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  1. 6 points
    Hello everyone Brad M invited me to join your forum and help provide some technical help and answers to some of the questions being asked regrading Flash tuning the Yamaha 4.2 litre V6 engines and possibly our Nizpro 450s Supercharger systems. I see Brian from Ft Myers has also come aboard and shared some of his customers results, hi Brian, great to see you posting. I guess after reading this thread I can clearly see a number of questions and comments that need addressing, some I will be able to help with and some are simply peoples differing views about modify factory standard engines. These can never be answered with a right or wrong answer and are simply different people’s views which they are certainly entitled to, all I can do is possibly offer a different perspective. Please let me start with the mechanical side of the discussion. The Yamaha 4.2 litre V6 engine is a very well designed robust and an efficient power plant. All outboard engines work in a very harsh hi duty cycle environment, so there will always be an odd issue with all brands of engine, non are perfect. However Yamaha is at the pointy end of reliability, economy and performance. Some will say that if you want to go fast you must have Mercury. In many ways this is an accurate statement. Mercury for as long as I can remember ( 30 years plus ) have always developed products that are more speed focused, their marketing has always relied on race results to enforced there performance and they have really been the only manufacture that has constantly supported race series ,even to this day. By contrast Yamaha have been very conservative, however this does not mean that they also cannot produce a performance engine. The main problem is if you want to go fast there is simply a very limited range of parts available off the shelf for Yamaha product. Props, steering, 15 inch trunks are all easily obtainable for Mercury, all the other brands up to now there has been virtually nothing available. So if you are focusing on a high speed mono or cats Mercury really has been your choice, your circles of friends have similar boats and engines, it’s all you see, but please be open minded, there are now other options becoming available. This is a hugh benefit for all outboard owners, remember competition breeds innovation. So let’s clear this up once and for all. Are all 4.2 litre 200 though to 300 hp engine s the same? It terms of power output all Yamaha V6 4.2 litre power heads are the same. Yes Offshore have added corrosion protection and larger charge rates. But the rotating assembly and its ability to produce a given Hp number is the same wether it has a 200,225,250 or 300 hp sticker placed on the engine cowl. Yamaha are far from alone in both the automotive and marine industry in producing one engine series while being able to market and sell them at difference power levels. This would now be more common than not. The change in power output is confined to Engine Management Calibration and normally done over a number of different areas within the calibration. Fuel, spark, camshaft timing and throttle opening can all be adjusted to deliver the power and torque curve needed to produce engines of different ratings to suit difference applications at difference consumer price points, while at the exact same design, tooling and manufacturing costs to the manufacture. Typically manufactures will have the model engine that is currently available in its highest power output already developing more power for an upcoming model for later release, with minimal changes required. Of course at some point the same basic architecture has a power limit within the original design scope. So once the above is explained turning a 200 SHO or a 225 offshore into a 300 hp engine has zero impact in reliability, emissions or economy over buying a standard 300 hp engine from Yamaha in the first place. Once you look at it in these terms and then look at our re flashing power outputs we have a 10% increase in output over standard, hardly a reliability breaker when done correctly. Why don’t Yamaha offer a 325 hp version? The answer to this question is purely guess work. Yamaha do have a 275 SHO for their own Japanese market, why don’t we have it? Who knows? Why don’t they offer a 325 Offshore? Maybe they believed it would take sales from their F350 V8. It’s not because of durability of the power head or lower unit. Durability tests can be performed a number of ways. One would be to take the maximum horse power derivative engine of that series and run 1000 hours at full throttle, maximum load at the maximum rated engine speed and see if the engineers got it right. Do this to a number of production samples and if all is successful they are ready for release. Like most manufactures this would be just one of the durability tests performed, or something very similar. Given this above example the same company would not need to test their lower hp models of identical mechanical specification for durability, as they have much lower