Justin Ferrell of Key West, Fla. purchased his Sailfish 2360CC after losing his previous boat to Hurricane Irma in 2017. Ferrell is a marine mechanic and has been on, in, and around hundreds of different makes and models. Justin said, “I know quality rigging, layout, and construction at first sight and feel.” After looking at the seating and railing of about 10 boats, Justin knew his Sailfish, GoodTimesKeyWest, was the perfect fit for him and his boating lifestyle.
“The immediate difference was quality and usability. The boat feels heavy, thick, and strong. It has all quality stainless hardware and the boat seems very much ‘overbuilt’ for its class,” said Ferrell.
Justin uses GoodTimesKeyWest almost every day as a fishing charter and he specializes in fun family trips! Ferrell said that the layout of his Sailfish is perfect. “When boat shopping, I knew I needed this: comfortable bow seating, large console head, fresh and raw water rinses, removable transom seating, and a single Yamaha 300,” said Ferrell.
A typical day aboard GoodTimesKeyWest starts with some reef fishing for snapper and grouper. Once the sun hits high noon, Justin breaks out the snorkel gear and they head for the reef south of Key West. If this day doesn’t already sound perfect enough, after a cool snorkeling dip the crew heads off to the islands such as Marvin or Snipes Key.
Ferrell said, “I like to pull the boat right up to the beach and fire up the Magma BBQ for some freshly caught lunch… After a long day of fun in the sun, the kids are finally tired and the crew has enjoyed enough sun for the day and we head back in.”
Justin’s fishing secret is where he puts his guests and the tackle selection. He likes to put the kids in the corner with the chum bag and uses ultralight tackle. “This allows them to have non-stop action with grunts, small snappers, and Bermuda chubs,” said Ferrell.
He then puts the adults midship with heavier setups, fishing with live bait on the bottom. Justin has put over 100 hours on the boat this year alone and continues to run it every single day!