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1968 Prowler 23

Stuart, Florida


At the height of the Prowler’s popularity, the list of Forest E.Johnson’s friends, acquaintances, and clients included celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Sam Snead, Don Aronow, Sam Griffith, Ernest Hemingway, and even the president of the United States, Richard Nixon, who once dialed up during a brief economic downturn to assure himself that his favorite boatbuilder was okay.

This was the FIRST fiberglass 23' the legendary Forest E Johnson built, going from his favored fragrant cedar to smelly polyester,

"In 1968, he did two fiberglass Prowler models,” says Johnson Jr. “One was a 32-footer and the other a 23-foot runabout.”

She is an excellent 'RESTO-MOD' Classic, combining classic racing pedigree with all modern accoutrements. 

Mercrusier 502 MPI 415 HP Fuel Injected, Stainless Marine exhaust system, Bravo Outdrive, 3 blade stainless prop, Galvanized two axle boat trailer, Merc 280 Trim Tabs, Rear sunpad, front seat are also drop out bolsters, dual batteries with switch and built in battery charger, fresh water tank with shower unit, Garmin GPS Sounder with internally mounted transducer, Opening windshields left and right, Stainless tube oversized Bimini top, boat cover, all safety gear, LED nav lights.


Basic Boat Info

Make: Prowler
Model: 23
Year: 1968
Condition: Used
Category: Power
Construction: Fiberglass


Length: 23 ft
Length Overall: 23 ft
Length Of Deck: 22 ft
Beam: 8'6 ft
Max Draft: 2'6 ft
Dry Weight: 8,000 lb
Electrical Circuit: 12 V

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: MerCruiser
  • Model: 502 MPI
  • Drive Type: Stern
  • Fuel: Unleaded
  • Engine Power: 415hp
  • Type: Inboard/Outboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Stainless Steel
  • Year: 2011
  • Engine Hours: 50
  • Engine Location: Center
Cruising Speed: 40 kn
Maximum Speed: 30 kn


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 150 gal
Fuel Tank Material: Stainless Steel
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 20 gal
Water Tank Material: Plastic


Drive Type: Stern
Boat Class: Runabouts, Cuddy Cabin, Antique and Classics


Ruud Zwaans
Zwaans International


Zwaans International
Yachting Division 6421 SE Winged Foot Dr
Stuart, Florida, US, 34997

Classic Racing Pedigree

From a 2015 Article by Captain Bill Pike for Power & Motoryacht Magazine:

"It was a simple plan. Forest Johnson, one of the biggest names in the marine-photography biz, would drive north to Orlando from his home in Ft. Lauderdale with the archival material we’d been talking about for weeks. I would simultaneously head south from the ol’ ranchero in Tallahassee and meet Johnson at noon in the lobby of Orlando’s J.W. Marriott Hotel, where we’d kick back, enjoy a sandwich, look the archival stuff over, and talk about Johnson’s boatbuilder dad, Forest E. Johnson. With luck, a story would result, focused primarily on a series of classic wooden powerboats built by Forest E. between the late 1940s and the late ’60s, each distinctively designated “Prowler.”


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