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tightloops posted 02-27-2001 10:35 AM ET (US)   Profile for tightloops   Send Email to tightloops  
Can anyone tell me if this is a good deal on a 1977 Montauk. Its in good condition, needs bottom paint and a few rub rail fixes, some motor wiring work. The teak is in not so great of shape from the boat being left uncovered in this guys driveway, but the pieces are in one piece. Any comments on what could happen when left uncovered like this for I think about a year in Maryland?
The motor is a 1990 70hp evinrude with low miles and looks to be in fine condition...The trailer is also in great condition and from the early nineties, and is of the proper type...He wants $3300.00...I know its hard to say not seeing it but any input would be great say if everything did turn out to be kosher...Thanks in advance...
gf posted 02-27-2001 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for gf  Send Email to gf     

The engine and trailer alone are probably worth the $3300! Jump on this deal before someone else does!
david in boston posted 02-27-2001 10:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for david in boston  Send Email to david in boston     
I would do a compression test of the engine and take a look at the lower unit gear oil to see if there is water in it. It will be milky color if water has gotten into the lower unit. at least run the engine on a hose for awhile to see if it overheats. the water coming out of the engine should be warm but not hot. might need a new impeller -should have a new impeller every 2 years anyway. test the trim/tilt. Check the hull for any signs of repairs below the waterline. tap the hull with a rubber mallet all over for dull thud sounds indicating the foam inside is wet or delaminated from the glass skin. this is a problem with older whalers and hard to fix. look at the thru hull lift eye in the bow to see if it has come loose or is damaged in any way. look at the transom for soft spots indicating the wood core is rotted. does the engine sit flat on the transom or does it indent into the glass? look for stress cracks in the motor well walls. If everything checks out I think that is a great price. -David
Georgian Bay Boater posted 02-27-2001 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Georgian Bay Boater  Send Email to Georgian Bay Boater     
Tightloops, you had better act quickly before "the whaler guy" gets this BOAT and charges you double cash !!!!!
andygere posted 02-27-2001 01:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
The hull and trailer are worth $3300 alone. Get the cash and buy it today. You won't regret it. Thousands of these boats have spent decades swinging uncovered on moorings. A year in the driveway shouldn't do any serious damage.
whalernut posted 02-27-2001 04:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Tight, if I had the time and the money, I`d make the time, but if I had or could come up with the money I would seriously think about that boat at that price, even if it needs a little elbow greese! If it is in fair condition snatch that sucker up! Regards-Jack Graner. P.S If the engine was in salt water and not rinsed and then sat, there could be internal damage to the engine not seen. I bought a "pig in a poke" salt water engine once and it was corroded inside!
Landlocked posted 02-27-2001 08:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
For what its worth.... I bought a 77 Montauk with a 78 Johnson 85 last year for 6,200. The owner was asking 7,800. The boat is in excellent shape. The Woodwork was in poor condition but was easy to remove and required very little effort to sand smooth. 5 coats of Tounge oil later she looks like a new.
tightloops posted 02-28-2001 12:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for tightloops  Send Email to tightloops     
What about stress from sitting on the trailer for a while...The trailer is the proper type but would over a year of sitting on a trailer be hard on the boat...what about the weight of the engine on the transom? Thanks in advance..besides "whaler guy" this forum is fantastic and has some terrific participants! -tightloops
Clark Roberts posted 02-28-2001 05:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Tightloops, buy it! Clark... The Old Man and the Sea
david in boston posted 02-28-2001 09:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for david in boston  Send Email to david in boston     
my 72 whaler sat on its roller trailer for 5 years uncovered in a driveway in N.H. burried in snow and rain and leaves. It was a mess when I bought it. I just cleaned it up and buffed out the gelcoat and it looked like new. David
JimU posted 02-28-2001 10:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
Buy it!!! I just bought a 1970 bare hull Katama that my son and I are restoring. Paid $1400. Boat only, no trailor, no engine
Landlocked posted 02-28-2001 12:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
I have two whalers - the montauk I mentioned in my earlier post and a 72 Outrage. Both have been kept on trailers since new.

Buy it, Buy it, Buy it.

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