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  1. 10 points
    I just wanted to relate my Friday with my two grandsons, one 12 and one 15. They visited us last week on spring break and Friday I talked them into a little fishing less their cell phones. We got up early to a beautiful morning, flat calm and jumped in the Maverick and drifted a couple of flats. Stopped to watch the dolphins feeding on the way and our resident eagle fishing. We didn't see another boat or even a kayak. It was just us. They caught some fish and we headed home middle afternoon. When we got home the Admiral said "I am not cooking" so we jumped back into the Pathfinder, headed north to Captains BBQ in Palm Coast where Capt Chris Herrera feed us some great food. Headed home with the sun going down in a beautiful sunset with the boys stretched out on the fore deck watching. When we got home the boys came to me and said "Papa, we had a great day". What more could you ask for? PS: They didn't access their phones all day!
  2. 7 points
    Well, after a year of planning, preparing and searching, we pulled the trigger on a 2018, 23' HPS. The wife fell in love with this boat at the Jacksonville show, back in January. It's been a busy weekend. I took a deposit on my 1900v last week, picked up the 23 yesterday, and sent off the 19 this morning; bitter sweet. I know we all love pics, but this is all I have for now.
  3. 6 points
    This past weekend! My son and a 38 inch Snook!
  4. 5 points
    Towed the boat down to Central Florida last week. Stopped to see Ray and the crew in Ft Pierce for a fix to the rigging tube issue. They are the best! Got me in and out in a short time in the morning and they even washed the boat when they finished! Not only the best boats in the world but best customer service as well. Spent a few days near Lake Wales in the Kissimmee River and Lake Kissimmee. This is home to the endangered Snail Kite, a beautiful bird... We took great care to stay away from the nests so as not to disturb them. Couple of Sandhill Cranes on the river bank. On to Blue Cypress Lake (the headwaters of the St Johns River). Over 500 Osprey live here. Then to Deland and the St Johns River and side creeks... Little Blue Heron, white phase, just starting to turn adult blue. Here is the result on his older buddy... Green Heron Red Shoulder Hawk and the usual Florida welcoming committee. A great trip, a great state. Gotta move there one of these days
  5. 5 points
  6. 4 points
    Not yet but I have a 18 month old and looking forward to it although I did coach HS a number of years ago I was a 4 year college baseball player and my brother was a minor league player for 8 or 9 years with a short stint in the big leagues so baseball is in our blood. Bragging moment: coolest thing I’ve ever seen in my life - Lil brother getting his first major league hit. Two outs bottom of 8th he hits RBI single to keep game alive and tie it up. Ricky Weeks comes behind him hits a HR to take lead and win it. We played together all growing up and a year in colllege so I know the efforts it takes to get to that level.... Still gives me chills thinking about that.
  7. 4 points
    Why is there not a "What did you catch today" or "THIS is a fish" thread? I mean thats what all this is for right!
  8. 4 points
    Expanded pvc sheet...holds screws well and you can use methacralyte epoxy to adhear it to the console walls/sides. It's light and readily available...affordable, too! A sheet of 1/2" x 2' x 4' is $27 at Home Depot. They also carry 3/4" and it's closer to $50. The epoxy was a challenge to find at the usual places, but my local Ace had it. It's Devcon Plastic Weld...read the back and make sure it has methacralyte in it.
  9. 4 points
    Put another 100 miles on her ! #MISTRESS 🇺🇸☠️
  10. 4 points
    OK, perfect... Here's what we'll do for next year. I'm not busy, except for having a 6 week-old baby but I'll figure something out, besides he'll be one this time next year and pretty much self sufficient I think, he was a big baby. I'll take the reigns of the MBC for a couple months prior to add some legitimacy to the turn-over from Mr. Deal to me. To further solidify my position as the Pres we'll re-launch the 17 Micro (in tiller form only), update the 17 and 18 HPXV's, and re-launch the 21 Master Angler with a redesigned transom to handle 400HP. Easy-Peasy Feel free to shoot me a PM if there are any further questions.
