Boat And Equipment

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Your fishing platform will be a 2018 18' Hewes Redfisher.  I really like balance this boat strikes in its size for the type of fishing I do here on the Emerald Coast. It is big enough when the weather is nice to fish offshore a few miles for snapper and grouper or run down the beach tarpon hunting and can handle the bay when it gets a bit sporty.  The boat is small enough to quietly and efficiently sight fish the shallows and can comfortably handle 3 adult anglers.  The 150 hp Yamaha is quiet and fuel efficient, and when the weather changes unexpectedly and it's time to haul ass, can top out at about 55 mph.

BOAT SPECIFICATIONS

  • Length   18' 10"
  • Beam      7'  11"
  • Draft       10"
  • Fuel Capacity   31 Gallons  (means we can cover plenty of ground if necessary)
  • Capacity   4 Persons
  • Yamaha 150 HP SHO  (Hold on!)
  • Automatic Bilge Pump
  • 20 Gallon Livewell  (Handy whenever I might have to take a few livies (ugh!) out to fish with)
  • Release Livewell with recirculating pump  (Can keep a red alive if you're trying to upgrade!)
  • Helm Seat Backrest  (Makes that ride a bit more comfortable)
  • Hydraulic Jack Plate
  • Trim Tabs  (Gotta love these when running in a chop)
  • Windshield and Over The Console Grab Rail  (Helps break that chilly breeze on the early run out)

ACCESSORIES

  • Power Pole  (really helps when you quickly want to stop when you find a school of 'em)
  • Minn Kota 80 lb Thrust i-Pilot Trolling Motor  (For someone who has fished 50 years, spot lock is one of the greatest inventions)
  • Garmin 7" Touchscreen GPS / Sonar
    Elevated Casting Platform With Tarpon Cage / Leaning Bar  (Really helps the angler see the action)
  • Fly Fishing Line Management Bucket
    Yeti Coolers  (Keeps those beverages cold)
  • Go Pro Cameras  (Multiple ways to capture the action)