decision 17 robalo vs 17 key west
Posted February 24 2004 - 09:00 AM
Opinions which one and why
Posted February 24 2004 - 11:00 AM
I'm not sure about the quality of the late 90's Roballos. I know they went through some ownership changes and had some quality issues for a few years with wiring and fit/finnish. That being said, they are a much wider boat, more room to move around and fish comfortable with a larger group.
Posted February 24 2004 - 11:19 AM
The spec's on the Robalo show it with 7ft6in beam and weighting 2240. It also draws a foot draft.
I am leaning towards Key west. I have not heard one negative towards that boat.
Posted February 24 2004 - 12:19 PM
Posted February 25 2004 - 09:21 AM
Why the 99 Robalo? I like it but I am concerned about it weighing almost 1000lbs more then most other 17 foot boat and only having 20 additional hp. Also Robalo was partnered with US marine when the boat was made but they are now part of another group and no longer making a 17. Parts availability could be an issue.
I think the Robalo is a very well made boat but its specifications are so far different fron other 17 footers (extra weight, added draft etc)it concerns me.
Posted March 02 2004 - 04:47 PM
First post on this board, but I couldn't pass this one up! I own a 1998 Key West 1720 with a 1998 Evinrude 90 hp. Its a simply terrific boat. I agree with everything one gent said above about it being a great 1 or sometimes two person fishing vessel, if thats what you are looking for. Yes it is sometimes a bit wet on a choppy day, but what 17 footer isn't? It can easily be turned into a fishing machine. I also sometimes take a bunch of my friends out waterskiing or to local bar on the water (I live near the CT river) and with 5 peeps on board the handling is a bit sluggish, but I still can get up on plane no problem and cruise. We even can pull waterskiiers behind us with 4 peeps on board. Only drawback is the narrow beam like the poster above also mentioned. I wouldn't hesitate to buy Key West again, only move up in size. Great little boat!
Posted March 02 2004 - 05:11 PM
I only fish with one other guy or my dog so I am hoping the 70 is OK.
Posted March 02 2004 - 06:31 PM
Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters
Posted March 09 2004 - 04:05 PM
Posted March 09 2004 - 04:13 PM
Originally posted by ghost:
Why the 99 Robalo?
Quality product that holds its value.
Posted March 09 2004 - 04:21 PM
Barnegat Bay, NJ
Posted March 09 2004 - 05:35 PM
Posted March 09 2004 - 05:54 PM
Barnegat Bay, NJ
Posted March 10 2004 - 09:09 AM