  11. 3 points
    1999 Maverick Master Angler 18.5' - The boat is is great shape for being a 99'. Just changed the plugs, filters, and fired it up for the season. Only selling it because we need something a little bigger at this point. - Power Pole Blade - Minn Kota Riptide Trolling Motor - (2) Batteries and On-Board Charger for Trolling Motor - (2) main Batteries - Garmin Echomap 74DV - Aluminum Single Axle Trailer - Stereo with (2) 6" Speakers $16,500 asking price Located in Savannah Ga 401-339-1113 matt@releasemarine.com
  12. 3 points
    Short answer is - it's a pain, but it looks great after you replace it. I took the brute force approach and cut out the old caulking with a razor knife, plastic scrapers, etc. After you get the big chunks out the plastic scrapers do a good job of peeling away the thin stuff. Then I taped the edges near where it curves down - basically the width of the bead I wanted to end up with. I bought a fresh tube of 3M Marine Silicone and gave it a good, heavy bead. To smooth it out I pressed down hard against the tape with you finger, being careful to not to rework it too much and mess it up. You'll get the hang of it. Carefully peel off the tape before it cures and let it set up. The whole process probably took me around 2 or 3 hours. It will look so good you'll wish you didn't do it sooner. I find that fixing up those little details, like moldy caulk and rub rail rope, really roll back the clock and make your rig look sharp. Good luck! Bud
  13. 3 points
    Picked up a 2011 Maverick 18 HPX-V last week thanks to Scott Slappey. This is my first skiff. I Could not be more excited to be a member of the MBG family! I am looking forward to being a part of this group and am sure I will have many questions as I learn the ins and outs of this boat.
  14. 3 points
    Not that anyone is keeping score or anything, and certainly no pride involved here at all. . . But I did notice that Hewesyourdaddy's "What did you do on your boat today" thread is beginning to outpace my (far superior) "THIS is a sunrise" thread. It would seem to me that you boys are spending too much time babying your boats and not enough time using them. Thankfully, Outlaw is demonstrating proper priorities. Its spring, the fish are hungry. Pack up your tools and buffers and grease guns and GO FISH (and take pics)! I mean, not that I really care if Hewesyourdaddy's thread is longer than mine. Really . .
  15. 3 points
    Since the boat is awaiting her surgery and is off site, I took advantage of the opportunity to re-work her parking pad area. The turf block pavers had settled in and gotten all cockeyed and misaligned and even though you couldn't see it from a distance, it was bugging me. Spent about 3-4 tedious hours lining up and leveling turf block pavers, getting the wheel jack area lined up, digging, leveling, covering, rinse, repeat. . . 3 hours later, I could barely stand up (those pavers are seriously heavy) and I had sand in places we don't need to talk about in polite company, but the job was finished. I turned around to admire it, but from a distance, it looked exactly the same. But those blocks are straight and level now, so when I get her back, she'll be sitting pretty again.
  16. 3 points
    Happy Easter ! 🇺🇸☠️
  17. 3 points
    NCDREW,,, Thank you sir... I'll check out the numbers on the prop tomorrow and get back to you... Marcus Clements, Vice President of PowerTech worked with me diligently after I upgraded to the 2012 F150... We tried several different props including a couple of four-blade models but ended up with this one... It gets excellent fuel economy and is capable of a solid 50 mph when conditions are right... With the Garmin fuel management system interfaced with the Garmin 740S you can tweak the RPM and trim angle to get the max possible fuel economy and performance... -----------------------------<" ){{{{>< NOTE: Here below is another photo I just found on my desk top of my 04 Pathfinder taken last fall...
  18. 3 points
    Fishing Stuart FL...
  19. 2 points
    This is how its done if you don't want to remove the fuel sender. I would bypass the racor though.
