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|Author||Topic: bow rail|
posted 04-20-2008 08:48 PM ET (US)
I just bought a 1997 170 montauk. Live on long island and will be fishing in choppie waters. But the bow rail is missing. I called boston whaler and a new one was expansive. Hoping I could get some ideas.
posted 04-20-2008 08:53 PM ET (US)
Yellow Pages: "Metal Fabrication" You can customize, and get it done for about 1/2 the cost.
posted 04-21-2008 11:59 AM ET (US)
1997 is a classic hull. Go on e-bay and I think they are like $400 new. Some 17's did not come with bow rails...personally I hate them.
posted 04-21-2008 10:56 PM ET (US)
There was rail at one time and removed for what ever reason. When I looked at that classic rail it seems the holes don't match up to the classic. I'm very new at this and just looking to get the right equipment. Thanks
posted 04-22-2008 10:58 AM ET (US)
Should line up if made from an OEM. No big dal filling in the holes and redrilling if they will be covered up. There are 2 guys on E-Bay who make them for under $400.
posted 04-22-2008 09:00 PM ET (US)
I will look them up. thanks for the advice
posted 04-22-2008 11:14 PM ET (US)
roll02, your 97 may be similar to my 98. I think that the hull is the same but the bow rail attachment points might be different on the earlier model whalers (better). Try to retrofit one to you model . I know some members on this site have removed the bow rail for Scuba Diving etc. I also fish in choppy waters outside the bay and wouldn't be without a bow rail. It's a great asset for anchoring and fighting fish on the bow.
All the best,
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