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rsjw2315 posted 06-01-2015 10:14 PM ET (US)   Profile for rsjw2315  
Recently [I] bought a 1987 Montauk 17 with a 2003 Mercury 90-HP ELPTO Saltwater two-cycle engine. The price was $5,500. I don't know very much about the history, but the previous owner had the motor serviced last fall and all was okay, except the trigger needed to be (and was) replaced. Otherwise [the engine is] clean under the hood, water pumps strongly when on the hose muffs adaptor.

The hull is bottom painted, and while I don't see any major [defects], I guess I won't know for sure until I get the paint off. There is only one layer and much is chipping off already.

The interior needs a good scrubbing and there are a fair number of screw holes that need to be filled. Teak wood is original but needs to be oiled -- it's pretty worn out.

I know this is only basic info, but, it's my first Montauk and just looking for some reassurance that [the price was] okay. Thanks.

tedious posted 06-02-2015 08:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for tedious  Send Email to tedious     
Certainly sounds more than decent, with a fairly new motor, and a pretty good price, especially for this time of year.

If the bottom paint is chipping off, one concern is that it might not have been properly prepared for bottom painting. That could actually be to your advantage if you are planning to keep it on a trailer, and not bottom paint it again. However, if you are going to bottom paint it, you may want to make sure it's done right, which involves scuffing the gelcoat, applying a barrier coat, then bottom paint.

Good luck with your new Montauk!


jimh posted 06-02-2015 10:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Re a price of $5,500 for a 1987 MONTAUK with a 2003 90-HP Mercury two-cycle engine: it was a good deal.

Re the engine: a c.2003 Mercury 90-HP two-cycle-power-stroke engine is a very nice design. It has three cylinder, and is frequently mentioned as having good performance. The engine is of a simple, traditional two-cycle design, and it should deliver good performance and have a long lifespan if properly maintained. Your mention of recent replacement of some electrical components sounds typical for Mercury outboard engines of that epoch. Their electrical devices are very often mentioned as needing replacement, particularly the components related to the spark ignition system and charging system.

Re the hull: as long as you have all the major components, there is no sign of major hull damage, and the teak and mahogany wood is free of serious rot and decay, you can very likely make a significant improvement with just some careful cleaning, polishing, buffing, and waxing.

You don't mention if a trailer was included. A nice trailer included in your deal would make it even more attractive, but, even without a trailer, your purchase price was by no means excessive. I think you have a very good boat at a modest price. In my recollection, it was not long ago that a c.1987 MONTAUK with a newer engine would be sold for $10,000 or more.

jimh posted 06-02-2015 12:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
If you plan to rename the newly purchase Boston Whaler boat, consider following the procedures mentioned in

rsjw2315 posted 06-02-2015 06:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for rsjw2315    
Thanks for your feedback, Tim. And Jim thank you as well -- especially for the naming ritual instructions. Love it. I certainly welcome any event where Sam Adams is involved.
deepwater posted 06-03-2015 02:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
just last year I sold a 1988 Montauk with tonnes of electronics plus poles out riggers extra tires and rims prop tanks and an org 88 SPL with tilt trailer all teak wood trim for $2000 we are so happy the people that have her now are using it every week its how much you ask for your whaler its how much you get in return pass one along to someone and keep the whaler life alive
Frogrock posted 06-05-2015 10:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Frogrock  Send Email to Frogrock     
Spiff your Montauk up a bit and you could ask over $18,000. Prices are high in Seattle.

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