outputs than the original test engine. So the next question I hear is what durability testing has Nizpro performed on their 332hp tune. From our perspective we have done a similar version of testing as the above example but we have done this using a 450 Supercharged version of the same engine. Using the same engineering reasoning , if the same power unit can survive a durability test at 450 hp then the likely hood of a mechanical rotating assemble failure at 335 hp would be very very low and not to mention odd. While saying that we have also tested the 332 NA tune very well separately. The exact same principle can be carried over the rest of the outboards components including the lower unit. The lower unit gets many mentions regarding how quickly they are going to explode after we install a supercharger to the engine on many forums and social media pages. However that has simply not been our experience. We have actually seen no lower unit failures caused by the add power being added to the engines via Supercharging. All lower units and engines wear out over time, that time can be influenced by servicing or lack thereof, but it terms of failure from increased power we have seen zero. Not a single broken gear or prop shaft. In our own testing running power levels well beyond 500 hp we still have never seen a failure of a standard Yamaha lower unit. I would also like to touch on Brian’s point regarding costs of The Supercharger system and some of its benefits. The Supercharger system has a broad application base, from very high speed bass boats to large centre consul boats. The added upgrades that Brian mentioned can certain be true in the case of a 22 Foot bass boat that with the standard 250 SHO engine is already running 85 mph. Adding the Supercharger system will have this same boat in the low 100 mph bracket. Yes this boat for handling purposes needs added modifications, better steering, lower unit nose cone and so on. Anyone aiming for maximum speed is always going to want to test and purchase the fastest prop also. But this is a little like hotting up your car’s engine and then fitting better brakes, wheels and tyres, very sensible but it’s just the cost of wanting to go fast. On the other hand taking a 50 mph Centre consul boat owner who wants to increase his cruise speed by 8 to 10 MPH while still only wanting to sit on 4000 rpm so his economy is still good and not wanting to rev the hell out of his engine for hours at a time, the installation of the supercharger can be done with no other modifications or upgrades other than a prop change, we all except this is standard procedure when wanting the best performance for an individual application. We have also had installs where the standard engines have been prop’s to 5400 rpm, adding the supercharger allowed 6400 rpm and no prop change was require. So Brian’s point is very valid in as far as the cost consideration is on a case by case application. Now for the warranty question. I have a very different opinion regarding warranty than many, not all but many. Firstly for customers wanting to take their 200 or 225 SHO engines up to a standard Yamaha 250 SHO power rating yes we can simple load a standard 250 HP file into your ECU. At this point all the talk about reliability and so on goes out the window, you now have a standard Yamaha 250 hp calibration., its not aftermarket if factory Yamaha. The same goes for the Offshore 225 and 250 and getting them to 300. We of course offer the 332 hp tune as our standard upgrade with a few rpm limiter options. My comment with warranty is this, people often say I will wait until my warranty runs out, then I will modify my engine, if it then has an issue I will pay for it. This makes no sense to me personally. If you are willing to pay for a problem after the engine runs out of warranty then what really is the difference if you have a problem with a modified engine while it’s in warranty, you’re still going to be paying if an issue arises. But your engine is now 3 years older Ok you’re losing the built in cost that you paid for your warranty at the time of purchase, banking on whatever goes wrong will be fully covered. On the flip side you’re going to drive around for 3 years knowing that the engine you have is capable of so much more. People are so much more patient than me!! If you engines are for commercial purposes and you are changing them every 12 month so they are always covered then fine I get it. But if you are generally serious about modifying when the warranty runs out, then when that day comes you have excepted you’re on your own, at that point life’s short modify now and have some fun. Thanks for having me, hope I’ve helped clear up some of your questions. Simon
  2. 6 points
    Picked up my first Maverick back in April and couldn't be happier. Coming from a 16' Xpress with a tiller, I have enjoyed the versatility of this rig the most. Fished everything from Alabama Lakes to Offshore in South Florida and the HPX never skipped a beat. Looking forward to many more years with her. Here are a few pictures from this summer.
