Jump to content


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Everything posted by johnd

  1. Insurance Renewal Question?

    My insurance guy told me 2 months ago rates had already gone up and for those with older larger boats in marinas they can no longer purchase inexpensive policy covering just the vessel, need $1M liability to. The insurance companies got hammered in the TX storms last year. Many exited market. There was more, but that's what I remember.
  2. 1997 Maverick Mirage 2

    Seatrial Tuesday afternoon. I’ll let you know.
  3. Mullet so thick off the beaches you can walk on them.
  4. Yep..it’s in full mode

    We ran from launch pads to Cocoa Beach pier. Everywhere. On Sunday the port was full too..but we ran deep unsuccessfully looking for dolphin
  5. Careful running early morning

    Horrible, but seems totally avoidable. 0400 it’s dark and outrunning your vision is unsafe. Lighted, reflectors or not..he didn’t just bump it, he put it into the marker. That’s speed and careless.
  6. I’m a broker, my advice is YOU hire an independent 3rd party. Compression test is simple enough yet there are other things a mechanic should look at (see above posts). Sellers are not always fully truthful to their brokers and at the price level of a smaller 15 year old boat, commission is pretty small, so Broker probably doesn’t have time (or funds) to really inspect. (I’m listing an older Maverick for a neighbor and it’s really a favor, not worth the energy /effort to earn money.).
  7. 1997 Maverick Mirage 2

    'Nitz", aka Mark, redid the entire trailer this weekend. I looked at it yesterday. Galvanized and only thing he didn't replace was the tongue. Solid trailer. I had just bought my RF when neighbor Mark and his buddy bought this Mirage 2. We have fished together for years. This Mirage gets skinnier than my RF, they would pole in on a school of reds and I just had to watch (couple of inches makes a difference some days). Loved my Lappy, but sure were a few days I would have traded straight up. Super well cared for. As a favor (I'm a broker) I'm going to help Mark sell the boat. He's really busy with work and already tired of CL tire kickers. So if you are looking for a solid platform in a classic M2, shoot me a pm. It's been in garage since they bought, but today is on lift behind house ready for a ride. (soon as wife and I return from trip to explore Florida's big bend, will get lots of photos and do the formal posting on all the sites).
  8. Tips?

    Traveling to the forgotten coast next week. Not bringing a boat. Tips on wade fishing in the bays or other areas. Maybe suggestion of guide in area. Thx
  9. Tips?

    In Apalachicola. Thank you
  10. Trailer fail

    The hub did NOT lock up. Bearings fine (had greased just a few weeks ago). Best guesses 1) rust 2) over tight 3)under tight. I have no idea what the cause was, however have purchased 2 new hubs and will replace both and save the one I put on as an emergency spare. Then remove the trashed fender and hope to replace. my tool box has paper towels, grease for gun, gun, 4 way, large screw driver, jack, needle nose and standard pliers, wire and stuff to fix a light, some 2x6's. Adding 4x4's and maybe 6x6's, small shovel.
  11. Trailer fail

    Local ramp less than a mile from home, so generally don’t carry tools or spare parts. In August completed west coast trip, so had recently greased bearings, etc. Coming home from ramp heard a loud clicking sound followed by watching my tire pass me. This is not a good thing. Quickly got to side trying to get to sidewalk, but as I slowed trailer dug into dirt. Things to add to my tool box: 4x4s and 6x6’s and more blocks of wood and a small shovel. Got it dug out, jacked up. Hub and bearings fine, the 6 lug nuts had sheared off! New hub, wheel fine & back on. Fender trashed. Fortunately on a small local road and only going 30 mph. This would have been horrible on the interstate.
  12. September Tarpon Fishing

    Mullet run just starting in East Central Fl. Tarpon been scattered, but already some solid days nearshore. Snook bite has been on fire. The “however” is this storm, while hopefully well north of us (folks in NC please prepare) gonna blow up the waves.
  13. replacement hatch cable?

    400 lb blue mono, crimp on ends.
  14. looking for a new tackle box

    Solutions have changed over the years..currently have some cheap ($8) soft side bags from Harbor Freight with Plano boxes in them, labeled, in bow area. Also got a Shimano backpack that holds 4 boxes, leader, other stuff for when I’m going on someone else’s boat. And a freaking closet full of boxes with too much stuff, so I can swap depending on what I’m doing.
  15. Expired Flares

    Don’t do that, I was informed years back. Violates some kind of boating safety law. Put them in a separate container and clearly mark “expired”. Then it’s ok to have on board. But do not mix with in date ones or in your ditch bag. I can’t remember if it was FWC or USCG, but I had both in my ditch bag and got a stern lecture.
  16. PFD Re-arming cartridge

    One and done. Grandkids grabbed one off my porch and jumped in pool.. scared the bejesus out of them!
  17. Clarion cmd8

    sent info to a buddy about your radio. I'll let you know if he is interested. (Mentioned last weekend wanted a 'new' one)
  18. Losing depth reading

