FAQsCan I purchase an extended warranty?
An extended warranty is available for purchase at the time of the sale, but is usually considered for the engine only since the boat has a long term structural warranty as a standard feature. Read carefully the items covered and your responsibility, then purchase the coverage you are comfortable with.
What maintenance will be required on my boat?
Maintenance on a new boat is usually minimal, but there is a checklist of items that should be checked and maintained on a regular basis to minimize upkeep and to keep you safe. Your enigine's owner's manual is an excellent source for preventative maintenance. Check with your local dealer for more details on maintenance.
How many people can I carry on my boat?
Safety is the number one concern here. Never exceed what you feel safe with. A good guide to begin with is the capacity plate if your boat is 20' or under, but still remember that a safe load is sometimes ultimately determined by the operator and what you are doing with the boat. A safe load in the harbor or on a small lake may be too much out on a rough ocean. Use common sense no matter what the capacity plate says.
Also remember that not all people are equal in weight and a capacity plate's person capacity is always based on an average weight. Because of this you may be able to exceed the rated number of passengers if you have several small children, and you may need to limit the people if you have a couple of big buddies on board that day.
Another consideration is how many logical and safe locations you have for people to occupy. Even if you have the weight carrying capacity to put eight people on board you shouldn't do so if that means some of them would be required to sit on the edge of the boat, for example.
Should I be concerned about the 'dead rise' on my boat, and how does it affect a boat's performance?
Dead rise is only one of the considerations in picking a boat but it does have a very real affect on performance and ride. A steep dead rise reflected by a high number such as twenty or more degrees is usually referred to as a deep vee. Deep vee bottom boats do have a tendency to cut into wave action thereby providing a better ride in rough water than a shallow dead rise, but there are downsides as well. The steeper the dead rise the less stable a boat is and it requires more speed and power to plane the boat. This results in more fuel consumption. They also tend to be less stable at rest and rock more from wave action. A flatter bottom on the other hand may be more stable and require less power and fuel, but it tends to be a rougher ride and may be wetter for the occupants. So, what is right?
At Key West Boats we strive to balance the dead rise and other hull design features to give each model the best compromise for its intended purpose. A unique and exclusive approach to this challenge is reflected in the new Duo Lift hull design featured in our twenty one foot recently introduced and to be included on select new models in the near future. See Duo Lift in the glossary for more info on this innovation.
Glossary of Terms
AerateTo force air and oxygen into livewells to keep fish of bait alive. Also, to force air under the running surface of a hull.
aerator pumpA term usually used improperly. Literally it refers to a pump used to insert air into water thereby oxegenating the water for the purpose of keeping bait or fish alive. It is commonly used to refer to the pump used to inject water into a live well, which should be referred to as a live well pump.