Quality Without Compromise at Maverick Yachts

The custom builder crafts outstanding sport-fishing machine

Geaux Fly is one of the many successful Maverick charter boats based in Los Sueños, Costa Rica.Will Drost

Mention the term 'jungle boatbuilder' visions of loin-clothed natives hacking away at hardwoods with hatchets and machetes may come to mind. But ask a knowledgeable fisherman about Costa Rica's Maverick Yachts, and an entirely different vision appears. These boats, led by the imminently fishable and world-famous Spanish Fly, are designed with the sole purpose of chasing down and catching marlin and sailfish, while also being tough as nails and easy to maintain (requirements for a charter fleet fishing over 200 days a season, year in and year out).

Maverick Yachts are hand-crafted from laurel blanco, a Costa Rican hardwood that is perfect for this application, with teak and mahogany trim. Only the finest materials are used, from West System epoxies to Garmin electronics and more. Capt. Daniel Espinoza, the famed longtime skipper of Spanish Fly, has turned over the wheel to a younger apprentice and is now in charge of the factory's production. Having someone as knowledgeable as Espinoza running the operation guarantees that a fishing captain will have input on each build. His fingerprints are literally all over each boat, and the bluewater pedigree of each model is without dispute.

Conspicuously absent from any Maverick is the use of veneer or wallpaper; all surfaces — even those that remain unseen — are faired, finished and painted for durability and easy cleanup at the end of the day. Systems are designed to be easily accessible and easy to maintain in a rigorous charter schedule.

Maverick's Larry Drivon and Will Drost hosted Marlin publisher Natasha Lloyd and editor Sam White during a recent visit to their facility, where they reviewed several models currently under construction.

Marlin Publisher Natasha Lloyd and Larry Drivon from Maverick check out a test section of plywood.Sam White
Drivon and Sea Fly owner Will Drost review plans for a new 50-footer.Sam White
The company currently has five vessels under construction but has recently purchased land adjacent to the current factory in order to expand their operations.Sam White
Drost looks out at the hull of a Maverick 50 as it receives its planking of laurel blanco.Sam White
Workers glue and nail the laurel blanco into place.Sam White
Drost holds up a piece of hardwood that will soon become part of a new Maverick Yacht.Sam White
Mahogany and teak planks dry in the Costa Rican sun. The natural method of drying is considered superior to drying the boards in a kiln.Sam White
A look at the hull of the Maverick 50 under construction.Sam White
Board-sanding is labor-intensive but it's the only way to ensure a smooth surface.Sam White
The company produces most of the boat's components, including soft goods, aluminum towers and exhaust systems.Sam White
Lloyd and Drivon discuss the finer points of custom boat production.Sam White
The line drawing of a new 36-foot walkaround, now underway in the shop.Sam White
The 36 begins to take shape, with her sleek curves and walkaround alley already in place.Sam White
Maverick Yachts has recently opened a sport-fishing center in Los Sueños just steps from the charter docks, where clients can book trips and learn more about how the boats are built.Sam White