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Monnas Rock posted 04-22-2002 05:33 PM ET (US)   Profile for Monnas Rock   Send Email to Monnas Rock  
OK! I've taken most the advice that several of you offered and started the search for a Montauk. I'm looking at a 1986 fresh water boat. The original owner, tells me he had bottom paint put on it a couple of years ago as he was keeping it in the water. I inquired as to why, instead of pulling it and cleaning the bottom occasionally. His frightning reply was "Bottom paint was cheaper then new gelcoat". I asked if the boat had blisters, when he pulled it and his answer was somewhat vague. "Nnnnooo it just looked real bad". This old Gent. is either coy or clueless (I suspect the former). Otherwise, it seems like a decent boat. All original, Trail-rite trailer, 1988 Evenrude 88HP (no tilt/trim) Evenrude kicker (8HP I think), Mills bimini, new Sunbrella mooring cover. He wants $7,500 but he seems to be getting more negotiable by the day. Is the bottom paint a major problem! Can I remove it and Imron the bottom? I've had some experience with removing bottom paint and epoxying a SeaRay I used to have. Lots of work!
Or, should I walk away? This search is still very young.
JFM posted 04-22-2002 06:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Price is high for that boat with the old engine. The bottom paint is an issue with me, but it's a must for a guy who keeps it in the water. I would look at the paint very close to see if it's a mask over job or the real thing. Regards, Jay
Taylor posted 04-22-2002 06:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
I think there is some regional preference to bottom paint. In the Pacific Northwest, saltwater boats usually have it My neighbor with a new Ventura got it when he took delivery, new. Mine came that way. For me, it was not a disqualification.

I think some people don't like the way it looks, or they believe it slows the boat a bit, which is probably true. The more serious issue is that you can're really tell what the bottom condition is.

If its been put on right, won't the gelcoat on the bottom have been sanded or etched first? I think so.

Taylor posted 04-22-2002 06:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
...but the lack of power tilt & trim bothers me.
andygere posted 04-22-2002 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
If the boat is clean the price is NOT too high, especially in the West where inventory of used Whalers is much lower than in New England and Florida. Check the prices on 8 hp kickers, Mills tops and Sunbrella mooring covers, and you'll see an easy $2k you'd need to spend on another boat that didn't have these nice options. The lack of T/T is a minor drawback, but a kit was available to add it later on. Parts may still be available through a good Evinrude/Johnson dealer, or scavanged from a blown motor. The bottom paint is also no big deal. You can repaint with a similar color epoxy paint, use a light color to match the hull or just not worry about it and enjoy the boat as is. Regardless, if you are serious about a Montauk, jump on it and make your best deal. It will sell for the asking price to someone else if you wait too long.

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