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Faison posted 08-10-2008 08:37 PM ET (US)   Profile for Faison   Send Email to Faison  
First, let me say how excited I am to have stumbled onto this forum. My wife and I are avid boaters, and we are looking to pass on our passion to our two young daughters. I have owned and operated Montauks before, but have been out of the market for last 10 years.


late '80's to '95 hull
newer engine
few modifications

We live in Charleston, SC, but are willing to search surrounding states or further if the boat/trailer is of high quality. Thank you very much!

stikbo posted 08-11-2008 09:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for stikbo  Send Email to stikbo     
I have an '87 Montauk that I'll be putting up for sale in the next week or so. Pics and info at the link. Let me know if you are interested.

Faison posted 08-11-2008 10:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Faison  Send Email to Faison     
That is a really pretty Whaler. Thank you for your reply. Where are you located, and what price do you envision?
stikbo posted 08-11-2008 06:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for stikbo  Send Email to stikbo     
Boat is in Denver and I am listing it for $8,800. Thanks
deepwater posted 08-11-2008 06:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
if your looking for something to do a little work on I'm closer up north in Maine and i will work with ya on the tolls up and back,, come up as a leaf peeper and go home a boat owner
Faison posted 08-11-2008 07:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Faison  Send Email to Faison     
Wow....those are nice offers.....Stikbo, that is a GREAT looking Whaler, and a good price in my opinion, but Denver is pretty far from Charleston. I might have to hold out for something a few states closer.

Deepwater...Do you have pictures? Maine is pretty far, and I have a 2.5 year old and a 2 month old that might prevent me from any major projects at this time. But please link pictures.

Thank you!!

Faison posted 08-14-2008 10:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Faison  Send Email to Faison     
Still looking
19lowpro posted 08-14-2008 03:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for 19lowpro  Send Email to 19lowpro     
I have a 1991 17 outrage hull only no motor or trailer for 6000.00 Thanks Rick 713-898-8744
Faison posted 08-14-2008 04:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Faison  Send Email to Faison     
19lowpro....thank you for your consideration. I am pretty firm on looking for a Montauk. But thank you all the same. Good luck to you!
Mully posted 08-14-2008 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mully  Send Email to Mully     

It is not a 80s-90s Montauk, but I am considerig selling my 1970 16' model.

It was once a Katama but has been modified and is now a CC.
The motor is a 1993 Yamaha 90 HP.

I bought this boat a couple years ago and spent considerable time and dough getting it to where it is now.

It is by no means a show piece. It shows its 38 years with a few stains and battlescars (and a bit of pride I might add.)

But it is completely turn-key and ready to go. The only things that have not been replaced in the last 2 years are the hull, norman pin, lifting eyes, side rails, and rub rail. Everything works great. Four bunk trailer is also in great shape with recent bearing repacking.

The woodwork is all oiled mahogany.

These pictures on this link are from a couple years ago but if you are interested I'll take more.

I am considerig selling becasue I am looking for a bigger boat. However if I can't get a decent price for this one I'll just keep it. Having 2 boats is a problem I can live with! I would include ground tackle and mooring/trailer cover in the sale.

Haven't decided on an asking price yet, but I will take an offer.

Let me know if you are interested.

Faison posted 08-14-2008 05:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Faison  Send Email to Faison     
Mully....thank you for the note....the link did not pull up any pictures...maybe it is my computer. I am interested to see them, but the reason I would like a 80's/90's model is because I have an affinity for them, and because I have 2 small daughters that I would feel safe with onboard, and feel they could grow into the boat. In any case, if you get the link to work, I would be glad to check out the pics. Thanks so much!!
Mully posted 08-14-2008 05:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mully  Send Email to Mully     

I totally understand. If you have your heart set on a Montauk don't settle. You will find one.

As to the link, I'm not sure what the problem is. It works for me.

Best of luck in your search.

Faison posted 08-16-2008 08:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Faison  Send Email to Faison     
Still Looking.....thanks for all the great replies and emails!!
deepwater posted 08-16-2008 04:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
this is a tough year ,, you cant buy and i cant sell
deepwater posted 08-16-2008 04:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
this is a tough year ,, you cant buy and i cant sell
Faison posted 08-17-2008 01:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Faison  Send Email to Faison     
My guess is people are still looking to use their boats before the end of the season, and others are waiting till the season is over to find good least that is my theory. So, I will be patient.
swdeke posted 08-17-2008 06:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for swdeke  Send Email to swdeke     
Well if you have not found your boat yet I think you would be the right fit for mine.
It is a 1989 Montauk and has been in storage since 2001. I have regularly started and cleasned it and it runs perfect. I just posted an ad on Continuous Wave so you can see the details. I will send pictures if interested.

I am original owner and the boat is my baby so not available to just anyone. Must be someone who will continue to care for it.


Greg_B posted 08-17-2008 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg_B  Send Email to Greg_B     
Not mine:

Faison posted 08-18-2008 06:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Faison  Send Email to Faison     
Thanks, Greg_B....I just tried to email the guy since I see no contact information....unless I'm blind. Looks like a nice boat. I really appreciate you looking out for me.

