If you've been following the show you've heard I'm changing up boats this year. Going with the Key West 230 Bay Reef to fish the Lady Bass Angler Association Tournaments, take Freedom Boat Club members out to fish, and more! While I absolutely loved my Qwest Pontoon, and will more than likely add a pontoon back into the mix down the road, I'm really excited about the opportunity to change things up and experience fishing from a center console.
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Key West Headquarters located not in Key West, FL, but in Ridgeville, SC (which was a whole lot closer of a drive from Nashville, TN than it would have been to Key West!). It was amazing to see how these unsinkable boats are constructed. At the end of the tour, we met our very own 230 Bay Reef and she is a beauty!
From there we took her out on a local pond for a test run and got to see what she can do with that Yamaha 250 VMAX SHO pairing. Let me tell you, it takes off like a dream! I cannot wait for the rigging to get finished up at The Boat Locker in Nashville and to get her back out on the water!
From there, I went back to the brand new Key West offices and sat down with Mike and Tom Marlowe to talk a little bit about Key West Boats, the 230 Bay Reef, and more.
Side note: Follow Mike Marlowe as he embarks on the 2021 Skiff Challenge supporting Captains for Clean Water. This year, five boat companies will put their 18-foot skiffs and best teams to the ultimate endurance test, circumnavigating the 1,300 mile Florida peninsula in nearshore waters from state line to state line.
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