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Key Largo 1800 CC (2015-)(COMPANY IS CLOSED)
(w/ 1 x 115-hp Mercury FourStroke)

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Brief Summary

Here’s a great value-priced boat that will provide plenty of good times on the water with an emphasis towards no-fuss boating. She’s thankfully short on complicated systems that only serve to make things more difficult. In fact, this entire boat can be drilled down to only a basic fuel, engine and electrical system.

Key Features

  • Large aerated livewell
  • 72 quart cooler seat with cushion
  • Auto bilge pump
  • Anchor storage
  • 8 rod holders
  • Forward seat with cushion
  • Fiberglass liner boat
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 17' 10''
    5.44 m
    Beam 90''
    2.29 m
    Dry Weight 1,850 lbs.
    839 kg
    Tested Weight 2,312 lbs.
    1,049 kg
    Draft 15''
    .38 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 19-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 35 gal.
    132 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 1 x 90-hp 4-stroke
    Tested Power 1 x 115-hp Mercury FourStroke
    Opt. Power 1 x 115-hp Mercury 4-stroke
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    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 4.1 sec.
    0 to 30 16.6 sec.
    Ratio 2.07:1
    Props Mercury Black Max 13 Diameter 17 pitch three blade aluminum
    Load 2 persons,17/50 fuel, no water, 20 lbs. of gear
    Climate 77 deg., 79 humid.; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: Lt. chop
    Elevation 0

    Captain's Report

    Key Largo 1800 CC running shot
    The Key Largo 1800 CC has a LOA of 17’10” (5.44 m), a beam of 90” (2.29 m) and a hull draft of 12” (30.5 cm) to 15” (38 cm).

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Key Largo 1800 CC is to serve as a basic, entry-level center console. She’s sold as a complete package with boat, motor and trailer ready to go. All that needs to be added is maybe some fishing gear and a cooler full of ice keeping lunch cold.

    Key Largo 1800 CC package
    The Key Largo 1800 CC is offered as a boat, motor and trailer package.

    Major Features

    • Bow storage area
    • Fiberglass liner
    • Large double flip-back console seat with 72-quart (68.1 L) cooler
    • Stainless steel steering wheel and hardware
    • Water fuel separator
    • Auto bilge pump
    • Forward cushion seat
    • Large aerated livewell
    • Stainless steel rub rails
    • Solid full sized bow rails
    • 8 rod holders
    • Custom welded galvanized trailer - for easy, simple loading
    • Standard color: Oyster Pearl
    Key Largo 1800 CC profile shot
    The Key Largo 1800 CC has clean lines and a graceful curve to her sheerline.

    Performance

    The 1800 CC's time to plane was 4.1 seconds and she hit 30 mph in 16.6 seconds.

    We reached 37.7 mph

    , which produced a 11.0 gph fuel burn for a range of 108 miles. Best cruise was achieved at 4500 rpm and 25.1 mph. That generated a fuel burn of 5.2 gph and a range of 152 miles.

    Features Inspection

    Fishing

    Let’s start our features inspection with what will probably be the main focus of the 1800 CC, her fishing capabilities...For starters, we’ll need to bring rods aboard and those can be placed in the four vertical holders to the sides of the console as well as the two flush-mounted holders in the 5” (12.7 cm) wide caprails to port and starboard.

    Key Largo 1800 CC rod holders
    Rod holders to the sides of the console as well as in the caprails ease the worry about how many to bring aboard.

    She’s also got a built in safety factor that parents will appreciate in her freeboard. We measured 28” (71 cm) at midships so it’s safe to take the 1800 CC out of the inlets for the occasional coastal fishing trip with the kids, weather permitting.At the bow there’s a casting deck and this elevated position allows working the ground tackle, sending out lures from spinning rods and getting good throws from a cast net.

    Storage is Well Taken Care Of.

