Sea Pro 219 – Easy To Buy & Love

The Sea Pro 219 is a versatile little center console that’s easy to buy, easy to handle, and easy to love.

Bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to center console fishing boats, and for many anglers, the 21-foot size range is ideal – which is why interest levels in boats like the Sea Pro 219 is high. Start with the fact that you can park a 219 in your driveway spending in the $50K range (get it loaded to the teeth and you’ll be pushing 60), which means you may have spent less on your boat than you did on your tow vehicle. That’s always an accomplishment. Then consider just how easy it will be hauling this center console around. At 2,750-pounds you’ll barely know it’s back there. But, is 21-feet going to be enough fiberglass underfoot?

Sea Pro 219
Hitch it up and head for the boat ramp – the Sea Pro 219 will be an easy tow and an easy launch.

True, when the wind’s whipping you probably won’t want to go charging forth into exposed waters. In most 21-footers, that’ll be the case. And the 17.5-degree transom deadrise isn’t incredibly aggressive for a boat that bills itself as a deep-V. In fact, many would argue that a “true” deep-V has 21 or more degrees of deadrise at the transom, but the entry on this hull is significantly sharper – and we ran the boat in a tight two-foot chop that was no problem, as long as we kept the bow trimmed down and didn’t get too crazy with the throttle. Plus, deeper-V hulls in this size range are often on the tender side, which wasn’t the case at all on the 219. Added bonus: The hull draft is barely over a foot.

Sea Pro 219
Yep, the entry is plenty sharp!

Like most 21-foot center consoles, the 219 has forward seating flanking the bow. In this case, Sea Pro wisely uses flip-up backrests, rather than the removable (read: clunky and difficult to stow) versions you’ll see on a lot of boats. Unlike many others, the center filler is removable. We say leave it at home in the garage, so you can walk forward all the way and enjoy more casting space. Speaking of casting space, the aft cockpit is kept uncluttered thanks to a bench seat that swings flush with the transom. We also like the step built into the starboard side, which makes passing through to the aft platform easy and can be used for an elevated casting position when fishing the shallows. The best thing back here, however, is probably the massive scupper grate lining the deck. It drains into a manifold system that evacuates water from the entire boat, a trademark Sea Pro feature that eliminates the need for multiple through-hulls.

Sea Pro 219

Sea Pro 219 Specifications

  • LOA – 21’9”
  • Beam – 8’6”
  • Draft – 1’2”
  • Displacement – 2,750 lbs.
  • Transom deadrise –17.5 degrees
  • Fuel capacity – 85 gal.
  • Water capacity – 12 gal. (opt.)

The transom also houses a 30-gallon livewell, a raw water washdown, and has a small freshwater sink with a pull-out vegetable sprayer, if you opt to get the 12-gallon freshwater system. The fishbox macerator’s an option, which we’d consider a must-have if you ever plan on dropping actual fish into the 30-gallon fishboxes. Same goes for the coaming bolsters, since it would be a shame to get a brand new boat and then spend all day leaning against hard fiberglass.

Sea Pro 219
The walk-through transom is a nice touch you don’t get on all 21-footers.

Powered to the max with 250 horses, the boat performs exactly as one would expect for a modern center console in this size range. Cruise at 4500 rpm sits right in the mid-30s, and delivers about three miles to the gallon. Keep things mellow with a mid-20s cruise and you’ll see close to four miles to the gallon. Mash the throttle down, and you’ll reach up into the mid-40s.

One more note from our time spent fishing on the 219 (yes we did fish and yes we did catch – the schoolie stripers were cooperative): the base leaning post with four rocket launchers and a 90-quart cooler underneath is above par. The thing’s solid as a rock and plenty comfortable for kicking around on the Bay for an afternoon, and many builders cut cost by providing a lesser post as the standard and then up-selling. You can get an upgrade (which has flip-down bolsters and tackle stowage) but we like that Sea Pro started with a serious piece of hardware that more than gets the job done.

Will a Sea Pro 219 be the best pick for you? Heck, we can’t answer that question, it’s a decision only you can make. But we can tell you one thing for sure: the stripers at Thomas Point Light are hitting white Bass Kandy Delights like crazy. And if there was a Sea Pro 219 sitting in your driveway right now and you lived near here, you’d probably have already found that out.

Sea Pro 219
Locked and loaded – it’s time to find the fish!

For more information, visit Sea Pro Boats.

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Lenny Rudow …has been a writer and editor in the marine field for over two decades, and has authored seven books. He is currently the Angler in Chief at Rudow's FishTalk Magazine, is Electronics and Fishing Editor for BoatUS Magazine, and is a contributing editor to several other publications. His...