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by Oldslowandugly
Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC
Replies: 55
Views: 2443

Re: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC

In my area I see E-TEC motors everywhere. Especially on boats that were originally equipped with Mercury motors. Re-powering with E-TEC motors is (was) a thriving business. I always planned on getting one when and if my 27 year old 48SPL quit for good. "We will continue to supply customers and ...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon May 11, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Sometimes you are dealt a raw deal, but then something really makes big impact on you
Replies: 12
Views: 873

Re: Sometimes you are dealt a raw deal, but then something really makes big impact on you

What an admirable tribute. Looks like you have a great team behind you. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
by Oldslowandugly
Fri May 08, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Closed Boat Launches and Marinas
Replies: 22
Views: 1505

Re: Closed Boat Launches and Marinas

[My trailered boat is] in [the water]. As far as I can tell, the ramps [are] still closed. I found a sneak spot. I'm just in time for a snow event. More boats [are] in than last time I looked.
by Oldslowandugly
Mon May 04, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Closed Boat Launches and Marinas
Replies: 22
Views: 1505

Re: Closed Boat Launches and Marinas

I am about ready to launch. I went down to my marina for a look-see. A very few boats are in. Again, mainly the "last out- first in" bunch. No water turned on, nothing fixed, nothing ready to go. The docks are covered with busted clam shells. The wind was howling and the water is cold. Now...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon May 04, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 38
Views: 2159

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

That is why I added the non-skid additive to the entire deck. Remember my decks were beyond horrible so a paint job was necessary. But that made adding the non-skid a no-brainer. I even added it to the varnished hatch. Yes, it is not as pretty. But no one will go skating off the side. I wear scuba d...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Introduction to the Forum Software
Topic: BOT Storm Abates
Replies: 5
Views: 501

Re: BOT Storm Abates

My G-Bodyforum gets hit too. It usually shuts it down for days and the administrator has to jump through hoops to get rid of it. My question is- WHY? Are computer skilled people THAT bored? Or just evil?
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Source for Replacement Railings
Replies: 12
Views: 648

Re: Source for Replacement Railings

What's wrong with Specialty Marine rails?

I have used [rails from Specialty Marine] for my Sport 15 boat, and it's been ten years in salt water and no problems. I have been very satisfied.
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Source for Replacement Railings
Replies: 12
Views: 648

Re: Source for replacement Railings

I bought bow rails from Specialty Marine [for an unspecified boat]. The rails were very good quality.
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Apr 24, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Closed Boat Launches and Marinas
Replies: 22
Views: 1505

Re: Closed Boat Launches and Marinas

I just took a ride to my marina to see what the situation was. The really big boats that stay in the water all winter were of course there. Other than that there was only two others. Both are fishing guys that wait until the very last minute to haul out- and are the very first to go back in. They to...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Closed Boat Launches and Marinas
Replies: 22
Views: 1505

Re: Closed Boat Launches and Marinas

That is a terrible consequence of all this. But not unique. When I was searching for open ramps I came to the Point Lookout ramp, right off Jones Inlet, which is by far the most used ramp in the area. It too was undergoing an extensive overhaul. I saw bulkheads removed, the parking lot torn up, and ...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Closed Boat Launches and Marinas
Replies: 22
Views: 1505

Re: Closed Boat Launches and Marinas

"They actually put giant boulders in front of the ramps here. " Yikes that sounds drastic. Here if there was a gate they locked it. No gate they parked a work truck on the ramp with a sign saying it was closed. Then there is one State ramp that is as far away from the inlets as you can be ...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Engine Mounting and Bolt Orientation
Replies: 8
Views: 357

Re: Engine Mounting and Bolt Orientation

I have always mounted the motor with the bolt heads on the outside. The reason is that the motor "lip" that overhangs the transom keeps the motor from being removed cleanly from the transom without removing the bolts. If you mount the motor raised that is possible, but I don't, I rest it o...
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Closed Boat Launches and Marinas
Replies: 22
Views: 1505

Re: Closed Boat Launches and Marinas

From what I have seen there are boats stuffed right up to the front gate at every marina. All were still shrink-wrapped. No one was allowed in to work on their own boats and the yards were shut down for any maintenance. Couple that with the cold wet Spring and I figure the earliest any boat will mak...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Closed Boat Launches and Marinas
Replies: 22
Views: 1505

