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Have a 2007 Tailfisher that's in great shape.  Looking at and HPX-S both have Yamaha 70 4 stroke.  The tailfisher can get some spray and drifts some. I really like it and it's in great shape.  I may have a pretty good opportunity. The HPX-S is a 2018.  The engine on my tailfisher is a 2016 with 130 hrs.  Does the Hpx-S handle better.  I know you'll get some spray and that's the trade off with a technical skiff, is there less on the Maverick? Any insights appreaciated - Thanks

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The Maverick will be a MUCH better ride. It is actually a very dry ride for its size. Arguably one of the best riding flat bottom skiffs out. The bow entry slices through the chop. The cap extends a lot further out than the hull which really helps to stay dry.

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The S and the HPX-V are two very different boats.  You really need to "drive" the S, and it might not be as versatile as the V.  The V will be better in choppy water, and probably a little more stable.  But if you want a technical polling skiff to fish really skinny water, the S is a terrific skiff.  

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I think he is comparing the HPX- S to the tailfisher, I don't think he's considering the V.  I think you will see improvements in stealth, dryness and ride, but probable gonna give up a little on stability at rest going to the Maverick.. 

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Talk to DonH on the forum ...the S's are tippy....if you are young and agile...no big deal...but, realize they do not sit as stable as a "v" or the Tailfisher you currently have....

Not sure i would trade up to an S from a Tailfisher....as they are similar in draft, etc...maybe a bit less beating in a chop with the "S"....but not much...and it willl pole better...

If you are looking at an 18-V, whole different story.

 

dc

 

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