  20. 2 points
    2014 Maverick 18 HPX-V 2014 Yamaha 115 Fourstroke with aprox 1300 hours Garmin Echomap 70dv 7" chartplotter Minnkota iPilot 24vt 80lb thrust (new in 2016) 8' Power Pole Blade Upgraded Aluminum Ameratrail Trailer customized removable forward casting platform with 2 different style lean bars Center Consoler with 50qt Yeti cooler included as a additional seat Console grab bar Push pole This is a well kept, one owner Maverick 18HPX V that is turn-key and ready to chase fish tomorrow! Engine and boat are serviced regualrly. The 18 hpx is arguably one of most versatile skiffs on the market today. Take advantage of this pre-owned boat that is priced to move fast! Motivated seller, bring offers. Asking Price: $36,900 Contact Matt, call or text: 239-849-4719 email: matt.norman2011@gmail.com Boat is located in Naples, FL
  21. 2 points
  22. 2 points
    Troy, thanks to you, I probably still have my MA in one piece. I always turn off the skiff's motor when at the dock loading and unloading.... Yesterday, I came to the dock and stood up....just as I was moving to the rear to just check something for a second in the splash well....and thought, no big deal I just reach to the splash well and get the Coke bottle that had blown into it.....and then.......for whatever reason, I remembered your post ALWAYS TURN OFF THE ENGINE WHEN NOT IN CONTROL OF THE HELM....with my left hand, I just quickly turned off the engine. I stepped up towards the rear platform, and my foot jammed and slipped falling forward - yep, right on to the throttle.....had the engine been running = NOT GOOD Again, lessons from others that can be disastrous....how quickly something that can go bad if that throttle is not in your hand at all times when the engine is running. dc
  23. 2 points
    02 has it. and it still works, but i hate to use it. costs about $100 every time.
  24. 2 points
  25. 2 points
    Not fishing or posting much lately. Have spent the last several weeks dealing with dads eye issues. Crazy hours at the hospitals and doctors appointments for a detached retina and cataracts. For those that know me and wonder whats wrong with me, my dad told me on the way home in my truck to move and take him with me to Alaska and run your trips up there. He said it's dark most of the time up there and you can't catch crap with 2 good eyes in broad daylight. The apple and the tree are close in my case. Soon as I got him home he asked me to get his mail and newspaper. There was a flyer in his mail box for a seeing eye dog recruit. I have never laughed so hard in my life.
  26. 2 points
    New wheel is wrapped for the MA. Hunter did an awesome job with it. Sent the grab bars out for powder and wrap as well.
  27. 2 points
    2017 Pathfinder 2500 Hybrid with 300 Yamaha boat is in new condition with 36.7 hours on it seviced at 29 hours it has never been fished 2 years warranty left on motor. It has a 36 volt lithium battery for the Minn Kota I pilot trolling motor, hydralic jack plate, 2- 10 foot power poles, Lawrance HDS3 ,VHF and a Wet sound stereo system with a 2000 watt amp,Raw water wash down,on board battery charger for the house battery, Lithium battery charges from the motor in 15 min if all the way down. Also if you buy from private seller you only pay sales tax on the value of the hull and trailer not full amount. Price $96,500 Any questions fill free to give me a call at 407-398-9883 boat is located in Deland Fl
  28. 2 points
    Hey Fish Slayer and Deck Swabber- I can't recall if I posted pics of the finished project with the SeaDek. Here you go!!! LMK if you have any questions or want to see close ups of any of the sections of the decking!
  29. 2 points
    Gus you need a fishing trip. Both threads mentioned above have to be torture. You have no boat to tinker with and no boat to catch a sunrise. The keys are in mine. Come get it and make sure you use non ethanol gas😂
  30. 2 points
    Yesterday I installed the MOB+ Wireless Kill Switch and fob. I have not gotten the boat out to test it, but it seems like a great idea. I may get the watch band for the fob or just keep it in the zip up pocket of my Mustang inflatable life vest.
