A best seller for over three decades, the Lund Pro-V is redesigned and, once again, sets the standard for function and fishability for multi-species anglers.
The 2023 model line continues the flagship’s legacy of delivering pro-level features and premium big-water performance, embodying Lund’s ongoing commitment to exceptional fishing boat design, craftsmanship and quality.
We interviewed the Product Managers behind the next evolution of the iconic Pro-V—Dan Anonen and Rory Wiebe—to learn more about this cutting-edge fishing machine.
The boat was due for a refresh. With Lund celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2023, and the Pro-V, its 35th, the timing was perfect to redesign this iconic, aluminum fishing boat.
The latest Pro-V stays true to its roots. This premium boat meets the needs of multi-species and professional anglers. It offers exceptional fishability, a spacious interior, tons of storage, a smooth, dry ride, superior boat control, and a streamlined, stylish aesthetic.
Like its predecessors, the Pro-V redesign involved input from professional fishermen and current Pro-V owners. This included feedback gathered through Lund’s Voice of the Customer program, along with insights from pro staff and dealers from across the continent. These contributions helped inform what key elements from the previous Pro-V and Pro-V Limited would be kept and, where possible, improved with the redesign.
Complete wood-free construction delivers enhanced durability and worry-free performance. Rot and corrosion are non-issues for Pro-V owners thanks to wood-free construction and stainless-steel hardware. These boats are built to last a long, long time.
A key priority of the redesign project was finding opportunities to enhance the Pro-V’s already best-in-class fishability. One outcome of this is the completely redesigned aft deck. It now features dual, integrated jump seats that don’t infringe on cockpit space, a massive 31-gallon, 44” livewell, a centralized throw tray, and tool and cup holders. The base of the deck also has a toe-kick area to give anglers better stability in rough water.
Reducing gunnel width when redesigning the Pro-V enabled the creation of a wider, roomy cockpit and a more spacious bow deck. As a result, anglers now have even better interior maneuverability when casting, jigging and trolling.
Gunnel reconfiguration also saw the port rod storage door move from the top to the side. This increases mounting options for downriggers, rod holders, tracks, and other trolling gear.
The newly redesigned console’s flat surface provides ample space for mounting dual fish finders without the need for aftermarket products. In addition, the entire electrical system is revamped for improved access to the fuse panel and wiring, and now includes a master battery switch.
There are 12-volt power and USB connections all over the boat, with the option of helm and passenger wireless phone chargers. Full-length, dimmable LED interior lighting and easy-to-read, backlit switches come standard, giving anglers better interior visibility when fishing trips begin and end in the dark.
There is a great deal of rod storage in this boat, including the 3-tier center rod locker as well as the port side rod locker. In addition, all boats have on-the-go rod storage on the bow and cockpit for a convenient place to secure rods when traveling between fishing spots.
The latest Pro-V has exceptional storage capacity and features. For instance, the 1875 Pro-V, the smallest model, has designated drawers and storage for over 40 (3700 size) tackle trays. There is also plenty of point-of-use storage throughout, including tool and lure holders, throw trays and, cup holders.
The bow has cargo nets, below-deck bubble seal compartments, a built-in insulated cooler and, of course, a livewell. There’s also a bow-aerated bait cooler option with tie-downs and power. This add-on item makes it easy to manage live-bait without lake water and, in turn, gives anglers another tool for helping fight the spread of aquatic invasive species.
Within the cockpit, each console has a glove box and an integrated Lund ruler under the starboard console. The totally redesigned aft deck’s livewell has an integrated bait net, bait tamer, and is loaded with features to keep your catch alive and well.
This boat is designed first and foremost for hard-core fishermen and tournament anglers, still, many of these individuals are also looking for a boat they can use for other water-based activities with the family. So, we redesigned the aft deck with an integrated boarding ladder, top hider, ski-pylon base option and available cushions. Recreational ability is also seen in the roomier, wider cockpit and Pro Ride seats with Air Ride pedestals, along with optional bow cushions, all of which provide plenty of places to get comfortable, whether lounging or cruising around the lake.
The Pro-V has a double-riveted IPS2 hull, which is the best of the best in terms of construction and performance. A riveted hull—built right—is incredibly straight for precise tracking in all conditions. The IPS2 hull’s two sets of strakes, which include both a bow and an aft pair, are equally critical for the Pro-V achieving its legendary big-water performance, exceptional boat control and handling, and safe, smooth, dry ride.
The redesigned Pro-V is available in four models—1875, 1975, 2075, and 2175. With improved fishability, performance and durability, this iconic boat continues to elevate the northern angling experience while simultaneously demonstrating Lund Boats’ 75-year-strong commitment of fishing-first boat design, craftsmanship, and quality.
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