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89 Montauk console appearance
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posted 01-09-2001 12:12 PM ET (US)
Santa brought me a Garmin 168 GPS/plotter/sounder unit for Christmas. Great unit.... but has created a slight problem. After removing the depth finder and loran units, I noticed a great number of screw holes and holes for cabling are now not used. Since the Garmin is a single unit they are now visible (ugly). Do ya'll (I'm from Alabama)pros have any suggestions. teak over lay maybe? Any help would be great
posted 01-09-2001 12:35 PM ET (US)
They aren't difficult to fill. There was
some discussion of this about six months
ago, probably in the repairs and mods
One thing: I may have mentioned some white
posted 01-09-2001 01:36 PM ET (US)
I agree with Chuck. Epoxy may be the best way to go.
If your console is mahogany, drill the hole out and epoxy (West epoxy) in a solid mahogany plug. A local carpenter can make you the plugs if you cannot find them at a Marine dealer.
If your console is fiberglass, put a piece of duct tape on the underside of the repair. Mix up some West epoxy and use their white pigment to color it (you can throw in some tan fairing filler from West if you are trying to match fiberglass from the tan era). Carefully pour it into the hole, lightly saind the top and you're done.
posted 01-09-2001 04:31 PM ET (US)
I have an older Montauk ('79) and the flat horizontal surface on top of the console has a piece of 3/4" thick teak screwed on to it. I don't know if it's stock, but it looks really nice, and you can mount a GPS, depth sounders,etc without drilling the fiberglass. I routed all my cables through a single (existing) hole, and tied them in place with a small chrome/bronze clamshell vent. This set-up would be easy to add to an existing console. I was originally planning to replace the teak surface because there were existing screw holes from the previous owner. Instead, I bought a package of 3/8" teak plugs, and overdrilled the holes with a forstner bit. After gluing in the plugs, sanding the entire surface and treating with teak oil, it looks as good as new, for about $30 less.
posted 01-09-2001 10:06 PM ET (US)
That's what I'm talking about andy..... my 1989 console top has a flat and an angled section to it. I thought it would look excellent with teak. Like you, I was worried about changing the stock appearance of the boat. The top and angled sections just look awful... the pilot holes for the screw holes were not drilled large enough by the person that originally mounted the equipment, so the screws cracked the gelcoat.
It would take a tremendous amout of elbow grease the chip out all the damaged gelcoat, reapply Spectrum Color gelcoat, sand, and buff. Plus I don't think the color would match perfectly. I am just not that good of a gel coat man.
So, what does everybody think? Am I stupid for going with the teak idea? Maintenance of the teak would not be a problem. I store the boat inside under cover.
posted 01-10-2001 09:08 AM ET (US)
A piece of half inch teak will look great on the top of your console. Purists will disagree for sure though.
posted 01-10-2001 10:48 AM ET (US)
Was a teak top and instrument panel ever a factory option on the Montauk console? I've often wondered if mine is original. Does anyone out there have a 1979 catalog? I'd love to see what Whaler showed/listed for my boat when it was new.
posted 01-10-2001 06:11 PM ET (US)
Andy, I have the 79 catalog and it really doesn't show the console very clear.
posted 01-10-2001 07:54 PM ET (US)
Sam, the '79 Montauk console is the same as the Outrage console. Look at the console shown for those models in the '79 catalog.
Basically, is has a large sloping instrument panel, the full width of the console. This entire area was finished with black Mat-Tac vinyl. Both the steering wheel and engine controls were mounted on this sloping surfave. The two instrument panels were teak, and the whole area was edged with a square section teak trim. The small top area is fibreglass. I think 1982 was the last year for this console design.
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