  31. 2 points
    Got my share of catfish yesterday. Really windy and dirty water from all the rain lately so fished some mullet chunks on the bottom. Nothing but cats. Switched to jig head/gulp shrimp later on and in a different spot and got this guy. Forgot to bring my darn phone on the boat so just a cooler pic. Looks like he had a run in with a porpoise or something.
  32. 2 points
    2011 Maverick Mirage 18 HPX-V - MERCURY Optimac ProXS (2 stroke engine with only 255 hours) with Mercury throttle and Smartcraft gauge - 2 tone custom Whisper Grey Nonskid deck with Ice Blue Slicks - Custom Seadek poling platform pad and Tarpon design under gunnel pads - Stiffy push pole holders - Motor bracket for power pole mount - two 12 volt batteries in console (one for cranking one for trolling motor) - Garmin 546 GPS and Raymarine Dragonfly GPS/Fishfinder - stereo system by Shallow Water Customs upgraded with Bluetooth receiver - Minnkota iPilot trolling motor which can be mounted either on the bow or the transom - Full equipped live well - custom dry launch Ameritrail trailer - -20° torsion axle - Port side walk board - Carpet sided support bunks and dual rollers on rear axle - Wang anchor system Looking to sell my 18 foot Maverick. Great boat with low hours. I have owned a boat since 2013. Since then, she has only spent one day in salt water. When I bought the boat, my intention was to spend a lot more time on the Coast. However, work, family, etc. got in the way of that. So the boat has been on Lake Lanier just above Atlanta since then. The boat has been covered and either in a garage or a roofed boat dock at all times. Hours on the boat are very low because, though Lake Lanier is a large lake, 95% of my fishing is within a few miles my lake home. Asking 30k. Please feel free to call or text me with any questions. My cell phone is 404–550–5212. Also, please excuse the pictures. They are not the best. I just haven’t had time to pull the boat out of the lak and take better pictures but will try to do that soon. Thanks
  33. 2 points
    There was on listed below that might fit your requirements. If not, I know where another one is that doesn’t need as much work. 😁
  34. 2 points
    We use weld mount studs to mount starboard then screw the components to the starboard http://www.weldmountsystems.com/
  35. 2 points
    That is a very nice looking color on those boats ! Both are beautiful
  36. 2 points
    Cup holdere? Is that French?
  37. 2 points
    You guys need to give it a few years. With global warming and melting sea ice, you should have 6 or 8 feet at low tide in just a couple of years!
  38. 2 points
    Good morning, headed out in the Fishing for Dreams Invitaional.
  39. 2 points
    Charge on the fly - Stealth Plug in - Powermania. Nuff said!
  40. 2 points
    Took my "new to me" 1997 Master Angler in for new throttle cables and asked them to check the lower unit and they ended up doing all this. (4 HOURS) - remove throttle cable- remove shift cable- remove control binnacle- pull spark plugs and check- check where trim/tilt leak is coming from* the cap is broken.- remove lower unit- check water pump (7 HOURS) - drain lower gear oil* found contamination in oil- check shaft seals for damage- pull all oil seals on shaft- inspect oil seals on drive shaft.* found broken shim and a bad thrust bearing under the waterpump housing- drill and tap broken housing bolt- remove old top oil seal- flush lower of all water and metal debris- install new thrust bearing- install new volcano drive shaft seal- assemble water pump- install prop shaft seals- grease bearing in housing- fill with fluid and pressure test- install prop- install lower unit- run control cables- connect 14ft shift and throttle cables- snake 15 ft and 20 ft speaker wire- install new binnacle- run engine- check gears Then, I purchased a new Terrova I-Pilot to make myself feel better Can't stop putting money into a boat that I plan on keeping until the hull disintegrates.
  41. 2 points
    Wait a minute.. I’ll be retired by then. I have years of experience running small vessels in long range pursuits off South America. That means I’ll have time and have the credit😂. Jason I think you’re on to something here. Like the dude from Wolf Of Wall Street said, “I will literally quit my job and come work for you.” Also, a one year old is like an adult. Little guy will have a drivers license and a OUPV by then.
