The mission of the Key Largo 1800 CC is to serve as a basic, entry-level center console. She’s sold as a complete package with boat, motor and trailer ready to go. All that needs to be added is maybe some fishing gear and a cooler full of ice keeping lunch cold.
The 1800 CC's time to plane was 4.1 seconds and she hit 30 mph in 16.6 seconds.
We reached 37.7 mph
, which produced a 11.0 gph fuel burn for a range of 108 miles. Best cruise was achieved at 4500 rpm and 25.1 mph. That generated a fuel burn of 5.2 gph and a range of 152 miles.
Let’s start our features inspection with what will probably be the main focus of the 1800 CC, her fishing capabilities...For starters, we’ll need to bring rods aboard and those can be placed in the four vertical holders to the sides of the console as well as the two flush-mounted holders in the 5” (12.7 cm) wide caprails to port and starboard.
She’s also got a built in safety factor that parents will appreciate in her freeboard. We measured 28” (71 cm) at midships so it’s safe to take the 1800 CC out of the inlets for the occasional coastal fishing trip with the kids, weather permitting.At the bow there’s a casting deck and this elevated position allows working the ground tackle, sending out lures from spinning rods and getting good throws from a cast net.
Storage is Well Taken Care Of.
At the bow casting deck there are two compartments. The forward compartment measures 13” (33 cm) deep and is clearly geared towards storage. Just behind is a second compartment, measuring 41” (104.1 cm) across, that serves for either storage or as a fishbox as it’s large and self-draining overboard. Both openings are guttered to channel water away from the interiors and onto the deck, leading to the aft deck drains.
Rod storage is under both port and starboard gunwales and will handle rods up to 7’ (2.1 m). Still more storage is under the console accessed by a hinged hatch below the helm.
After the catch, cleanups are a breeze thanks to the optional raw water washdown ($349). The connection is just to the port side of the motor well and the washdown pump is just to the inside of the jump seat.
As a family boat, the 1800 CC is well-suited. Seating consists of the usual doublewide helm seat, a padded seat ahead of the console, two jump seats at the stern and forward seating at the bow.
Bow seating takes the form of one of the cushions that makes up part of a cushion package ($299). It allows the bow to serve double duty as an additional seat and as a sun pad, which seems to be the staple of every family oriented boat.
The helm seat
serves double duty as well. It can, of course, face forward for normal operations, or with a flip of the seatback, face aft to form a gathering area or as a spot to watch the lines. Being so close to the aft seats makes for a welcoming conversational atmosphere. Just below the helm is room for an optional stereo ($219) that includes two speakers, one to either side of the console.
The operating systems aboard the 1800 CC are as basic as can be and that translates to worry free boating. There are no high-tech gadgets to complicate matters and that also means that there are fewer things that can go wrong.
The electrical system
consists of the battery located under the aft starboard jump seat. It’s easy to get to by just lifting the seat cushion and the terminals are also easily accessed in the event that the boat needs a “jump”, but again, even that’s unlikely as the optional stereo ($219) and fishfinder ($329) will likely be the only things left running and will probably take all day to draw down the battery.
The Fuel System is Equally Mindless.
A single tank holds 35-gallons (132.5 L) of gas and there’s even a standard onboard fuel/water separator to keep the flow to the engine free of debris and contamination. A simple fuel line connects to the engine. Short of running out of fuel this system is pretty foolproof.
for the 1800 CC is a 90-hp Mercury. The boat we toured had an optional Mercury 115 FourStroke ($1,099). The rigging and mounting for the motor were well accommodated with no clutter across the motor well. The well itself measured 13” (33 cm) and just ahead was a raised bulkhead 7” (17.8 cm) off the deck. Just ahead of the bulkhead are a pair of small cockpit drains that we would certainly like to see be a bit larger, 2” (5.1 cm) minimum.
The helm is as basic and uncluttered as virtually the rest of the boat. Two gauges provide readouts on the rpms and fuel level. The engine control is to the left side of the binnacle mount so it’s comfortable to rest the right hand on it while operating. The five-spoke stainless wheel is mounted to a roughly 45-degree angle. Electrical switches line the lower section of the panel and absent from this array is the horn switch because there is no horn on the boat. The ignition is to the lower right and we’d like to see that raised above the knee strike zone.Options for the helm include the fishfinder ($329), a depth finder ($299), a dash-mounted compass ($195) and there’s also an option for hydraulic steering ($TBD).
A T-Top Option
There’s also an option for adding a T-top ($2,999) to the console and we highly recommend it. Shade is a valuable commodity onboard any boat, as it makes the difference between enjoying a day on the water and enduring one. Also, more so than a Bimini top, a T-top will provide much needed handholds all around the console. As this is typically a boat that gets all sides of the console used quite actively, this is a welcome addition to the safety features.
Pricing is everything with a boat in this class and the Key Largo 1800 CC doesn’t disappoint. She’s offered as a complete boat, motor, and trailer package for a price of $23,299. That, in and of itself, represents a bargain and surprisingly, the included trailer is even galvanized, a step up from painted. Adding on all the appropriate options adds another $5,456 to that price which still represents a great buy.Entry-level, affordable boats certainly have their place in the market and serve a useful purpose in allowing thousands of people to get on the water who otherwise couldn't afford it. Sure, as we made our way through the boat we found some things we’d like to see done differently, but that’s what we do. Further, it is hard to argue with her price versus utility. And, by law, she must float level if swamped because she is under 20' (6.10 m) in length. The Key Largo 1800 CC delivers a lot of bang for the buck and that’s something we wouldn’t change.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Key Largo 1800 CC (2015-)(COMPANY IS CLOSED) is 37.7 mph (60.7 kph), burning 10.95 gallons per hour (gph) or 41.45 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Key Largo 1800 CC (2015-)(COMPANY IS CLOSED) is 25.1 mph (40.4 kph), and the boat gets 4.83 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.05 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 152 miles (244.62 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 115-hp Mercury FourStroke.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
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