Re: Closed Boat Launches and Marinas

Beach Channel is closed too. I even heard they will ticket you for launching. Then too I dissagree with lumping fishermen with "recreational" boaters. There is a huge difference between a boat full of partying people and a lone fisherman.
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Apr 17, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Closed Boat Launches and Marinas
Replies: 22
Views: 1505

Closed Boat Launches and Marinas

The Governor of New York State has closed all boat ramps and service marinas due to the pandemic. My own is open because they offer no services. But I need to find a sneak way to get my Whaler in the water. I have even heard some are launching from surrounding states and motoring home. I live in Que...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Apr 17, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Engine Mounting and Bolt Orientation
Replies: 8
Views: 357

Engine Mounting and Bolt Orientation

[This topic has been separated from another repair topic. This topic is discussing the method of mounting an engine. To discuss how engine mounting height affects performance, please see the PERFORMANCE forum. This discussion is in regard to the process of mounting, particularly the location and ore...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Apr 17, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Re: RACOR Filter: removing filter from manifold and bowl
Replies: 9
Views: 381

Re: RACOR Filter: removing filter from manifold and bowl

"This tool is clearly designed to be used on several different diameter circular bowls." --Agreed. Where in the world would that huge wrench fit and be able to clear the mounting surface?!? Only the biggest filter it fit would be able to swing it. Maybe if the filter was mounted to an over...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Re: RACOR Filter: removing filter from manifold and bowl
Replies: 9
Views: 381

Re: RACOR Filter: removing filter from manifold and bowl

Yes, I agree that is not the ideal location. But on this boat flat mounting surfaces are rare. Moreover any fuel leaks can then drain out the scuppers instead of dripping into the boat itself. Jim--I hope you have room to turn the RACOR wrench or even the strap wrench. I had a miserable time getting...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Engine Splash Well Lower Mounting Bolt Damage
Replies: 7
Views: 406

Re: Engine Splash Well Lower Mounting Bolt Damage

The engine was installed with the bolts down too low. The surface is curved there and the stress of the bolts just broke right through the fiberglass. After getting any water out I would fill the bolt holes completely with an epoxy like Marine Tex right through to the outside of the transom. Then fi...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Apr 16, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Re: RACOR Filter: removing filter from manifold and bowl
Replies: 9
Views: 381

Re: RACOR Filter: removing filter from manifold and bowl

You are probably right: the wrench likely is not always necessary I hand tightened the filter, too. But the first time I tried to remove it the filter and bowl would not budge. I finally got a strap wrench around the filter and took them both off together. Then I had to put the filter in a big vise ...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Apr 16, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Re: RACOR Filter: removing filter from manifold and bowl
Replies: 9
Views: 381

Re: RACOR Filter: removing filter from manifold and bowl

The RACOR fuel-water separator filter I am using is mounted flush to the transom. When I tried to use a RACOR wrench to remove the bowl, the wrench hit the transom. Even with the bowl off, a strap wrench can barely fit between the filter and the transom. I decided to space the filter housing away on...
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Apr 05, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1988 SUPER SPORT 15: Drawing showing placement of interior
Replies: 3
Views: 323

Re: 1988 15' super sport

That is a gorgeous boat, and the work was well done.
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 38
Views: 2159

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

Jim the last hatch was plywood and I had rubber feet at the outer ends of the rear section. I did notice that when my grandson stood on the open hatch it bent slightly. Being plywood it took the stress and rebounded. The mahogany is made of sections and I was afraid it would split them apart. As for...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: A novel way to change a water pump impeller
Replies: 7
Views: 469

Re: A novel way to change a water pump impeller

Very clever! Sure beats the poor guy I saw trying to do that on a boat in the water. I still can't believe he did not drop a single thing. I told the people watching whatever you are paying him it should be three times as much.
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1986 Montauk Steering Wheel Cap, Bezel
Replies: 4
Views: 283

Re: 1986 Montauk Steering Wheel, Bezel

[Boat steering wheel caps are sold on] eBay.

Caps from Boston Whaler are expensive.