    Had same issue with TS ducer on both the Lappy and now on Comet. Tilting down (forward) did seem to help a little. If you find a solution, please post.
  19. Got my “new” boat and just wasn’t sure I could let my Lappy go...took out new boat today & fell in love 92 hull, 140 4 stroke Suzuki (all service records), IPilot, Talon, Garmin with sidescan, SeaDek, new torsion axel, Bimini, cover, etc etc. Will put new TM batteries in (robbed them for new boat)..SeaDek in cockpit is worm. how about $16,750 or best offer. Located Merritt Island New, to me, boat in driveway..bride says I can only have one boat at a time... 3 Photos ADDED Deck when Seadek new (one floor section now bad, will be replaced) Starboard bow on lift and poling platform I'll get more photos over the holidays. Visiting the offices of Maverick Boat Group, you will see a framed article from I think the 1992 issue of Men’s Life Magazine..the top 10 things every man should own: the 1992 Hewes Redfisher Hewes: the first name in shallow water fishing. Reluctantly for sale is the 18’ Classic “Lappy” Redfisher. Her 1992 hull features the wide open deck design of the offset console. Starting at her bow with a large forward casting deck, Minn Kota 24volt IPilot trolling motor mounted on quick release bracket and battery outlet, the anchor/storage hatch (here also two trolling motor batteries in Todd Double battery box). Flush a Stainless female threaded insert to secure a casting platform. Stepping back into the cockpit under gunnel rod horizontal rod racks (long enough for fly rods), the helm is offset starboard, many consider a far more open, functional design than center console. The large aft casting deck has two large dry storage areas, aft center livewell, port release well (or storage) and starboard access to starting batteries, pumps, fuel/water filter. The poling platform has been rebuilt about 4” higher, booth for visibility and to accommodate the 2011 Suzuki 4 stroke 140hp engine with a matched 3 blade Stainless PowerTech prop. On the transom trim tabs, 8ft Silver Talon shallow water anchor and Garmin downview / sideview transducer. The helm is simple & functional. A RAM bracket holds the Garmin color GPS/sounder (7sv) the Richie compass, and below the rewired switches for lights, pumps, etc. The cockpit, gunnels, forward & aft decks and poling platform are covered in 8mil (double thick) SeaDek custom installed by Castaway Customs. DriDeck in all storage areas. Not a speed demon, WOT just over 40mph with one person 1/2 tank fuel. Cruises very well around 4200 rpm @26-28mph. The classic Hewes designed hull cuts well into tight chop. With a great hole shot, up on plane in under 2 seconds. Trailering, launch and retrieve accomplished with the aluminum trailer. Bunks recently recovered, Ancor tinned wire to the LED lighting. New radial tires. Recent replacement with upgraded 3500lb torsion axle, she is ready for a quick trip to the ramp and a long ride to the next MBG Owners “funament” weekend fishing adventure Additional items include removable Bimini top, full canvass cover, “bass style” seat and maybe my casting platform and Carbon Marine Loop push pole. Still, this is not a new boat - don’t expect her to look like one. ..numerous chips, scratches and battle scars are evidence of memories, fish caught and adventurous journeys she’s been on. Regularly maintained, have most every manual, receipt etc since 2010. Serviced 20 hours ago, did not plan to buy a new boat Offered at $18,900 purchased new boat and Hewes must go. Located Merritt Island, Fl. PM for photos & such. Will include a big ribbon if you get this week as a gift for Christmas
  20. Scallop Season 2018

    heading west Sunday. Any recent reports? Thx (first year WITHOUT my Hewes, guess we will see how the new platform performs)
  21. Porpoising Redfisher

    My older (Lappy) 18 would sometimes porpoise..with 140 on the transom I had added 60 lbs. move weight forward (batteries to bow). Learn to use tabs. Stern lifting prop will help.
  22. The Inventor of the Poling Platform

    The reference to the book “92 degrees in the Shade”...and that Capt Curtis inspired the main character. Had not heard of nor the film. Found at my local library and was wholly unprepared for this book. Guess I was expecting a John D MacDonald, or another “thorn” or “doc ford”. Was not expecting a 1970’s Hunter S Thompson mixed with Richard B “trout fishing in America”.
  23. Big Uglies

    Lots of recent reports of big uglies in the IRL. Best of success in your quest!
  24. Redfisher 18

    Congratulations. Lots of good advice from this group agree..don’t flush mount gps on a skiff. The ability to twist it so you can see screen while standing on the bow or tilt when on platform is why. I use Garmin and Simrad..at this point most are very good and it’s personal preference TM: early versions of Ulterra had issues, no longer hearing complaints. I don’t mind deploying (I’m cheap). Either way the new spot lock on MK is so much better. Yep, Marcus the Funky Monkey for your prop choice. Explain to him what is important to you. Expensive & priceless. enjoy & welcome.
  25. Hull pad?

    if i understand correctly, at transom the hull 'v' goes to a flat pad. I think thats the design used in the 60's to increase lift and running speed. My memory not as good as it should be, but think that was now famous design that won Fl to Bahamas race in like a 24ft deep v.. later used on (I think) SeeVee and various copies. I'm sure somebody on here will elaborate.