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Arch Autenreith posted 04-23-2000 10:11 PM ET (US)   Profile for Arch Autenreith   Send Email to Arch Autenreith  
If you want a pemanent solution to hold down forward hatch that's cheap ($5) email me directly ( and I'll email you 3 .jpgs showing how to do it. I'd post it here but I don't know how to attach or show it here on the forum. Nice forum, by the way.


Alioop posted 04-24-2000 08:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Alioop  Send Email to Alioop     
Arch, I have a 1977 Montauk and have never had a probelm with the hatch. My montauk came from the factory with a six inch piece of bungee cord at the front end to hold it down,maybe yours is missing causing you to have to revert to a non-factory fix,Alioop
Arch Autenreith posted 04-24-2000 08:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
Alioop. Thanks. Your comment is interesting. Mine's an '84 and had nothing holding it down whatsoever. I've had no less than 8 replys since posting this last night asking for my solution as they all had the same problem I had. I'll email you pictures of my fix. Can you explain more specifically how yours is held down? Thanks.
Alioop posted 04-25-2000 09:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Alioop  Send Email to Alioop     
Arch, my boat is all apart right now,I am in the process of putting it back together this weekend. I will try to take some pictures and post them. Alioop
triblet posted 04-26-2000 12:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
My '98 has nothing holding down the hatch
cover. I used Velcro. Works fine if
you get the right (waterproof adhesive)

But I'm always willing to look at another

Chuck Tribolet

lhg posted 04-26-2000 01:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
At some point in time, between 1986 & 1989, Whaler started using two hinges on the forward edge of the bow locker cover. They also started using these on the starboard edge of the similar Outrage bow locker covers. this detail is still being used on the 2000 Montauks. For a starter, if your boat doesn't have these, this would be a first solution. But then, as Chuck has indicated, you often have the rear edge bouncing up & down, and this is where a little velcro works quite easily & successfully. I also use this on my Outrage covers. Highly recommended & simple.
Arch Autenreith posted 04-26-2000 02:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
My '84 Montauk does have hinges in the front so the bungee fix works well for this application. Thanks for letting me know about the others having/not having hinges. That would explain some of the emails I've gotten. There aren't many Whalers in Pittsburgh so I don't often get the chance to see how others were made.
jimh posted 04-30-2000 06:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Arch's bungee cord hold down solution is featured in the Cetacea section for April 30th.


lhg posted 05-01-2000 02:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Further to my above note on Montauk & Outrage bow locker cover hinges, at some point in time, Whaler moved the hinges on the Montauk cover to the starboard side, as they are still doing in the 2000 models. They also began using this detail on the Outrage covers in 1989,(instead of the inside bungee clip detail) and is highly recommended.
This helps prevent the cover from lifting due to wave action, and then the simple solution of adhesive velcro works on the port edge to hold the cover down.

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