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RBradley posted 12-10-2000 09:21 PM ET (US)   Profile for RBradley   Send Email to RBradley  
I'm a newcomer to the BW fraternity.Just purchased a 93 Montauk with a 93 Yamaha 90.I plan to use the boat to fish and run kids to islands around Fripp island SC.I checked with Dave's about a stern seat(around 1200 with hardware)and was hoping someone might have a less expensive solution.any ideas?Also, what are the pluses and minuses of putting a Doel-fin on my boat?The boat handles fairly well and tops out at about 40 with 2 aboard by fishfinder combo.(Would that be mph or knots?)GPS is in my future if Virginia is right about Santa Claus.Thanks for any help.
kingfish posted 12-10-2000 09:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Welcome, RBradley-
That would be mph (can't help you with the stern seat); you just bought a phenomenal boat. I'm a believer in Doel-fins - had them on the Merc 100 I had on one of my Montauks and I have them on the Evinrude 225 on my Outrage 22.

Off-topic, so you might e-mail me the answer, What is the weather like around Fripp Island the first week in April? *Warm* ?? Considering heading that way or maybe Savannah for spring break if I can bet on a sunburn...

Nice to have you with us-

andygere posted 12-11-2000 02:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
The previous owner of my Montauk fabricated a very nice teak bench using 5/4" stringers screwed to teak cleats. It drops into the lip just like a thwart seat, and is fastened down with a stainless steel lever catches. I use small bungies to keep a few boat cushions on it, and it makes a nice seat. The big advantage is that is covers the batteries and makes a nice casting deck while hiding the clutter in the stern of the boat.
compounder posted 12-11-2000 11:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for compounder  Send Email to compounder     
RBradley, I have a 1981 Montauk with a 1999 Yamaha 90 and am in Beaufort SC. Contact me at Maybe we can get together and compare notes.
RBradley posted 12-11-2000 09:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for RBradley  Send Email to RBradley     
Appreciate the help guys.I don't live in the area but family is building getaway there summer we hope to be using the boat extensively after that.
Andy gere any chance I could get a picture of you're seat?I read another comment where a stern seat was made from a ski-boat teak swim platform.
andygere posted 12-12-2000 07:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I will look for a photo of the bench seat and post the URL or e-mail it.
andygere posted 12-13-2000 11:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I e-mailed RBradley a few photos of the seat/platform. If anyone else is interested, shoot me an e-mail and I'll send the jpegs along. One of these days I'll get all my pics posted on a public site and just publish the URL.
Dick posted 12-15-2000 06:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
You have the greatest boat in the world.
I have a 1999 with a Merc 50 4 stroke and the factory stern seat. It would have been to spendy for me if I hacn't been working for a Whaler dealer, it was still $800.00 at dealer cost.
I am in the marine parts wholesale business and the only time I recomend a Doel Fin is on small underpowered boats. You are not underpowered and knowing how my boat performs with the 50 I can see no reason why you would need one.
Good Luck & Enjoy
hardensheetmetal posted 12-18-2000 05:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     
Check out Art's Auto and marine, I still can't find the number, but I think they are in Brockton, MA. They made the original stern seat on my 22 Revenge. I called them, gave them a couple measurements, and in a few weeks they shipped me a new seat (less mounting hardware). With shipping I think it cost about $700.00 This was a bargain compared to some of the local canvas people, and I got an original equipment seat! Good luck
Barry posted 12-18-2000 10:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     

I took some pictures, had them developed, scanned them in, adjusted them, and then ftp'ed them to AOL (whew). Hope this works! They may be a little large.


Thanks for a copy of your pics.

lhg posted 12-18-2000 11:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Barry - the teak on your Reversible Pilot Seat looks mighty fine! Don't see many in that condition.
dfmcintyre posted 12-22-2000 12:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Andy -

That bench seat looks beautiful!

I'd be real curious about how it was fabricated though. Due to the slight curve on the forward and back edges, plus the way the inserts line up, I wouldn't be suprised to find out that it was origionally a teak swim platform. I had one that was on my 25 Revenge, I/O that was flat across, and the guy who ordered mine also installed one that looked exactly the same on my fathers 30' CC Sportsman. His stern is curved, and the look is exactly the same. Gary Malone of St. Clair Shores and Harbor Springs, MI did the work, and he orders them sized and curved to fit.

Best - Don

RBradley posted 12-23-2000 11:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for RBradley  Send Email to RBradley     
Barry,Thanks for the pictures!I'm very interested in copying your design.Did you install the seat or buy the boat as is?I have a few more questions about thickness of the platform and supports.Is there any support other than the side lips and the motor well?Thanks so much for your help.
Barry posted 12-23-2000 10:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
The boat came this way. I bought it this last summer from Scott Blunk through this Forum. The seat was Scott's design. It is a 60" x 18" x 1-3/4" teak swim platform. It also has a pair of cushions that attach to it via snaps. The cushions are Stearns type IV throwables. Four snaps have been added to each cushion, 2 per strap. The other part of the snaps are screwed into the bottom of the seat. A pair toward the front and another pair toward the rear on each half of the seat.

The seat is very stable due to the thickness and the fact that it rests on the lips on the sides and the front of the motor well at the back. It is a nice seat, makes a great casting platform, and provides a nice area to step on when entering from or exiting to the swim platform that I added on the stern. Although I have to admit that since I refinished it, along with the rest of the teak, that it seems a shame to walk on it. ;-)

Beneath the seat is the battery on the port side, a small bucket on the starboard side, and usually a pair of kids waterskis. I currently have a shock cord looped though it on each side to keep it from sliding forward.

While I haven't seen many advertised, I haven't really looked. A quick search of the net did turn up this one:

Let me know if you need any additional info or pics.

andygere posted 12-26-2000 03:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
The seat in my Montauk was built by the former owner, and was not made from a swim platform. It is built with teak stringers (finished dimension about 3/4" x 1 1/2")spaced about 1/8" apart, with three struts screwed and glued to the bottom. The entire bench drops onto the lip running down both sides of the boat, and is fastened in with a pair of chromed bronze Perko latches. These are nice units that nest the upper portion with the lower, aligning the seat fore/aft for proper fit. I am planning to add a folding center support, as the unit does sag a bit if you stand in the center while casting. It is rock solid otherwise.


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