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21' Maverick Poling Platform

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Hey Guys, I'm new to MBG Forum.Com and just purchased a 2007 / 21' Master Angler with a 250HP VMAX. This is not my first "flats boat" and I am old enough to know that when trolling motors were NOT an option...., you actually had to pole a boat on the flats to get around quietly. My new 21' had the poling platform removed and sold - I guess. My question is: I found and can buy a used poling platform off of another 21' and install it exactly where it's supposed to go but really...., can this boat be readily poled w/o the pole'r being a gorilla?  I mean granted, the platform does give you a huge height boost but the boat sure looks clean w/o the platform. Thanks in advance.   

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Been there couldn't do that...LOL. I've been on multiple 21' "flats boats' and the polling platform usually is great for looking from an elevated position and not so much for long term poling. You can definitely pole it if you know where the fish are and you want to ease up on them, but scouting around for even a few hours and you'll realize it's not fun especially if there is any wind at all. With the remote trolling motors now as well, you can stand up there and run the TM by yourself which is awesome. 

The boat was built with one on it standard and I would highly recommend having one for the height advantage alone. 

BTW...you're not allowed to mention you have 21' MA without showing pics!!! Welcome to the forum. Lots of great, knowledgeable peeps on here. 

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1 hour ago, FMB MEGALOPS said:

Been there couldn't do that...LOL. I've been on multiple 21' "flats boats' and the polling platform usually is great for looking from an elevated position and not so much for long term poling. You can definitely pole it if you know where the fish are and you want to ease up on them, but scouting around for even a few hours and you'll realize it's not fun especially if there is any wind at all. With the remote trolling motors now as well, you can stand up there and run the TM by yourself which is awesome. 

The boat was built with one on it standard and I would highly recommend having one for the height advantage alone. 

BTW...you're not allowed to mention you have 21' MA without showing pics!!! Welcome to the forum. Lots of great, knowledgeable peeps on here. 

Oh yea..., PICS!!!

 

These are the sellers posted pics and the hull color is "stars & stripes"... not my favorite...,  I just put in a new Garmin 74CV  chirp and have a host of other "fixes" in the works. I'll post the original buyers invoice that came with the boat. It's a Southwest Florida boat.  

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Very cool! That's a rare piece of perfection right there! Heck if you can I would put a poling platform on and a front casting platform on it. Depending on where you live there are a lot of guys on here that you can reach out to to help with that. 

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15 hours ago, JT Quinta said:

Oh yea..., PICS!!!

 

These are the sellers posted pics and the hull color is "stars & stripes"... not my favorite...,  I just put in a new Garmin 74CV  chirp and have a host of other "fixes" in the works. I'll post the original buyers invoice that came with the boat. It's a Southwest Florida boat.  

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I saw this boat for sale online.  I actually sent the link to a friend of mine but he chickened out.  Nice boat!  I have a 21 as well.  I have never attempted to pole it and doubt I ever will.  I use my platform as a look out point and a nice table to eat a sandwich.  I'm certain I could pole the boat, but wouldn't want to do it for long!

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I pole my 18 just fine, but I'm not chasing bonefish across large flats - I'm back in marshes chasing redfish short distances.   Having said that, with a wireless trolling motor, that poling platform becomes REALLY nice - you stand up there as a lookout point and run the trolling motor via the remote.   I've never felt like the poling platform gets in the way, and in fact, I've found it fantastic for rod holders, especially when staked out.   There's more to a "poling" platform than poling.   

Heck, if nothing else, it makes a really attractive (and very expensive) spoiler for the boat!

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well duh.  Jeez, Nag, how else will you know you are cool?  No need to state the obvious on this forum, Nagster, we are all edjumakated.

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Dang, that pic in the middle is exactly my boat.   Fighting lady yellow, Vmax 150, big ole console.   Only difference is that mine has an upgraded poling platform.  

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I think they look sleeker without it, but that's cause mine doesn't have one, but I do miss the altitude at times. 

It also serves as a nice seat/beer holder(and as a stabilizer when getting rid of the beer).

 

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I have a 21 Redfisher and yes it can be poled  under the right conditions. Definitely will get a workout if you try poling into the wind or tide. You will probably find it is more of a controlled drift in most cases..

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OldestCityLocal..., Good Looking 21MA. That looks like a Minn-Kota Ulterra at the bow. How difficult does it install?  I have an manual "old school" 80lb riptide but it mounts way further back on the deck.  Do you have good access underneath the deck to use locking nuts and washers? Which one did you get, the 36V / 112lb./ 60"....?  

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Honestly I had my local shop install it. They said it was easy enough though. Used lock nuts. I bought the 24v 60” and couldn’t be happier. It will hold me in anything under 3kts of current. 

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Well, here's the poling platform that was installed. I also did a thourough polish of the gelcoat which brought her back to life. Not too many complete colored hulls other than white. 

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On 5/20/2018 at 8:21 PM, JT Quinta said:

Well, here's the poling platform that was installed. I also did a thourough polish of the gelcoat which brought her back to life. Not too many complete colored hulls other than white. 

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I like the color, don't see many like it. Great boat-- and better to have the platform then not.  Better to fish from when  in an inlet or anchored up or in the rough, otherwise you end up grabbing the cowling, good place to sit when relaxing etc......

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