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RestoreMan posted 01-03-2002 01:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for RestoreMan   Send Email to RestoreMan  
My father-in-law (Fisherman turned Golfer) gave his daughter (my wife) a 1974 Montauk w/Johnson 85 Hp motor. Both have less than 50 hours of use. It has been outdoors but under an open cover. Where to begin. I know it needs a steering cable and the entire boat needs re-wiring. Does anyone have suggestions of where to shop or any general suggestions or contacts. I know from reading posts that this will be a long frustrating yet rewarding experience. The Boat Show is here in Atlanta and any contacts there will be appreciated. On second thought, maybe I should just go to the show and buy a new one.. but then I'd miss all the fun.


GAwhale posted 01-03-2002 02:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Welcome to the Whaler fraternity.

I live just down the road from you in Fayetteville, GA. I bought a new Montauk from TAL Marine at the boat show last year.

TAL had just picked up the Whaler line when I purchased from them. I would recommend finding a shop more experienced with Whalers if you are going to have someone else do the work.

Otherwise, the people on this website are a tremendous resource.

I keep my Montauk at Highland Marina on West Point Lake in LaGrange, GA. The boat sits on the trailer and I have my own covered stall for 75$ per month. I have been extremely happy with them.

GAwhale posted 01-04-2002 09:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
A General Suggestion:

I find that at the Atlanta Boat Show you find lots of lake boats (Ie. Ski Boats, Bass Boats, House Boats, Cruisers...).

The Whalers tend to be more of an ocean boat. The Outboard Shop in Charleston, SC has sold Whalers for years. They seem to have a good reputation for service.

You will probably get better service, parts, and information along the coast.

JFM posted 01-04-2002 04:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Restoreman, not only would you miss the fun but you would be walking a little higher too. Go price a new one and find out why. Regards, jay
RestoreMan posted 01-05-2002 02:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for RestoreMan  Send Email to RestoreMan     
Jay, You are so right! I did price a Montauk at the boat show. The price was outrageous and other than a beautiful Merc on the back, a back seat and more dials, bells and whistles, there is no difference. "If it ain't broke......."
Speaking of beautiful Merc. even though my '74 Johnson 85 has low hours, should I reconsider repowering with a more efficient 4-stroke. Got the idea from a Yamaha salesman at the show. (The Merc guys said I should consider also) GO FIGURE. Looking to you real experts for a honest opinion.
JohnAz posted 01-05-2002 02:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnAz  Send Email to JohnAz     
Restorer,,how much$$$$$$
jimh posted 01-05-2002 02:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The 1976 outboard on the transom of my Whaler still runs very well. If your 1974 engine has life left in it, it would be a shame to send it to the boneyard.

On the other hand, I would not pour thousands of dollars into it trying to bring it back to life.

jameso posted 01-05-2002 10:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
Hi, new whaler type, lucky guy! I live in middle Ga and the coast area. My experience is stay away from the dealers. Probably the most knowlegable one in the Ga area is at Shelmans bluff, Lockwood marine, I drove in their yard with a nice, used not abused, 15 sport all shiny and neat. Wanted to buy some rail hardware, salesman followed me to the parking lot trying to sell me a new Montauk, no one was interested in selling me a few pieces of hardware. This may not be normal and your mileage may vary. But of the 3 or 6 dealers I have visited in the past few months NOT A ONE was interested in my "projects" or anyathing but selling a new rig.
If you decide to restore the rig this forum can help but it still takes a bit of elbow grease and some searching for the right parts.
If you decide to sell email me, I am 100 miles south of you.
Jim Armstrong
csj posted 01-06-2002 09:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for csj  Send Email to csj     
restoreman, just for your info since you mentioned a rear seat "stern seat" you can buy them for your 74 montauk. Dave's upholstery out of titasville florida built one for me. Doubles your seating capacity. Goodluck

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