Rebuilding a Key West 1720.
On January 4th if this year, I found a little 1720 that needed love, in Oklahoma City. The price was right because they couldn't see the possibilities that a little TLC could provide.
The boat was a 1999 Key West,1720. She had a 1999 Yamaha 90hp with 110 pounds of compression across all three cylinders, ran good and shifted into forward and reverse, just fine. I brought her home that night.
She was ok but the windshield was missing, had rod holder basses mounted everywhere and the trolling motor was shot.
I decided to paint her to match my 2015 Key West 230BR. So in the shed she went.
After paint, I installed a new rub rail and I put on a new windshield along with new, LED bow and stern lights. Moved the trolling motor battery up under the console, installed a new horn and horn button, pulled new trolling motor wire, added a new tm 12 volt outlet and got all the pumps and electrical working as they should
At this point, I decided to change out the perfectly running Yamaha 90 and I had Rockwall Marine install a brand new 90 hp Evenrude E-tec. (Thanks Tommy) My reasoning for this upgrade was that I am giving this skiff to my 21 yr old son, who goes to school at Texas A&M Maritime academy in Galveston and I wanted to feel sure he would be able to get back to the dock without problems. And my nephew, Paul Matlock, will be fishing this boat during the summer months at Cedar Creek and other area lakes for striper and hybrids
Tuesday of this week, I got the logo and letters on and all I'm waiting on is the new Riptide to get here, tomorrow so he can come and get her, this weekend.
I hope he enjoys this little rig, while at school and for many years to come.
Oh, I forgot to mention. Sea trials this past Saturday, on fresh water:
Two men at 215 pounds each
One 14 yr old at maybe 120 lbs
32 gallons of fresh fuel
15" Viper prop
20 mph wind
We got about 38 mph at 5500 RPM's
Jumped up pretty quick but I may put trim tabs to get her up faster