  42. 2 points
    Great time of year to fish Pine Island Sound!
  43. 2 points
    This boat is a 2007 and in excellent condition ready to fish or hang out at the sandbar. This boat runs great and allows you fish for Snook, Reds and Trout in shallow water, Cobia and Tarpon on the beach or Sailfish and Dolphin offshore. Everything works as expected, all maintenance records and keep under cover since new. I’m the original owner and all rigging was completed by Master Repair Custom. I’m serious about selling this boat, so if you are serious about buying than come and see it for yourself. DON’T ask what I will take without looking at it...... $37,500.00 Boat is located in Port St. Lucie and comes with the following. 2008 America trail tandem axel trailer with brakes and new tires 2007 F-250 with 283 hours (low hours due to a slave driving boss) Command link gauges Power-Tech OX4 Bobs Jack-Plate Full boat cover Console cover Leaning post cover Garmin ECHOMAP 94SV (new 2017) Standard Horizon VHF (new 2017) Clarion Radio / CD JL Speakers Power Pole XL 8’ with remotes Minn Kota Trolling Motor 36v 101# Thrust (3) Odyssey Batteries (1) House Battery AC / DC Stealth Charging System LED Cockpit lights Release well plumbed w/ recirculating pump Live wells (2) plumbed w/ recirculating pumps Fresh water wash-down Raw water wash-down USCG Package Anchor with 250’ 3/8 line
  44. 2 points
    A tarpon fishing fact, if you go with a 5000 series rod/reel the first tarpon you hook will be 120+ pounds and you will be over matched, you go with an 8000 series the first tarpon you hook will be 40 pounds. I think tarpon can see this......that's how tarpon fishing is.
  45. 2 points
    Good stuff! Sorry for not snapping & posting more pics, guys. It's hard to keep track of all the awesome Choko sunrises, moonrises, sunsets & moonsets I see in a year! I'll try to remember to snap & post some pics when I'm back down there next Sunday - Friday. Fishing was nothing short of great the past 6 days! Goin back to the big city for a few days now. Hope ya'll had a nice Easter. 🙏🏻🐰🍬
  46. 2 points
    Great potential commercials for Mercury. "Nothing stops a Mercury!" "Mercury will go anywhere to find the fish!" "Mercury! Able to leap tall docks!" "Let Mercury take you to places unknown!" "Mercury will take you places no other outboard can!" "Mercury Outboards. Ready to throttle up before you are!"
  47. 2 points
    Although I have a feeling most folks here are not too interested in docking (maybe just at the launch ramp dock while parking the truck), I wanted to share an idea or two on the subject. Especially for the 2200 TRS which can be ordered with a midships cleat, that happens to be really tiny. Low profile fenders are perfect for our boats, e.g.... That is the "old" boat, the 2000V For the new boat, the 2200 TRS, I needed to splice the fender lines to the fenders with a very small loop so they would fit on the cleats and hang right, e.g.... The tiny midships cleat was an issue as there is not room for both a cleated fender line AND a cleated dock line (spring line). We came up with this solution...I spliced the loop on the dock line to JUST fit over the cleat and be small enough to stay put, i.e... So, for the 2 of you who may tie to a dock for lunch or whatever...here you go. Yes Dino, I DO have too much spare time on my hands.
  48. 2 points
    This is my, work in progress. It's 92' 18MA that I bought used in 2000. For 17 years I used and abused her and she never complained but it was finally time. It had a yama 130 (that was a great motor) that I replaced about 1 year ago. new trailer, motor, fuel tank, electronics, gauges, steering, tabs, JP, Ulterra, batteries, pumps and misc in the past year or so. She's get n there. I don't chime in much but I really appreciate the help and advise when I need it. Thanks to all.