  3. 5 points
    Regardless of who's cup of tea it is or isn't, as you mention Capt. Troy, there's a lot of great info here! I designed and built a 900 h.p small block Chevy for a car that came from the factory with a 150 h.p. and 190 lb. ft. of torque. It was reliable and I drove it daily. Even had a/c and cruise control. I'm not saying I kept the stock transmission, drive shaft, rear end, etc. in it. I built my first maximum effort small block Chevy at age 12, before that I washed parts, lubed bearings, installed lifters or any other small, odd job my dad would allow me to do. He was a professional drag racer and mechanic when I was a kid. I was at home in the pit of the NHRA, with old timers such as Don Garlits, Arnie Beswick (dads close friend), Don Nicholson, Shirley Muldowney, and many more. After that, he worked as a diesel mechanic; this is why I have a hard time blurring the lines with gas and diesel engines. I know both better than most, and have built hundreds of one and thousands of the other. I even pulled a stint at Caterpillar, in their engine dept. for a short period of time. My dad, in his early life, was a machinist at Caterpillar, in Illinois, his bothers too. My uncle went on to own and run his own machine shop (I apprenticed in as a teenager) until his passing in 2000. I've built single cylinder Wisconsin engines for mini pulling tractors (standard garden tractor) on up to 2500-3000 h.p. blown, nitro engines and just about everything in between. I currently work in, no surprise, a manufacturing facility with a full machine shop, but a completely different (more stable/promising) industry. While it doesn't satisfy my urge to build engines, it does satisfy my desire to engineer, produce and make cool stuff. So this seemingly simple (I know it isn't, Simon) tune doesn't concern me in the least. I understand the parameters being changed and what the end result is. Prior to Simon joining this forum, and giving a much more detailed explanation than I ever would have, we communicated via email for a week or so. Simon gave me the graphs, charts, and data I needed to see before I even posted this thread. If I thought it was garbage, I wouldn't have subjected anyone here with mis-information or 'hack' tunes. Once I noticed some interest in his product, I invited Simon here to see the message I had conveyed and he offered to elaborate. I'm glad he did! So, if it's your thing or not, I think anyone interested can extrapolate the information they need to make an educated decision as to if this tune is an option for them or not. Me personally, I wouldn't mind seeing a few MPH more of cruise speed and if I gain 3-4 MPH on top, great! Truth is, just me and 20 gallons of fuel, and all my batteries can see 63 MPH...add a buddy, tackle, beverages and 20 more gallons of fuel, I'm down to 58-59. I'd simply like to be back at 63-64 when loaded. That's all. I see my same hull with a 300 can run around 65 MPH with gear, that's all I want. Do I need it? Nope....I also don't need a 23 HPS, but I have one. I appreciate everyone's participation in this thread and hope that those who got banned find their way back in time. Tight lines and be safe!
  4. 5 points
    Some may have seen my thread on where to get the OEM SS cable replacements as I had one break. While that Q was answered there were a few other suggestions for alternatives So I was going to order the cables and took the other off to measure it and noted the rust and crud on it and noted it was about to break as well. Im normally not a cheap a** when it comes to the pathy but I just wasnt willing to pay what they wanted for something that was going to corrode and sure to break. I tried the parachute cord and it worked ok but had to shorten the length to account for the stretch once it took the weight of the lid. Wanted something without stretch and thought the mono Idea might work as it was suggested by JohnD but wasnt sure about the crimp on ends. I got to looking around and had some 10-12 ga wire ring terminals that were pretty HD. Found some 500lb mono at a local shop that easily fit into the ring term. So I melted the ends to mushroom it for insurance and crimped them on.... wouldnt you know they work perfectly zero stretch and will never rust! Another huge benefit to me was being able to make them to the length I wanted as I didnt care for how far the OEM cables had them open. Made mine to 12.125" CTC opening of the ring terminals.
