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Everything posted by johnd

  1. MBC copied hulls ??

    That’s a pretty boat. Somewhere read article quoting Scott about asking permission from a builder to use part of a design. . Back in the day a lot of the early skiffs were copied, stretched, shortened, modified etc. Probably still happens, but way back it was kind of expected, kind of a compliment and led to improved hulls.
  2. Truck Seat covers

    Put Wet Okole in my Taco 30K miles ago. Drivers seat cover shows some wear, but not much. Oh, coffee stains on passenger cover too. Yes pricy, but the first time I spilled on my new seats, well on the covers, knew was a good investment. Much simpler to install than it seems when you read their instructions. Fit perfect.
  3. Recommendations on wireless trolling motors

    Having not ussed MG can only comment on MK. Just bought my 2nd one, the “Bluetooth” with the compass puck. 24v, 54” LOVE IT. Improvements over older version 1) spot lock much better. 2) the spring assist really makes it one hand easy operation. 3) new remote uses 3A batteries vs. the troublesome flat cell.
  4. My buddy is the Broker for this boat. Just dropped the price (forget what YW add says) to $24,900. Garage kept. Located near Melbourne, FL. Owner now appears serious to sell. Call Chris for details. Here is the link http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2010/Hewes-16-Redfisher-3142075/Rockledge/FL/United-States?refSource=standard listing#.WujbSC-ZOCQ
  5. Not the 2nd best day

    Whomever said the two best days in a boat owners life....wrong. I’m totally thrilled my skiff (92 Lappy) went to a really nice young man, but oh it was tough to see her drive away. Yeah, it’s “only” a boat, but the last decade with that boat..we only attended one MBG event, in SC, and you folks on this forum are like “family” and the miles and fish and memories. I’ve encouraged the young guy to join this forum. I’ll still lurk and when I can, contribute. At least for now, not fully part of the family. Who ever knows what the future will bring. Tight lines
  6. 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
  7. Come to the marina now

    Nobody got hurt, fortunately. There's a lesson here we all need to be reminded, Thank you for the reminder. And lastly the jokes are great Powerful little TMs and flying Mercury's.
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  9. MK Terrova Heading Sensor Install

    Just installed mine. found a spot where I hope I don't step on and it won't snag a fly line. I wired with a small in-line fuse direct to an extra terminal. I followed the directions exactly. It paired right up with motor. We then put boat in water, followed instructions, did a few quick circles and all set. Ive used this a dozen times now and compared to the non-bluetooth model, it holds the 'spot' a lot tighter. One new thing, you have to remember to turn the TM on - and turn it OFF at end of day. (located behind seat, clear view of sky. Probably 10ft from motor and no issue with pairing.)
  10. Keel Guard

    Mine came with..over last 10 years or so it started to peel off. I’ve taken it off now. Might reduce top speed, but I can see how it protects against sandbars and maybe oyster..if going slow or beaching.
  11. Just bought 1995 bayfisher 18

    Slow. Wot with just me about 38-39 kts. Propped for hole shot..she jumps on plane.
  12. 2010 Cobia 21 Bay

    Friend looking at this. Did MBG build these in 2010 and new or older design? Thx
  13. $15,900 obo. Wife insisting she get her driveway back. New boat running well.
  14. Just bought 1995 bayfisher 18

    Have a 92 18Redfish..same hull. Put 140 Suzuki on her and very pleased with my hole shot. Reluctantly she is for sale. welcome to the family! Btw, I think your new boat will ride better if your turn it over. Lol
  15. RL2 - Boat is still for sale. Covered on trailer in my driveway. Merritt Island. Don: had offshore on the lift, skiff on trailer, kayak and canoe at dock.. failed to mention the flatback (kind of a gheeno) I kept in a neighbors porch... Not home before dark she got worried, counted boats and toys, called my son and found out I had bought the little flatback... opps...that was one cold Feb night a few years ago wife was very happy when USCG called and said 'we have found your husband, he is ok". Once she got over being happy I was found, well... my boat collection was a casualty.
  16. Example of WOODY WAX

    The other very good use of Woody Wax is on your pipework (platform legs & crossbeams). WW is “costly”, but the instructions are correct to use just a little. Not good on smooth surfaces, but agree awesome on non-skid. I too use Orpine wash, also very concentrated..cleans pretty well and it smells good too
  17. New Ipilot

    Arrived at southern edge of No Motor Zone at 12:15..set the new TM on anchor lock, every other boat had anchors out. When the Falcon launched at 4:15 we were still in the same place and had only used 1/4 of battery juice. My guests were so impressed they took photos of my TM. LOL My boating buddy said to me “that’s well worth $1700”. I’m seriously impressed with the new MK Living on the Space Coast, watching a rocket launch and amazing to see two boosters come in and land. Wow!
  18. Introduction and Request (WTB)

    Welcome. Not sure we ever get “our last boat”. I bought my Hewes 18 RF 8 plus years ago, kids grown & time for dad to fish the skinny water (I still go offshore with friends, but not so often). Never ever did I plan to sell her. Life changes, my wife about to retire and she is not so excited about standing on the platform sight fishing while I pole, so I found a new (to me boat). My classic Lappy is listed in the for sale section. Hewes, MA - both great choices and folks on this forum will share much great info.
  19. Old Gas

    Not your lawn mower or any small engine. Put 5-10 gallons in your truck, fill up the tank..do it again next week (assume you burn a tank a week). You might get a bit lower fuel mileage, but just burn it
  20. New (Bluetooth) IPILOT

    A few observations. Have 4? Year old 24v Ipilot on my Hewes. Love the spot lock feature, used to where buttons are on remote. Probably more hours on it then my Suzuki. Installed new IPilot last week on new boat and yesterday had a few hours to “learn”. The new TM has a spring assist to deploy & retrieve. It is a nice feature, easier to retrieve. The new TM has an on-off button. One more thing to remember to turn off...I’ll give this a negative. Remote is beefier, uses 3 triple A batteries vs. the problematic watch battery. That’s should be a plus. Feels good in the hand, works great, but buttons in different location so took (will take) a while getting used to. New TM requires a head sensor. Had to locate an out of the way location, hard wired to power. Apparently it’s fuction is to improve spot lock. My impression the spot lock is far more accurate. A bit of wind and current yesterday and it held the bow..less wondering. Giving this a plus. I did not try “jog” or build track functions. Steering seemed a bit more sensitive, not sure plus or minus.. cost about $300 more than my last one. Plus on the spring assist, plus for new battery design, minus for on-off switch, plus for improved spot lock.
  21. Lbs Test Leader - 20,30,40 ?

    River reds, trout, smaller Snook..4,10,20lb braid with 15 or 20 flouro 15-20 leader on topwater, 15-20 on jigs with paddletails. 2500,3000,4000 size reels. Nearshore I’ll up the leader to 20-30lbs. No oyster bars here, just mangrove trees and docks. Since it’s that time of year for Shad run, Sunshine bass & some freshwater there I use mostly 8 lb leader.
  22. Dry boat bag or box for important items??

    Papers in a zip lock. IF I put phone etc away, a Tupperware box works great
  23. Just pulled the AGM trolling batteries out for my new project...new owner gets new batteries. I know this awesome boat probably not gonna get $19k..but hey, no harm asking Dropped a couple of boat dollars on new project this week..be nice to replace some funds, so reasonable offer will be accepted.
  24. Transducer question?

    In skinny water not a lot of help (for me). Around bridges, useful. Offshore in deeper water (friends boats) very useful