18.5 Master Angler

Maverick Boats-Review of Master Angler 18.5

The Maverick Master Angler 18.5 is billed as having the smoothest ride of any inshore boat in the world. After having spent a few days and nights in one with Capt. Larry L. Fowler, I can't argue that claim. It is a full sized skiff with plenty of storage, (the current model has nine dry storage compartments) a large release well (20 gallons), and is very stable with a 7'6" beam.

The large decks offer plenty of standing room, and the gunwales are wide enough to walk on when fighting a fish, an attribute I can personally attest to. The non-skid surfaces make for sure footing, and the flush deck and gunwales eliminate potential problems there as well.

The boat ran well for us in water that would have been a rough ride in some other boats, crossing wakes without any of the usual banging on the hull. The hydraulic trim tabs allow the boat to run with a bow-lowered attitude, but with the motor trimmed out. We ran through water that was very shallow, thanks to the rise built into the hull.

Maverick offers a smaller version, the Mirage 2, a 17'2" that will float the flats in 9.5 inches of water. The Maverick Mirage 2 offers many of the fine features on the 18'5" Master Angler.

Maverick also has a version of the 18'5" boat with lockable rod storage, as opposed to the under gunwale storage of rods. The rod lockers add a mere 25 lbs to the 950 pound boat, and make the gunwales even wider. A 9 1/2 foot rod will fit in those 2 lockers. For any further details, or brochures, contact Maverick at the address on this page, or visit their web site. Click here to visit Maverick Boats.

Master Angler 18.5

Maverick Boat Company, Inc.
3054 Industrial 34th. Street
Fort Pierce, Florida 34946
(561) 465-0631
Toll-free 1-888-SHALLOW

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