Yes, you need the ignition key to start the boat. All models will have a removable ignition key. Its purpose is for safety and security. The key should be inserted prior to starting an outing, and removed at the conclusion. This is intended to prevent theft or unapproved use of the boat.
The process for starting the boat is:
– Insert the key and turn…this turns ON the electrical system and prompts the battery(ies) to
– Momentarily press the ENGINE START-STOP button