Key Largo designed the 3000 CC to be a capable real offshore fishing boat at an affordable price. Twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 outboards provide ample power and had a top speed of 56.3 mph in our testing. Anglers who want to go faster should consider the twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 300s. She comes standard with such items as a livewell among other fishy features, a portable head in the console, a VHF radio and a T-top.Our test boat was hull #1 that was rushed to completion for the 2016 Miami boat show. As a result, our test was also a good first-time shake-down for the boat as well.
Because the 3000 CC is a fishing boat, we’ll start in the cockpit. The easiest way to board is to first step on the swim platform/motor bracket and pass through the port door in the stern. The stern platform is notable because it is so large. Not only does it make engine access easy, but it can also be used as a casting platform when on flat water inshore. Placing the twin Evinrude outboards so far aft also improves performance. Note that because the Evinrude E-TEC G2 steering gear is all internal, there is no clutter facilitating passage from port to starboard.Adjacent to the door is a sink beneath an acrylic hatch and next to that is the 25-gallon (95 L) livewell. There are two rod holders in the cap rails on each side and a bench seat folds out from the stern. Behind it there are two hatches that provide access to the sink plumbing, livewell pump and other equipment. The self-bailing cockpit has drains in the aft corners.
The properly designed livewell has rounded corners, blue interior corners, a clear acrylic hatch and aeration.
Outboard on each side, the cockpit has gunwale racks for rods or landing gear. There’s a small lockable compartment in the base of the passageway to the swim platform that is designed to hold Plano 3600 Series tackle drawers.
The Leaning Post.
The 3000 CC comes standard with a leaning post that has a bottom cushion and backrest so the driver and a companion can travel standing or seated. On the aft side, there’s a flat counter for prepping baits and rigs and below is a glovebox-style compartment to port with trays for tackle boxes in a compartment to starboard. Down low, there’s space in the frame for a Yeti cooler.
Our test boat’s steering wheel was centered on the console, however, center and side steering is offered as an option. The leaning post is wide enough for two people to ride comfortably.The 3000 CC’s dash panel featured an optional fishfinder/chartplotter to port with the Evinrude ICON 7” (17.8c m) screen in the center above the stereo control and a glovebox to starboard. The accessory switches that light when activated are in a row above the stainless-steel steering wheel with the VHF radio just to port.We do like the positioning of the trim tab buttons ahead of the Evinrude digital shift and throttle controls. With the levers advanced it’s a natural reach to the trim buttons.
Our test boat had 1 5/8” (4.1cm) diameter framework and the hardtop moved more than we would like to see when running in moderately bumpy conditions. The builder told us that a larger diameter would be used in the tubing on the next boat. The hardtop on our test model was an option. The 3000 CC comes standard with a canvas T-top, but our test boat had an optional fiberglass T-top.
A bi-fold hatch on the starboard side of the console provides easy entry to the private head compartment. The step-down design of the compartment provides 5’8” (1.7 m) of headroom. The boat comes standard with a portable head and a pump-out model is available. Seated headroom is 4’7” (1.4 m). The compartment has a screened side port to improve ventilation.
On the front side of the console is a bench seat with a backrest. The hardtop frame provides good handholds in rough water. They are bolted to the deck. Key Largo equipped our test boat with the bow cushion package with table that includes bow seat pads that measure 4’10” fore to aft on each side. At the bow, the seats measure 3’5” (1.04 m) across and aft, they span 5’10” (1.78 m). The bases for the seats are 18” (.45 m) off the deck and bow freeboard is 42” (1.06 m).
The 3000 CC’s twin batteries are stored in the console seat base. Pull up the bottom cushion to also access the battery switches. In the sole between the bow lounges and the console seat, there’s an insulated fishbox. Forward, there’s storage underneath the side cushions in the bow. Forward, a plastic hatch opens to access the anchor and rode, eliminating the more traditional deck hatch for the anchor. The boat comes standard with a pulpit and bow roller. A windlass is optional.
Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 Engine
The Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 is probably the most technically advanced outboard engine on the market in class. In a nutshell, this 3.4 L engine provides 4-stroke fuel economy at cruising speeds with 2-stroke torque at the low and mid RPM ranges. Its strongest suit, however, is its low-maintenance design which integrates this steering and gear shifting into the body of the engine with no external rods or cylinders. Scheduled maintenance isn’t required for 5 years or 500 hours.The E-TEC G2 has an internal oil reservoir, an 81-degree tilt range, and has auto-winterization. Its beltless magneto system is more reliable than the automobile-type alternators used on most other outboards. The engine was designed from the beginning to be saltwater-ready and carries a 5-year factory backed warranty which includes corrosion.
Our Key Largo 3000 CC was powered by twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 250-hp outboards turning 14 ½” x 22” (36.8 cm x 55.9 cm) Rebel three-bladed stainless steel propellers through 1.85:1 reductions. With two people on board and three-quarters of a tank of fuel, the boat weighed 6,520 lbs. (6,520 kg). Top speed was 56.3 mph (49 knots) at 5600 rpm.
came at 3000 rpm. The boat ran 25.9 mph (22.5 knots) and burned 12.9 gph (48.8 lph), giving the 3000 CC a range of 352 statute miles (365 nm) with 10% fuel in reserve.
In acceleration tests
, the 250-hp mills had plenty of oomph, popping the boat on plane in 4.4 seconds and pushing her to 30 mph (26.1 knots) in 6.4 seconds.
The 3000 CC rides on a conventional deep-V design with 24-degrees of deadrise at the transom. During our tests, we encountered consistent 1’ to 2’ (.3 m to .6 m) bay chop and found that the boat rode best with the trim tabs lowered slightly to settle the ride. In turns, she carved smooth arcs, leaning into the maneuver and coming around cleanly.
•$114,889 with twin 175-hp Evinrude E-TEC outboards.
Key Largo says the 3000 CC is targeted at the buyer who wants an affordable center console that can go offshore. Because the first service isn’t required on Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines for 5 years, the engines also fit neatly into the “affordability” scheme. She comes well-equipped with the portable head in the console, cooler in the leaning post, a T-top, a VHF radio, a basic stereo and dedicated tackle storage at an attractive price. Aside from the required safety gear, there really isn’t anything an owner would need to add except fishing rods and fuel to head straight for the ramp.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Key Largo 3000 CC (2016-)(COMPANY IS CLOSED) is 56.3 mph (90.6 kph), burning 42.10 gallons per hour (gph) or 159.35 liters per hour (lph).
Standard and Optional Features
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