  5. 4 points
    I posted a brief report in the Texas & Gulf Coast section about a recent fishing trip to Venice, LA. Thought I'd post a few details here in case anyone was considering a trip to that area. We arrived last Friday and stayed in the Miss Fortune (house boat) at the Venice Marina. Great little place that can handle two boats tied up to the dock. It has two bedrooms (one with twin beds and one with two bunk beds for a total of 6 twin size beds) plus a couch and lazy boy. Dish TV, washer/dryer, kitchen, deep freeze and ice maker outside. Everything you need to show up and fish and not have to leave the cabin. Water level at Nola was at 11 and they said it is usually at 4 which means they had a ton of water in the river which was Very Muddy. We couldn't find clean water and struggled to find fish on Friday. Got up Saturday morning and made the almost 40 mile run to the mouth of the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi. Not a bad run except for having to deal with the chop from the ships. We fished the jetty rocks for a while and finally moved over to a tower to see if there was anything on the structure. We got into school of Bull Reds and were hooked up for a few hours catching All over slot reds (slot = 16-27). We were catching reds anywhere from 8lbs to 40lbs. When the bite got a little slow we moved around and wasted a few hours and came back to the hot spot and were back on the Reds. Got tired and decided to make the run back to the cabin to clean fish, have the marina grill prepare them and watch the Cats and the Bulldogs. One of our crew had to leave on Sun so we had breakfast with him and just fished around the Marina. It was muddy and busy so we called it a day and watched Tiger get back in the winners circle. Our other boat went to the South Pass and battled a nasty storm but also found some fish there. Nothing like at the SW Pass. Got back up early Monday morning and took off to the SW Pass. We were using a new Ultrex TM and new Hbird 360 sonar with a Helix 12. This was the first time we used the Hbird products so we were learning but found the the 360 is everything it has been blown up to be. We trolled around the area we found them before until we saw them on the 360. As soon as we did we hit spot lock and started fishing. We had a triple right off the bat. Called the other boat over and they hooked a double immediately. After 6 solid hours of not moving from the original spot, the fish finally disappeared from the 360 screen and we said enough. Over dinner at the Marina Grill, we tried to wrap our minds around what just happened. We knew that it was a story that only people who have run into a school of bull reds could believe. There must have been hundreds of Bulls in that school. We believe each boat landed a minimum of 100 reds. Weight was probably an average of 15 lbs with a dozen or more in the low 20s, half a dozen over 30 and two over 40. With 3 guys in our boat, we were guessing we were at 120 fish. That puts our total weight landed just under 1 ton. Crazy. That doesn't include those we lost or broke off. Caught a few sharks on the other side of the river but in this Bull Red school we only caught Reds. We tried a few different baits. Our go to 1/2oz jigs and spinner baits with the cocahoe minnow paddle tails did okay but the majority of the fish came off the bottom in 18' of water using a 1oz jig in a really swift current. Our boat ended up coming home 2 days early because we knew we couldn't top what we did on Monday and we all had business we needed to get back to. I'd definitely recommend this trip to anyone. It really is fairly easy to find them with the right equipment. We didn't have much luck in the spillways and channels but out at the mouth of the rivers you can find them. There are several places to stay and the boat we stayed on is perfect for two boats and/or 6 people. The ship store/grill/fuel pumps are a 2 minute boat ride and a 2 minute walk from about anywhere in the marina. The restaurant is decent. They will fry or blacken your catch. Both are great. Or you can cook at the cabin. Ours had some of those turkey fryers. You may need your own fuel. Highly recommended trip!
  6. 4 points
    Kent got some good shots! https://galleries.maverickboatgroup.com/2018-MBG-Islamorada-Owners-Tournament/ Skip
  7. 4 points
    Got it last April. Love it
  8. 3 points
    Dale.... your doing it wrong.... take it to a shop tell them what to do, write check thank me later lol
  9. 3 points
    Whatever you tie your better pull it to the point of breaking the line. Stuff can unravel it's self if you don't. Tied a lot of knots for Tarpon leaders in 80 and 90 lb Seagar. I have done damage to myself pulling so hard. Wet and pull and make sure the knot comes together and looks right when finished. If it doesn't roll together or looks funny do it again.