    At the bow casting deck there are two compartments. The forward compartment measures 13” (33 cm) deep and is clearly geared towards storage. Just behind is a second compartment, measuring 41” (104.1 cm) across, that serves for either storage or as a fishbox as it’s large and self-draining overboard. Both openings are guttered to channel water away from the interiors and onto the deck, leading to the aft deck drains.

    Key Largo 1800 CC bow casting deck
    The bow casting deck is made up of two hatches over storage compartments.
    Key Largo 1800 CC bow compartments
    Both compartments at the bow are guttered to channel water to the deck and out the aft drains.
    Key Largo 1800 CC livewell
    An 11” (27.9 cm) deep livewell is just ahead of the console, under the padded seat. It’s got the usual features of rounded edges and aerator to protect the bait.

    Rod storage is under both port and starboard gunwales and will handle rods up to 7’ (2.1 m). Still more storage is under the console accessed by a hinged hatch below the helm.

    Key Largo 1800 CC gunwale rod storage
    Under gunwale rod storage can accommodate up to 7’ (2.1 m) rods.
    Key Largo 1800 CC helm storage
    Still more storage is under the helm console.

    After the catch, cleanups are a breeze thanks to the optional raw water washdown ($349). The connection is just to the port side of the motor well and the washdown pump is just to the inside of the jump seat.

    Key Largo 1800 CC raw water washdown
    A raw water washdown is located in the engine well. The pump is under the seat.

    Family

    As a family boat, the 1800 CC is well-suited. Seating consists of the usual doublewide helm seat, a padded seat ahead of the console, two jump seats at the stern and forward seating at the bow.

    Key Largo 1800 CC console seat
    Just ahead of the console is a padded seat. Notice the two-tone upholstery.
    Key Largo 1800 CC jump seats
    A pair of jump seats to either side of the stern.
    Key Largo 1800 CC seat cushion hinges
    Seat cushions are hinged and the bases are fabricated from King-StarBoard for a lifetime of rot-free worry.

    Bow seating takes the form of one of the cushions that makes up part of a cushion package ($299). It allows the bow to serve double duty as an additional seat and as a sun pad, which seems to be the staple of every family oriented boat.

    Key Largo 1800 CC bow sun pad
    Adding a cushion to the bow casting deck makes an additional seat as well as a sun pad.

    The helm seat

    serves double duty as well. It can, of course, face forward for normal operations, or with a flip of the seatback, face aft to form a gathering area or as a spot to watch the lines. Being so close to the aft seats makes for a welcoming conversational atmosphere. Just below the helm is room for an optional stereo ($219) that includes two speakers, one to either side of the console.

    Key Largo 1800 CC helm seat
    The helm seat reverses from forward facing to aft facing. Its close proximity to the jump seats makes a good gathering area.
    Key Largo 1800 CC stereo
    The stereo is mounted into a weatherproof recess in the console. This makes it hard to access the controls without bending to see inside.

    Operations

    The operating systems aboard the 1800 CC are as basic as can be and that translates to worry free boating. There are no high-tech gadgets to complicate matters and that also means that there are fewer things that can go wrong.

    The electrical system

    consists of the battery located under the aft starboard jump seat. It’s easy to get to by just lifting the seat cushion and the terminals are also easily accessed in the event that the boat needs a “jump”, but again, even that’s unlikely as the optional stereo ($219) and fishfinder ($329) will likely be the only things left running and will probably take all day to draw down the battery.

    Key Largo 1800 CC battery
    The battery is located under the aft jump seat and is easily accessible.
    Key Largo 1800 CC electrical switches
    The electrical switches at the helm all have circuit breakers just above. No fiddling with fuses or worrying about keeping spares in the toolbox. We’d like to see a horn added.

    The Fuel System is Equally Mindless.

    A single tank holds 35-gallons (132.5 L) of gas and there’s even a standard onboard fuel/water separator to keep the flow to the engine free of debris and contamination. A simple fuel line connects to the engine. Short of running out of fuel this system is pretty foolproof.

