the ProCraft plant in Tenn. He considered these boats the next level in quality bass boats at an affordable price. Many of the workers didn't stick with the company however (i think several of them went to Stratos/Javalin). In 2000 building techniques changed and hull design changed. In 2007, ProCraft launched a new line of bassboats that continued a couple more years until the line was halted. I'm not exactly sure what happened to the Astro line other than rumers of the original owner (Astroglass) tried to get it back - again not exactly sure what happened there but Astro was dropped before ProCraft.

    When Procraft came out they were known for quality & attention to detail - - Bill Dance absolutely loved them! They had style, and had some very nice lines and lots of options. They really did well in the fish n ski segment also. Your question was: Were the '89's dependable and I have to say that depends on how it was kept. You'll have to go over that boat yourself and maybe even take a tech with you. That goes for ANY BOAT that old however. Good luck.
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    doesn't seem like your mind slipped too much there thanks for the info!

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    Nice read John!! Could probably be "Pinned" for future reference since a lot seem to ask about the Procraft/Astro brand?

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    Astro/Procrafts were made side by side in Murphreesboro, TN. Astro was marketed with to a younger fishing crowd using Gary Klein. ProCraft used Bill Dance. Nuff said there in which one sold better. Before Brunswick purchased them (98?) it was owned by by an independent, Jack White of Murphreesboro, TN (son, Trey, works for Skeeter Boats now i believe) . He sold the company once before but bought it back. The reason for the boats having two brands, like Javelin/Stratos, was back in the day there was a rule that protected dealers in there would not be another dealer selling the brand within a certain mile radius (like 100 miles). The companies made two brands to get inside that rule.

    When JM bought Astro/ProCraft, he had the Nitro Brand and the ProCraft Brand Name was stronger in the market than Astro. He moved the Astro name to a runabout, dropping the bass boat line around 2001.
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    Astro/Procrafts were made side by side in Murphreesboro, TN. Astro was marketed with to a younger fishing crowd using Gary Klein. ProCraft used Bill Dance. Nuff said there in which one sold better. Before Brunswick purchased them (98?) it was owned by by an independent, Jack White of Murphreesboro, TN (son, Trey, works for Skeeter Boats now i believe) . He sold the company once before but bought it back. The reason for the boats having two brands, like Javelin/Stratos, was back in the day there was a rule that protected dealers in there would not be another dealer selling the brand within a certain mile radius (like 100 miles). The companies made two brands to get inside that rule.

    When JM bought Astro/ProCraft, he had the Nitro Brand and the ProCraft Brand Name was stronger in the market than Astro. He moved the Astro name to a runabout, dropping the bass boat line around 2001.
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    Good stuff maconart! I do know that Brunswick Corp owned ProCraft in 1992, so the buy back probably happened somewhere in the mid-90's. "Ownership" was held by the individual(s) with majority shares in the company. JMorris brought Fisher aboard then dropped them after only 1 year to purchase the majority share of ProCraft/Astro (even then, Brunswick maintained a minority percentage of ownership). I also heard of a runabout deal with Astro, but I don't think that ever worked out. Too bad the line ended, but the economy really put the hammer on boat sales. Long live PROCRAFT/ASTRO boats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RiverRatMD View Post
    I do know that Brunswick Corp owned ProCraft in 1992, so the buy back probably happened somewhere in the mid-90's.
    Mine is a '95 and it has the Brunswick sticker on the passenger side console.
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    Yeah my '92 is Brunswick. Jmorris didn't get in the middle of things until '99. Even through the BPS years in the 2000's Brunswick had a minority interest.
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    Justin,
    I have a 1989 1950V ProFlip that I've used for the past 5 years and so far I've had no serious issues. It's a load to pull around and it's not the fastest on the water but it rides GREAT!!





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    Good info for sure. I miss my Fisher, that boat had options new boats now are just getting into. Now I have my Procraft and love it!
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    good info thanks for posting.

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    i hate to drag up an old thread, BUT.

