Appraisal: Pristine 1984 Montauk 17

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Appraisal: Pristine 1984 Montauk 17

Postby Sostex » Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:12 am

We recently acquired a 1984 Montauk 17 in pristine condition. It was used once in fresh water in 1984 and has been stored untouched in a warehouse since then. It is currently located in Falmouth, Massachusetts. It has 1.7 hours on the original 1984 90 hp Johnson engine which also looks new. The gel coat shines and the teak and stainless steel are in great condition. It still has the original Mills cover and many upgrades and extras. It looks to be more of a collectors item than a boat for everyday use. We are trying to assess it’s value. Anyone ever deal with a situation like this before? You can contact me directly at Thanks.

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Re: Appraisal: Pristine 1984 Montauk 17

Postby Dutchman » Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:34 am

Sounds like a great find.
Value of an older mechanical type (boat/motor, automobile, tractor, etc.) is in the eye of the beholder.
Yes it is nice to have no hours on it but modern technology in OB engines would make that boat with repower more valuable than on old 2-stroke unless somebody is truly looking for an "original"
You can do an easy search for values on Montauk 17's from that era and determine engine cost deduct/add.
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Re: Appraisal: Pristine 1984 Montauk 17

Postby jimh » Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:24 pm

A 1984 boat is too new to be really a museum or display piece. A few dealers--and Boston Whaler--have paid a premium for very old boats, say c.1960's, to use a exhibits at trade shows or at a dealer showroom.

You have a nice pristine MONTAUK 17, with a really old outboard engine. Most of the value will be in the boat. The engine might be attractive to old engine collectors or enthusiasts.

If the engine were run and shown to be in excellent condition, it would add value to a buyer looking for a boat and engine.

Classic MONTAUK 17 boats have sold for as low as $500 (where some poor widow wants to get the boat out of her deceased husband's garage), and for well over $10,000 for really nice boats. Maybe the upper bound would be approaching $20,000.

For this almost unused boat, you need to find the right buyer. Someone who wants to go fishing and get fish guts and blood all over the boat won't pay a premium. Someone who already has two or three or four classic-era boats will pay a premium for a pristine, as-new boat.

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Re: Appraisal: Pristine 1984 Montauk 17

Postby Sostex » Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:30 pm

Sorry for the delay in getting pictures. I took some quick shots with my phone and those are now posted at

You can get an idea of the boat and what it looks like. I will take better pictures when I have a real camera later. Thanks for your interest.

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Re: Appraisal: Pristine 1984 Montauk 17

Postby tcrane » Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:40 pm

Does the motor actually run? When was the motor last serviced (water pump, gear oil, carbs, VRO verified, etc.)? Has a compression or leak down test been performed? Has the lower unit been pressure tested? The value of the package depends a lot on the operational condition of the 1984 motor despite the fact the hour meter reads 1.7 hours.

What is the condition of the gas tanks? Any build up in the tanks?

The steering wheel is missing the original center cap, do you have it?

Good looking original Montauk. I just picked one up in very similar original, freshwater condition with 50 hours for $8750 and the motor was just gone through and serviced by an Evinrude Platinum dealer.


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Re: Appraisal: Pristine 1984 Montauk 17

Postby Phil T » Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:40 pm

If the engine has been sitting since 1984, it will need significant attention and replacement of select parts due to age.

Was the engine winterized in 1984? Has it been run, even on the muffs since then?

Has any work been performed since its lack of use? If not, the buyer will need to have a qualified technician review the motor prior to use. I would estimate (using a shop rate of $100/hr, + parts) it costing $500-$1500.
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Re: Appraisal: Pristine 1984 Montauk 17

Postby msuchenski » Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:51 pm

Wow that is beautiful. I paid $10,000 for boat in not nearly as good condition with a 1988 Johnson 100 which needs some work.

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Re: Appraisal: Pristine 1984 Montauk 17

Postby conch » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:33 pm

Looks very nice, though I have never seen a V4 Johnson bolted on to a transom quite like that.

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Re: Appraisal: Pristine 1984 Montauk 17

Postby dleopoldi914 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:11 pm

I have same year with lots of upgrades and a trolling motor and trailer. Also [unclear, perhaps meant "re-powered"] in 1998. I paid $5,000.