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Old 10-30-2020, 10:52 AM
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Thinking about a project boat. I want to be able to fish our shallow bays in relatively calm conditions. The Hewes Redfisher has always caught my eye as a good looking boat. I am not some badass back country pole guy so that functionality is not a big deal for me. My one constraint is that I am 6'2'" and need to be able to stand and run the boat ( my back does not like to sit in the chop ) and that's often been a problem with most flats style boats I have seen ( low console ). I am guessing I could do one of those riser blocks on the hyd helm? What is the overall consensus for this model?
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I had an early 90s model Redfisher once, and I was amazed at the ride. I don't think you can really stand up to drive it, but I never found it necessary even in the chop. I would recommend it if you aren't planning on doing a bunch of poling.
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Great ride! You have to stoop a hair but you can 100% run it standing up. I am 6'1" and have run one many times. Excellent all around hull. Make sure you get one with a 175 or 200. Very stable platform as well.
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I owned one for a couple of years. I'm 6' 3" and it was not comfortable driving standing up.
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Thanks so far - good input... any years better than others - construction wise?

Mike do you think a riser block on the helm would have helped?
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What year range? Hewes consoles are not great standing up (im 6 foot)
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Originally Posted by ono loco View Post
Thanks so far - good input... any years better than others - construction wise?

Mike do you think a riser block on the helm would have helped?
It would have to be fairly large to help plus you don't have anything behind you for support while standing.
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Thanks Mike - sounds like the ride is pretty good so maybe just for running around in the shallows it will be fine. I'm not going to be crossing any large bodies of water.
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Originally Posted by linesider 159 View Post
What year range? Hewes consoles are not great standing up (im 6 foot)
not sure - any idea when they started building them? looking for a project so prob something in the 90's. I noticed the new 18 Redfisher has a taller console so maybe I could just do a different console.
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The lapstrake Hewes, the popular and beautiful ones, were started in the 70s. If you want one of those, I'd look for a 90s model. No wood and a great ride. I don't know how well you'll be able to stand and drive, but you could always have a custom backrest made. I grew up on two. An 80s model with the livewells in the rear, and, a 93 that dad bought from Capt. Rick Murphy himself. I loved that boat.

As far as the newer versions, 2000 or 2001 when they started building them, I have no knowledge of how those ride. Different hull than the original lapstrake models.
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Not that you won't get good advice here but you may want to go over to mbgforum.com and look around. Not as active as here but good info and some good guys that should be able to answer all your questions.
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I’ve got an 02 RF18. Outstanding flats boat. Pick your day to go offshore if you choose.
I standup with no issues in traffic. Lenco tabs are instant response.
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As mentioned here the mbg forum is a wealth of knowledge for the info you are looking for. My mild rebuild is on there. Hewes stopped using wood in 1989. My 1990 Redfisher 18 is solid all around construction wise but I did have to replace the fuel tank. The ride, storage, and the lapstrake styling really does it for me. Get compliments all the time. Im 5'11 and its doable but not that comfortable driving while standing.
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Thanks all - yes I like the old lappys too...
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'The lapstrake Hewes, the popular and beautiful ones, were started in the 70s. If you want one of those, I'd look for a 90s model. No wood and a great ride." Agree. Had a 92 18RF for many years. On a rebuild look at the fuel tank for probable replacement.
As to standing to run.. done it, but I'm only 5'10' and was much more comfortable to sit and drive.
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Had two 18s and a 21. If you wear a size 12 shoe or larger get the 21.
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Had one built in 1992. Great skiff, powered by a Yamaha 115. Plenty fast and a super stable platform while at rest. I'm 6' and never had any major issues standing while underway - wouldn't want to do it for hours but for short hops no problem. I used mine in Barnegat Bay NJ, Montauk and Harkers Island.
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If it's a project boat, why not add a "tower" like this Yellowfin: 2016 17 Yellowfin
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Not sure what your budget is, but here's one that may be what you're looking for.
https://miami.craigslist.org/brw/boa...223991686.html
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Originally Posted by on deck View Post
Great ride! You have to stoop a hair but you can 100% run it standing up. I am 6'1" and have run one many times. Excellent all around hull. Make sure you get one with a 175 or 200. Very stable platform as well.
90's Redfishers have a 150 max Hp rating.

To the OP
I think running one standing would be more uncomfortable than sitting. I think you will be hunched over without some sort of modification to the console to raise it. There is also a gutter right where your heels would go when standing which would also make it uncomfortable. Good riding boat with a classic style but I'm not 100% sure it would be the boat for you.

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