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Old 06-24-2018, 03:56 PM
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Default Key West 263FS

Anyone have any experience with this new model?
Appreciate any feedback including suggestions on power.
They push twin 150’s or 175’s, but the boat is now rated up to 600 hp.
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:25 PM
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twin 300's or you might as well be using a paddle
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Old 06-24-2018, 06:09 PM
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That boat with 300's really doesn't make sense price wise. KW aren't heavy boats and their hulls are pretty efficient.

200's on that boat should do over 50 easily.

Sea Hunt GF 27 which will be heavier runs 53 WOT with 200's. They sell a crap load of those boats with that power.

300's make better sense price wise on 28 or 30 footers.
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Old 06-24-2018, 06:58 PM
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Great looking boat and I would stick with 175s or 200s.
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Old 06-24-2018, 07:20 PM
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I drove one in February with twin F200s, and it was a sweet boat. Very soft confident ride. Really liked the design and layout of the interior, and the stock bucket seats were as good as the custom Llebroc seats on my boat. They have fore/aft adjustment so you can sit like you're driving a car if you want.

Cruising at 29mph, about where I'd run for a low speed cruise to fishing grounds, the twin F200s were giving a combined 3.1mpg. It was someone else's new boat so I didn't go WOT or try to find the top speed, but the twin F200s felt pretty effortless pushing the boat around and I am sure they'd hit 50+ mph.

It's a large boat, much bigger feeling than my 20 footer, but I felt at ease driving it around -- it has the same easygoing behavior as the other FS models in the KW line.
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... Not to be nit picky.... Please..... you DRIVE a Car, you PILOT a boat or an aircraft...
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Old 06-25-2018, 05:10 PM
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I'm ordering one with the twin 300's. I like the thought of cruising in the 40's.
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Old 06-25-2018, 06:28 PM
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Was all over one at a pre spring boat show. Thought it was very nicely done. I figured someday, when I grow up, I might seriously consider one.
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I was considering the 28 Regulator, but $100k difference is a lot of cheddar. While the Key West may not be in the same league as the Regulator, I can take the left over money and buy a new truck, to pull the Key west.
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Old 06-26-2018, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by HarleyFLHP View Post
I was considering the 28 Regulator, but $100k difference is a lot of cheddar. While the Key West may not be in the same league as the Regulator, I can take the left over money and buy a new truck, to pull the Key west.
Maybe even enough left over for a Yeti 110 full of silver bullets
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Old 06-26-2018, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by capg2000 View Post
... Not to be nit picky.... Please..... you DRIVE a Car, you PILOT a boat or an aircraft...
Not to be nit picky but I'm pretty sure you CAPTAIN a boat
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Old 06-26-2018, 11:38 AM
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Sorry but I cannot take KW seriously so long as they have that circa 1992 website up...looks like they paid $600 for it back then. They seriously need to spend some $$ on marketing/branding and get a real website, professional pictures with professional models etc.
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Sorry but I cannot take KW seriously so long as they have that circa 1992 website up...looks like they paid $600 for it back then. They seriously need to spend some $$ on marketing/branding and get a real website, professional pictures with professional models etc.
This has been brought up on their forums for well over two years. It just comes down to free time to sit down with a web designer and create something new. With the industry chugging along so fast they just haven't taken the time to do so. While researching boats I had decided between a KW 239FS or Sea Hunt 234 Ultra. Joined both online communities to gather some intel on support and general happiness with the customers. I only decided on Sea Hunt when a fantastic deal that fell in my lap. But I am a huge fan of KW for the price as well.

But I agree, their site looks like "Fisher Price - My First Website".
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Old 06-26-2018, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by sclancy View Post
Sorry but I cannot take KW seriously so long as they have that circa 1992 website up...looks like they paid $600 for it back then. They seriously need to spend some $$ on marketing/branding and get a real website, professional pictures with professional models etc.
I think they are doing fine so far. IMO, Key West builds a good boat for the $$. All the extra bling, including an expensive website, decreases the bottom line. Also IMO, anyone who needs a fancy KW website to buy a KW boat wouldn't be happy with it anyway, so it probably helps them avoid people that don't belong in a Key West.
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We have a build slot available on a 263fs coming up. Boat is supposed to be here in July but can still be customized for someone. We are ordering it for dealer stock and expect the new merc 175's to be a great option. Got to run the new merc and it will smoke the 200 Yamaha any day of the week.
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Any more current feedback on the 263FS? I was about to buy a 266 Commander when I came across the 263 FS. For similar money, it seems to be the better boat of the two. Think I will go with twin 250s, though it seems the 200s will bring it right up to about 52 mph which is probably more than enough anyway and would get better mpg af cruise I think. Though would be fun to have a 60mph boat that still gets over 2.0 mpg at cruise.
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Originally Posted by HarleyFLHP View Post
I'm ordering one with the twin 300's. I like the thought of cruising in the 40's.
Harley - Did you get the boat? Interested to hear your impressions. Think they now have a max HP of 500 so new orders likely only with F250s which is still plenty of power for that boat I think.
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Originally Posted by sclancy View Post
Sorry but I cannot take KW seriously so long as they have that circa 1992 website up...looks like they paid $600 for it back then. They seriously need to spend some $$ on marketing/branding and get a real website, professional pictures with professional models etc.
Agreed, Ive said that here in the past too when I was shopping. Their web site is trash.
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Cool rig, I like the layout.


What are they going for?
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133000 at the mobile boat show this weekend. Included trailer, twin Garmin 10" screens, 200 Suzuki's
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