  10. 3 points
    Unfortunately I am selling my 2013 Maverick HPX 18. I have included some details below. This boat has always been covered and stored under a covered boat dock. We moved to Midland, Texas from south Louisiana where I have been fishing for the last 10 plus years. Not a lot of sight fishing in West Texas. Believe I have 120 hours on boat. Maverick HPX V 18 Yamaha F115 with Pro Series prop Seafoam green with two tone deck package Casting platform Poling platform Tilt Steering 35 gallon tank HDS7 Lorance Gen 2 HD Consol rod rack Powder coated black on all stainless aluminum platforms Minkota RT80 x 52” I-Pilot (re-moveable system) – 24 volt Power pole 8’ (black) with remote Live well and bubbler and recirculating pump 6” hydraulic jackplate Swinging tongue on trailer along with aluminum mag wheels – Ameratrail customer trailer Clear title Asking $38k Contact me at 337-552-7755 if interested Pat Price
  11. 3 points
    Towed the 2200 TRS down to the Pan Handle looking for some sun and sand. Found both, plus some wildlife... Big thank you to Bamaskeet for providing some great "local knowledge" about where to look for wildlife.
  12. 3 points
    Venice Marina from the front porch of the Miss Fortune.
  13. 2 points
    I like the tennis balls on the bracket. I'm sure the boat cover loves them too!
  14. 2 points
  15. 2 points
    Ever hear the story of the guy who got stuck in the front hatch of his pathfinder? I was looking to get my trolling motor wires from the console forward. Stuck my head in and thought if I put my shoulders in I could have a good look around. Well I did then realized ther was no way to push myself up and out of the anchor locker. Thankfully my 9 year old was with me and called family for help.. my brother in law had to get my legs up and lift me straight up and out. Yes it gets brought up a few times a year for a laugh.
  16. 2 points
    Don't forget the straw! Hardly enough room to tilt the can up even in a Pathfinder console. Disclaimer....if you live in CA please forgive me for advising the use of a straw!
  17. 2 points
    Between this post and the Nizpro I know why your in law school. Target rich environment. Just kidding again and LOL. You will have nothing for me soon. Gonna supercharge my SHO on the Maverick. Gonna have Power Tech build me a OFX 30 pitch 5 blade ported and put cushioned seating in my live well. The heck with my passengers, just don't hurt my bait.
  18. 2 points
    I have never owned a Rolls but when I think of my Ameri Trail i brings to mind the football chant ....OVER,,,,RATED.....OVER,,,RATED!! i have owned magic tilts that held up better than my Ameri trail.
  19. 2 points
    Certain posts have been deleted from this thread and one member has been banned! Everyone please be civil! This thread was initiated to provide technical information on performance enhancement! It is okay to discuss, agree, disagree, but no personal attacks or lack of civility will be tolerated. Thank you!! MOD2
  20. 2 points
    Added a back cushion to my console on my MA18 today.
  21. 2 points
    Even the redfish can't help but stare at such a good looking boat.
  22. 2 points
    Well,,,,, this got weird!
  23. 2 points
    There are a lot of knots mentioned above and they all work, the best knot for you is the one you can tie well. Doug
  24. 2 points
    The ECU Tune is what is $700. We download the new tune and you're on your way. This is what's going to cost big bucks!
  25. 2 points
    i Can see this thread is going to cost me money. More real world numbers on the type boats we run than I have seen before. My 200 SHO on a 2200 TRS is almost apples to apples with what they tested.
