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Cockpit depth and flotation

A little word on safety from Key West boats

I am obviously prejudiced but will try my best to keep this impartial. First I’d suggest you read this article.

http://counton2.com/2015/07/13/missing- … ton-coast/

This article starts off with a great picture to illustrate my points I plan to make here. The boat is upside down. The name brand I suppose isn’t important but it’s a Mako from what I hear. One of the passengers on the boat, a young boy, is family of one of our employees. We loaned them a boat to use in the search. Back to my point though. Does it matter how deep the sides are on that boat in the picture? I’ll let you answer that one, but when the sides of the Sportsman not being foam filled was listed as one of the cons, and the list went on, I was honestly a little surprised. The folks in this case were all rescued healthy, but how lucky were they? [...]

The America’s Cup

35th America's Cup underway

The America’s Cup is widely thought to be one of the hardest trophies to win in sports. In 150 years, only 4 countries have won the trophy. Despite what it may seem, the competition is named after a boat, rather than the country. 150 years ago, a schooner named America, manned by men from New York, won the 100 Guinea Cup off the south coast of England. The Guinea Cup was a sailing race and was watched by Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom that year. As a schooner representing the New York Yacht Club, this victory held symbolic importance in the world in 1851. This victory over the best British competitors marked the end of Great Britain as the undisputed maritime power of the world then. After returning to New York, the ownership syndicate of the America gave the trophy to the New York Yacht Club, as a Deed of Gift. This stipulated that [...]

351cc

Billistic 351 center console
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The flagship of the Billistic line, the 351CC represents the finest quality throughout in boat building today. With 30years of experience in building some of the safest boats on the water Key West Boats is stepping up the game with this series. Compare it with other fine boats in every way, from the meticulous attention to detail in the wiring, choice of pumps and plumbing, accessibility to service items, clean finish, and the user friendly details of layout, this is a serious entry with hardcore offshore capability combined with creature comforts unsurpassed at any price.

281cc

Billistic 281 center console
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The 281 Billistic is the most popular of the Billistic line with enough fuel capacity to make it a serious offshore fishing machine, but still easy enough to trailer while being a family friendly recreational platform. Option it to fit your needs with anything from an electric grill refrigerator combo in the ‘Kitchen Package’ option, or 50 gallon live well and outriggers. Like all Billistics, the 281 is built with a no compromise approach featuring the best of everything from hull construction to wiring, with special attention to access for service to keep it all running and dependable.

261cc

Billistic 261 center console
Billistic 261cc

Boat Description:
The smallest of the Billistic line the 261CC shares all of the premium construction and design of the bigger models. Accessibility is high on the list of features along with versatility and safety. To keep it in budget it runs fine with a single 300 hp outboard, or roll on with twin 250’s; you will get great performance and economy with either package. Top of the line hardware is featured throughout from pumps to plumbing, with a seemingly endless assortment of optional equipment to customize this fine boat to fit your needs.

197skv

197 skiff and 197 skv redfish edition
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You get lots of open space but still need only a little water for this big, roomy boat, and it doesn’t need a lot of horsepower or fuel to get the job done. Keep it simple or dress it out to suit your individual needs. One piece inner liner with lined storage compartments.

Boat Details:

The Key West Skiff advantages:
One piece interior liner
Built in fuel tank under the floor w/ remote fill.
Storage under the console with access hatch.
Anchor locker with a lid.
Storage compartments with lids standard.
Molded front and rear deck
Rigging tubes under floor bow to stern.
Live well standard in rear deck.
Live well option in console.
SS hardware is standard equipment.
Rubrail standard.

177skv

177 skiff
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Ultra shallow draft. Low upkeep. Stingy power and fuel requirements. Huge storage compartments. Generous deck space. Wide open cockpit. Great versatility. Loaded with standard features. Positive upright and level flotation. What more could you ask for in a boat that will take you where you want to go to do what you like to do at a budget price? How about a one piece inner liner with lined storage compartments and a standard rear casting deck? Nothing in its class even comes close.

Boat Details:

The Key West Skiff advantages:
One piece interior liner
Self bailing floor.
Built in fuel tank under the floor w/ remote fill.
Storage under the console with access hatch.
Anchor locker with a lid.
Storage compartments with lids standard.
Front and rear decks molded into interior liner.
Rigging tubes under floor bow to stern.
Live well standard in rear deck.
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177skv redfish

177 Skiff Redfish Edition
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The Red Fish Edition is dedicated to the shallow water enthusiast who appreciates the open space in both the cockpit and the generous size of the front and rear decks. Combine this versatile boat with a good troll motor, poling platform, wide gunnels, and other available options to suit your individual tastes, and you have one of the most efficient fishing skiffs on the market today, at a cost that will still allow a generous tackle budget.

Boat Details:

From bow to stern:
Anchor locker in the bow. A KeyWest standard feature.
Huge front deck with lined dry storage beneath.
One piece inner liner with self bailing cockpit.
Console features storage underneath, windshield, grab rail, and front seat.
30 gallon fuel tank under floor
Pro Deck in the stern features storage and live well.
Rub rail is standard.
SS hardware is standard.

239dfs

239 dual console
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The latest addition to the growing Family Sportsman line up and the biggest dual console, bow rider to date, the 239DFS is loaded with amenities, comfort, style, and performance. Like the rest of the fleet this big runabout is self bailing and foam filled to provide level and upright flotation giving your family one of the safest platforms on the water today.

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