The Key Largo 2486 WA produced impressive performance in our test runs considering that she was powered by a single Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O. outboard. "H.O." stands for "High Output" which in this case means she produces something like 275-hp at wide-open-throttle. She got on plane in 4.8 seconds, reached 30 mph in 8.1 seconds and topped out at 49.5 mph, turning an RX4 4-blade 15 x 18 stainless steel propeller. She draws around 20'' (.51 m), making her suitable for bay and lake fishing as well as offshore work.
|Length Overall||25' 1'' / 7.65 m|
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||4.8 sec.|
|0 to 30||8.1 sec.|
|Props||RX4 15 x 18 4-blade ss|
|Load||2 persons, 1/3 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||60 deg., 81 humid.; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: calm|
1 x 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O.
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Key Largo designed the 2486 WA to be a trailerable fishing boat with space for a couple to sleep below decks. Powered with an Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O. outboard, she’s economical to own and operate and she has the power to pull the kids on a tube when family duty calls.
Like all offshore boats with a closed foredeck she provides a strong measure when offshore in challenging conditions.
With the stainless marine outboard bracket’s built-in swim platform, boarding the 2486 WA is easiest done at the stern. There’s a passageway to the cockpit to port that can also be opened when hauling in a big fish. The wide, uncluttered swim platform also provides a good place to launch watersports activities when the boat is in “family” mode.
measures 6’7” (2 m) across and 4’ (1.2 m) from the leaning post to the stern and has 27” (68.8 cm) of freeboard. In the stern to starboard is a 25-gallon (95.6-L) aerated livewell beneath an acrylic hatch that opens on a snap spring. A smaller hatch opens a sink with a pull-up faucet. Just ahead, a two-person bench seat folds out of way when not in use. Rod holders with flip-top covers are in the 9” (22.9 cm)-wide caprail.
Cockpit Storage and Access.
Outboard on each side, the cockpit has racks in the gunwales for storing rods or landing gear. In the center of the cockpit sole, a removable hinged hatch opens a large fishbox. There’s a small lockable compartment in the base of the passageway to the swim platform that is designed to hold tackle trays. Pull the removable bench seat out of the way and two hatches in stern provide access to the livewell pump and sink plumbing.
The Helm Area.
The 2486 WA’s seating area and helm station are on the same level as the cockpit. Two molded fiberglass bases have aft-facing jump seats with storage beneath the hinged cushions. Forward are pedestal-mounted seats for the captain and companion. The bases for these seats are plastic with the removable backrests and bottom cushions are optional.
The 2486 WA’s helm is arranged with the Evinrude ICON screen just ahead of the stainless steel steering wheel. The steering wheel on our test boat was centered on the console, however, center and side steering is offered as an option. Accessory switches that light when activated are on each side of the engine-monitoring screen. The digital shift/throttle controls are on the starboard gunwale and there’s a cup holder just below. Up top is an electronics box.
Two steps outboard of the helm seats on each side lead up to the 2486 WA’s bow area. There are stainless steel rails outboard on each side and the optional T-top provide convenient hand holds for crew members that are headed forward. On deck, there’s a small cushion that snaps into a recess just ahead of the cabin hatch.
The foredeck has a hawse pipe and a single cleat for securing the rode and on the bow there’s a pulpit with an anchor roller. A hatch inside the bulwark, instead of being on the deck, provides access to the anchor locker and does a good job of keeping water out of the anchor locker.
Ahead of the companion’s seat, the two-piece cabin hatch has a top section that raises up on gas struts and the lower half opens outboard to port. Below decks, V-shaped benches fill in with a center cushion to create a berth that measures 5’10” (177.7 cm) long and has 3’8” (111.9 cm) of seated headroom.
Aft to starboard there’s a molded space sized for a portable head and above is an access panel for the helm rigging. To port is a sink. There are two screened portals and an overhead deck hatch.
Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O. Engine
The Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O. is probably the most technically advanced outboard engine on the market in class. In a nutshell, this 3.4 L engine provides best-in-class fuel economy, even compared to 4-strokes, with 2-stroke torque at the low and mid RPM ranges. Its strongest suit, however, is its low-maintenance design. With its clean Dual Axis Rigging System, integrated Dynamic Power Steering, additional and larger anodes regularly schedule 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.
Running The Numbers.
For our test, the 2486 WA weighed in at an even 5,000 lbs. (2,268 kg). We ran the boat with a 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O. turning a 15 x 18 four-blade stainless steel propeller through a 1.85:1 reduction. Top speed was 49.5 mph (43.04 knots) at 5500 rpm.
came at 4000 rpm where the boat ran 34.4 mph (29.9 knots) and burned 10.75 gph (40.7 lph), giving the 2486 WA a maximum range of 374 statute miles with 10% of the boat’s 130-gallon (492-L) fuel capacity in reserve.
In acceleration tests
, the boat planed in 4.8 seconds and continued to 20 mph in 5.6 seconds and to 30 mph in 8.1 seconds.
The stainless marine outboard motor bracket benefits the 2486 WA’s ride in two ways. First, it positions the Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O. 26” (66 cm) abaft the boat’s transom, which gives the motor better trim influence on the boat. Second, the bottom of the bracket has a V-shape so that it extends the boat’s running surface, giving it a better rough-water ride.
In turns, the 2486 WA stayed on track through sweeping arcs and felt nimble and sure-footed when we whipped her through slalom turns.
Key Largo builds the 2486 WA wood free with a solid fiberglass bottom and Coremat coring material in the hullsides and deck. The hull and deck joint is mechanically and chemically fastened with through bolts and Plexus adhesive. Stringers are molded fiberglass and foam filled and the transom is cored with a composite similar to Penske board.
The Key Largo 2486 WA is designated primarily for fishing, but she will also be asked to pull the kids tubing and to take the in-laws for a sunset cruise. With the 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboard, she has plenty of power for pulling and she should be economical to run for a family cruise to the local sandbar.
With a dry weight of 4,650 lbs. (10,251 kg) and with an 8’6” (2.59 m) beam, the 2486 WA will draw plenty of interest from owners who want to tow her and a tandem-axle trailer is an available option.
This is one of the least expensive boats this size in class. As such, she obviously has a carefully selected list of material and equipment to keep the price down. All of the amenities provided are basic. From stem to transom she was designed to be a low-cost build, but that does not mean that she can’t provide years of faithful service. Fiberglass is an incredible material and the Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O. does not require dealer service for 5 years.