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Old 04-07-2019, 08:40 PM
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Dealer has a 2014 Key West 1720 with 70hp Yamaha (157 hrs) and trailer. Minimal options, bimini, compass, GPS and depth finder but said to be in very good/ clean condition. Pictures look good but haven't had a chance to check it out in person. Asking price is $17,540. I'd appreciate folks thoughts/ input on what a reasonable starting offer/ purchase price would be for this boat.

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Old 04-08-2019, 06:43 AM
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I would sea trial it. Depending on your usage the F70 can be a bit anemic on that boat when you load it down with 3 people etc.....if
you fish mainly alone may not be a big deal. I looked at repowering mine with a F70(because the F90 is simply to heavy) and was
underwhelmed.
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Old 04-08-2019, 06:50 AM
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That is a great little boat but it needs a 90 on it unless you plan to run solo the majority of the time. Not sure when the design shift occurred, but my understanding is they added some stern buoyancy around that time to handle the heavier motors that are prevalent today. Check over on the key west forum and Tom Marlowe (president of key west) is bound to chime in, among several others who will know for certain.
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Old 04-08-2019, 07:46 AM
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Check out the Captain's for Clean Water Skiff Challenge page on FB. They just took one of these around Florida with a 70 on it. I'm sure the boat was light and they had to replace the gas tank with a 22 gallon to meet the rules so that lightened it even more, but they said it topped out around 37 if I recall. I saw the team down at Gilbert's it was pretty impressive if you ask me but I also agree you would want a 90 on it.
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Old 04-08-2019, 08:21 AM
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If you plan on doing any sort of water sports like tubing or wakeboarding the 70 will leave you very disappointed. If itís just you and one other cruising/fishing and you donít care about speed and are looking for something economical to run you will probably be satisfied.
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Old 04-08-2019, 04:08 PM
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I appreciate the feedback on the 70hp vs. 90hp. I do have a concern about how it would perform overall even though top speed is NOT an issue for me. If I were to order a new boat it would definitely be with a 90hp, given the relatively small up-charge from the 70 but then again if I would probably just go with a 176, if I was going to buy new.
As far as loading, it will mainly be myself and two teenage sons but I would not want to preclude the ability to tow a tube or skier on occasion. Is a 90hp too much weight on the back to pull a tube or skier?
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Old 04-08-2019, 05:40 PM
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key west has been wood free since 2000. Much better buys out there and the hp is at the bottom end
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Old 04-08-2019, 06:22 PM
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I own a 2002 1720 mine has the 2 Stroke 90 Yamaha & it's a good combination I know the newer 1720's not sure on exact year but the reworked the Hull to make it more compatible with the weight of a 4 Stroke Outboard,I really don't think a 70 is quite enough power or wouldn't be enough to suit Me,Try holding out for one with a 90 on it, you may want to look around on KEY WEST BOATS FORUM - Resource and Discussion Forum for Key West Boat Owners or join & ask maybe someone on there has the 1720 with the 70 & can give you insight
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Old 04-08-2019, 06:47 PM
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I have a 2007. I bought it about 5 years ago because that was the year of the transom change to support the Four stroke weight. The boat has the sculpers moved forward to help keep the deck dry(er). I beleive It also has other changes from previous years such as the fuel tank being slightly advanced and the cranking battery moved from the starboard stern locker to the center console to get the weight up front. That year also saw changes with the the under gunnel rod holders which are a great feature. I love my boat. I have a larger off shore boat but for ease of use often run around on the key west. I have a 2 stroke 90 and would not go lower on HP. I think the boat is perfectly matched with a 90 and if and when I repower, I would go with a four stroke 90. I also upraged the boat by adding an 80lbs trolling motor and placed the two trolling motor batteries in the center console with the craking battery. My good friend made me a battery tray to hold them in there. The 80lbs thrust has the gps lock and I use it as an anchor when off shore. perfect match. If you pull the triger on the boat, try and find a slightly higher powered boat. If you have any other questions, Id be happy to help you answer if I can.

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We paid $15k for the wifeís 2015 1720 with f90. Boat runs real good with that motor. Running a 17p itís at 42mph with 2 inshore fishing. Great little hot rod of a boat and plenty of Keel to take it off the beach to local reefs for us
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Old 04-09-2019, 12:54 AM
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That seems way under powered to me, I have a 2019 1720 with a 115 pro xs 4 stroke on it, it'll get up and go, however, most of the 1720's that I see around here have a 90 on them.
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Originally Posted by Wickedfisha View Post
We paid $15k for the wifeís 2015 1720 with f90. Boat runs real good with that motor. Running a 17p itís at 42mph with 2 inshore fishing. Great little hot rod of a boat and plenty of Keel to take it off the beach to local reefs for us
I would buy that set-up at that price, right now - did you get a trailer?
Ever use it for water sports? Interested to know if the 90 can pull a slalom skier or a small tube?
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Originally Posted by Luxy18 View Post
I would buy that set-up at that price, right now - did you get a trailer?
Ever use it for water sports? Interested to know if the 90 can pull a slalom skier or a small tube?
My 1720 with 90 2 Stroke can pull a Tube with 2 Teenagers no problem
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Originally Posted by gmiller0737 View Post
My 1720 with 90 2 Stroke can pull a Tube with 2 Teenagers no problem
Just you in the boat? - thanks
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I have a 2006 1720 with a 2013 yamaha f115. Yes it is stern heavy but I don't give a shit. It hauls ass no matter how many people are in it. I bought it with a tired etec 90 and it ran about 32mph and slow to plane. I have two batteries up front for the trolling motor and tabs help tremendously. It suits me well for the fishing I do.

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Originally Posted by El Faster View Post
I have a 2006 1720 with a 2013 yamaha f115. Yes it is stern heavy but I don't give a shit. It hauls ass no matter how many people are in it. I bought it with a tired etec 90 and it ran about 32mph and slow to plane. I have two batteries up front for the trolling motor and tabs help tremendously. It suits me well for the fishing I do.
Your boat looks in nice shape for a 2006! No water in the back? Do you plug the scuppers?
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Originally Posted by Luxy18 View Post
Just you in the boat? - thanks
Me & My Teenage Son Back then He was maybe 100lb Pulled a 2 Person Tube with 2 Teen Girls maybe 90-100 lb each
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Originally Posted by Luxy18 View Post
Your boat looks in nice shape for a 2006! No water in the back? Do you plug the scuppers?
Yes I plug the suppers. They were underwater with the 90 etec as well. There is a hole on the deck that drains water into the bilge and then out via pump. I fish inshore and have never had an issue. If the shit hits the fan and I stuff a wave over the bow I can easily reach back and unplug both scuppers. This model has a rear bench seat set far back. Flats boat style.
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Trim tabs needed on a 1720 w/ 90hp motor?
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Trim tabs needed on a 1720 w/ 90hp motor?
No, I've never seen a need for trim tabs on my 1720/90hp.
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