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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.

 

 

 

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My lappy is a beautiful rock solid boat that's almost mint.  I love fishing out of this boat, but there's something about your first sure hot chick.  I miss my old Master Angler.  Anybody want to trade for Master Angler? :)

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Don't forget about the 19' lappy that was made for a few years. It had a front/rear livewell and was plenty fast.

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On 8/5/2018 at 4:59 PM, MuddyBottomBluz said:

How about a bad *** lapstrake hewes ski boat>>>> We will call it the Maverick Wild Cat.....I like it!

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This brings back memory's. I rigged a V6 johnson on the back of one of these Hewes Wildcats back in the day.... Scary..............Had to go back and put duel opposing steering cables to keep it going straight. Those were the days.

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Having owned 2   classic 18 Redfisher and Bonefisher, a 19 Pathfinder, and a 16 classic Bonefisher, my bias is self evident.  Maverick or Hewes, both are good choices.

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On 1/18/2020 at 8:49 PM, jh141 said:

This brings back memory's. I rigged a V6 johnson on the back of one of these Hewes Wildcats back in the day.... Scary..............Had to go back and put duel opposing steering cables to keep it going straight. Those were the days.

Yeah this is the brother-in-laws wildcat, he use to race it, ran 90 with a v-4 crossflow, tricked to the max. I will try to post a picture of him airborne in the wildcat with the v-4. Your right, those were the days!! He actually built this wildcat himself at regal Fiberglass, it is a kevlar hull, he laid it himself. He worked for Bob Hewes from 1973 until he sold to MBG in 1989 and left as the master mechanic/shop foreman and went out on his own.

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Long time lurker on this site, first time posting. Picked up a 98' Bayfisher back before Christmas after studying, researching for almost 2 years, including reading everything on this site I could get my hands on. Absolutely love this boat, but I think my 2 youngsters like it more! Sure get some stares at the boat ramps here in Texas! 

 

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That's a slick skiff !!  Great Dad to have the kids enjoy the boat with you. They will be better for the time with you on the water.

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On 3/30/2020 at 11:09 PM, jkw08 said:

Long time lurker on this site, first time posting. Picked up a 98' Bayfisher back before Christmas after studying, researching for almost 2 years, including reading everything on this site I could get my hands on. Absolutely love this boat, but I think my 2 youngsters like it more! Sure get some stares at the boat ramps here in Texas! 

 

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Is that Sea Deck or another company

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