Key West BoatsUnwind Stories
It’s the best boat I have owned so far
I have a 1998 stealth with a Yamaha 115. She runs really shallow, drafts shallow. It’s the best boat I have owned so far. It’s 5 foot shorter than my 2009 Mako and the ride of my 17’6” stealth blows my old bay boat out of the water. Y’all did a great job on these boats, as all of them. Look forward to a new bay boat one day.
My family to loves to unwind in our Key West 216 Bay Reef.
On warm days, we hit our favorite beach spot in the boat and let the kids splash around while mom and dad relax. On cooler days I’ll get my kids up at dawn to chase redfish and speckled sea trout in the creeks. Sometimes my wife and I will sneak out for a pleasure cruise while the kiddos are at working hard at school, just to spend a little time together. We love living near the water, and we love our Key West!
After nearly a decade of owning tournament bass boats, I was immediately impressed by the ride, quick planing, fuel efficiency, and stability of the new boat.
I purchased a brand new Key West 1720 in July of 2019. After nearly a decade of owning tournament bass boats, I was immediately impressed by the ride, quick planing, fuel efficiency, and stability of the new boat. The thing we love most about this boat is its versatility. We have taken it everywhere from backwater cypress swamps to near-shore reefs while catching everything from spanish mackerel to bluegill. The removable front deck pad and bimini top have made for much greater enjoyment by my family than a bass boat could have ever provided. This boat feels and performs far beyond its size, yet it still fits in the garage. Thank you Key West for such a quality platform that will help us make memories for years to come!
2019 261 Billistic twin 200 Yamaha's
Taking a lunch Break. Whether we are 60+ miles off shore or on the Lake this Key West 261 is by far the safest riding boat, out performs any other boats we have had (and friends boats).
Isolation isn’t a bad thing when you have a Key West.
We love our key west, such a versatile well built boat.
After a long week, this is how I unwind on a Friday evening with my fishing buddies.
I have owned my Key West stealth for 8 years and will never get rid of it. Would like to pass it down to these two and buy our family boat, a 230 bay reef. Thank you for building a great boat.
We absolutely love out 1720 Sportsman, It’s a 1993 hull and it’s been rock solid!
From flats fishing in 2 feet of water, Hell’s bay in the Everglades, scalloping, lobstering and ever 25 mile fishing offshore! The boat handles everything we throw at it and keeps asking for more. With The help of a jack plate I run circles around my buddies flats boat. The 1720 holds 4 people comfortably and has a much bigger feel than a 17ft boat should while being in a economic compact package. We love our 1720 Key West Sportsman and will be part of the Key West family forever now!!
My friends and family enjoy my 2018 Key West 203 FS.
This boat has been great for us. I live in south western Ontario, Canada, and do most of my boating on Lake Huron. I purchased the boat across the border in Michigan, and do a fair amount of boating over there as well. There are hardly any Center consoles up this way; and very few Key West’s. Every where I go I always get tons of compliments on my boat, with most people saying it makes them think of being down in Florida. I love my key west and being a part of the Key West family!
Thank you for making such spectacular boats.
Our 203FS is the second KW boat that we have owned after our 1720 Sportsman. We have enjoyed our boat from coast to coast in Florida and most recently enjoyed a day unwinding at Silver Glenn springs along the St John River in central Florida. Our 203FS gives us all of the comforts for a full day on the water. Always have plenty of room for packing our snorkeling, fishing, and ski gear on the same trip as well as our food and drinks. The bow and stern seating makes cruising incredibly comfortable and relaxing for our entire family and friends that join us. We also love the swag gear. Please keep up the great work crafting your boats.
The FS line is a truly family / multipurpose boat with all the features anyone could want.
I've been around boats my whole life with family members owning them when I was growing up in Western NY, and enjoyed boating for many years with my own now here in Florida. We went with Key West Boats as my 3rd boat in 2014 with a 203FS. The FS line is a truly family / multipurpose boat with all the features anyone could want. This boat served us well here in South Florida for 6 years, with many local outings and weekend trips to the keys. About a year ago we starting looking to make a change into a larger boat. After careful consideration and many weekends of shopping, comparably priced boats of other brands did not seem to match up to the quality of Key West Boats. Some brands with higher priced boats, I could not justify the added expense. This led to ordering a 2021 239FS and getting it equipped exactly how we wanted. We sold our 203FS in 1 day and ordered a 239FS. It was hard to wait 2 months, but now that its here it was well worth the wait. We are looking forward to more excursions to the keys and other places for many years to come with our 239FS!
Our Key West 239 is basically a member of our family
Here we are unwinding at one of our favorite places, Ponce Inlet
My 196 BR Key West does it all
Whether my family of seven is cruising the Charleston harbor, shrimping, crabbing or enjoying picnics in Bulls Bay- I wouldn't want to do it in any other boat than a Key West!! We even shoot 20 miles off shore to get our limits of Cobia! My five-year-old, Isaiah, is pictured at the helm. I've only had this boat just over a year, and hope to get the 210 Bay Reef as the kids get older.
We love our new 2020 Key West 219 FS!
We are now a family of 5, we found out last December we were expecting a baby...TWO babies! We were adding 2 more kiddos to our family. Shorty after we found out it would be 2 more girls, Hayley and Brooke would be joining our older daughter Angela. We twins made their arrival in September and shortly after, we realized with the addition of the twins we quickly outgrow our boat and we needed a larger boat. 2020 Key West 219FS is what we went with, it was a great choice and the dealership was outstanding (Boat and Motor Superstores in Palm Harbor) It is a GREAT family boat, and all our girls love it! The Key West gives us the room we need, the hardtop provides great shade and a wonderful spot to hang the swing for the twins. We look forward to making more memories on our Key West, starting with our trip to the keys in June!
