A ver­sa­tile walkaround de­sign emerges from the Pa­cific-based builder

Marlin - - RUN & GUN - BY SAM WHITE

In to­day’s boat­ing mar­ket, it seems big­ger is bet­ter. Sport-fish­er­men now reg­u­larly ex­ceed the 70-foot mark, and even out­board-pow­ered cen­ter­con­soles are car­ry­ing price tags ap­proach­ing seven fig­ures. Few builders seem in­ter­ested in boats un­der 40 feet, so it was truly re­fresh­ing to see a new de­sign from Mav­er­ick Yachts.

The Costa Rica boat­builder is per­haps best known for its tough-as-nails char­ter boats in the 43- to 50-foot range, but the com­pany has in­tro­duced a new model that re­ally turned our heads: the Mav­er­ick 36 Walkaround. I had a chance to fish aboard Hull No. 1, Su­per Fly, out of Los Sueños Re­sort and Ma­rina, where we put the boat through her paces in real-world con­di­tions.

Step­ping aboard with Capt. Rudy Ar­guedas and Mav­er­ick’s sport-fish­ing di­rec­tor, Chris­tian Ro­jas, it was im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent that this boat was de­signed to fish hard, a lin­eage shared by all Mav­er­icks. Mav­er­ick Yachts owner Larry Drivon says the boats are built for hard use — up to 3,000 hours of op­er­a­tion per year — while also fea­tur­ing an at­trac­tive de­sign and su­perb fit and fin­ish. “When you fish as much as we do, it’s im­por­tant to in­cor­po­rate easy main­te­nance and eco­nom­i­cal op­er­a­tion in the build wher­ever pos­si­ble,” Drivon says.


De­spite an over­all length of just 36 feet, the boat’s cock­pit is siz­able — Ro­jas and I had plenty of room work­ing all day with two mates, and ad­di­tional an­glers wouldn’t be a prob­lem. Large live baits are eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble in a set of tran­som-mounted tuna tubes be­neath a fit­ted hatch that elim­i­nates splashes and rat­tling while un­der­way, while an in-deck livewell has room for smaller baits. The boat’s teak cov­er­ing boards and deck mir­ror the look of much larger yachts. Where most boat­builders would go with non­skid fiber­glass, the Mav­er­ick’s teak deck pro­vides softer foot­ing, bet­ter trac­tion and it also doesn’t re­flect the sun’s glare. A solid ma­hogany toe rail and trim fur­ther ac­cent Su­per

Fly’s un­der­stated beauty and clas­sic game-boat lines.

A pair of aft-fac­ing seats pro­vides the per­fect spot for an­glers to sit com­fort­ably while watch­ing the spread, with plenty of stor­age be­neath each seat. For­ward, the helm deck of­fers ad­di­tional seat­ing in an L-shaped lounge to port. And while there is a lower sta­tion with helm chair, the mar­lin tower is the com­mand cen­ter for the boat. It’s de­signed for all-day com­fort; in fact, Ar­guedas rarely came down from his perch up­stairs dur­ing our trip, even when run­ning to and from the fish­ing grounds. The tower gives the cap­tain ex­cel­lent 360-de­gree vis­i­bil­ity plus con­trol of the elec­tric teaser reels. A sin­gle Garmin mul­ti­func­tion dis­play at each sta­tion of­fers plenty of in­for­ma­tion; com­bined with the open-ar­ray radar, spot­ting birds is a cinch, even at rel­a­tively long ranges.

The high­light of the boat’s lay­out is the deep walkaround. With the sin­gle­spreader out­rig­gers mounted high on the tower, Su­per Fly has an amaz­ing amount of un­ob­structed fish­ing room that ex­tends all the way to the bow. This boat will eas­ily ac­com­mo­date a va­ri­ety of fish­ing styles, whether you need to fight a blue mar­lin all the way around the boat, deep-jig for yel­lowfin tuna or spread out the kites for a sail­fish drift.


As you would ex­pect from a 36-foot day boat de­signed for a busy char­ter sched­ule, the be­lowdecks ar­range­ment

is com­fort­able yet easy to main­tain. On the star­board side is a full head, along with a sim­ple gal­ley with fresh­wa­ter sink, re­frig­er­a­tor and mi­crowave. To port is a sin­gle bench bunk, with a V-berth all the way for­ward. Tackle stor­age abounds, with draw­ers and cub­bies built into ev­ery bit of us­able space in the boat. A self­con­tained We­basto 16,000 Btu air con­di­tioner keeps things very com­fort­able, even in the trop­ics. Var­nished ma­hogany trim adds a nice touch of el­e­gance through­out the boat’s in­te­rior. A pair of 420 hp Cum­mins QSB 6.7L en­gines re­sides in the bright, Awl­gripped en­gine room, along with an 8 kW Pha­sor gen­er­a­tor for house power. Ac­cess to all main­te­nance points is ex­cel­lent, and the bilges are faired and painted for easy cleanup.


Naval ar­chi­tect Er­win Ger­ards de­signed the boat’s hull, while the over­all lay­out was the re­sult of in­put from hard­core fish­er­men and char­ter cap­tains in the Mav­er­ick fleet. The hull is cold-molded lau­rel blanco, a Costa Ri­can hard­wood known for its dura­bil­ity, as well as com­pos­ites and ma­rine ply­wood. The top­sides are com­pos­ite in or­der to keep the weight down.

As we ran to the fish­ing grounds, we noted a cruis­ing speed of 27 knots at 2,800 rpm, burn­ing an eco­nom­i­cal 24 gal­lons per hour. Su­per

Fly tops out at 33 knots, fast enough to re­lo­cate to a dif­fer­ent spot in a hurry dur­ing a tour­na­ment. The Cum­mins en­gines pro­vided plenty of

power and torque, mov­ing the boat ef­fort­lessly on plane with­out a hint of hes­i­ta­tion or smoke. And be­cause Mav­er­ick Yachts is truly a cus­tom builder, the 36 can be con­fig­ured for a Sea­keeper gy­rosta­bi­lizer and up to 550 gal­lons of fuel ca­pac­ity.

We started our day at a well-known reef about 25 miles from Los Sueños, where we caught a sur­prise 250-pound blue mar­lin — a first for Ro­jas — just 10 min­utes after putting the lines in the wa­ter. A few sail­fish re­leases later, we put the tuna tubes to work as we switched to slow-trolling live bonito, hop­ing to find a black mar­lin for a grand slam (we ac­tu­ally raised a black but it faded away with­out a bite). As the day wore on, Ar­guedas spot­ted birds on the radar, so we sped off­shore and loaded the fish boxes with 25- to 40-pound yel­lowfins un­til it was time to call it a day. Su­per Fly proved to be a nim­ble, com­fort­able fish­ing plat­form, and she backs down like a de­mon.

“We put ev­ery­thing we have learned over the years of build­ing Mav­er­ick boats, and spend­ing thou­sands of days on the open ocean, into this new de­sign,” Drivon says. “And that ex­pe­ri­ence has paid off. The 36 is de­signed to per­form as a great-rid­ing off­shore day boat that could do well in a very wide va­ri­ety of fish­ing sit­u­a­tions, in Cen­tral Amer­ica or in the United States.”

And thanks to a re­cent agree­ment with Saun­ders Yacht­works in Gulf Shores, Alabama, Mav­er­ick hulls may now be ei­ther fully com­pleted in Costa Rica or im­ported into the United States and fin­ished at Saun­ders. Own­ing a beau­ti­ful, truly cus­tom sport-fisher has never been eas­ier.


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