    I just purchased a 93 SP180 ProCraft w/Mercury fuel injected 150. Motor seems to be running flawless now that i have bypassed the oil injection (actually the tech that i took it to to check out the motor bypassed it for me along with replacing the impeller.). So motor is working good.

    Live well pumps work good.
    Bilge pump i need to figure out why it isnt working, but i am going to dig in to it tomorrow.

    What i'm curious about, is there a place to get a owners manual on the boat itself? Maybe even a service manual of some type for all the switches and such?

    Also, this boat has two tanks (tank 1 and tank 2). Looking inside the tank compartment, there is a label on ONE of the tanks that says 22 gallons. Acorrding to the gauges, the boat has 3/4 of a tank in one and almost full in the other. Without draining both tanks, then filling up, any idea is this is two 22 gallon tanks or two 11 gallon tanks? They really dont look small enough to be 11 gallons each, but its really hard to tell, and since i bypassed the oil injection, i'm gonna need to know so i can pre-mix my fuel.

    And no, the previous owner hasnt a clue. He buys and sells cars/boats to flip, and only had this boat for a month (never even put it in the water), so he is of no help at all.

    I'd also like to get a service manual for the motor, if any of you guys would know where i could purchase one, that'd be great.

    This is my first boat, at 54 years old, ive had RV's, race cars, race motorcycles, enclosed trailers and worked on all that stuff myself, but i'm clueless when it comes to outboard motors, but pretty sure i can figure it out, i just like to have the manuals to be able to work from so i KNOW what is right and what is wrong.

    Thanks in advance for any help you guys can give.

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    This boat has two 22 gal. tanks

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    Yep 2 - 22 gal tanks. Nice load of fuel. Get you a 23P Tempest and have fun! Get the manual here: European Marine

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    Interesting thread as I have a hard time with a 2000 pro craft 175. According to my research they only made the pro 175 SC in 2001 or 2002 can't remember lol.

    Id love to be able to find more info on these boats as well. All specs for PC boats are vague and General if any.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M.Bayer View Post
    This boat has two 22 gal. tanks
    Thanks, now just gotta get both of them drained. Both were damn near full when i bought the boat, and even tho it "smells" like good gas, i'd rather not take the chance and start off with fresh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiverRatMD View Post
    Yep 2 - 22 gal tanks. Nice load of fuel. Get you a 23P Tempest and have fun! Get the manual here: European Marine

    For checking 12V electrical circuits and components.....nothing beats a power probe III: Amazon.com: Power Probe (PPR319FTCRED) Power Probe III Test Light and Voltmeter, Red: Automotive
    The boat actually came with the original prop and a spare 24P tempest with a 24P tempest on the motor. I dont plan on changing the prop unless i need to, at least not for awhile. I was told these things are around $800 each? *damn!*

    So far, ive had a tech bypass the oil injection system, install new impeller, checked lower unit. Boat runs fine on the ears, no warning horns, water temp stays so low it doesnt even hardly registers on the temp gauge.

    I put it in the water for the first time this past saturday, let it warm up for a few, then headed out, went full throttle to get it up on plane, and withing 30 seconds the warning horn started beeping. it wasnt a beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep, but beep beep beep beep. I checked and had great waterflow out of the pee hole, temp gauge was still low altho when putting my hand under the pee stream it "seemed" awefully hot, tho with my inexperience to outboards, it could have been fine. I immediately brought it back on to trailer and took it home to try and find the problem. Im ASSUMING it was starting to overheat, so i'm swapping out the tstats, and have already replaced all the water hoses due to what looked like dry rot on the hoses. Probably didnt need to replace them, but i happened to have had about 10 feet of hose already in the garage and went ahead and did it. I'm REALLY REALLY hoping its a tstat issue. Probably going to pull the poppet valve apart and see if it needs to be replaced or just cleaned out.

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    that's what my motor did when the engine side oil reservoir got low on oil, that sounds like the low oil warning.
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    Short beeps is a low oil warning. The sensor is in the cap on the engine reservoir.

    A long beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep is overheat.

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