I have a Teleflex plastic bezel that has stood up very well.
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Mar 28, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 38
Views: 2159

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

The new hatch looked a lot better before the ruler and the wood blocks went on. Of course it did. Much like a spanking new hull looks better than after it is fitted out. The oak was handy, and I had no mahogany pieces like that. I have used rubber feet before. They did not last. I also considered s...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 38
Views: 2159

Adding Non-skid Filler to Varnish

hatchAlmostFinished_.jpg I am considering trying [to improve the traction of a glossy varnish surface by adding a non-skid material to the varnish]. My recently home-made front hatch is now varnished. When the fish hit the deck, the bow cockpit area gets very slippery. The old painted plywood hatch...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 38
Views: 2159

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

http://continuouswave.com/forum/download/file.php?id=5459 The almost finished hatch. The stainless steel ruler [seen above screwed onto the hatch ] was cleaned up and varnished. The little wood blocks are oak parquet flooring. The [opening front] hatch rests on them in the open position.
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Classic 15 Replace Steering Wheel and Helm
Replies: 13
Views: 751

Re: Classic 15 Replace Steering Wheel and Helm

If you are going to replace the helm, the physical dimensions of the replacement helm and the space available behind the console may dictate which model you will use more so than an anecdotal recommendation. This is very true. The smallest is the Safe-T, which is why I used it. The Big-T probably w...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Classic 15 Replace Steering Wheel and Helm
Replies: 13
Views: 751

Re: Classic 15 Replace Steering Wheel and Helm

Just get a new cable. They are readily available and not hard to change out. The head unit is probably fine. Mine is over 20 years old and in great condition. I have only ever seen one helm unit go bad. The original helm that was in my boat was busted where it would not turn more than a few degrees....
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1989 15 Sport: Sealing Holes from old Fasteners
Replies: 5
Views: 388

Re: 1989 15 Sport: Sealing Holes from old Fasteners

Wow what a score--that boat is beautiful. I also have a 48SPL engine, and it is just about perfect for the 15-footer. I agree [with jimh] about the seats. First try those seats, then try sitting down low where the originals would be. See how your back and legs react. I think you will find the curren...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Classic 15 Replace Steering Wheel and Helm
Replies: 13
Views: 751

Re: Classic 15 Replace Steering Wheel and Helm

What steering do you have now? I would appreciate any personal experience you may be willing to offer. I used the Teleflex [now known as SEA STAR SOLUTIONS--jimh] Safe-T Quick Connect. The QC merely means that I can remove the cable at the helm by inserting a wire clip tool to disconnect it. Older m...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Classic 15 Replace Steering Wheel and Helm
Replies: 13
Views: 751

Re: Classic 15 Replace Steering Wheel and Helm

More information about modified steering console: P7240458_01_.jpg I used the long lasting mahogany on the deck where the console is mounted. I did not want the console screwed into just the fiberglass deck as the strain would be excessive. I made a base that is screwed and glued down with 3M-5200. ...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 38
Views: 2159

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

The Sun came out! Here is the top side with the hinges. You can just see the old hole that I plugged. That used to be the center so you can see how much I cut it down by. The 17-footer hatch is about five inches wider than the 15-footer hatch. Length was almost the same.

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New hatch top side
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by Oldslowandugly
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 38
Views: 2159

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

It is solid mahogany, as my prior plywood hatch did not stand up to the abuse. It is not a single plank though. It looks like it was doweled and glued from many small planks. Then they added the reinforcing pieces on the back. Those look to be screwed and glued. I was able to cut it so each section ...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Classic 15 Replace Steering Wheel and Helm
Replies: 13
Views: 751

Re: Classic 15 Replace Steering Wheel and Helm

I used that same flip-back cooler seat, and it is nice for dry storage. I used a very small TODD center console as there is not a lot of room on the 15-footer. P8230503_01_.jpg I see no reason why a small steering wheel would be a problem unless the loss of mechanical advantage made the steering eff...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 38
Views: 2159

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

The two pieces of the hatch are not joined. The hatch was made by Specialty Marine as a single piece to fit the Montauk 17. I cut it down to fit the Sport 15 well. Then I cut it to make a folding hatch. There are two Perko hinges on the other side. The larger piece stays in place while I lift the fr...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 38
Views: 2159

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

[The illustration below shows] where [the project to create a replacement hatch for the SPORT 15 has progressed] so far.