  26. 2 points
    This may help answer a couple of questions about the ECU tune. The F225, F250, F300, VF200 SHO, VF225 SHO, and VF250 SHO are all 4.2L motors, they're all the same block. The difference between the F series (Offshore) and the VF series (SHO) is simply the mapping in the ECU. The difference being the SHO is designed to give better hole shot and mid range power for the more high performance bass boat/inshore boats. If you do a comparison on the Yamaha Outboards website you can see everything else is almost identical. We have done several Nizpro Marine Supercharger installs as well as several ECU Flashes. Here is our experience with both; ECU flashes- I really wanted to see what the difference would be, so the first one we did was a 2014 22 TE Pathfinder with a VF200 SHO with an OFX 4 blade Power Tech Prop (I don't remember the pitch). The customer wanted to get the flash but didn't want to spend another $500 on a prop. Before the flash, he was getting 49-50 mph with good hole shot. After we flashed the ECU, the customer and I took the boat to the water. I had the customer drive the boat to see what his reaction would be. When he hit the throttle, I said holy $hit under my breath, after we just got on plane at cruise, he said "unbelievable." I then took over the wheel and wanted to run it up to full throttle trimming it out. I easily got the rpm's up to 6300 rpm 59 mph. We ran it up and down the river several times and he was happy. The ECU flash also raises the rev limiter on the SHO to 6400 or 7000. The F series motor goes to 6600. Why these numbers were chosen, that's a question for the Nizpro guys. The next flash we did was on a 23 HPS with a F300. The customer is a competitive tournament fisherman, spent a ton of time propping it just perfect, etc. After the flash, the customer said he gained about 2 mph and it ran the rpms up about 400. He was happy with that as we told the customer not to expect a crazy gain. We Flashed a 2002 22 Pathfinder with a VF 225 SHO, the guy is trying to prop it perfectly but is getting 64 mph out of it now, and still gaining. This one impressed me, and is the one on the Nizpro Facebook Page. Full disclosure, we have a couple more boats out there with different reports. 20 Lake and Bay, VF 250 SHO, very experienced, no additional top end 71mph at 6100 RPM, more mid range power. 22 Shearwater with 250 SHO, The dad has not driven the boat yet, the son has and says there is no change. We used our 300 test ECU on an older Hydra Sports 23 and the customer said there was no gain. I think some boats just won't go any faster without a significant HP increase. My personal 2014 Pathfinder 2600 tower boat, propped with a Turbo 4 blade 19. This was a challenge propping this boat as at the time there was not a lot of data out there with the tower. After all the testing, I chose this prop for the high cruise speed of 40 mph at 4000 rpm, getting 3 mpg. I couldn't believe how efficient and fast it was at cruise, however I sacrificed higher top end (upper 50's with 3 blade merc prop), and I could only turn 5200 RPM . I was totally ok with this. I flashed my ECU and ran it solo with a full tank of fuel. I got the boat up to 5500 rpm and 54 mph trimmed out. I don't often run it this hard, soooo, was there difference, I wasn't confident enough to say yes, but maybe. A couple days later, I ran the boat in a tournament, jumping up on plane, running full throttle, etc... Not even thinking about the tune, Now I noticed the difference. The throttle is much more responsive and I hit the 54 mph 5500 rpm easily, and quicker. It is very hard to give accurate information based on what people tell me about the speed of boats. Everyone and I mean everyone runs their boats differently. Touch the jack plate or trim for a second, run 87 instead of 89 fuel, or 89 instead of 90 rec fuel, batteries forward, batteries back, props, nicked props, etc.. and everything changes.... So, is it worth it, for $700, yes. The Nizpro supercharger. Is it going to cost you the advertised price, I doubt it. What about reliability, don't really know yet. Are we and the customers having some serious fun with them, absolutely! Basically, you have to have some disposable income to add whatever the motor needs after it's on. For example, 10 hours in prop testing, lower unit modifications, maybe power assist steering, solid motor mounts? There are a lot of variables that go into one of these. I tell everyone to plan on 15K and hope it comes in lower, it may come in more? This unit is definitely not a tinker toy with a lot of research and development going into it. Bryan
  27. 2 points
    Sunset on Lake Keowee yesterday.
  28. 2 points
    Thanks 🙏 guys Someone told me that if you want to know who really loves you, lock your spouse and your dog in the trunk of your car. Come back an hour later, open the trunk and see who’s happy to see you !!