We love our 244CC Key West! It helps keep our family together while exploring new places and going on adventures.
We just got our boat a month ago and we are still learning the ins and outs of this amazing thoroughbred along with making some simple modifications to fit our needs. We love our 244CC Key West! It helps keep our family together while exploring new places and going on adventures. We have a blast doing so no matter what comes our way! You have a great team of employees that builds your boats at both Ridgeville and Summerville hats off to your General Manager / Production Manager Tom Marlowe.
Thank you for making such a great boat.
This my wife Molly and we are cruising in Ocean City, MD in our 2018 Key West 219FS. This was also our soon to be born baby’s first boat ride. Molly is 34 weeks pregnant and love getting some time in the sun cruising and fishing on our 219fs. It is such a great boat and we get so many compliments when we trailer it from PA to DE/MD. Thank you for making such a great boat.
Thanks Key West Boats for helping me create endless memories with my family.
I was in the market for a boat and my dad has owned a 1520 and now a 1720- so when I decided to buy a boat there was no doubt I was going with Key West. I loved my dads 1720, so that’s what I went with- powered by a 90 HP Yamaha. What I love about Key West is they make a well built boat for a great price. Plus they are unsinkable! Being only a 17ft boat, it’s amazing how dry of a ride it is. It’s a perfect package for my family and highly recommended any boat that Key West makes. I am all about Key West Boats that why I created the Key West Boat Owners Facebook page. The owners community is amazing. Thanks Key West Boats for helping me create endless memories with my family.
I love my new purchase, been on the water ever since.
My boat handles and navigates effortlessly. I have confidence when on this boat!!! Thanks Key West team!! Fish on 🎣
We absolutely love our Key West!!
We have had a boat for over 20 years. However, we just bought this Key West last year and honestly will never own a different boat brand! We enjoy it so much its hard for us to get off once we get on. As you can see in our pictures we love it as much at night as we do during day time. Thank you so much for making a wonderful boat that we just love 💘
We generally enjoy some fishing but just as much we enjoy boat rides through the back bays.
Our boat was purchased for family use, a 203FS. We generally enjoy some fishing but just as much we enjoy boat rides through the back bays. Our children all received their boating licenses so that they too can take the helm while we are out and take part in the enjoyment of piloting this fun boat. The low draft for the shallow waters and the comfort of the seating are two of the great features that appealed to us, other than it just being a great looking boat of course!
Little Lacey with the family Key West boat, Lolita Bonita.
I couldn’t be happier with the choice that we made to buy a new 2020 1720
After a long week of work, the wife and I look forward to going out on the boat every weekend. It’s about the only time the whole family gets together and spends time with each other. I am definitely a fan of Key West boats for life. Thank you for helping us enjoy our time together as a family so much more enjoyable.
I don’t know if I will ever outgrow my 239FS, but if I do, my new boat will definitely be a Key West. They’re more than just a boat builder.
I bought my first Key West boat, a used 189FS, about 4 years ago. There was a problem with the fuel fill tube that the dealer was not addressing so I looked up Key West Boats on the internet. I was happy to find that they’re a SC company and were willing to look at my boat if I could bring it to them. I arranged a time through Tom Marlowe, and met his son Mike, with the boat, at their Summerville plant.. While the technician looked at my boat, Mike gave me a tour of the plant. We developed a quick rapport and it became obvious that Mike loved his boats. His enthusiasm for Key West products was infectious. When my boat was finished, they explained what they had done and handed me my keys telling me the only way they could test the filler repair tube was to fill my boat with fuel! I asked for the bill and they said “no charge “, if you’re willing to haul your boat to us, the least we can do is fix it and fill it. I decided right then that if I ever was in the market for another boat, I’d give Key West a serious look. As it turned out, I did sell that boat a year later and after pestering Mike numerous times, I ordered a new 239 FS. The experience was as good as I expected and the boat is just as good as Mike had told me it would be, both in construction and to fit my needs. I’ve been in business myself for 40 years and I know that companies develop a personality from their owners and employees and Key West Boats is a reflection of Mike Marlowe and his knowledge and infectious passion for Key West Boats. I don’t know if I will ever outgrow my 239FS but if I do my new one will definitely be a Key West, they’re more than just a boat builder.
We love our 2019 230BR Yamaha 250SHO, By far the most versatile boat I’ve ever owned.
She stands out in a crowd and does sandbar days well too. I argue this boat handles rough water better than most offshore boats even if they are 2-3ft bigger. Makes bay and inlet crossings a breeze even when the breeze picks up. When it comes time for a new boat it will be a new 230BR.
I've owned a many different brands of boats and can say my Key West 239FS is by far the best boat I have owned.
It has handled everything I've thrown at it, without a single issue so far. We use it for everything from offshore fishing, inshore fishing and just hanging out at the sandbars with family and friends. Thanks for making a awesome boat.
Our Key West boat helps us to properly social distance and still have fun!
Fully redone 05 Key West Sportsman! We use the boat to hangout on the sandbar, cruise the canals, and fishing. Our Key West boat helps us to properly social distance and still have fun!
There’s nothing better than getting out on the marsh and wrangling a few redfish after a long day at work. Or running to Shem Creek for a slow supper at Red’s.
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