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  1. whichwaysup

    Flats Advice

    The MA and the redfishers are more general flats boats. Theg are designed to do many things well. They are bigger (wider beam), heavier, more stable, and the MA is going to keep you very dry and comfortable when making choppy crossings of larger bodies of water. The HPX is a technical poling skiff and does what it does exceptionally well. It will run skinny, pole easily, and chase skinny water fish. It will be tippier, and depending on which model you get, may sacrifice ride confort a bit more than the gemeral flats boats might. Based on where you are fishing, either would be good boats, but I would lean towards the larger MA/RF models if you fish three often and based on your budget. I dont know that you need to go more than 18' though.
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    Opinions on switching from HPX to Redfisher.

    I think you hit the number one consideration - keeping it at your house. Remote boat storage, at least for me is the death knell for any boat ownershio in the long run. Assuming the 18 RF fits, the question then becomes whether it will suit what you do 80% of the time. If you pole skinny a lot, it probablybisnt the right boat, but it can be poled short distances and in reasonable conditions. As for the family, no boat fishes 4 people great, but for sandbar cuises, the 18 "general flats boat" like the MA and the Redfisher are very adequate in my opinion (disclaimer, I am basing thus on the 18 MA which is reasonably similar) If fishing in 2' or more water is your 80% activity, and sandbarring with 4 people is the 20% thing, and it fits in the garage, I think you will find it a good choice.
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    Prop suggestions 18hpxv w/ 115 vmax

    Capt Tim, where are you running that HPXV? noticed your screen name might put you in NC somewhere . . . As for the prop, might be worth having a proo shop scan it and adjust what you have. Had a guy here in Wilmington tell me that merc props are notorious for being mis aligned. You may get what you want out of that prop if it is adjusted, and it may be cheaper than replacing. Just a thought.
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    Forum banded words

    well, since we are making requests, can we get that popcorn eating emoji? Such a useful little guy when you see a trainwreck coming . . .
  5. whichwaysup

    my biggest

    nice color deck on that boat, too
  6. whichwaysup

    need recommendations

    Anything from a 4 wt (ideal) to a 7 wt will work fine. But a word of warning, you are daring to sample the gateway drug. $10k worth of equipment later, when you are sipping scotch with your pinky extended and reading high brow literature by a fire, remember that I warned you . . .
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    my biggest

    Bwahahah, Okay, you win!! Nice fish!
  8. whichwaysup

    my biggest

    clever. Very clever. Heard that one before!
  9. Really really well if they are alive and flying. When they are squished to the front of your windshield, you may need one of these:
  10. whichwaysup

    Maverick 17 HPV X

    and price.
  11. whichwaysup

    2000 MA Repair Thread - Stringer issue

    True dat. Fathers day??? 20. . . .
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    2000 MA Repair Thread - Stringer issue

    Before and after
  13. Since the boat is being repaired and will be for awhile longer, I figured it was a good time to have my prop looked at. I'm running a Stilletto 14x19 and have been extremely pleased with the numbers I'm getting from my 150 Vmax - pushing 54-55 and can't remember the RPM it's been so long, but I know it was approaching the limit. However, in tight turns, I get a lot of blow out/cavitation and it leads to some exciting moments in the tighter creeks I run. I got referred to Coastal Propeller here in Wilmington, so I stopped by to talk to Martin. Walking into his shop is kind of like "Flintstones meets Jetsons" - he uses lasers and computers to measure/gauge the prop, but then beats it into submission the old fashioned way with a hammer and sheepskin. He deals with wheels from large ships and pleasure craft alike and was a wealth of info. I say all this because I learned a few things I didn't know and I thought I'd pass along to those of you who have never had their prop checked out. Here's what I learned that might make you want to spend the 150-200 to have your prop reconditioned: 1) Brand new props can be sucky (yes, I just slipped past the banded word problem, Gabe). According to him, Merc are the worst offenders and he showed me some of the measurements he took of the fin alignment. WOW, not even close. You can probably imagine the stress that a prop would generate on the lower unit when the fins aren't balanced and aligned. Pretty cool to see the before and after. 2) Not getting to your max RPM leads to early engine death. I'm pretty handy, but when it comes to mechanical stuff like engines, I'm kind of a moron, so anything I say next is solely based on his comments. Apparently, when you run a prop that doesn't let you get to your max RPM, it keeps the fuel that is injected into your cylinders from getting fully burned. That gets past your rings and ultimately leads to compression issues. Someone who is smarter than me can clean this up and say it better, but it made sense to this moron, so maybe it will to others. Historically, I've just run whatever prop I had on the boat without worrying to much about it. This made me think twice. 3) You may not need a different prop, you may need your prop to be different. He shared with me how a prop that isn't giving you the numbers you want may simply be out of alignment or poorly manufactured. If you are running a prop that "should" work for your set up, but are not getting the numbers you want, before trying something different, have it checked out. It could simply be mis-aligned. Anyway, hope this helps - and yes, I do realize that a guy who has a reason for me to believe his work is worthwhile might make all this up, but thought I'd pass it along. I know there are a lot of prop junkies on here, but a lot of folks like me as well who wouldn't have put much thought into the possibility that their prop isn't right and could lead to much bigger problems down the line.
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    2000 MA Repair Thread - Stringer issue

    First of all, Happy Mother's day to all of your wives, I hope you guys are treating them right for putting up with you. I have to double down on that, personally. Swung by the shop today after getting an update on my boat. He wanted a final sign-off on the wiring and plumbing before putting ht deck on. I had stopped by Friday and saw the wiring, but he hadn't cleaned it up yet. What a difference a day of work makes. That bilge is clean, organized, and everything is accessible. Very happy. Even happier when he said that the deck is going on this week. He had spent the better part of this morning finalizing the wiring, grinding down the underside of the deck and getting it ready to be glued. The closer this thing gets, the harder it is to be patient. Pics to follow.
  15. whichwaysup

    Forum banded words

    that ***. Bannded again . . .
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