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Wild Turkey posted 06-29-2001 02:55 PM ET (US)   Profile for Wild Turkey   Send Email to Wild Turkey  
I just wanted to post this as a thank you to all - for the information and help contained within this website.

First, thank you "jimh" for this website and all the work and time you invest in it's upkeep.

I have a 1988 17' Montauk purchased in 1996. For years I unsuccessfully searched for information and products for my Whaler. You can imagine my surprise when I came across this website in the fall of 2000. Initially, I made several posts and received great information and advise.

A huge THANK YOU to the "experts" at this site. Thank you (jimh, bigz, lhg, Tom W. Clark, Clark Roberts, DIVE 1, triblet, kingfish, etc.) for sharing on this site your wealth of experience with Whalers. I know how valuable everybody's time is, so I just want them to know how much I have appreciated their time, knowledge and information. From their wisdom about Whalers, I can honestly say I know 100 times more about Whalers than 8 short months ago.

So where have I been lately? You probably haven't seen many posts from me (Wild Turkey) because I have been lurking for the last couple of months (working on the Montauk and studying the info on this site).

If any body is interested, the following is a list of the new items and work done on my Montauk over the last 8 months. (all performed with the knowledge and information gleaned from on this site)

1988 90HP Evinrude (repainted and new decals) remounted with cav. plate 2" above bottom of transom (I have to thank Clark Roberts for mounting height wisdom.) Doel-Fin installed (also Clark Roberts' wisdom)

Rapture 13.5- X 18-inch SS prop (42 mph. at 5400 RPM)

All teak sanded and re-oiled

Minor dings and scratches repaired with

Spectrum Patch Paste - Whaler Tan (great product, perfect match)

2001 Magic Tilt galvanized trailer w/ stainless steel hardware and Stotz bow roller

OEM rubrail

Garmin 168 Fishfinder/GPS

Raytheon fixed mount VHF (primary) / Hummingbird VHF5 handheld (backup)

Trailerable canvas cover (custom from local canvas shop)

Igloo 94 qt cooler

RPS and cooler seat cushions, tan with brown piping (Dave's Upholstery)

13.5 gallon Aqua World bait well w/ 500 gpm pump

I will post pictures soon, if any one is interested

Future projects

Teak stern seat

27-gallon Pate fiberglass fuel tank

CMC manual jackplate

Once again THANK YOU to all!!!

Chris DeArmon
"Wild Turkey"
1988 17' Boston Whaler Montauk

Bigshot posted 06-29-2001 02:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
That is a bit more than a spring cleanup!
kingfish posted 06-29-2001 03:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

It's a sickness, and it sounds like you've got a bad case of it!! (not)

Congratulations, and please do send JimH photos - I for one would really like to see the results of all those installations.

Isn't this site great? keep us posted-


simonmeridew posted 06-29-2001 04:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for simonmeridew  Send Email to simonmeridew     
Wild Turkey:
Sounds like a first class job. A couple of questions:
1. What did the upholstery job cost?
2. Was the color of the Spectrum patch paste, "Whaler Tan" or "Desert Tan"? I'll be needing some for my '84 Montauk so whatever info I can get is good.
Wild Turkey posted 06-30-2001 01:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Wild Turkey  Send Email to Wild Turkey     

Your right, the Spectrum product is called Desert Tan 1972-1993. I had a great match with that color. I have read other posts in which people did not get a good match (the suggestion is to purchase the tint kit too). In my case the color match was perfect.

The upholstery job wasn't cheap but, the craftsmanship was top notch! If memory serves:

RPS cushion (with marine plywood) - approx $260
front cooler cushion approx $90
Rod holders/backrests (2) approx $80

I remember it was close to $500 with tax and shipping.

Wild Turkey posted 06-30-2001 01:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Wild Turkey  Send Email to Wild Turkey     
$500 you say!!!!! Like kingfish says..... It's a sickness...


jimh posted 06-30-2001 05:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Sounds like a great restoration!

It is all going to be worth it. One afternoon you'll be hauling the boat out at the ramp, and a couple of guys will come over to admire it, and they'll ask what kind of boat is that and what year. And you'll tell 'em it's a thirteen year old Boston Whaler, and they'll have a hard time believing you, and they'll want to know how come they don't make 'em like that anymore!

Wild Turkey posted 07-01-2001 12:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Wild Turkey  Send Email to Wild Turkey     
It has already happened, just not directly to me.
Last time I took the boat out, I took a friend who doesn't have much experience with boating. Usually after I launch the boat ( if the ramps are not busy), I'll pull the truck and trailer up the ramp slightly and go crank up the boat. I will then tie the boat up to the pier & let it idle while I park the trailer.
This time when I got back, my friend said to me "Is your boat some kind of classic or something?"
It seems several people walked up and closely observed my Whaler in my absence. One man even said "They don't make em' like that any more".
That kind of stuff really makes you feel good.


lhg posted 07-02-2001 04:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Back in 1985, when my 1971 Nauset was 14 years old, and still in mint condition (see picture in reference section), I had just pulled it out of the ramp. Some guy is walking around looking at it. Finally says "This Bayliner sure is nice boat!"

Thanks for including me in your list of "experts"!! Boat sounds really nice.

Wild Turkey posted 07-02-2001 04:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Wild Turkey  Send Email to Wild Turkey     
Here are some pictures if anyone is interested:

Tsuriki BW posted 07-02-2001 05:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Wild Turkey...

Absolutely beautiful boat motor and trailer.. Looks better than new. Unbelievable!

Congratulations and a super job..


Tsuriki BW posted 07-03-2001 02:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Just kicking this post up a few notches..Really check out the job Wild Turkey has done on his boat. The photos are fantastic.


Whalerdan posted 07-03-2001 07:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
Where did you get the new decals for your engine? I have a 1985 Evinrude and the dealers told me they don't make them (the stickers) anymore.
Bigshot posted 07-03-2001 09:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Vinyl shops!
SWarren posted 07-03-2001 09:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
Wild Turkey,
Did that boat come from Killinger Marine in Penscola Fl? My Fathers montauk that I found for him in Chas came from there. And it has the same sticker on the back that you do. It is funny how different dealers set the boats up when they are new. His came with a Evinrude and no rod holder cushions. While the ones that were sold new in Chas like my montauk had a yamaha and rod holder cushions, with the pate tank. His had the twin 12 gal aluminum tanks.
Wild Turkey posted 07-03-2001 10:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for Wild Turkey  Send Email to Wild Turkey     
I got the vinyl through Ebay. The decals are slightly smaller than original. I tried the get the OEM decals through OMC dealers, but nobody carries them anymore. If you contact some of the shops selling decals on Ebay, you might be able to give them the exact dimensions of the lettering to get the decals as close to original as possible.

Your right, the boat originally came from Killinger Marine in Pensacola, FL. I am the second owner (since 1996). From what I understand they sold a tremendous number of boats in the 80's. They used to be a huge OMC dealer the with Boston Whaler, Grady White & Mako lines.
Also, the tank is a Pate fibreglass model. It is just not gel coated Desert Tan like most I've seen.


Wild Turkey posted 07-05-2001 11:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Wild Turkey  Send Email to Wild Turkey     
Just wanted to let "The Whaler Guy" know I'll give him a great deal on my boat.....
Oh yea.... sorry... "No salt water boats"

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