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Old 02-21-2013, 10:39 AM
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Default 2006 HPX 18 with 150 yamaha looking for information

I am just looking for opinions on this boat. I am within 2 days of buying the boat and I want to get opinions from those people that may have fished it. I do know that Maverick stopped making the mold, and that it is totally different from the new 18 HPX. I was recently told that the boat is a wet boat but not that difficult to pole. I plan to pole 30% of the time. The current owner tells me that the boat will run nearly 60MPH. He claims that it is a good riding boat in a small chop. I plan to use the boat in FNP and Chucko. I put this on the MBC forum and received nothing back. I appreciate any thoughts.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:47 AM
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It's a decent skiff.

I've spent a lot of time on an 03 in tarpon seasons over years. It's wet and not very comfortable when it's nasty, and I remember it being heavy on the pole but I didn't pole it much.

There was a lot of room for improvement, and the 09 and later models are much better from what I have heard.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:20 PM
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ced0412 Thanks for the information. To be honest i think most all flats boats are wet and not very comfortable when its nasty, lol. I appreciate your help. The motor is brand new and the boat is in good shape. I am getting a real good deal but want to make sure I am not getting a nighmare. Thanks.
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:02 AM
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Your not getting a nightmare if the boat and engine are in good shape, it's a good boat.

When I say wet and pounding I'm comparing to other boats in it's class, and to be fair newer hull designs.
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Again thanks for the advice. I had the boat checked out at a local marina and found several problems with the steering cylnder along with other issues. Looks like I will still be in the market. Tight lines and thanks again.
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They run better with a 150 vmax than the 150 4 stroke. I had to use a little more tab than I wanted on an 04 18 hewes redfisher with the 150 4 stroke and it also stood the bow up a little more getting on plane.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:38 AM
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Thanks Capt. I dont want to sound like an idiot but what is the difference in the 2 motors. I have been told the Yamaha 150 is bullet proof but that doesnt tell you much about the performance. I dont think I am going to get the HPX but I am looking for an 18 with a 150 motor. I will be doing some long runs in FNP and Chucko. THanks for the advice.
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