  29. 2 points
    Firstly, I have to thank the Deal family, Skip, Charlie and Kent for all the work that it took to make this Tournament happen again. They did all the background work to throw a three-day party for 135 people ! The sponsors kept the Tournament costs down for the families and supplied 45 minutes worth of incredible raffle prizes. It is great that a 10" Mangrove Snapper catch can be the raffle ticket that wins a Powerpole Blade system, Engle coolers and tumblers, Costa sunglasses or a Shimano inshore rod.. Other prizes by Yamaha, CCA, local restaurants.. and more. The weather was windy, with some impressive squalls passing by.. The breakwater around the Breezy Palms' marina kept the boats protected. It is a great venue. My son and I had such a good time, even though the fishing was tough. It was great seeing all our old friends again and meeting new friends. Marc p.s. Rick Weider is a pretty good dancer. He scuffed up the dock past midnight on Saturday..
  30. 2 points
    And we only have 358 days until the next one...
  31. 2 points
    I have a 9 year old that is obsessed with fishing. I created a monster by teaching him to read the wind, tides and weather. He'll check when he gets home and then start texting me asking if I can leave work early to go fishing. Yesterday it was "Can we fish today pleassssssssssssssse". Me "not today buddy, sorry". Him "the weather is going to move past us, I can see it pleasssssssse". There's nothing better than coming home and hitting the water with him for 2 hours before dark on a work day. Right now we do it in a gheenoe so we can just roll out and go. The Pathfinder takes much more prep work, clean up and back to storage to fish during the week. Then there are evenings where my 80 yr old Dad just wants to ride along and watch. So I just need to keep in mind I'm really just trying to have a more stable and safe ride than a gheenoe. I launch and run 2 miles, fish in the creeks and real skinny areas where we are throwing top waters for snook. Dad comes and sits still in the middle and just enjoys the company. It's awesome memories. Of course, I convinced my wife that the only option to replace the gheenoe is one of Maverick's finest skiffs. My tastes were a little above my approved budget it seems. I'm back to thinking I jump on that sweet Tailfisher for sale, continue to pick my days and launch points and fish the heck out of it with my son while he still wants to fish with me for the next few years. Maybe upgrade to an HPX down the road.
  32. 2 points
    I'm guessing you all already know this, but that Battery Tender plug connection for your trolling motor is far, far superior to the Marinco plug. I finally replaced my Marinco plug setup (which I might add never failed in 10 years or use), and I suspect I will never replace it again. It is solid, has a far superior connection to the wiring and is is quick and easy to connect and disconnect. It's kind of like comparing a Yeti cooler to an Igloo cooler. Both work, but one just works better
  33. 2 points
    Always an awesome time that many of us look forward to all year. Thanks MBG, Yamaha, Powerpole and all the other sponsors supporting this OT. Many thanks to Larry and his crew at the Breezy for always taking care of us.
  34. 2 points
    I've owned a 99 MA17 for many years, extremely dry hull. The times I've fished in an Action Craft I always got sprayed, even on good days. I've also fished out of very old Mirages which were dryer than the larger ACs. The MA 18.5 is a very nice skiff. Hands down hold out for a Maverick! Like they say, test each one and "let the ride decide".
  35. 2 points
    THANK YOU MBG for another great year at the Breezy. It was great see everyone once again!
  36. 2 points
    I owned an 07' HPXV and it had a very good ride in a chop, easy to pole, and got into very skinny water. The only thing I hated about it was how tippy it was. I will never forget my wife's face when she first stepped off the dock on to it and felt that tilt. When you are on the poling tower you need to be solidly planted a stiff gust or a novice guy up at the front who makes a sudden move and you could be qualifying for the olympic dive team...just saying. Everything with boats is a give and take, it just depends on what you are willing to give up in the pursuit of your passion.
