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dann2015 posted 08-07-2000 12:15 AM ET (US)   Profile for dann2015   Send Email to dann2015  
I think I have a one-of-a-kind Whaler, or at least a pretty unique one. It is a 1988 17' Newport rigged with a Montauk center console and Whaler leaning post. It was rigged by The Outboard Shop in Charleston, SC and they said they rigged 3 as CCs in ~12 years that Newports were in production. In my opinion it's a better setup than the Montauk for fishing...no rails to get in the way of flycasting, tossing a castnet, or gaffing fish...and the wide covering boards provide space for 4 flush mount Lee's rodholders like you would find on a bigger boat. I bought this boat about 5 years ago and was just wondering if anyone else had ever heard of or seen a Whaler rigged like this. Right now the boat is a little bit rough as far as cosmetics (I fish it pretty hard) but is in great operating condition (1999 90 hp Yamaha, 2000 aluminum trailer), but I've never seen another boat like this and I was wondering if there are others around.

Dan

whalernut posted 08-07-2000 04:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Dan, the center console for a Newport was an option and an expensive option! I looked at a 1977 Newport in Ohio in the spring and it had the optional console. I didn`t buy it because it was very rough and they wouldn`t budge on the price. I also think the center console on the Newport is a better setup than the Montauk. The high bow rails on the Montauk really get in the way. I have a 1973 `16 Currituck and love it. Congratulations on you`re center console Newport, I very much like that setup! Regards-Jack Graner.
MikeG posted 08-07-2000 06:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for MikeG  Send Email to MikeG     
Dan, I looked at Newport like the one you are describing when I bought my Montauk. They were sitting right next to each other at a Whaler dealer in Frazer, PA. It was a 1988 Newport with the Montauk cc and rps. It had a late 80's or early 90's 70hp Mariner engine. The dealer was asking about $13K. I went with the 88 Montauk with the 88hp engine for $10K and never looked back. The Newport/Montauk crossbreed seemed to be a fine boat, I just wanted more power and I like the high rails of the Montauk.
TomNewport posted 02-24-2006 08:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomNewport  Send Email to TomNewport     
Has anyone done this conversion. I've been thinking about doing this for a long time. It would be like a mini outrage
whalercop posted 02-25-2006 01:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalercop  Send Email to whalercop     
Actually, there are several of us here that have these types of boats, we have dubed the name "newtauk", talk to Nick, or "the judge", he is the resident expert on these models. I don't believe any of us have one with a leaning post installed.
DaveS posted 02-25-2006 05:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveS  Send Email to DaveS     
I did this about 2-3 years ago...I was going to make the total conversion from the Newport to Montauk but stopped at the consoles....I can tell you this, it can get kind of expensive if you're going to do it right...I ended up replacing the steering system in addition to the gauges, etc...here's what I did:

I ordered the console from Whaler...my local dealer didn't even know there was a part number for the console...I ordered the blank without cutouts, should have ordered it with the cutouts, would have saved me some time during the rigging. I ended up purchasing hatch covers from Cabelas and installed a tackle drawer where the door was on the port side of the console.

I then ordered the console rails from CMI where came as expected, perfect condition and fit like a glove...I then took place in the Great Whaler Revival when we had several members contact OEM to have windshields and RPS legs fabricated...(still have those legs!)

All in all, it wasn't that hard to do but you'll need to make some major decisions...are you going to go OEM, wait to see one on ebay or will you be purchasing the components from a different line of boats...ie: Carolina Skiffs, it'll really depend on how decidated to Whalers you are...

One thing I did go to offset the $$$ was to ebay my Newport console...helped out a bit...

Let me know if you have any specific questions, I'll be more than happy to share my experiences...

Good luck!

DAveS

whalernut posted 02-27-2006 09:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Holy thread resurection!! 5 1/2 years, that is cool :-) Jack.
TC posted 02-28-2006 10:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for TC  Send Email to TC     
My second montauk has a factory deleted bowrail. I ended up liking that setup MUCH more.
Bulldog posted 02-28-2006 10:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Tom, sounds like a neat setup, I had a Newport and liked the storage of the gunnels. What the heck get that old 1977 Montauk center console on E-bay right now, refinsh it, and don't look back!....Jack

PS There was no 1977 Montauk, but nobody seems to know that!

The Judge posted 03-01-2006 11:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
I have one that was ordered that way in 1986 from a dealer in Jacksonville, FL. Sweet and by far the best setup on a 17....also a very expensive setup. Mine is going up for sale real soon being I need to repower my 76' Revenge.

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