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Old 09-29-2020, 06:21 AM
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Hi! We are first time boat buyers in coastal NC (we live inland, but would keep this boat near our vacation/rental home). Looking to do some inshore and nearshore fishing and family cruising and tubing. We plan to keep the boat in dry storage at a marina (so prices below reflect no trailer). Realizing it's not a great time to be a boat buyer, we have the following options:

1. Used 2018 Sea Pro Deep-V 219 with 100 hours on a Suzuki 200 HP engine and fiberglass T-top. All service done at the local dealer. Was kept in water (and it shows). Asking $47.5, could offer less. We would get the remainder of the engine and hull warranty, but tip to tip warranty does not convey.
2. Used 2019 Sea Pro Deep-V 219 with 40 hours on a Suzuki 200 HP engine and fiberglass T-top. Was kept on a lift. Same warranty terms as above. Asking $52k.
3. New 2021 Key West 219 FS with Yamaha 150 and canvas T-top. $48.9k.
4. New 2021 Key West 219 FS with Yamaha 175 and fiberglass T-top (also a few other upgrades: larger Garmin, painted hull, digital switches on panel). $54.9k
5. Could build a 2021 Key West

Currently suffering from analysis paralysis and would love some insight. Budget is a factor, as is the fact that we live 3 hours away and won't be able to use the boat as much as a full-time resident. Trying to decide on a good value as we take this first step into boat ownership. Any advice? Thank you!




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Old 09-29-2020, 06:26 AM
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Doesn’t seem like you’re saving/gaining much by buying a 2-3 yr old boat.

Buy new, order exactly what you want.

Why spend $50k+ on something that’s a compromise? Get exactly what you want.

A year down the road, I’ve never heard some say how “happy they are they saved $3k a year ago.....”
Old 09-29-2020, 06:28 AM
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I like the KW over the SP only due to reputation of the older SP new KW have foam even up the sides both are about the same just look at which one you like the layout in best also look at Sportsman good luck
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As a follow up, if we were to build or buy one of the new KW, how important would the 175 vs 150 HP engine be for our purposes? Would we regret the canvas top vs the fiberglass?
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My KW has the fiberglass t-top and my previous boat had canvas. I REALLY like the fiberglass. Not only for ease of cleaning and looks but more versatile being able to easily mount speakers, antennas, etc. I would certainly pay the upcharge on any subsequent boat.
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I bought new because I’m able to use the boat often and I knew it would suit me for a very long time. Plus it’s in my backyard so it’s easy to keep in top shape.

Being three hours away it would be tough for me to justify buying new. I have a canvas top and it’s fine for us. I like the idea of having less weight up there when I’m running in not so ideal seas and taking a pounding.

I do agree with the “saved $3k” observation. That amount would not force me to buy used. You have to decide what your savings cut off point is.
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The Yam 150 is a strong 150, IIRC actually turning about 168hp. I don't know anything about the 175 but the next up Yam 200 I-4 is not a strong 200. There has been several discussion about this that you can search for. Not saying you wont see slight better performance with the 175. My TW 216 is similar to the KW 219 and the performance gains I saw going from a 150 to 200 didn't seem worth the cost: 2mph top end and 1mph better cruise for $4K. I suspect the 175 would fall somewhere in the middle of that.
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I was in a similar situation about a month ago, I did an absurd amount of research. Ending up ordering a 2021 KW 219FS. Id say definitely new over slightly used if your only talking 5k unless the slightly used is optioned out. I went with the 200 Yamaha. All I would say is do your research on real world performance on 150/200/250. There is plenty of opinions if you research a 150 on a KW 219FS.
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I vote for the new option with the 175 Yamaha. What you don't hear very often is "I just wish I had bought a smaller engine".
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Given the gap between new and used being so small, combined with the time of year it is currently, I would lean hard towards new. Nobody ever regrets going bigger on the motor. Not sure I would spend the $ on the 200 unless you have easy access to mid grade or higher fuel, as it dials back HP on 87 octane. Definitely go fiberglass HT, and have the boat rigged for a trolling motor.

I have a 20 year old Key West, and have nothing bad to say about it at all. Cousin ordered a new one a few years ago, and great experience as well.
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Cost difference you describe does not justify going used. Agree with above, for +/-3k would definitely go new (and I generally would be against a new boat purchase).

I absolutely do not see a "painted" (assuming you mean dark colored) hull as an upgrade. Darker colored hulls age poorly and require higher maintenance. If you plan on storing this boat for long periods of time and just want to turn the key and go, opt for a white or light colored hull. As the boat ages a darker hull will require prep before and after storage, compounding, buffing, polishing, etc. Would not pay more for a dark colored hull at a vacation home (or my primary home, for that matter).

If building new I'd opt for the fiberglass t-top. Nothing wrong with canvas, but the hard top looks better IMO among other advantages (mounting speakers, lights, etc).

As stated above, nobody was ever mad about ordering more HP from the factory. The 150 will be fine, and won't create any "real" problems for you. The 175 will be a little better, and 200 better than that. Whether it's worth the extra cost is between you and your money manager.

In my mind, you're best off ordering a new Key West and spec'ing it out exactly how you want. Option 2 would be buying the entry KW for under 49k. I'd scrap the more expensive KW and used Sea Pro ideas. Just my $0.02

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Agree with skipping colored hull sides if it will be stored outdoors. They are gorgeous no doubt, just more work to maintain than I care for.

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