Maverick Boats have been a staple in the shallow water boating market since the beginning. There is a lot of history behind the skiff company and if boats could talk there are some Maverick boats with stories that could keep us entertained all night. I have fished with Capt Benny Blanco down in Flamingo on his Maverick HPX-T and have a few great stories of my own. The HPX-T is a tunnel hull boat that can cross extremely shallow water and jump up on plane very quickly. The boat is a fairly flat bottomed skiff so crossing open or rough waters in not ideal in this skiff. That is where the HPX-V comes into play. The Maverick HPX-V is a proven hull designed used and abused by guides and charter captains throughout the world. While it isn’t made for extremely skinny water, it will get you home safely when the wind and seas kick up. I deal with a lot of customers who have Maverick Boats and they ask me what are some of the more popular options as far as SeaDek and boating accessories are concerned. On any poling skiff, my first recommendation is to SeaDek their poling platforms and their casting platform, if they have one. Castaway Customs provides custom aluminum work as well as SeaDek so if you need a casting platform made, feel free to contact us.
For those who don’t have a casting platform and looking to kill two birds with one stone, a Yeti Cooler is a great option. The coolers are stable enough to stand on and fish while doing a great job of keeping things cold. A 35 QT Yeti Tundra cooler fits nicely in front of the console on either Maverick and easily can hold a trips worth of food and drinks. If you are looking a little larger cooler the 45 QT Yeti Tundra can be turned to run length wise in the cockpit and it still fits nicely in front of the console.
Maverick Boats have used carpet for a long time on the under gunnel areas on their boats. One of the most common jobs I do on Mavericks is replacing that old carpet with SeaDek. Unfortunately from boat to boat placement of the rod holders seem to vary slightly so there isn’t a one size fits all kit. If you would like to order a set for your boat, just contact me and I can work through the details with you. We can do almost any logos you would like on the under gunnel areas and this really dresses the boat up nicely.
Maverick Boats are known for being very stealthy and quite, but one thing that ruin it is a client or friend stomping around in the boat. We all have been on a boat with someone who isn’t exactly light footed. A cockpit kit for the floor of the boat dampens sound and makes it more stealthy when trying to sneek up on a school of skittish fish. Most layouts for our floor kits cover the helm area of the boat creating a helm pad and making it more comfortable when driving the boat also.
Depending upon where you are fishing in your Maverick sometimes staking out with your push pole isn’t a good option. For instance, many places in Mosquito Lagoon have a harder sand bottom and trying to stake off with the push pole wont work. If you are fishing down in the Everglades over a soft or muddy bottom, a push pole may work out just fine. Either way, we always find ourselves in situations where having the capability to stake out is nice. A great shallow water anchor system I recommend to my clients is the Wang Anchor. There are different mounting systems depending upon you need. They make a transom mount system and also a quick release deck mount system. Both systems have their place in certain instances. Even just purchasing the pole works great and you can just tie off to the pole with a rope. The 3/4″ solid fiberglass pole penetrates hard bottom easily allowing you to stakeout and it can easily be stored in the under gunnel rod tubes of your Maverick.
Every technical poling skiff needs one thing and that is a push pole. Castaway Customs has you covered there also as we carry many different push poles. The pole that I’m currently using and for the price can’t be beat is a Loop push pole. The Loop push pole is made from carbon fiber and is extremely stiff and lightweight. It can also be made up to 25′ 9″ allowing you to pole more efficiently.
When it comes to tricking out your skiff, these are only a few of the most popular options and products my customers ask for. The possibilities are endless and many time the only limits are created by the size of your pockets. No matter what type of skiff you have, just remember that the purpose is to get out on the water and make some stories of your own.