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About MikeH

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    2008 Maverick 21 Master Angler with Yamaha 250 HPDI
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    Mike Hancock

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  1. MikeH

    Bring back the Lappy

    I owned a 1991 Redfisher 18 with a Yamaha 130 for about 10 years, until I ordered a 2004 Pathinder 2200 Tournament Edition with a 200 Yamaha HPDI. After moving onto a local lake and with small kids, I sold the Pathfinder and bought a ski boat. Fast forward 10 more years, and I sold the ski boat and purchased a very sweet well maintained 2008 Maverick MA with a 250 Yamaha HPDI. The last post asks for a quick version of whether the Redfisher Lappy was a "drier ride." Well, although I absolutely loved the Redfisher, I recall that in quartering seas it was a pretty wet ride. You could minimize the spray by working the trim tabs, cranking one side or the other of the boat up high, but I would think twice and choose my days before crossing Tampa Bay or Charlotte Harbor on windy choppy days. Heading straight into a true 2' foot chop, however, was no problem at all. I do look back on those days and those trips with much fondness. The boat ran very shallow. It has a pocket at the back of the hull that forced water up, allowing a higher mounting of the engine. I swear I could run on plane in 8 - 10 inches of water (without kicking up grass or mud!). And the boat was so light that if you did get stuck (yes, that happened at least one time) you could get out of the boat and push it off whatever you were stuck on. Finally, I have to say the 21' Maverick MA is the most amazing boat. It will get plenty skinny while allowing me to cross Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay even on nasty days. I don't think twice now about launching at Placida, fishing Bull and Turtle Bay, and making my way down to Cabbage Key or North Captiva for lunch with the family. If you find a nice Lappy, you will end up having many great experiences that will turn into lifelong cherished memories with family and friends.
  2. Thank you everyone for all your replies. Aim Welding has come up with some pretty cool ideas.
  3. MikeH

    Bimini Top for 21RF

    Sorry for the sideways photos. They weren't like that when I uploaded them to the site.
  4. MikeH

    Bimini Top for 21RF

    Sorry for the delay in responding with photos, but here they are.
  5. MikeH

    SeaDeck Cost?

    I was quoted around $2300 by Castaway Customs just a month ago for my 21 MA.
  6. MikeH

    Good Vaca spot in FL for Fam and Fishing

    Another choice on Captiva is Tween Waters resort. It is not as big or fancy as South Seas, but my family loves it and we have been staying there every summer for the last 15 - 20 years. They also have a marina with some slips to rent. What I really like is that they allow you to beach your boat (essentially 50 feet away from the slips) for free. Also, it is on the skinniest stretch of the island, so the distance from the beach to the bay is probably a couple hundred yards.
  7. MikeH

    First snook

    He will be spoiled for life with that as his first snook. Unless he keeps going out with Capt. Troy!
  8. MikeH

    MA21 Prop Choice

    Thanks. That is plenty fast!
  9. MikeH

    Prop Selection

    I will run it this weekend and let you know.
  10. MikeH

    MA21 Prop Choice

    All Wet and FSUSteve, what kind of numbers did you get with the OFX4-21 with the vmax 250 hpdi? I have a 2008 21 MA with the same engine, but it has an OFX4-23. my max speed is about 62 mph. I would rather have a little better hole shot and possibly sacrifice top end.
  11. Thanks for the suggestions!
  12. MikeH

    Prop Selection

    JT, I have an '08 21 MA with a VZ250 vmax hpdi. i have a Powertech OFX4 23 pitch. The OFX models are 15.25 inch diameter. I get a top speed of about 62 mph. I am pretty happy with it. I was considering going down to a 21 pitch to see how much better of a hole shot I would get. It's rare that the conditions are such that I run at WOT, so losing a couple mph but gaining a better hole shot would be fine with me. I wonder if there are other owners of a 21' MA with the 250 hpdi that are running other props? If so, I would love to hear from them.
  13. MikeH

    Snook on foot

    In Tampa the places that are accessible on foot might include Picnic Island, which is on the western side of the Tampa peninsula, just north of the MacDill Air Force Base. There are a lot of wading opportunities all throughout Ft. DeSoto, if you are willing to drive over to St. Petersburg. Good luck!
  14. Can anyone recommend a place to purchase a casting platform for the bow of my 21' MA? Also, any photos would be greatly appreciated. Can I purchase one directly from MBG? Maybe one that they sell for an 18 HPX?
  15. Rileyds, beautiful boat! Could you tell me where you got the two step ladder? That, in addition to so many other things on your boat, is very slick.
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