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(w/ 1 x 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 )

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Brief Summary

The Key West 239FS is the answer to the question of whether a boat can fish hard on Saturday and then capture family fun on the water on Sunday. She provides plenty of roominess and fishing features to bring home the big catch while also providing the comfort features of a relaxing bow lounge and an aft bench seat that can easily accommodate five across. Couple all of this with a hull design that combines a narrow entry with a mild stepped bottom and performance comfort that is right on par with the interior comfort.

Key Features

  • Stepped hull
  • Molded swim platform with stainless steel ladder
  • Aft bench seating
  • Large console with Porta-Potti
  • Forward facing back rest for bow seating
  • Powder coated T-top
  • Storage area or fish box under the floor
  • Optional fiberglass leaning post with livewell
  • Pop up SS cleats
  • Auto retracting trim tabs
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 23' 9''
    7.24 m
    Beam 8' 6''
    2.59 m
    Dry Weight 2,700 lbs.
    1,225 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 14''
    0.36 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 24-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 100 gal.
    379 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 Not Available
    Tested Power 1 x 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 250
    Opt. Power Not Available
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    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 3.5 sec.
    0 to 30 5.0 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props 15 1/2 x 17 Rebel 3-blade
    Load 2 persons, 29/50 fuel, no water, 25 lbs. of gear
    Climate 70 deg., 60 humid.; wind: 5-15 mph; seas: 2-3

    Captain's Report

    Key West 239FS docked boat

    Mission Statement

    Key West Boats have become very popular with fish guys over the years, and for good reason. This builder offers a capable platform for near-shore waters, has an eye for style and displays a price-point that deserves a second look. The newest release from the South Carolina builder is the 239FS (Family Sportsman). It’s a family influenced angler with the ability to cruise offshore.Clearly, Key West wants to make a design statement with the looks of the 239FS. All the lines of the boat are enhanced with the use of classy marine colors. The same hues are carried over into the cockpit upholstery where comfortable two-tone seating welcomes passengers on board.

    Key West 239FS aft cockpit
    Everything is at your fingertips in the aft cockpit.

    Ready for Fishing

    We measured a healthy 24.5 sq. ft. of working space in the aft cockpit, not including the transom bench seat that can also be used as a casting platform. Working fish from the stern there is easy access to the recessed rod holders located in the gunwale caprail. In addition to that, there are rocket launchers in the T-top and four more rod holders built into the grab rail just behind the helm seat. Naturally, there is storage for three rods on the inside of each gunwale.

    Key West 239FS side decks
    Side decks are nice and wide, especially for big feet.

    A large 40 gallon (151 L) livewell with a Lexan door works as the boat’s bait station and is supported by a pair of tackle stowage lockers, one each located on the port and starboard sides, just below the helm seat.

    Key West 239FS tackle stowage
    Tackle stowage is neat, organized and secure.

    The 239FS has a cockpit depth of 28’’ (.71 m). I liked that the builder used padded coaming bolsters throughout most of the boat, which makes for more comfortable fishing. In addition, the side decks are roomy, averaging 19’’ (.48 m) wide and were drained by a pair of large scuppers in the sole.

    Key West 239FS additional bow seating
    The front casting platform with center cushion in place gives additional seating.
    Key West 239FS anchor locker
    The dedicated anchor locker is a big plus. The builder has gone to the trouble making a holder with locks for a Danforth-type anchor, something that some builders do not bother with.

    Up in the bow area is a small casting platform nestled between the two seats; this step also provides access to the anchor storage locker. Just aft of the bow seating is an insulated fishbox in the sole, it features a built-in macerator pump for easy clean up.

    Key West 239FS port aft casting
    Port side aft casting platform gives access to the transom door.
    Key West 239FS transom door
    Here is a view of the same transom door open.

    Performance

    Although the Family Sportsman (FS) is about family and fishing, she also incorporates some bottom details that enhance her performance. For instance, a sharp entry makes breaking through waves smoother and her wide chines aid stability. Her single-step running surface aerates the bottom of the boat when on plane, breaking the surface tension of the water and making her run faster with less power.

    Key West 239FS hull step
    The hull step may be mild, but it does seem to make a difference in overall performance.

    Our Key West test boat was equipped with Evinrude's E-TEC G2 250, the latest in 2-stroke engine technology. It’s a powerful V6 with plenty of low-end punch to get the boat on plane quickly. This super responsive outboard also has the horsepower to race to the fishing hole so there is more time to play.

    Key West 239FS performance curve
    Performance curve of our test boat.
    Key West 239FS performance data
    Performance data from the Key West 239FS with the Evinrude E-TEC G2 250. Note that best cruise efficiency is at 3500 rpm.
    Key West 239FS outboard engine
    Evinrude’s new Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 has high-style as well as high-tech.