    Key Largo 1800 CC gauges
    Here are the only two gauges to be concerned with. Hint…the bottom one is most important.
    Key Largo 1800 CC fuel water filter
    The fuel/water filter is just behind the battery and a simple canister type cartridge spins off for easy replacement.

    Standard power

    for the 1800 CC is a 90-hp Mercury. The boat we toured had an optional Mercury 115 FourStroke ($1,099). The rigging and mounting for the motor were well accommodated with no clutter across the motor well. The well itself measured 13” (33 cm) and just ahead was a raised bulkhead 7” (17.8 cm) off the deck. Just ahead of the bulkhead are a pair of small cockpit drains that we would certainly like to see be a bit larger, 2” (5.1 cm) minimum.

    Key Largo 1800 CC running shot
    Dual strakes aid in lift and her hard chines add to her stability when at rest and help carve through turns when underway.
    Key Largo 1800 CC anchor locker
    Fully forward is an anchor locker with a molded anchor holder. We’d like to see small rotating clips to either side to hold the anchor in place. The hatch is notched to allow the rode to run through.
    Key Largo 1800 CC cleats
    A pair of 6” cleats are to either side of the bow.
    Key Largo 1800 CC running shot
    Underway she presents a 5-degree bow high attitude.
    Key Largo 1800 CC outboard
    The Key Largo 1800 CC comes standard with a 90-hp Mercury outboard. This 115 is offered as an option.

    Helm

    The helm is as basic and uncluttered as virtually the rest of the boat. Two gauges provide readouts on the rpms and fuel level. The engine control is to the left side of the binnacle mount so it’s comfortable to rest the right hand on it while operating. The five-spoke stainless wheel is mounted to a roughly 45-degree angle. Electrical switches line the lower section of the panel and absent from this array is the horn switch because there is no horn on the boat. The ignition is to the lower right and we’d like to see that raised above the knee strike zone.Options for the helm include the fishfinder ($329), a depth finder ($299), a dash-mounted compass ($195) and there’s also an option for hydraulic steering ($TBD).

    Key Largo 1800 CC
    The helm is refreshingly simple with no clutter but full functionality.

    A T-Top Option

    There’s also an option for adding a T-top ($2,999) to the console and we highly recommend it. Shade is a valuable commodity onboard any boat, as it makes the difference between enjoying a day on the water and enduring one. Also, more so than a Bimini top, a T-top will provide much needed handholds all around the console. As this is typically a boat that gets all sides of the console used quite actively, this is a welcome addition to the safety features.

    Bottom Line

    Pricing is everything with a boat in this class and the Key Largo 1800 CC doesn’t disappoint. She’s offered as a complete boat, motor, and trailer package for a price of $23,299. That, in and of itself, represents a bargain and surprisingly, the included trailer is even galvanized, a step up from painted. Adding on all the appropriate options adds another $5,456 to that price which still represents a great buy.Entry-level, affordable boats certainly have their place in the market and serve a useful purpose in allowing thousands of people to get on the water who otherwise couldn't afford it. Sure, as we made our way through the boat we found some things we’d like to see done differently, but that’s what we do. Further, it is hard to argue with her price versus utility. And, by law, she must float level if swamped because she is under 20' (6.10 m) in length. The Key Largo 1800 CC delivers a lot of bang for the buck and that’s something we wouldn’t change.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Key Largo 1800 CC (2015-)(COMPANY IS CLOSED) is 37.7 mph (60.7 kph), burning 10.95 gallons per hour (gph) or 41.45 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Key Largo 1800 CC (2015-)(COMPANY IS CLOSED) is 25.1 mph (40.4 kph), and the boat gets 4.83 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.05 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 152 miles (244.62 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 115-hp Mercury FourStroke.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Fishfinder Optional

    Systems

    CD Stereo Optional
    Shore Power Optional
    Washdown: Raw Water Optional

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Optional

    Warranty

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