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  • "Spanish Flys" Seacraft question

    On the fishing show "Spanish Fly", his seacraft has an enclosure over the motors. Is that something that can be used as a fishing platform? If not, what purpose does it serve? Does anyone know who makes an over the motor fishing platform. When fly fishing with a buddy it seems like my friends always take the good fishing platform in the bow and i get stuck in the stern, getting hung up on everything. So ideally I'd like to be higher up when casting and spotting. I know flats boats have a platform, but didn't know if they make them for larger boats?
    [br]Michael R. Delgado[br]1972 Mako 22[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=15745[br]1976 Mako 25[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=18013&SearchTerms=mako,25[br]

  • #2
    I thought ol' Jose Webe fished a custom Sea Conch? He used to fish a custom Seacraft back in the day that was really nice. I may be wrong though, but don't tell the wife ... []

    You can have a custom platform build by any good T-Top builder I would think. Talk to Jim from Archtecmarine, I'm sure he has ventured that way before. For your application, seems like a perfect solution, or possibly throw the fishing buddy overboard... [88][88]
    Artie Sutherland[br]Rude Attitude -\'76 Mako 25 CC. - SOLD[br]1976 Mako 21[br]2002 Yellowfin 31 - 300 hp Suzukis[br]Gulf Coast, Mississippi[br]

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    • #3
      I'm not sure about standing on it. I've never seen one up close.

      What it's really for is to stop splash on a cutout transom, keep the motor noise down and the smell of 2 stroke out of the cockpit.

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      • #4
        I was told that the reason for the faring was to keep the motor noise down when filming so Jose didn't have to shout at the camera.

        It wasn't designed to stand on.
        Capt Kevin ~~~><((((*>[br][br] 2520 MVSC \"Chesapeake Edition\"[br]Annapolis, Maryland[br]http://ClassicParker.com/

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        • #5
          Interesting! I wonder if I can get one of those covers for my girlfriend?
          [br]Michael R. Delgado[br]1972 Mako 22[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=15745[br]1976 Mako 25[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=18013&SearchTerms=mako,25[br]

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          • #6
            Kinda like a female "Cone of Silence"!!!!
            Dan[br]Pass Christian, Ms[br](currently in Slidell, La since that little thunderstorm in 05!)

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            • #7
              This guy put a poling type platform over his engines...

              http://adcache.boattraderonline.com/6/7/9/79653679.htm
              Sarasota, Florida

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              • #8
                One way to keep your flyline from tangeling on anything on the deck is to lay down a piece of small mesh netting (like a piece of an old shiner net) over the problem areas. This usually will stop any of the hang-ups as the line will fall on the netting and not on the deck. You can also try a large plastic garbage can (cut off to the height you like with the cut edges smoothed out) to strip your flyline into and to keep it ready to go, but contained on deck, while the boat is running to the next location.

                Mike
                1973 22 CC Milford, CT USA[br]

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                • #9
                  Those are some good ideas mike. I also like the poling station over that Mako, but I wonder if it is easily removable in case you have engine trouble and need to take the engine cover off?
                  [br]Michael R. Delgado[br]1972 Mako 22[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=15745[br]1976 Mako 25[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=18013&SearchTerms=mako,25[br]

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                  • #10
                    When you install a poling type platform, the platform needs to be tall enough so you have clearance to remove your engine cowling when the motor is tilted up. Depending on how the platform is attached to the legs of the platform, you should be able to remove the platform part pretty easily if you need to. I had one that was was attached to with four bolts.
                    Sarasota, Florida

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                    • #11
                      SeaCraft offers the cover for the 23 also as a factory option. It does keep noise down, but also has a cutting board on top for rigging bait and chunking. The 23 looks really cool with it, but in the 32 you can't trim the engines up for shallow running. It seems strong enough to stand on, but it's a pretty small area to be on (ie you're gonna fall on your @$$).

                      I've seen old Whalers converted to flats boats, and they have custom aluminum platforms over the engine. Can't see why it wouldn't work on a small Mako, especially the 17.
                      Past:[br]1988 Mako 230[br]1987 Mako 20C (best of them all)[br][br]1974 Mako 15[br]Miami, FL[br]

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                      • #12
                        Don't know if you have ever fished on a boat that has a poling platform but I really have never seen anyone that actually uses it to flyfish from. It's to high to be stepping off an edge while you casting and once you hook up you cannot control the fish as easily as you can at water level. The first time I got up on one was really scary, especially when the boat started to rock back en forth. If you bent on an elevated platform that is over you motor to flyfish from, I would suggest trying it before you spend a lot of money and find it's not practical.

                        Mike
                        1973 22 CC Milford, CT USA[br]

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                        • #13
                          We now have a custom T-top etc. Branch of the company making tops for Mako-Sea Craftand more in Sarasota area!!!

                          E.M.&C. can build it all and at a Mako club price!!!

                          Just put the Hard top on mine, Can make a removable poling platform for any size. Look for custom goodies soon as I am making trident rod tulips and extensions now.

                          Jim

                          Contact me for more info after the Crystal river Funament.
                          June 2009 Bimini Fishing Extravaganza---------------------------------------------------------------[br][br]Photo by Martha Costa.................................. Photo By George Poveromo...........................[br][br]2005 Mainship 400 Swift Trawler, Twin 240 Yanmar\'s w/thruster [br]sales distributor of: 2010 11\' Bluewater Baby w/2011 25hp Tohatsu 4str.[br]dinghiesndavits.com [br]ex: 1975 20a Mako[br]ex: 1992 221 Mako[br]ex: 2000 George Poveromo Edition 282 Mako[br]ex: 2002 George Poveromo Edition 282 Mako[br]Sarasota / Bradenton Fl./Falmouth, Ma. Cape Cod / Andros Bahamas[br]Founding President www.ManasotaMako.com

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                          • #14
                            The engine shroud on the SPanish Fly serves several purposes...to cut down on engine noise, prevent fly lines from getting fouled in motors and it also serves as a bait cutting station.

                            I believe the idea for the engine shroud was developed by Edey & Duff of Mattapoisett, MA.....builders of the CONCH 27.

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