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Fig. 1. New reproduction hatch for SPORT 15.
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The braces underside keep the hatch located nicely. It can't slide out in rough seas. I had to fill in the original hole with the plug I cut for the new hole.
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Powering Above OEM Rating
Replies: 27
Views: 1415

Re: Powering Above OEM Rating

"Boats under 20' and under fall under the Federal Code CFR https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CFR-2002-title33-vol2/pdf/CFR-2002-title33-vol2-sec183-43.pdf" I used that very formula to determine the max power rating for my 1969 Lund 18' aluminum skiff. It had no capacity plate. It turned ...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Six Questions: 17-footer with 90-HP
Replies: 4
Views: 524

Re: Six Questions: 17-footer with 90-HP

Good plan. When I had to remove my tilt assist the biggest hassle was getting the long mounting bolt out. That is the one that goes through both side brackets and the unit mounts on. It is under saltwater almost all the time. Mine was horribly corroded, the nut was stripped, and it took a long time ...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Updating Seating for 15 Center Console
Replies: 7
Views: 741

Re: Updating Seating for 15 Center Console

What about something like this Tempress high backed bench seat? https://tempress.com/store/48-Folding-Boat-Bench-Seat-p97903361 https://dqzrr9k4bjpzk.cloudfront.net/images/172240/654998801.jpg If it is not tall enough you can adjust the height by spacing it above the plank with another plank. You co...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Six Questions: 17-footer with 90-HP
Replies: 4
Views: 524

Re: Six Questions: 17-footer with 90-HP

I think adapting the 25 inch shaft is more trouble than it is worth. If the 90 hp is otherwise working perfectly I would concentrate on fixing the tilt pump. First I would take the pump off and disassemble it. Clamping the pump body in a vise and trying to get the broken bolts out will be a challeng...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 38
Views: 2159

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

Now I have six coats of clear polyurethane on both sides of the hatch. It looks just as good as the factory finish that was on it from Specialty Marine. It is a very hard finish to sand, so I think the wood is well protected. Now, I am putting the Schooner varnish over that for a UV filter. I usuall...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 38
Views: 2159

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

Hi RichS. Thanks for that info. Makes sense. But in my case the layers right on the wood are doing fine. It is the top layers that peel. I assume it is UV light as well as salt peeling layer by layer.
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Updating Seating for 15 Center Console
Replies: 7
Views: 741

Re: Updating Seating for 15 Center Console

That is a very clean boat. Good find. I can suggest, while keeping the original wood and railing, attach a short pedestal seat to the wood bench. The pedestal for boat seats come in many heights. To the pedestal you can mount the high backed seat of your choice. I also hated the short bench seats in...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 38
Views: 2159

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

WOW that helm console is the nicest looking wood I have ever seen. I looks like molded plastic it is so smooth. I can only imagine the craftsmanship that was involved. I agree the winter cold is not my problem. It is the summer sun, the salt, and the abuse my boat sees. For what I put it through the...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 38
Views: 2159

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

"Geez, the things you don't know about owning million-dollar yachts." Ain't that the truth. There is a Zillion dollar mega-yacht at my marina. It hardly ever moves and when it does it limps home from some mechanical disaster. Usually when the owner insists on piloting it himself instead of...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 38
Views: 2159

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

I used [natural oil based varnish] on my boat's stern bench seat. [That finish] is 40 years old. All I have ever done was give [the varnish] a quick sanding and a few thin coats every Spring. But at the end of the season it is flaking and peeling a bit. Thus, the re-coat. I guess for the abuse [the ...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 38
Views: 2159

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

The 207 hardener is made for clear coating and has UV protection Thanks for that [information and hyperlink]. I see now how WEST System resins work. The Schooner is still needed as a cover coat. Your cover looks exactly like the one I got from Specialty Marine with the exception of the white lines....
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 38
Views: 2159

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

So West System epoxy will protect the wood but then that must be protected as well. I will investigate the West System epoxy. The Schooner varnish is very high in UV blockers. That sounds like a plan. For the wood I bought a blemished cover for the seventeen foot Montauk at a steep discount from Spe...