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ValkariaKid posted 07-28-2001 10:36 PM ET (US)   Profile for ValkariaKid   Send Email to ValkariaKid  
Hi guys and gals-

My name's Paul, and I've been reading all the great posts here for the last month because I just bought my first boat. It's a '79 Montauk with an '88 Johnson 90 V4, VRO. It has all of the original teak trim and RPS, front bow cushion, cooler w/cushion, Raytheon 365 fish/depth finder, an old VHF radio that is in great shape,a 1 year old bimini top and console cover, and the tailer is an '88 EZ-Loader with a powerwinch.
I bought it from my girlfriend's father who wanted to sell it to get a pontoon boat. When he said he wanted to sell it I asked him how much. He said he'd put it in the paper for $2500, and he'll be happy to get $2000 for it. I said hell.. I'll give you $2000 right now for it! His reply was.. "nah.. for you $1500" We shook on it and the next morning I RAN not walked to the bank! I wasn't really looking to buy a boat, but this deal was just too sweet to pass up, and I like this boat. I've used it a few times in the last year when we came to florida on vacation from New York, and it was a blast! I ended up moving here (sebastian, FL) two months ago, and love it.
Anyway.. for the last month I've been doing alot of work on the boat. It was mechanicly sound, but it needed alot of help in the cosmetic dept. The teak was in terrible shape, the gelcoat was ckalky, and the RPS cushion was torn.
So far I buffed and waxed the whole boat inside and out, Reupholstered the RPS cushion, redid the teak in the RPS and the bow hatch because they were in the worst condition. I replaced the 2 12 gal gas tanks with new Tempo ones. I had to re-wire the bilge pump, and bow light because they were shorting out under the console. The boat runs great, and so far I had it out 5 or six times in the last 2 weeks to iron out all the glitches.
Today I had it out on the ICW, and discovered another glitch.. a BIG glitch. I was crossing another boat's wake at about 25mph, and lost my footing, and slipped to starboard. I held onto the wheel to keep my balance and the whole console followed me to starboard!
Apparently the console is secured to teak or mahogany blocks bolted to the deck along the sides of the console that had rotted, and the screws pulled through the rotted wood.
It suprised me, but wasn't such a big deal. I simply nudged the console back to where it should be, and headed home.

Toorrow I'll take out the console and inspect the damage. (I want to rstore/rewire the console anyway)

Well... I just wanted to introduce myself, and tell all of you about my boat that I intend to keep for a very long time. I've taken alot of pictures, and would like to post them somewhere for you to see, but I don't know where to post them.

This forum is great, and has been VERY helpful in the restoration of my Montauk.

I look forward to reading and posting to this forum in the future.


Landlocked posted 07-28-2001 10:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
Welcome Paul,

Sounds like you got quite a steal on that boat. Hang around - I know you'll learn a lot here. If you come across anymore 1500 montauks by a dozen or so.


pizano1 posted 07-29-2001 01:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for pizano1  Send Email to pizano1     
YOU SUCK!!! Oh, welcome to the club.
Dan posted 07-29-2001 09:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dan  Send Email to Dan     
Paul, congratulations on your new boat. I used to have a Montauk and had the same problem with the 4 wooden teak pieces that secure the console to the deck. Wound up, scraping away the rot and filling in with epoxy, then completely refinishing.
Tom W Clark posted 07-29-2001 11:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

You belong in jail for theft!

The loose console problem is very common on the older Montauks before Whaler started to use aluminum angle to secrure it. Same thing happened on my '80 MOntauk. For more on this subject, check out:

ValkariaKid posted 07-29-2001 12:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for ValkariaKid  Send Email to ValkariaKid     
Thanks Tom-

After posting last night I thought about the repair. I decided to use aluminum angle stock bolted on the inside of the console and finished with the teak trim on the outside. That way you won't be able to see the aluminum, and it will be much stronger.

I just got back from a motorcycle ride so I'm going out to take the console out now.

Thanks again!


B Bear posted 07-29-2001 07:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for B Bear  Send Email to B Bear     
welcome aboard!
Bigshot posted 07-30-2001 11:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Enjoy it and when you "dad" wants to sell his Mercedes for say $100, have him call me.
Buckda posted 07-30-2001 04:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
On another forum chain I commented that I am working my butt off to afford a whaler next year....if you happen to stumble across a fool who is parting with a "mechanically sound" whaler for about $2500 bucks, I will call in sick to work and drive any distance to pick it up tomorrow.

Great deal - I am certain you will have many years of great use out of this legendary boat.

Welcome to the site (from a fellow newbie).

MilwaukeeWhaler posted 07-30-2001 04:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
I guess blood is thicker than water! (except in the Milwaukee River, that is pretty thick stuff) Welcome aboard, I too am a rookie who thought he got a deal on a '95 Montauk 17 at ten times what you paid. Thanks for sharing!
I look forward to your comments.
whalernut posted 08-05-2001 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Let`s see 79` Montauk $1500, I paid $4750 for a 73` Currituck, dood you got an awsome deal and I hope you enjoy the hell out of it! Welcome aboard and keep us posted about you`re new Whaler! Regards-Jack Graner.

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