|Sgt. Swire from the Wounded Warrior Project with the first Red on the Fly for my new boat!|
Maverick has really hit a home run with the 18 HPX-V and I can't say enough about how well the boat performs! This skiff has made me smile everyday the last 6 months I've been running charters on it with 150 hours on the engine so far. It allows me to fish places I could never fish, reach waters faster, offer a smooth ride in rough water, and most of all give me a break on the poling platform with its light weight. After the last 6 months of running the Maverick 18 HPX-V I can honestly say that it has exceeded my expectations as a full time guide by providing the ultimate skiff for my waters here in Beaufort, SC. The only thing I don't like about the boat is how much time I spend washing it after every trip trying to keep her looking new!
|My 2013 Maverick 18 HPX-V|
|Full speed 52mph at 6000rpms with a sweet rooster tail!!|
I realized after the fly fishing side of my business was the strong point that I need a technical skiff that could allow me to get shallower and pole easier. But after looking at all the technical skiffs I started to realize I'd lose the ability to run 3 person light tackle trips. My first initial thought of the 18 HPX-V was that it was too big to be a "real" technical poling skiff but when I got on the tower with a push pole in hand, that changed my whole thought of the boat! It poled with ease and went shallower than I ever imagined. Not to mention poling completely silent in chop and tracking better than any boat I've ever poled.
|Doubled up on the Fly!|
|Tailing Redfish on the Fly|
Running this boat taught me what a true technical poling skiff was all about and to hear the surprised reaction from all of my friends and customers who have small technical skiffs is amazing! Not only does this boat perform excellent on the poling platform but handles rough water with ease and keeps you dry. I now can run faster and farther on windy days which has given me a step up as a guide. Its a good feeling knowing I don't have to limit my days to the elements like I used to do because now running a boat that can handle just about anything you throw at it. In reality of the last 6 months the Maverick 18 HPX-V has allowed me to catch more fish not only being able to run farther and faster, but being able to go really shallow to fish areas no one else can fish.
|Back creek red on the fly|
Being next to the boat the whole time at both events really made me realize how special this boat truly is. Seeing the response from everybody who came to see the boat was immense! Made me proud of my gal and proud to be working in such a well made skiff. The pastel green two tone package really turned some heads and brought a lot of attention to the booth at Barrier Island Marine. Being able to tell and talk to people about the boat was a ton of fun and I look forward to going to more boat shows in the future because when you tell people about the boat it really sells itself. Not to mention all the new customers and friends I met at both of those boat shows! Also made it down to Miami for the Miami International Boat show and hung out in the Maverick booth which was a lot of fun meeting and talking to Maverick guides and owners from all over the country!
|At the Charleston International Boat Show|
|At the Savannah International Boat Show|
|Gotta love a guy landing his first red on the fly!|
Hope everyone comes to see them for the 1st Maverick Owners Tournament here in Beaufort on June 1st! It will be a great event and offering very good fishing here in the Low Country for Redfish, Cobia, Trout, Flounder and many other species we have inshore the month of June. I sadly will not be there because of a new venture guiding for the Ponoi River Company on the Ponoi River in Russia for Atlantic Salmon until October.
Below is the list of all the upgrades I ordered for my 2013 Maverick 18 HPX-V and photos to show all the goodies.
-Two Tone Pastel-Green Deck
-Yamaha F115 for Shallow draft
-Yamaha Pro Series 21 stainless prop
-35 Gallon Fuel Cell
-Hydraulic Tilt Steering wheel
-Black Out Powder Coat Package
-Advanced Livewell Bubbler System
-Flush Mount Capable Center Console
-3 Optima Blue top 6 pack batteries
-Gel-Coat Matched Cooler Seat
-3 Rack Stainless Steel Rod Holder
-Custom Maverick Ameritrail Trailer
-Aluminium Wheel Upgrade
-Trolling Motor Ready System
-Nautical Wrapped Steering Wheel
-Garmin 740s Touch Screen GPS with in hull inducer
-Minn Kota ST Trolling Motor with Ipilot
-Quick Release Minn Kota Bracket
-Under Gunnel and Storage well LED Lights
-3 Bank 24V Onboard Battery Charger
-Blade 8ft Black Power Pole
-V-Marine Push Pole Holders
-Tibor Push Pole Caddy
-Stiffy Hybrid 21 Push Pole
|Pastel Green Hull, Black Powder Coat Package, 8ft Blade Power Pole|
|Tall Center Counsel, Nautical Wrapped Wheel, Garmin 740s|
|Two Tone Pastel Green Deck and Back Powder Coat Tower|
|Two Tone Pastel Green Deck|
|Ameri Trail Trailer|
|Optima Blue Top Batteries|
|V-Marine Push Pole Holders, Stiffy 21ft Hybrid|
|35 Gallon Fuel Cell, Optima Blue Top Battery|
|3 Bank Stainless Rod Holder|
|Two Tone Package Lids|