    Even though our test day was windy with rough seas, the 239FS performed well. The ride was solid and predictable, albeit a little wetter than I would have liked. Handling in the slop was very responsive thanks to the snappy performance and quick acceleration from the fuel injected 2-stroke engine.

    Test Results

    The 239FS’s top speed was impressive as we clocked 48.9 mph at 5500 rpm. Pulling back on the throttle we found the best cruise speed to be at 3500 rpm, delivering 26.5 mph and 3.4 miles to a gallon. Despite our 4,000 lbs. (1,814 kg) test weight and rough sea conditions, we got on plane in only 3.5 seconds.

    Key West 239FS customizable engine
    Another great feature of the Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 is the customizable engine shroud that’s available in a range of colors, or in this case, painted to match the boat’s hull sides.

    Ergonomics

    The bow

    features wrap-around seating, both seat bottom cushions are hinged to give access to the compartments below. Bolster pads for back support and long stainless steel handrails flank both sides. The two-tone upholstery adds a rich look to this lounge space and is complete with the addition of removable seat backs for reclining. In the sole is a located compartment for a set of fenders and lines.

    Key West 239FS removable back rests
    Optional removable back rests convert the bow into a sun lounge for two.
    Key West 239FS recessed handrails
    I liked the quality of the stainless steel recessed handrails.
    Key West 239FS pop up cleat
    This pop-up cleat can be used for the anchor rode or for tying up at the dock.

    At the stern

    of the boat, the flexible transom seating is well thought-out and beautifully finished. The full beam bench can seat up to five, or can be used to stretch out and get some sun. By folding the seat back down, a large casting platform is created once the seat cushions are removed. Deep, self-draining storage compartments are to port and starboard.

    Key West 239FS aft seating
    Flexible aft seating for up to five converts quickly for fishing. We'd like to see larger scuppers in the stern quarters without the covering plates, which reduce drainage flow rates by over 50%.

    It’s nice to see that Key West designed a beam-width stern platform for the 239FS, port and starboard with a deep outboard well. Because the Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 has an internal steering mechanism, the outboard well is virtually empty and can be used for standing if necessary.

    Key West 239FS transom platform
    The molded transom platform is convoluted but functional.

    When it comes to the captain’s comfort, the helm is a bit narrow for my tastes [Our test captain is 6'3" (1.91 m) --Ed.]. But it does offer a beautifully polished, tilt steering wheel and a binnacle mount, digital shift and throttle controls. I especially liked the dash since the chartplotter is right in front of the pilot, as is the bank of accessory switches. The digital engine gauges and stereo remote control are located just to starboard, and there is enough room for a second flat screen monitor.

    Key West 239FS helm dash
    The dash offers room for custom electronics and a 15" navigation screen.
    Key West 239FS helm seating
    Helm seating is adaptable for all weather conditions and the bolsters are standard.

    Helm seating

    is a double-wide unit that is well padded and comes in detailed upholstery like the rest of the boat. There are also contoured flip-up bolsters for both occupants when the water gets rough. Shading this spot is an optional fiberglass T-top, finished in the same color as the hull sides, which looks great and cuts down on glare. The top incorporates a storage box, several courtesy lights, four rocket launchers, and a pair of floodlights.

    The center console

    provides a small cabin within, but it’s a bit tight for the optional day head that’s available. It does make good storage for foul weather gear though. Just forward of the console is a typical seat for one person to share in the conversation at the bow.

    Major Features

    • Molded inner liner
    • Anchor is standard
    • Macerated fishboxes in deck
    • 20-gallon livewell with high-speed pick-up
    • 9" x 12" (.23 m x .30 m) standard trim tabs
    • Raw water washdown
    • No wood in construction
    • 10-year limited hull warranty
    • 100-gallon (378 L) fuel capacity
    • 24-degree deadrise at the transom
    • Stepped hull

    Observations

    I was impressed with the Key West 239FS. She is a big improvement over some Key West boats that I saw years ago and it is clear that this builder is trying hard to provide many of the amenities and details usually found in far more expensive center consoles.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Key West 239FS (2015-) is 48.9 mph (78.7 kph), burning 21.15 gallons per hour (gph) or 80.05 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Key West 239FS (2015-) is 26.5 mph (42.6 kph), and the boat gets 3.44 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.46 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 310 miles (498.9 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 .

    Standard and Optional Features

    Systems

    CD Stereo Optional
    Trim Tabs Standard
    Washdown: Raw Water Standard
    Windlass Optional

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Optional
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Shower Optional

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Optional

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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