Stan....I just emailed you as well....but I think you are in California, and that does not work for me, as I just did that drive from SF to Charleston 4 months ago. But thanks for the thoughts.

kahuna44 posted 08-20-2008 05:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for kahuna44  Send Email to kahuna44     
Hi , im getting ready to list a 1983 montauk 17 with a 2005 honda 75hp four stroke and cox trailer, this package is loaded with extras and in great condition will post pics in next day or two when i list the boat, im located in south jersey if youre interested give me a call mike at 609 432-5657 thanks
Faison posted 08-20-2008 08:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Faison  Send Email to Faison     
Thanks kahuna44!!! Thank you for your consideration. I know beggars can't be choosers, but I am trying to find the ideal Montauk to pull skiers. That would include an OMC engine, 2-stroke 90hp, and also a location relatively close to Charleston. So, I'm holding out, but very appreciative of your note.
critch22 posted 08-21-2008 12:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for critch22  Send Email to critch22     
That one Greg_B posted in North Carolina is pretty nice Faison. A 90hp Yamaha on a Montauk could pull Stephanie Brown Trafton. I agree that you should hold out for exactly what you want - because they are out there. Try I don't mean to set off alarms here, but in my opinion, Yamahas (in general) are better than OMC engines.
Faison posted 08-21-2008 09:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Faison  Send Email to Faison     
Thanks critch22.....I liked the looks of the Montauk that Greg_B linked as well. There is no doubt that Yamaha Engines are to be respected as the best in the business. However, in a separate thread in the open discussion area, I asked whether I would get better standing-start power from a 3 cylinder Yamaha or a 4 cylinder OMC.

A very nice, and what seems to be very knowledgeable, poster told me there is a significant difference in power between the 2, and that I would be better off with the OMC if my plan is to ski extensively. JimH also concurred.

So, I apologize if my posts are getting redundant. Maybe I am being too narrow-minded, or maybe I have access to too much information. I don't know. But please don't think I don't appreciate the incredible help I've received here.

BTW.....the Stephanie Brown Trafton reference is pretty funny....I had no idea who she was until I googled her...thanks for the laugh.

critch22 posted 08-21-2008 11:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for critch22  Send Email to critch22     
Faison (apt. developers?) you sound like you are trying to transform one of the ultimate, classic, American, all-purpose, family boats into a competition ski boat. "Standing-start power?" Dude - two small girls - I'd say reliability trumps excessive 'get up and go' at this point. Little girls can easily ski from jon boats with 9.9 Mercurys. I wouldn't hold out for one with an OMC on the transom, but that is just my personal take. Also - I don't think Montauks are that great for skiing. It can be done - but I doubt it would be ideal if youre really into it.

Glad you liked the Stephanie Brown Trafton joke.

Tohsgib posted 08-21-2008 11:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
A 90 Yamaha would be plenty to ski behind, especially if you put a 15" prop on just to ski with. I have owned both and yes the OMC has more grunt but also burns 50% more fuel.
jeffs22outrage posted 08-21-2008 11:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
If it is out of the hole torque / power you are really after you should also look for a Montauk with a Mercury / Mariner 90hp Inline 6 Tower of power. Our Montauk had a Mariner 90 on it. When towing it did not matter what was behind the boat it hop up on plane in an instant. It would pull my 240lbs frame up on a wake board in the blink of an eye. Way most torque and out of the hole power than my current V4 85 hp Evinrude. ?action=view¤t=DSCN0052low.jpg
flamontauk posted 08-21-2008 12:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for flamontauk  Send Email to flamontauk     
Faison -

I have a 99' Montauk (un-modified)with a 99'Mercury 90hp Saltwater Series outboard that has been optimized for pulling water skiers. It has a Mercury High Five (5 blade) stainless steel prop that will give you all the "standing start" power that you need. If you are interested just email me at and I will send you detailed info and pics on my boat. Located in Pensacola (Florida panhandle), so we are not too far from you.


Faison posted 08-21-2008 04:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Faison  Send Email to Faison     
Yes, critch22, you are right about towing the problem there....but, it's me I am worried about (I know that sounds bad). I am not big....175lbs, but if I have a boat load of people (ha-ha) on board, I will need all the help I can get to pull a slalom skier up. Yes, a Montauk is not the best for skiing, but in the creeks of South Carolina, I'm not sure there is a boat with a tighter turning radius than a Whaler. Anything bigger than a 17' and the wake gets too big for my liking. So, that's my rationale. But, I like the discussion....thanks for the help!
stikbo posted 08-21-2008 07:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for stikbo  Send Email to stikbo     
Faison- Try to search listings in the states you're interested in traveling to.
Faison posted 08-21-2008 09:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Faison  Send Email to Faison     
Thanks, Stikbo.....using your tool for sorting Craigslist, I saw @4 Montauk's in North and South Carolina that seem to fit the specs I am looking for. Thank you so much!! Have you had any luck selling yours in Denver?
stikbo posted 08-21-2008 09:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for stikbo  Send Email to stikbo     
Took a local guy for a water test yesterday and he's waiting on payment/pick up for his 23' sailboat tommorow and then he's supposed to take it. If not I have an offer from a gentleman in Portland who also wants it. Hopefully one of them pans out.

Good luck!

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