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Bullbay posted 05-11-2001 09:50 PM ET (US)   Profile for Bullbay   Send Email to Bullbay  
Much has been said about the fantastic quality of the Classic Whalers. I have a 1989 Montauk and it is probably a CML Whaler rather than the Reebok Whaler. In any case I have a real problem with the quality of the center console cut outs for the two access doors. The cutouts of mine were both done with a saber saw (Maybe a rip saw!). In any case the edges are extremley rough and OVERSIZED! The screw holes to hold the teak on the side door are barely holes - two are 1/2 holes or less and the front door has two no holes. I have had to make a template to have something to screw the teak back in to. There was obviously no tracing pattern used when the openings were cut as they are irregular and just plain lousy quality. Is this true on any other Montauks or is mine just a slip up? Also I am having to use mending plates to give the door frames stability as the dowels have broken and are difficult to remove. Charles Warren
Dick posted 05-11-2001 10:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I have a 1999 Montauk and the workmanship and fit is excellent.
Can't relate back to your's, but I couldn't ask for better quality in mine.
an Edgewater boat.


lhg posted 05-12-2001 03:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Mine are rough cut in the console glass also, but fairly accurate. Your console migh have been done on a Friday afternoon!

On my 89 Outrage, I have had problems with the teak frame corner doweling also, and have redone several corner joints. I drilled out the old dowels and put in new ones.

I have an 86 which was made in Rockland, and an 89 which was made in Edgewater, not long after it was opened, and I've got to say the Rockland made boat has superior workmanship on all of the appointments and finish.

dscew posted 05-12-2001 06:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
My 74 Katama has a console that has what I would call rougher cut dash panel holes, and the area where the console mounts to the side clamp has some rough cut pieces of plywood for shims, but all of this is invisible to the exterior. The wood dash panels cover the holes by a wide margin, so it's no big deal. I would think the factory people would be a bit more careful, but I wouldn't want to see the prices go up any more than they already are, and the labor component of a business is its greatest expense.

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