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Everything posted by johnd

  1. Pricing my boat???

    As broker I can access actual sales vs asking... in Fl recently basically same sold for $45k. Earlier this year a 2016 model sold $52 in SC. you appear to be priced in the right area. Btw: lots of skinny water in Fl we have to cross to get to fishing spots too.
  2. Visiting MBG on Wed

    While MBG does scheduled tours, with his interest in a specific model there is one in the build, so we enjoyed a very thorough interesting tour this morning. You ever watch on TV "how it's made"... just like that but 1000x better. We arrived an hour or so the cap was about to placed on hull, so we got to see all the plumbing, wiring, etc open..a final inspector double checking everything..then watched as bonding applied and cap put in place. These are not your father's Cobia, but we already knew that. Yes, a production boat but it's the process that most impressed me. Charlie took us everywhere on the floor..from the CNC machines cutting stringers, every mold in process, watched wire harness being made (each for a specific customers build), the pieces and parts from mold thru finish to install. Then we went to area the Mavericks &Hewes were being made..fully bagged infusion. So yeah, as a proud Lappy owner I had to wear my Lappy shirt. We watched 4 guys lift a cap for a Maverick (or maybe an RF) out of mold, flip it and place on trolley. I had to look closely at mold...one of the workers walked over to give me fist bump for my shirt! Cool. looked at the new 32 Cobia that had just returned from FT Lauderdale show, looked at 28(?) DC model, i really liked the newish 301 ...but of course I'm a skinny water guy at heart, so I kept peaking over at the skiffs.
  3. Visiting MBG on Wed

    Thanks for the extremely prompt response Charlie. My "boss" is seriously thinking about a Cobia 344 and wants to learn more. I sent message to Charlie the awesome marketing guy and within an hour he coordinated a visit on Wed to factory. I'm going along for the ride, heck it was 1999 when Mr. Deal was kind enough to give me a tour (result: so impressed years later when kids grown I bought my Hewes). Can't wait to see all the cool new boats!
  4. 2010 Hewes Redfisher 16 now avilable

    Bumping this as owner (health issues) is paying monthly storage & wants gone. My guess a "reasonable" offer will take this home. Call Chris 321-848-6030 for details
  5. Here is the listing for the RF 16. Friend of guys at SeaDek.. obviously from the photos. Only thing missing is a PowerPole or Talon.. everything else is there! Call my friend Chris (info in the listing) or PM me. This is sweet.. I'm almost tempted to list my Lappy for a new boat.. almost I do know the owner has serious health issues and can no longer use his boat. A serious offer will probably be accepted, he needs it sold. john http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2010/Hewes-Redfisher-16-3142075/Rockledge/FL/United-States#.WeacFUyZPow
  6. A Lot of Water in the Bilge

    Not sure if that's the problem, but it is a problem! As you discovered you are too old to be crawling under boats ( ha!) did you notice coming from this hole? Turn off power (auto bilge), lower front of trailer so that hole is nearly lowest part of boat, put plug in and hose a little water directly into bilge..if water comes out, probably the issue. Either way...got to be repaired.
  7. WTB: Hewes Bonefisher 16 v Maverick 17

    RF & BF are, I think, same hull. Difference is deck design. Thus response vs. MA should apply to either. (Somebody correct me if I'm wrong please)
  8. 1992 Redfisher Lappy - maybe

    Dawv: fortunately I think I am over that 'get a new boat' brain fart. Love my Lappy and at least for the time being, gonna keep fishing her. Best of luck finding a boat for you and son.
  9. I may regret this, but thinking about selling the Lappy. Basics: Suzuki 140 (about 550 hours, recent service, all records), Talon, IPilot 24volt, Garmin Sv (7 or 9.. I don't recall), covered in Sea Dek, battery chargers, 2 AGMs (1 year old), 2 cheap starting batteries, (maybe the Carbon pole or I might keep), alum trailer with NEW torsion axle (3500 lbs).. offset helm gives bigger dance floor. Grayish gel coat is really worn and faded. Caught a really nice top of the slot Redfish this morning.. I use this boat, it does not sit in a garage or get waxed every month. Its a fishing boat and a really good one. OK... if I put this on the market is it a crazy $18 or $15 or nearer to $12 boat. (BTW - the SeaDek doesn't look this nice anymore.. had a lot of fish slime, hooks, etc) not sure I want to push the publish button.....
  10. Minn Kota Talon 12' for sale

    PM sent
  11. following Irma and then a Sunday evening with 9-12" of rain, the IRL and local 'rivers' are still super high. Thanks to posting of open ramps.. be extra careful at the ramps. As the water recedes, north winds blowing and its down maybe a foot, the ramps and wet docks are super slippery. Had the chance to get out couple times in last week or so. different places and too often fighting the winds. Rivers around 80 degrees, very few instances of algae .. BUT clarity is horrible. October is my favorite time to sight fish, the Reds are schooling. I drifted up on a school of overslot fish on Monday in under 2 ft of water. I didn't see them till they were maybe 3-5 ft from the boat. Catching lots of trout.. all small to lower end of slot. I've landed trout that are not much bigger than the finger mullet that are filling the rivers. So it's a bit different this year...
  12. 2010 Redfisher 16

