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Key West 244CC (2016-)
(w/ 2 x 150 H.O. Evinrude E-TEC G2 25" shaft)

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Brief Summary

Key Features

  • Twin 18 gal. livewells with independent water systems and clear lids
  • Trim tabs
  • Freshwater shower station
  • Molded-in gunwale rod storage
  • Fwd. in-floor fishbox is macerated with overboard drain
  • Changing room under console can accommodate a Porta-Potti
  • Molded-in swim platform with telescoping 3-step ladder
  • Two large storage boxes in bow
  • Large fishbox in bow
  • No Wood-No Rot Construction
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 24' 4''
    7.42 m
    Beam 9'
    2.74 m
    Dry Weight 3,100 lbs.
    1,406 kg
    Tested Weight 5,046 lbs.
    2,288 kg
    Draft 16''
    0.41 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 21-deg
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 140 gal.
    530 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 2 x 150 H.O. Evinrude E-TEC G2 25" shaft
    Opt. Power 1 x 150-hp Yamaha F150TXR
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    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 2.7 sec.
    0 to 30 4.9 sec.
    Ratio 2.17:1
    Props RX4 15" x 20" 4-bl ss
    Load 2 persons, 3/5 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 85 deg., 72 humid.; wind: 0-10 mph; seas: calm
    Elevation 938

    Captain's Report

    Key West 244 CC
    The Key West 244 CC Bluewater shown with twin Evinrude E-TEC 150 engines.

    Key West touts its 244 center console model as being a boon for those in the market for “serious bluewater fishing.” The Key West 244CC has a fishing-first design with enviable power and speed derived from her shorter, lighter frame. Fishing enthusiasts in the market for a boat that wastes no time on other activities and can give a strong, sure ride are the Key West 244’s target market.

    Overview

    With a 24’4” (7.44 m) LOA and a 9’ beam (2.74 m), the 244 CC is Key West’s newest entry to serious blue water fishing. Designed with safety, efficiency, and ergonomics in mind, the 244 CC has Key West’s second generation steeped hull, an extreme angle of entry, and an exaggerated bow flair that make for a comfortable, dry run. Let’s start by taking a look at her seating.

    Key West 244 CC
    Bow seating area. Note the bolsters, stainless steel guide rails, and the below deck stowage in the footwell.

    Seating. The 244 is not designed with the seating capacity of your typical cruising/ entertainment sports boat, and while this space is re-utilized well for other ends (fishing, fishing, fishing), the seating is not extensive.

    The bow has two seating spaces with removable seating pads and fore-facing backrests. A below deck fishbox sits in the footwell of this seating area, and so no option is offered for the filler cushion that transforms the space into a large sunpad; this is a familiar option, and it’s absence here in favor of the fishbox is a nice example of how the design of the boat is so thoroughly geared toward fishing expeditions.

    Key West 244 CC
    The jump seat attached to the center console, facing forward.

    Moving aft, a flip-up jump seat can be found on the front of the center console, which is a nice way to provide a bit more versatile seating space on a boat not necessarily interested in maximizing it.

    The center console comes of course with the captain’s chair, and we’ll be looking at that in a bit more detail when looking at the helm.

    Key West 244 CC
    Aft bench seating, which flips up to allow for more space. Note the rods in the five rod holders just aft of the seat.

    Finally, in the aft section sits some bench-style seating that can also flip-up for more space or range of movement. The seating is simple -- well upholstered and comfortable, but not designed for lounging or long periods spent resting. This, like all of the seating on the boat, is more utilitarian in style, and as such works beautifully, butting up against one of many rows of rod holders on the boat.

    Key West 244 CC
    Close-up of the dash with the stainless steel steering wheel and the control knob. Note the space for customization with more electronics on the dash.

    The helm. The dash panel in the 244 CC’s center console is intuitive and laid out nicely. Linco trim tabs come standard, and the dash can be customized in many ways through optional GPS systems, radars, and other devices. The stainless steel wheel and control knob comes with hydraulic steering standard. The switch panel controls the livewell, macerator, fresh and raw water systems, bilge, and lights throughout the boat.

    Key West 244 CC
    Double-wide captain’s chair with flip-up bolsters and rocket launchers on the back of the captain’s chair. Note the cooler just underneath.

    The captain’s chair is double-wide, with flip-up bolsters and rocket launcher rod holders along the back.

    Storage

    Key West 244 CC
    In-floor macerated fishbox with overboard draining.

    Bow storage. The bow seating has two large boxes resting just beneath the seating pads. In-floor just aft of the seating footwell is an in-floor fishbox. This storage space is macerated and lifts up with a stainless-steel piston. It has overboard draining.

    Key West 244 CC
    The anchor locker in the bow.
    Key West 244 CC
    The bow storage boxes, which rest under the seating pads.

