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acassidy posted 06-19-2001 05:55 PM ET (US)   Profile for acassidy   Send Email to acassidy  
I have been shopping around and now might have an opportunity to purchase either a 1971 Katama (Newport) or a 1977 Montauk. I have a wife and 2 kids, 7 and 2 that I will be bringing out. I am wondering what the comfort level is between the two. Plus one boat has the older hull (blue inter.) and the 1977 have the new hull. Do they ride any different? Is the Katama a comfortable layout? Which boat would be more crowded, one having a side console and the other a center? The Montauk is some distance away but I am leaning more toward buying it. Any help would be appreciated. I wish that I could buy both. (ha ha ha) Soon to own a Whaler, Archie
gunnelgrabber posted 06-19-2001 10:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
archie,..i've been using a katama for 4 yrs.and i bought a '80 montauk for a friend that i use also..a real serious fisherman would do better in a montauk--center console,to be able to move all around;to operate standing up...the side console is great for tucking in behind in cool ,rainy conditions etc(i've had wife and 2 children and me on a thwart seat all behind the windscreen.nice and cozy..eliminates the draft on one have to lean over a little to operate standing(katama),otherwise they're both comfortable.the bow area of a katama is somewhat less adaptable than a montauk.i don't feel crowded in either one.the ride difference would only be the difference between a smirker and a pre smirker...again,both are you can tell from this sternly objective comparison that you need really can't go far wrong with either one. best wishes...lm
Bigshot posted 06-20-2001 10:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Montauk! In 76 they changed the 17 hull to a modified V and it is much smoother in slight chop. The 77 should hve the newer style foam that should not absorb water as easily. Resale will be better on the montauk as well. Engine is a factor and so is price. I love old blue hulls, but they got better with time.
andygere posted 06-20-2001 11:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
One consideration for the Montauk is that the full Mills canvas set (dodger, flying top, windscreen and curtains) is still available, and provides great weather protection if you need it. We frequently put the dodger up just to keep the spray down in windy conditions. I don't know what canvas options are available for the Katama. Also, the Montauk offers comfortable driving positions both standing and sitting.
JFM posted 06-20-2001 11:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
If you don't buy either boat let me know. I would like to find our more details on them.
I have a 13 sport '72. I fish quite a bit and would much rather have a center console. For over all boating you may enjoy the side console more.
JFM posted 06-20-2001 12:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
One thing to consider on either boat, is if you will use it for your family you will want it powered with no less than 90HP.
Bigshot posted 06-20-2001 02:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
i agree with 90hp but a 70 is not a terrible package with 4 people either. No less than that. My dad had a 62 16' with a 40, did about 28 max. Put a 100 evinrude on it in 72. Was the quickest boat on the bay(back then).
dscew posted 06-20-2001 05:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
We have a 74 Katama and love it. It has the reversible pilot seat like the Montauk, which I guess was an option over the forward facing one. The bow area is a bit more crowded than the Montauks's unless you have a cooler seat in the Montauk. I think the canvas windscreen is a plus, very classy looking. Overall, they're pretty equivalent boats though, in my opinion.

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