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  1. 2006 18 Maverick MA w/F150

    Whether 300-400 hours on one F150, or 600-700 hours on another, I don't think it really makes that much of a difference as long as it was cared for. Those motors can easily go for thousands of hours if well maintained. Others may disagree with me here but I really can't see that much of a difference in market value from one over the other with those hours. I would be more focused on whether everything as a whole looks well maintained. If anything looks neglected than I wonder whether the motor has been too.
  2. 2006 18 Maverick MA w/F150

    I may have to up my budget and look at this. Is this year safe and past the years that were prone to the hull blistering?
  3. Pretty cheap smooth side

    Has anyone looked at this boat in person by chance? This could be a good buy but I hate to drive all the way there if it's a dog. It's been sitting for quite awhile at a good price. I've had some bad experiences with miami craigslist boats.
  4. Opinion on Redfisher with older Optimax?

    Thank you gentlemen for the replies.
  5. Tomorrow morning I am driving all the way from Pine Island to Daytona Beach (a long drive) to look at a 2002 18' Redfisher with a 2002 Optimax 135 on it. The boat looks great in pictures. I know nothing about these motors. I mean nothing at all. The Optimax has 804 hours on it. The seller tells me no problems with it and serviced regularly. Typical seller / salesperson stuff I think. Anyone have any opinions on this motor? Good or bad? I will have it checked out by a mechanic if I decide to buy, but I would defintely appreciate opinions if anyone has input on these motors before I make the long trek.
  6. 2001 Maverick 18.5 Master Angler - $17500 (Fort Myers)

    I don't need to discuss any further it's honesty not important to me just good education for an old timer. sorry for the derail. Congratulations again VS and post some pictures!
  7. 2001 Maverick 18.5 Master Angler - $17500 (Fort Myers)

    thank you hurricane and whichwaysup yes I've read through that post a couple of times now! in it the manufacturer itself states it is caused by water and also other owners with the problem on hand said the same thing. They made it clear that they never stored the boat in water for long but the blisters showed up after a few days, clearly caused by being left in the water. It is why I asked VS the questions I did and also why whichwaysup posts above confuse me so much. I have not seen anything in that thread or anywhere else that said the blisters just show up on these boats and then stay that way without change whether in the water or not. I was really just hoping to know if VS looked into it and if it helped him with pricing.
  8. 2001 Maverick 18.5 Master Angler - $17500 (Fort Myers)

    ok thank you but I am confused. There are posts on this site about this model and blisters showing up after storing the boat in the water for only one week. These are unrelated? I think there was a reply from the manufacturer that yes they get worse in the water. Are you saying that is not true and blisters on this model just show up and then stay the same whether in the water or not? Please point me to that info I don;t want to derail this thread. VS I am still interested in how you handled this if you care to share. thanks all
  9. 2001 Maverick 18.5 Master Angler - $17500 (Fort Myers)

    VS I forgot to mention - good call on Ft. Myers Marine! Those guys really know their stuff. Maybe they weighed in on the blisters too and if so I would love to know what they told you?
  10. 2001 Maverick 18.5 Master Angler - $17500 (Fort Myers)

    Congrats VS - This sounds like it is going to be a great boat for you! I've been in the market and was wondering if you could share how you best worked things out with the seller on the hull blisters? I've done A LOT of reading on the subject the last few weeks so I know what to do if I come across one, but one thing I have not been able to find out is how long it takes for the boat to be sitting in the water before the blisters will swell up worse? After that I understand they typically go back down some as they dry out each time. I was just wondering if for example you could ask the seller to leave the boat in their basin overnight and then once the blisters really swell up use that in your final price negotiations? Maybe things don't happen that fast? Most of what I read seemed to be people taking their boat and leaving it in the water for a few days at least before things happened. Congrats again and please post some pictures when you can!
  11. FIRE SALE! Pathfinder 26hps for sale ($21000)

    LOL - what a steal! (pun intended)
  12. Maverick 21 on CL

    Has anyone seen this one in person? https://miami.craigslist.org/mdc/boa/d/2002-maverick-21/6374524357.html
  13. 2001 Maverick 18.5 Master Angler - $17500 (Fort Myers)

    As posted above I did not look at this boat but my curiosity if someone from here looks is defintely there. Please report back one way or the other. From the pictures and the other "evidence" described here, it sure looks pretty darn clear that the hour gauge has been replaced and the hours are not accurate. The ad states just the opposite so just know up front that you won't be getting the true story on anything. Add in the hull blistering (if it's there I don't see any pics) and also that you are on the clock for cutting out the gas tank any given day, and I think that covers biggest ticket items. You just have to go in knowing what it could cost you in the end and make sure it's worth it to you. If this boat was some amazing good deal being advertised in SW Florida it would be long sold. I'm guessing plenty of folks went to grab the deal and then walked away or it wouldn't be sitting there on the lot. That right there should tell you something even if you ignore the dishonesty that is going on. But i'm shocked every day at what people are paying for 15 year old boats so what do I know. Please eport back though and let us know I would love to hear how it goes when you see it. Especially the hull blistering.. interesting reading on here with that issue no doubt.
  14. Aluminum Gas Tanks

    Thanks for the replies everyone. I thought this would be information I could easily get on these boats but unfortunately that is not the case. This has definitely changed my shopping strategy. I'm retired and not able to pay the top dollar being demanded for these old boats, with the risk of having to then turn right around and drop so much on such a big project. Heck even if I could afford it I wouldn't want the time and headache to have it done and hope it's done to my standards. Back to square one I reckon.
  15. Aluminum Gas Tanks

    Where do I find how the various hewes, mavericks and pathfinders were built in regard to the fuel tanks over the years? Anyone??