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cjd posted 08-31-2001 09:44 AM ET (US)   Profile for cjd   Send Email to cjd  
I am in the hunt for an affordable project Montauk, I hope to impose on you folks for some advice.
I see a change in the hull (guessing around the early 70's) where it goes from a flatter bottomed, almost Carolina skiffy shape to the current almost "staged" hull look.
I am moving from a "Fish n Ski" lake boat (if you know it, please don't laugh, it could run on a rain slicked road if it had to, but its no whaler)
I am assuming the late 70's style hull will handle bigger water with less slapping then the earlier montauk. Am I on target here?
Also, are there model years to avoid?
Also, anyone with info on an east coast project montauk please keep me in mind. I passed on the ebay boat of last week, and hope i don't regret it. it was the first in my journey.
Thanks to all who respond, and please forgive the elementary nature of questions.
You guys have a treasure trove of info, and I love the spirit of this site.


Tom W Clark posted 08-31-2001 09:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

You are correct; the 16'/17' hull changed design in 1977 (model year) The two hulls are the same size essentially, but the newer hull is much smoother in a chop and, perhaps even more importantly, much drier riding. The "smirk" does a great job of catching the spray and preventing it from blowing in your face.

Read all about these hulls here:

There really are no model years to avoid. If you want a project, I suggest you check out the boat for sale by one of this forum's members, "tightloops". He has a Montauk for sale on Ebay right now. I'm suprised he hasn't sold it by now. Oops, sorry, he had it for sale. Someone got a great price on a Monatuk project.

cjd posted 08-31-2001 10:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for cjd  Send Email to cjd     
yes i missed that one. i saw the boat, was impressed, but he wanted to let the auction run its course. The night before i planned to bid, he added a sell it now button for less then his opening price, and it went in about 2 minutes.
Hope it doesn't haunt me for too long.


rwest posted 09-01-2001 06:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for rwest  Send Email to rwest     
I did a project boat last winter. Found a very old 16 hull (at a good Whaler dealership in Virginia Beach) that had been through a series of owners including the US Army COE. They had stripped it and put in a small fiberglass console and flipback seat. All hard ware was gone. I got it for $2500 w/ trailer but no engine. Spend 3 months cleaning up and building mahogany seat and rebuilding the console. Added a new 50 Merc 2 stroke and had less than $8000 as she sits. I did a photos series on the rebuild which is at my web site.


Cliff posted 09-03-2001 08:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cliff  Send Email to Cliff     

I know that boat you speak of that was for sale on ebay....boy missing that opportunity would haunt me....

Anyway, you'll get over it..

You are now in the right place to find anything whaler....hopefully the boat of your dreams will find its way here....

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