  49. 2 points
    Made the first hole in the new boat...
  50. 2 points
    Well, after arguably the most aggravating and frustrating 5 months, I am finally about to get my 18.5 MA repaired. For those of you who don't know the story, you may want to review this thread. There are a lot of good learnings in there that I'd rather you get by reading, vs. repeating, my mistakes. For those who don't want to ready 4 pages, here's the cliff notes version of what's going to be addressed here: 1) I bought this boat sight unseen in November of 2016. The boat was nearly pristine and had clearly been babied it's entire life. Hardly a scratch on her, upgraded poling platform, great engine, and (arguably now) a very good deal. I had a few guys from the forum check it out, didn't get a survey, and when she arrived here, she was everything I had hoped. 2) Almost to the day, one year later, I discovered a new crack in the hull on the port side chine when running down a small leak. This eventually revealed a much more serious problem - I had a delaminated stringer. By all accounts, this is a manufacturing defect that caused the stringer not to fully bond to the hull. It was exactly because the boat had been babied all of its life and hardly used that the issue remained hidden. I take the boat out 2-3 times a week, and the stinger separated more and more over time until the hull began to fail. Thankfully, I caught it relatively quickly. Unfortunately, insurance doesn't cover manufacturing defects, and Maverick isn't going to take responsibility for an issue they caused 17 years ago, so I'm on my own. 3) Getting someone to take this on has proven MUCH harder than I had ever dreamed. The first guy only wanted to fix it when he thought the insurance company would pay. He jacked the price up and then stopped calling me back when the claim was declined. I had 2 other shops simply refuse to take it on. The next shop wanted 20-25K to address it, and would only do it if I did a full cap-off restoration. The tank (poly) and wiring are in excellent condition, and I don't have 20-25K, so that wasn't an option. I was about to bite the bullet and drive her down to Bob at Inshore Marine Specialties to get his opinion, but with 5 kids and a crazy work schedule, that trip was proving impossible. Bob has been great throughout this process giving advice and guidance on what to consider when addressing this. 4) Spence/NagJuice has been pushing me to check out a guy 2 hrs north of here who he's been following on the Hull Truth. It's taken me 5 months to finally reach out to the guy, but he's got the experience and ability to do the job right. Some of you have seen his build threads on The Hull Truth, where he guts old SeaCrafts and restores them. So, here's the plan: 1) We don't have any reason to believe that the issue is broader than the port side stringer, but we don't want to leave anything to chance. Popping the entire cap off of a boat is not a small matter and frankly, we don't have enough reason to believe it is necessary at this point. The plan currently is to cut the cap off just aft of the cockpit, cutting across the narrowest sections where the gunnel meets the back deck, then across and mid-way up the rear wall of the cockpit. He will have to cut around the splashwell because the cap is likely puttied impossibly to the transom there. Doing this will allow him to remove the rear portion of the cap and have full access to the entire stern. 2) He will check out the starboard stringer to see if there are any issues there, and then confirm that the issue on the port stringer is isolated to the rear, port quadrant. If you are a praying type, say a prayer for me that it doesn't extend any further forward. 3) He will then cut out the stringer, fix the crack in the hull from the inside, then repair the stringer. If there are any issues with the starboard stringer, he'll obviously address that as well. 4) From there, it will be a matter of replacing the rear section of the cap, glassing/reinforcing, and repairing. If this boat were in less pristine condition, a full restoration would make sense, but the fact is, the boat looks new, the wiring is in great shape, and all of the various builders/repair shops have agreed that the tank has many many years left in it. Work won't start on the boat for a month or so, but I wanted to put this out there to get any reactions to the plan. While I plan to keep the boat for a very very long time, I am having it fixed with the idea that the repair should be done in a way that only increases the confidence in the boat's structural integrity. The shop will be taking a ton of pics to document the repair from start to finish, which I will post here as I get them. Stay tuned, and feel free to PM me with any thoughts - Whichwaysup