    The boat’s windlass anchor has a storage hatch in the bow as well.

    Key West 244 CC
    The center console storage area, which can serve as a Porta Potty, changing room, or general large storage.

    Center console storage. The deluxe center console has a storage locker at 5’ (1.52 m) high, 33” (83.8 cm) width, 34” (86.4 cm) depth, and an 18” (47.7 cm) door. This area is versatile and can double as changing area or can accommodate a Porta Potty that comes optional.

    Further center console storage includes a cubby underneath the wheel and a small compartment under the footrest.

    Key West 244 CC
    The molded-in rod storage in the gunwales.

    Cockpit storage. The remainder of the storage comes in the cockpit, and it is fishing-specific. The gunwales have molded-in rod storage that has a drain channel beneath doubling as a toe rail.

    Key West 244 CC
    Cooler storage located just below the captain’s chair.

    Just beneath the captain’s chair rests a dedicated cooler-storage, as well as the option to include a 94 qt cooler.

    Key West 244 CC
    One of the boat’s twin aft livewells, note the clear lid.

    In the aft section are the 244’s twin 18-gallon livewells. Both have clear lids and independent water systems that bring in water and drain overboard, as well as blue LED lights inside.

    Further Amenities

    The hardware throughout the 244 is stainless steel, and this includes not just the bow and center console grab-rails, but the pull-up cleats, fender protectors, cup holders, steering wheel, and rocket launcher rod holders as well.

    Plush bolsters line the cockpit, providing (along with the rod holder drain channel toe rails) an excellent platform from which to fight a big catch. The aft section of the boat has even more rod holders situated just aft of the flip-down bench seating, as well as a molded-in swim platform with a telescoping ladder.

    Power and Performance

    Key West 244 CC
    The 244 CC can run on twin or a single outboard motor. Maximum 300-hp.

    Power options. The 244 is an outboard-powered boat and, as such, offers adding twin motors or grouping all the horse power into one. Maximum horsepower is 300, and Key West recommends between 230 and 300. We tested the 244 with twin 150-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2s.

    Key West 244 CC
    The twin Evinrude E-TEC 150-hp engine got The Key West 244 CC up to plane in 2.7 seconds
    Key West 244 CC
    The Key West 244 CC. Note the exaggerated hull that gives a smoother ride and reduces spray.

    Test Results. Our test boat weighed 4,491 lbs., and we reached a top speed of 50.4 mph at 5,550 rpm. Best cruise speed came in at 24.9 mph at 3,000 rpm, which got us 2.83 mpg, giving it a range of 357 statute miles. In acceleration tests, the 244 CC got to plane in 2.7 seconds, 20 mph in 3.3 seconds, and 30 mph in 4.9 seconds.

    The 244 CC has an exaggerated Carolina bow flare, which helps make for a very dry ride on a relatively light boat in choppy seas. In maneuverability tests, we found the 244 CC adept and fast, though trading some smoothness one would find in a longer, heavier boat. The integrated trim tabs run a full 12” under the hull and allow for greater adjustment to planing surface.

    Key West 244 CC
    The Key West 244 CC shown with optional bimini top.

    Option to Consider

    • • Premium stereo, amp, and speakers upgrade
    • • Garmin 3206 Color GPS/sounder combo
    • • Additional pull up cleats
    • • Portable toilet
    • • High-bow rail
    • • Yamaha multi function tachometer and speedometer
    • • Yamaha Command Link 2 gauge package
    • • T-top spray shield
    • • Flip-top cooler cover
    • • Set of four pull up fender holders
    • • Dual battery switch and wiring
    • • Bow lifting eye
    • • Twin captain’s chairs
    • • Outrigger bases and/or outriggers
    • • Aluminum Bimini top
    • • T-top deluxe with radio box, spreader lights, and rocket launchers

    Observations

    Key West 244 CC
    The 244 CC on the water.

    The 244 CC is a boat without excessive frills or gadgets, but designed for safety, efficiency, and pure fishing experience. Rod holders and rocket launchers abound, options are there for outriggers, the livewells are top in class, and the no-wood, no-rot fiberglass construction is particularly sturdy and reliable.

    The 244 CC’s upright, level flotation design makes it unsinkable and guarantees she will stay upright should you be swamped. For those in the fishing boat market, the Key West 244 CC has all your needs covered and can provide a fast, powerful ride.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Key West 244CC (2016-) is 50.4 mph (81.1 kph), burning 23.80 gallons per hour (gph) or 90.08 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Key West 244CC (2016-) is 24.9 mph (40.1 kph), and the boat gets 2.83 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.2 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 357 miles (574.54 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 150 H.O. Evinrude E-TEC G2 25" shaft.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Optional

    Systems

    CD Stereo Optional
    Trim Tabs Standard

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Optional

    Warranty

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