    Buddy is about to list a 2010 Redfisher, 90 Yamaha, custom SeaDek, IPilot, trailer. Garage kept. Located Merritt Is. mid -$20's. details to follow, if interested please pm me.
  13. A Lot of Water in the Bilge

    Are your livewells fully dry? I found crack in livewell hose that kept filling into bilge
  14. Are you still looking?
  15. Boat Ramps Open/Closed

    Thanks for posting!
  16. if like the RF, very difficult to thru bolt. Upsize the lag bolts (in fact I drilled and added 2 more in the transom plates).. fill with 4200. When we removed to modify the guy that put back on used the old lags.. it was super wobbly! So that's when we fixed with thicker lags and 4200.
  17. Port Canaveral area south to Melbourne, following the bait. Starting to show..we went 0 for 1 yesterday (a short morning). Update: Tuesday my buddy fought huge fish over 2 hours!
  18. Storm Shutters

    I read the HD product, seems the same as other..absorbs water with some type of polymer. Darn. All I want is a hotdog shaped bag I can fill to create a ***. For now, heavy lawn garbage bags filled with water is my solution for keeping flood from son's garage
  19. Storm Shutters

    I found "aqua ***"... even their smallest at 50' way too large for my need. Looked at the absorbent bags (see post above) and not sure would work..like sandbags they saturate . Haven't tried, but the link to Home Depot seems like right idea Home Depot http://www.homedepot.com/p/Quick-Dam-12-in-x-24-in-Expanding-Barriers-6-Pack-QD1224-6/203556244 http://aquadam.net/ Well this will not work as smallest one they make is 50' long
  20. Storm Shutters

    Bought the thickest black yard trash bags at BJ's. Kind you use for grass & yard trash or construction waste. Didn't put too much water in. I'll ask my son, but think he just twisted really tight. I'm going to try and find the commercially made one that looks like a hot dog.
  21. Generators

    Considering natural gas/ multi fuel option. When City was repairing our water lines (no water or power) they cut the gas feed to neighborhood...following the excitement of Hazmet team closing area we got gas back. So much for nat gas only option. Ran a 4000 unit first few days..ran the fridge, fans...borrowed a 7500 and wired into house. Ran everything but stove, pool and AC...and lots of trips to gas stations with the associated standing in long lines. The sound of generators (and chain saws) is pretty common in my neighborhood. Yeah, FPL is darn cheap vs. gas generators. After that year of 4 storms my neighbor put in 13500 system uses LP or gas. Runs whole house...and I think I want, but having trouble justifying cost to use maybe 5 days a year. But oh, those 5-7 days are no fun. Following this thread as I consider what the options are and what my pocketbook affords.
  22. Sunrise: top water. Concave face that pops or Skitterwalk. always have a light jig head with 3-4" paddletail (color depends on water color). Sometimes 5" jerk bait on light weight hook. Mirrodine mini. All the stuff in my tackle box and basically these 4 lures I use 90% of time shrimp pattern fly and .this time of year when Reds are nose in the mud, I tie a stupid looking black/brown piece of yarn that kinda looks like a worm and let it sink. If i "must" catch, chunk or live bait...but that's rare in my world (it is however the guides go to so their clients catch).
  23. Storm Shutters

    Just a thought: have French doors on back patio. Rain (and pool) pushed 2-3" of water to patio and during Irma water did come under door frame (not much but PIA). Previously I had put plastic sheet up 3', taped to floor and a couple sandbags and that kept out water. my son's house is low and during Mathew water came into garage (faces NE). Sandbags didn't help. This time we put a sheet of plastic over door & about 3' into drive. Instead of sandbags (time & work) we filled big black plastic bags with water and made a ***. Worked great! Plus each bag could do 3 toilet flushes after storm & no power or water. Idea came from "water ***" we saw on tv.
  24. Hewes 18 vs maverick

    Learning..thanks for all input (as usual). I fish an old RF, neighbor has an 18MA. Seems his MA rides smoother than my RF. I like his platform. That said, the old Lappy floats with 2 people & too much gear in 11-12" of water. Pretty easy to Pole. Easy to push off or over sandbar (been there done that). If all I did was pole in really skinny water, the RF would not be my choice. But 80% of the time I fish alone, use TM in 18-24" of water, run cross the river in a chop (RF runs into a chop great, but wet when running with the wind/chop). The older hulls are not, at least mine isn't, a 50mph boat. There's a lot of MBC owners in your area, if some would be kind enough to take you on various models, might help your decision. (You could always have them take you to your favorite secret spots in exchange for a ride..😊 ) Let's us know what you get and why you chose. All the best
  25. SeaDek cost on Hewes 16 Lappy?

    One section of my deck is very worn, otherwise looks really good after 3 years..always in the sun and constant abuse. Love on bare feet..seems the boat is quieter too. Thickness is huge impact on price. I like when using a net, leads don't bang on glass and it washes off easy.