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Key Largo 2486 WA (2016-)(COMPANY IS CLOSED)

1 x 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O.

Brief Summary

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.

Key Features

  • Euro-style windshield
  • Walk in cabin
  • Trim tabs
  • Hydraulic steering
  • Leaning post with cushion
  • Wide cockpit with 2 aerated livewells
  • Built-in tackle box
  • 2 captain's seats
  • Rod holders
  • Radio box

Test Results

800 4.5 3.9 0.4 11.13 9.67 1302 1132 71
1000 6.2 5.4 0.75 8.27 7.19 967 841 72
1500 7.4 6.4 1.7 4.32 3.76 506 440 81
2000 8.7 7.6 3.95 2.2 1.92 258 224 75
2500 10.8 9.4 5.55 1.95 1.69 228 198 81
3000 13 11.3 6.7 1.94 1.69 227 197 81
3500 25.6 22.3 8.25 3.1 2.7 363 316 81
4000 34.4 29.9 10.75 3.2 2.78 374 326 80
4500 38.9 33.8 13.3 2.92 2.54 342 298 81
5000 43.5 37.8 16.75 2.59 2.26 304 264 84
5500 49.5 43 22.35 2.21 1.93 259 225 86


Length Overall 25' 1'' / 7.65 m
Beam 102''
2.59 m
Dry Weight 4,650 lbs.
10,251 kg
Tested Weight 5,370 lbs.
2,436 kg
Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance N/A
Person Capacity 12
Fuel Capacity 130 gal.
492 L
Water Capacity N/A
Total Weight 5,370 lbs.
2,436 kg


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Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 4.8 sec.
0 to 30 8.1 sec.
Ratio 1.85:1
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

Engine Options

Tested Engine 1 x 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O.
Std. Power Not Available
Opt. Power Not Available

Captain's Report

Key Largo 2486 WA running shot

The new walkaround model from Key Largo measures 25’1” (7.65 m) overall with an 8’6” (2.59 m) beam.


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.

Features Inspection

The Stern

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.

The cockpit

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.

Key Largo 2486 WA swim platform

The swim platform has space for hauling in a fish or for climbing aboard after a tube ride. Because the Evinrude E-TEC’s steering is internal, the swim platform is not encumbered by external gear.

Key Largo 2486 WA step

To port in the cockpit, it’s an easy step up to the passageway to the platform.

Key Largo 2486 WA cockpit

The cockpit has open space for fishing and notice the bolster panels and toe rails.

Key Largo 2486 WA livewell

In the center of the aft deck, the 25-gallon livewell is aerated and it drains.

Key Largo 2486 WA hatch

This hatch next to the livewell covers the sink that will come in handy for bait prep and cleanup.

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.

Key Largo 2486 WA locker

Having this hatch hinged in the center with pulls on each side makes it easier to use.

Key Largo 2486 WA fish box

The opening for the fishbox has deep scuppers with dual drains to rid the decks of water quickly.

Key Largo 2486 WA tackle

Tackle drawers can store in this locking compartment in the base of the passageway step.

Key Largo 2486 WA hatches

These two hatches in the stern provide access to the freshwater tank, fuel-water separator and other equipment.

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.

Key Largo 2486 WA windshield

The full height windshield and console sides that extend aft past the bucket seats will provide good protection from the elements during a run to offshore fishing grounds.

Key Largo 2486 WA lockers

These lockers beneath the jump seats provide added storage capacity.

The Helm.

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.

Key Largo 2486 WA helm

The helm has the accessory switches in a row above the wheel and note that the horn button all the way to the right is red to make it easier to find.

Key Largo 2486 WA display

The multi-function Evinrude ICON instrument provides all the engine information on a single screen.

Key Largo 2486 WA electronics box

The hatch for the electronics box opens on tension hinges, eliminating the need for anything to hold it up.

Key Largo 2486 WA digital shift and throttle

The digital shift and throttle control has the trim button in the handle.

Key Largo 2486 WA helm seat

There’s enough space at the helm for a driver to stand in front of the seat.

Key Largo 2486 WA battery

The battery is in this compartment outboard to port between the companion seat and cabin entry door.

The Bow

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.

Key Largo 2486 WA passageway

Our test captain made his way forward on the 10”-wide passageway. Bulwarks are 9”-tall.

Key Largo 2486 WA seat cushion

This small cushion snaps in place on the front of the cabin deck.

Key Largo 2486 WA foredeck

Instead of using a hatch in the foredeck for the anchor locker, Key Largo chose a stainless-steel hawse pipe and a vertically installed hatch just aft in the cockpit.

The Cabin

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.

Key Largo 2486 WA door

The two-piece door makes it easy for an average-sized adult to step into the cabin.

Key Largo 2486 WA v berth

The V-berth has space for a couple to spend the night aboard.

Key Largo 2486 WA head space

To make the cabin more accommodating, there’s this dedicated space for a portable head.

Key Largo 2486 WA sink

The molded sink and pedestal give owners a place to wash up before turning in.

Key Largo 2486 WA hatch

The overhead deck hatch lets in natural light during the day and fresh air at night.

Key Largo 2486 WA ports

This is one of two screened ports that will create cross ventilation. The hatch provides access to the helm rigging and the head for the upgraded stereo is alongside.


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.

Best cruise

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.

Key Largo 2486 WA running shot

In flat conditions, the 2486 WA will undoubtedly top 50 mph with the Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O. engine.


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 2486 WA running shot

The 2486 WA handled bay chop with ease and she can carve turns like a runabout.


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.


• $67,691 with an Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 outboard.

Available Options

• T-top with canvas

• Full canvas enclosure

• Compass

• Depth finder

• Hardtop with electronics box

• Premium AM/FM/CD stereo

• Tandem-axle trailer


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.