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MilwaukeeWhaler posted 02-01-2002 08:50 AM ET (US)   Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler   Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler  
OK I'm now on this canvas kick. I am thinking about purchasing the full set of shelter canvas Mills offers. I am wondering what tips Montauk owners can give me. How long does it take to set up? What pieces do you use the most? How do certain colors wear? ETC. 99% of my boating is on Lake Michigan in any weather,foul or not, April-November. Thanks in advance for your advice.~ck
JBCornwell posted 02-01-2002 09:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Howdy MW.

I had a full Mills "flying top set" on my Sakonnet and used it a lot. When I traded the boat it was 17 years old and still like new. It was tan. I noticed no fading.

Except that every time I sit down to write Mills a check for a set for my Montauk or my OR-18 I get chills, I would have sets on them, too.

I am still patiently waiting for someone to offer a full set on the Marketplace, or Email me with an offer. If I find 2 before you do, I'll raise your flag. Please do the same for me.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

Bigshot posted 02-01-2002 10:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Maybe you guys could share a set?
MilwaukeeWhaler posted 02-01-2002 10:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
Why not? We could overnight the canvas back and forth as needed. "JB weather looks rough this weekend could you send her up?"..."Charles, there is a UV warning out this weekend we could use some protection, send her down." It could work.~ck
andygere posted 02-01-2002 11:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I have the full set on my '79 Montauk. The label says it was made in '83, and it still looks like new. I use the dodger quite a bit to keep the spray down and provide dry storage in the bow. If I take the boat inland to the Delta or the lakes, the flying top is nice to keep the sun away. I've used the full curtain set a number of times in windy wet weather. Even when it is not raining, the curtain set really makes the boat much warmer when you are underway. The previous owner of my boat built a teak half deck in the bow and used the Mills set to camp on the boat on fishing trips. I plan to build it out to a full deck and do the same. There is one other use I just thought of. When leaving the boat in the water on trips, I've set the canvas just to keep things dry and protected in the boat. I don't yet have a console or RPS cover, so the Mills set works well to keep things nice and dry for those dawn patrol fishing trips. By the way, the fit and quality is ad advertised elsewhere in this forum.
RWM posted 02-01-2002 11:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for RWM  Send Email to RWM     
That full curtain set sounds interesting. I've never seen one. Can you describe it and give an idea of how much it would cost? Thanks...Bob M.
MilwaukeeWhaler posted 02-01-2002 11:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
I have never even seen pictures of the Full Flying Top set. Does anyone have any? Priced out the total set not installed would run $2126 plus tax. Big jing!!!!
andygere posted 02-01-2002 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
MW, RWM, I put some goodies in you mailbox.
tabasco posted 02-10-2002 08:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Would you be kind enough to also email me copies of the photos
andygere posted 02-10-2002 09:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
A few peeks of my Mills set are on this page, courtesy of Chuck Tribolet.
lhg posted 02-11-2002 01:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Finally, a chance to see some of the West Coast Whalers and their owners! Super nice boats all, and it's great to put some faces with these familiar names, as well as to see so many Whalers together at one time. These are great times, for those who have yet to participate in one of these events.

Chuck, thanks for the pictures and doing a nice job on the page.

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