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Semi-Inherited 1978 Montauk Sell or Restore????
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posted 04-26-2008 10:11 PM ET (US)
My grandfather has passed along his 1978 Montauk as he can no longer get out on the water the way he used to. He has given me his blessing to sell the boat, and if I did I would use the money to take him on a vacation. But there is a part of me that wants to get the old girl back to her former glory with a few tweaks to bring her up to date. currently there is a Johnson 70HP outboard attached, a Mercury trolling moter, and a trailer that has seen better days. If I take the plunge and have the work done-not a lot of time to do it myself- where is a reputable repair shop that also does mod work and is willing to talk? I live in Houston, but can travel a reasonable distance with the boat if necessary. Thanks in advance for any help. Or do I just sell it and what can I expect to get for it?
posted 04-26-2008 10:24 PM ET (US)
I'm a sentimental guy, so take this advice for what it's worth:
Depending on your financial situation I'd do one of the following.
A)Keep the boat as it is. Take your grandfather fishing - and use the time to learn more from him, and let him know how much you appreciate time with him...in his boat. Treat the boat with respect, even if you can't afford to fix it up, and treasure the memories with your grandfather long after he has passed on. If you have a son or daughter, use it as an opportunity to teach them to embrace their past and their heritage so that they have a stronger foundation for their future.
B)If you have the means, update the boat and trailer. Then take your grandfather fishing...and see the rest of "A", above.
posted 04-26-2008 11:06 PM ET (US)
posted 04-27-2008 12:27 AM ET (US)
As above, I wish I had that chance.
posted 04-27-2008 08:52 AM ET (US)
My attachment is because of the time I spent on the boat with him. That is why I am leaning towrd the restoration. It does need some work though so I need a place for that.
posted 04-27-2008 11:26 AM ET (US)
Listen to Buckda. I owe everything to my dad who got me fishing, running the boat and into real life adventures before most of the other kids I knew. I'd give anything to take him fishing or in the boat this afternoon but he's gone so never the chance. Your time in your grandfather's Montauk and, perhaps with other members of your family is priceless. Whatever "restoration" you have to do is probably minimal and if you follow advice on the forum, post some questions and photos, it will go fast. I'd also consider keeping it in the family.
posted 04-27-2008 11:40 AM ET (US)
Buckda gives you good advice, and 20 years from now when you still own the boat you will appreciate doing what he suggested. My only other comment is if the trailer is not roadworthy, I would replace it. Breakdowns on the road are not fun and can be dangerous, and there is not much sentimental value in a trailer anyway.
posted 04-27-2008 12:46 PM ET (US)
Shoot me an e-mail at RLwhaler@yahoo.com
Hopefully,i can help.
posted 04-27-2008 05:40 PM ET (US)
I agree with Buckda and would add one more thought. I don't know how old your grandfather is or what his state of health might be, but personally I'd clean the boat and get it seaworthy as quickly as possible. Take him out where ever and when ever you can. Use the remaining time you have together building more memories. The full restoration can wait until later. If he's like most grandfathers it's not the boat or it's condition that's important to him, it's you.
posted 04-27-2008 09:59 PM ET (US)
If you sell that boat (now or ever) *all* of the above guys plus me are gonna track you down and kick your ass... ;-)
I would give ANYTHING to have the boat that my Grandfather and I fished in. Get it running and use it. Restore it later...
Pass this one down to YOUR Grandson one day. They cost nothing to keep, and you'll thank us 30 years from now.
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