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Post  Russell Vrhovac on Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:01 pm

Anyone on the forum have experience with the MLB Sneak Boxes? I was looking at the Chuck Huff or Zack Taylor boats and they look nice but there isn't much info on the website. Thoughts???
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Post  Craig F on Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:28 pm

If you want the chuck huff, save some cash and just find a higbee in good shape. It's the same boat, just stretched a bit with a very large cockpit.
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Post  Ryan McGinty on Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:31 pm

I actually have 2 higbees for sale if your intrested. the one has the 2 man hatch so it is alittle more stretched out and that boat has never even been painted you can still the grid pattern on it from the mold.

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Post  Russell Vrhovac on Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:00 pm

Ryan,

I would have to sell my current boat first which is a homebuilt (not by me) cedar over mahogany ribs SneakBox first in order to liberate the appropiate funds. What is your opinion of the Higbees? I like my boat but was starting to consider something lighter in fiberglass. I have considered too getting a tandem trailer for two boxes so i don't have to hunt alone. I know someguys like the wood boats, as do I too but sometimes the weight is an issue. Do you know the approx weight of the Higbees, max HP and other information.


Ryan McGinty wrote:I actually have 2 higbees for sale if your intrested. the one has the 2 man hatch so it is alittle more stretched out and that boat has never even been painted you can still the grid pattern on it from the mold.
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Post  Ryan McGinty on Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:01 pm

me and my brother both have them and really like them. the only reason we are talking about selling is because we are always hunting with more guys. the max horse i beleive is 15 i run a 15 honda 4 stroke on mine. not sure about the top speed but they move pretty good. i have always felt very safe in mine even when it gets ugly out. i know alot of guys perfer the wood boats because there more stable but i have never been in one so i cant really compare. if it helps any my higbee with me a my dog run dead even with a 15' john boat with a 25 hp with a guy and dog. if your ever in the south jersey area your more than welcome to take one for a run somewhere i am always up for getting out on the water.

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Post  mtessar on Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:14 am

How much are you selling them for?
Ryan McGinty wrote:I actually have 2 higbees for sale if your intrested. the one has the 2 man hatch so it is alittle more stretched out and that boat has never even been painted you can still the grid pattern on it from the mold.
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Post  Scott Salzer on Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:35 pm

I have a Huff and like it. Mine is newer. The older ones flex alot from what I've been told. Mine has the diab foam glassed into the floor.

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Post  Ryan McGinty on Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:35 pm

mine has a 15 hp 2001 honda electric start ready to hunt for 3,200 and my brother has the one with a 84 15 hp johnson for 2,200

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Post  David "swampy" L on Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:14 am

Save your money and buy something proven! Lot of issues! I can put you in touch with 2 folks that have MLB HUFF's and HATE THEM. One Guy in NH has glas cracking and MAJOR hull flexing and the boat is only 2 years old and kept GARAGED!

Also bad reports on the new ownership......MUCH MUCH Better Box's out there!

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Thanks for the replies.

Post  Russell Vrhovac on Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:37 am

I am definately getting mixed reviews on the MLB Boats. I am sure that they are fine boats and as with any boat manufacturer they will have their pros and cons. I will probably keep my wood box for the time being. I have had no real issues with it to speak of and I am definately better with wood repairs than with fiberglass repairs. The thing I really like about the glass boats are the lighter weight and lower maintenance. I also like the smaller lighter ones as I was comtemplating in the future of getting a tandem trailer to put two of them on. Maybe I will just build two smaller ones later. Twice the fun! Thanks for all the comments guys, they are very helpful.


David "swampy" L wrote:Save your money and buy something proven! Lot of issues! I can put you in touch with 2 folks that have MLB HUFF's and HATE THEM. One Guy in NH has glas cracking and MAJOR hull flexing and the boat is only 2 years old and kept GARAGED!

Also bad reports on the new ownership......MUCH MUCH Better Box's out there!
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Post  Buck C on Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:47 pm

As others have said. Look for a Higbee. I have 2 MLB layouts, both are good boats but I bought a Higbee when one came along.

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Post  nybrowndawg on Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:18 pm

I have the 8th Huff box made by MLB. I think it's a great boat. Wide open hammering waves with my 9.5 and not an issue. I'm estimating 15-20 mph (haven't GPS'd it yet).

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Post  Kevin Stupp on Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:40 pm

Russell Vrhovac wrote:I was comtemplating in the future of getting a tandem trailer to put two of them on.

That's why we've built a few 2 man boxes. Same basic design, just wider. Super stable and really low drafting.



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Post  Davey Welsh on Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:37 am

Kevin, do you have a picture of how the blind works right in front of the gunner? I like that idea, just curious how it is held upright.

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Post  Kevin Stupp on Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:05 pm

Davey Welsh wrote:Kevin, do you have a picture of how the blind works right in front of the gunner? I like that idea, just curious how it is held upright.

Davey, I'll see if I can find a picture. Not sure if I have any of the blind on the inside.

Basically it's a 1/2" conduit bow that sit into a loose 2 hole hanger on each side of the cockpit. From there to the transom is a canvas with grass that snaps in place. From the bow up is plastic bristles (from a shop broom) that are sandwich between 2 strips of 1/4" luan. That is attach to a 3/8" copper bow. I use that so it bends a little to make small adjustments. That bow can be atttached to shoot through the bristles or hinged to flip down.
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Post  OTTO BRAUN on Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:34 am


i have had one for 3 seasons. it is 14" and i run 25 Yamaha on it. it is fast! its faster then the Roy boats. i got a chance to run 3 this summer 2 12' with 25s and 14' with a 40 all Yamaha. some were quick but not as quick as the huff. the Roy boats are great boats and ride a lot smoother then the huff because of the deep v. but they also draft a lot more. and the huff also hides easy in low grass. James is delivering my brother one in September. it runs great with a 15 also.


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Post  OTTO BRAUN on Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:41 am

here is a pic of the first time i had it out. just sitting in the grass at the dock at high tide.

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Post  Scott Salzer on Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:42 am

Wow, I can't believe you run a 25 on yours Otto. I run a 15 Yamaha and the thing hauls a$$.

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Post  Kevin Stupp on Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:46 am

I know guys that run 25s on 11' Schellinger Low Boxes. They tell me they can hit 40mph. You don't have to run it wide open though.
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Huff box with a 25

Post  nybrowndawg on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:28 pm

I have a picture of Jamie running the prototype with a 25 on it and it was planing and haulin A**. How do you have the front lights mounted? right to the racks?

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Post  OTTO BRAUN on Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:23 pm

i machined a bracket out of aluminum and plated the other side of the hull with a 1/4" stainless steel plate.

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Post  Scott Salzer on Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:09 am

I'd be scared $hitless at 40 mph!

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