The new 2015 Key West 239 FS, powered by a new 250 HP Evinrude G2 ETEC outboard, was at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. Naturally, we couldn't resist taking this little fishing machine for a test run.
Yes, you're right: 250 horses is more than enough power for a 23' center console. Acceleration was head-snapping, and at wide-open throttle, you saw us blast up to 47 MPH. We also felt the fishing features seen in the video had a bit more to offer than average, especially the tackle stowage. On most boats of this size you'll have to haul a tacklebox on and off the boat for every trip, but in this case, there's room to stow all your goodies right in that leaning post.
Just how much will a new rig like this cost you? We checked out the listings for Key West 239 center consoles, and saw a spread ranging from the mid-$60,000 range up into the upper $70s. We also noticed that many of the boats listed have different outboards, so if you want one with the new Evinrude ETEC G2, you might need to shop around a bit. Of course, you can also contact Key West Boats directly.
If you're hunting for a center console fishing boat in the low 20 foot range and this one strikes your fancy, but you'd like to also check out some of the competition (always a smart move), here are some other videos and reviews on boats.com you should find helpful:
Everglades 243CC: Bob Daugherty's Opus
Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 21LX Bay Runner: First Look Video
Scout 210 XSF: Family Fishing Fun
You may also find it interesting to read Choosing a Center Console: Is It The Right Boat For You?