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Michael L posted 03-12-2009 03:40 PM ET (US)   Profile for Michael L   Send Email to Michael L  
Guys and Gals,

I need a little help here. I am going to look at this Montauk. Besides the normal wear and tear of age, is there anything I should focus on with this Whaler? I have looked at Jim's guidelines. Anything else?



"1982,17' Boston Whaler Montauk, 2000 90 hp Evinrude (installed 2001), mechanical refit at time of repower (new steering, wiring, gauges, controls, battery, fuel lines, remote fuel filter), built-in Standard Horizon VHF radio, new AM/FM/CD stereo, new Boston Whaler seat cushions, custom console and seat covers, teak recently refinished, newer galvanized trailer. Asking $8,500.00"

NorthShoreWhaler posted 03-12-2009 03:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for NorthShoreWhaler  Send Email to NorthShoreWhaler     
I believe that is the one down the street from me (Danvers?).

Anyways... I would just check to make sure the floor is solid and the console is secured well (not coming loose). Obviously make sure cosmetically it is acceptable to you (80's whalers vary so greatly in this department).

I would check to make sure the engine moves left to right freely (not locked up) If you could run it to check things out even better (makes sure it is pumping water ok from the tell tale).

Good luck!

Michael L posted 03-12-2009 04:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Michael L  Send Email to Michael L     

Yep, that's the one. He had it on craigslist and I responded about wanting to downsize. He wants to work something out. I just put my ad on craigslist this afternoon and would really like to trade down in size to a 17' Montauk. We will see!


jessily posted 03-12-2009 06:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for jessily  Send Email to jessily     
What are you looking to trade? I have a 1993 Montauk with a 90 HP Johnson on it and am looking to go up!

I am in Falmouth.....

kwik_wurk posted 03-13-2009 12:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for kwik_wurk  Send Email to kwik_wurk     
I would check for these items specifically.

For the hull:

No delamination or soft spots (which means tapping around with a hard plastic hammer or back of screw driver)

For the transom: You will likely see the "green line" where the fiberglass layup manufacturing process leaves an line of un-coated epoxy/glass. Small splits are common (hairline), but if you see large splits (dime thickness), then possible water intrusion. Also check for stress cracks especially at the engine bolt locations. The worst is at the bottom of the splash-well, because it is always wet at the bottom, and water intrusion.

Check the thru-hull fittings in the transom (these are also wet a lot) and if they are toast (as in rubber seal/gasket is gone).

On deck check for soft spots at the cooler chalks, RPS (pilot seat) legs and console mount.

For railing and other options, the more you have the better, and most of it can be replaced if need be. (But you don't want to see a bunch of loose stripped screws everywhere.)

Check for Pate fiberglass tanks (if the OEM tanks have been replaced). The older glass tanks have problems with ethonal and will need to be replace ASAP.

If the boat had a new refit, check to see if it has a dual battery set-up. That is definitely nice to have; and is worth 2-4 weekends of your time putting together.

I am not going to bring up the engine stuff.

Michael L posted 03-13-2009 08:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Michael L  Send Email to Michael L     

Those suggestions are really helpful.


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