  37. 2 points
    Been offering the Grey for a year or so now, I happen to really like it... Skip
  38. 2 points
    All good advise here. The 21's especially older ones have issues with the 5lb putty falling apart between the floor supports and the floor. The signs are stress cracks or slight raised area on the cockpit floor (in front and behind the console). Also check the knees that connect stringers to the transom. Check all around the transom for cracking or signs of separation / delamination. There is a lot of plumbing that goes into these boats with three livewells. Turn everything on and stick your head in the bilge with a flashlight and look around. I'd also take a look at all the 19 year old wiring. Try every switch and use the ones that don't work as negotiation tool. Hard to inspect a bottom with bottom paint but I would still crawl under it and look for any signs of damage, hard hits to trailer or dock, hard beaches etc. Look for cracking around the chines and running pad. OX66 is a great combo for that rig. Spark, compression, fuel and make sure gear case spins with no noise and no wobble in the prop shaft. If there is no bearing noise when rotated by hand and it shifts in and out smoothly, there really isn't a need to check his gearlube (IMO), just change it along with all seals after you buy it.
  39. 2 points
    Just went over Laurie's photographs, she clearly has the best one of the week!
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  41. 2 points
    Finally got back Monday night. We were incredibly fortunate, no damage other than a few missing shingles, no flooding, and no trees down. Place looks like a warzone though, so much debris it is staggering. The two lane road into our 'hood is now a one lane road due to the massive piles of trees and brush. Glad to be back home.
  42. 2 points
    Here you go guys. Came with the Redfisher i just bought. Enjoy
  43. 2 points
    Had a project done that I've been meaning to get around to ever since I bought my boat. Over the years wiring in the console had turned into quite a mess. I didn't think my 2004 Pathfinder needed a full rewire job. I was was able to work with St. Marks Pro Marine in St. Marks, FL to get everything squared away. It will be much easier to track down future issues with neat and labeled wiring. Here's some before and after pics.
  44. 2 points
    Now that I have the RPM's where they should be it has made a huge difference. Took her out 8 miles offshore Saturday and got her skinny on Sunday. Very impressed with the capabilities of this boat.
  45. 2 points
    Fished Chokoloskee South down towards Pavillion, Chatham and points in between. Rat reds everywhere.....my buddy and I caught at least 35-40 of the little guys....when you find a school, they pile on the shrimp..... dozen or so of snook, one to 25 inches....a nice flounder, a few trout, and catfish, catfish, catfish.. Couldn't find a slot red all day....ugggh.... Strong tide and full moon....but, enjoyed the day...off the water by115PM....nice day. Finger mullet everywhere had some fun throwing into the schools when they were getting smashed and found some nice underslot snooklets.... DC
  46. 2 points
  47. 2 points
    My 2003 MA17 that I bought this weekend...
  48. 2 points
    Finally getting around to posting some pictures! Thanks again whichwaysup for all the help.
  49. 1 point
    Welp, drove up to Tampa yesterday afternoon to take a look at a 21 MA and guess what... It magically hooked itsself up to my truck and followed me home Seriously though, im very happy with my purchase. Its a 2000 with a 2000 ox66 vmax 225. Came with a used-3-times Rocket aluminum double axle trailer too. It needs a little bit of work, but the engine is mechanically sound and it looks as if the stringers have already been done (current owner didnt know what PO did) The stringers go all the way back to knees on the transom, which wasnt factory if I have read correctly. The work it needs - Trim tab actuators are dead, and I cant for the life of me figure out how to get the pin from the top of the actuator out to replace them... Needs rewired nav lights, bilge pump, livewell pumps. Will need new batteries in the near future, current ones are going on 5 years old I believe. Opinions on AGM vs lead? Prop needs to be reworked - or repropped... Havent been able to trim out at WOT due to the trim tabs being stuck down, but I believe this prop will do for the time being. What are some of your favorite things youve added to your MA's? IMG_0626.HEIC
  50. 1 point
    100% CAMP TIME YOLO 🇺🇸☠️🥃
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