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Old 12-09-2007, 09:25 AM   #21
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I went to Auer marine yesterday to look at key west boats because I'm starting to want a better fishing boat. I was a little disappointed with lay out and attention to detail. I was interested in the 23 WA, but they only had a 22 in stock. It didn't have a fish box, the anchor compartment was, in my opinion, too small. The holes for the rod storage were filled with foam. I could see where someone had tried to rip the foam out, but hadn't succeeded. The cup holders next to the left side cockpit chair were blocked by the chair itself. There didn't seem to be a lot of storage, besides the cabin itself, and there was really only seating for four people.



I didn't examine the through hull fittings, bilge pump, electrical system etc and I didn't test ride it, so I may be missing it's strengths. Am I being over-critical?
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Old 12-30-2007, 03:28 PM   #22
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Billable (11/4/2007)I had a 1720 pro with an 88hp Johnson for five years. Purchased new. It was a great boat. Needs trim tabs.


My parents have the same boat with a 90hp Johnson and ditto on the trim tabs. The boat just doesn't have enough running surface up front and weight when you put two people at the console and fill the livewell. Plus it's rigged with the battery and the oil tank in the rear so it's real stern heavy. In fact it's the only 17 I've ever seen that *should* come from the factory with tabs. Great little boat if you add tabs, otherwise run around 3.5 - 4k or play the throttle a lot.
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Old 12-30-2007, 03:51 PM   #23
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I have the 196 bayreef...boat is stable, dry and pretty quick...had the boat in about a foot of water to 18.5 miles out...if your in p-cola i completly reccomend Emerald Coast:clap everyone up there is a class act...just wish they were a key west dealer when i got my boat
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Old 02-01-2008, 09:13 PM   #24
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I've had a KW 19-6 Bay/Reef for 4 years now and am well satisfied with the boat. I have a 140 Suzuki 4 stroke on it, and fish mainly inshore but have had it 20 miles off shore. I had a Whaler 17-6 Striper before this boat and like this KW much better.

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Old 02-03-2008, 11:12 AM   #25
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kelly1 (11/1/2007)Ihave a 22 1/2 C/C with 225 etec. They came highly rated from JD Powers when i bought mine.I started hitting the boat shows from Mobile to PC, looking at KW's.Checked with all the dealers & Auer Marine ( Ft Walton Beach)had the best deal. Saved me$4000 from one of the pcola dealers
When I was looking at the 1720 it was $2000 less in FWB than at Emerald Coast, and the one in FWB came on an aluminum trailer as opposed to Emeralds galvanized trailer....
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Old 02-04-2008, 05:20 PM   #26
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Sorry BigRigz but we dont sell galvanized trailers and havnt since 1999, not only that but there is not 2000.00 difference inretailon a 1720 keywest.... I might be able to see 7 or 8 hundered dollars but that is it.... :usaflag
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Old 02-04-2008, 06:38 PM   #27
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Sequoiha (2/4/2008)Sorry BigRigz but we dont sell galvanized trailers and havnt since 1999, not only that but there is not 2000.00 difference inretailon a 1720 keywest.... I might be able to see 7 or 8 hundered dollars but that is it.... :usaflag
Hey I'm sure I may have mixed up the trailer specs but, I'm 100% sure that I was quoted $2000 less in FWB I wanna say Emerald was telling me $15k + some change and FWB was $13 + some change. and they both had Yamaha 90's on em and said they were the same year model hulls?It was about 2 1/2 years ago....I had gotten alot of positive input about Emerald but, was having a really hard time paying $2k more?Maybe it was the fact that it was Memorial Day week timeframe?

Anywho, ultimately I decided not to get a new boat at that time so, I never did a deal with either...
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Old 02-05-2008, 07:51 PM   #28
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Now I'm looking at the 1986 Bay Reef. Trying to decide between it and the 196 Blazer Bay.
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Old 02-06-2008, 11:56 AM   #29
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Key West are fine boats. I'd check out Ranger. I'm sure they cost a little more but you get what you pay for. Also they have the best trailer in the boating industry. My 2 cents.............

I'm sure i'll get slammed:banghead
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Old 02-10-2008, 09:32 PM   #30
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I have a 1900 Sportsman with 150 Yammy 4-stroke and love it. I think the only other boat I would buy is a Grady. I also would go to Auer. They were very straight forward and Phil is a man of his word. The price was much better than anywhere else.
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