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Dave Murray posted 03-30-2001 08:32 PM ET (US)   Profile for Dave Murray   Send Email to Dave Murray  
This is probably a dumb question, but I need to know the answer before I can consider a Montauk. I moor my 20' outrage-may sell it this spring- on an open salt bay area where the SW winds/waves can get big- can you leave the Montauk rear plugs open? how much water is inside? I would assume an engine of 70 to 85 HP weight- thanks for any help....Dave Murray
Soho posted 04-01-2001 08:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Soho  Send Email to Soho     
For what it is worth, I remember reading some posts here not too long ago that indicated that a 17 with the plugs out in salt water would take about an inch, more or less, of water. At least that is what I think that they said, it was not much more I know. I was interested as I have a Montauk as well. Actually I moor mine in semi-open water ( salt ) etc and leave the plugs in - let the bilge pump do the rest. Not sure if you are worried about waves actually breaking over the bow.... which would be in quote a blow I reckon.



hauptjm posted 04-02-2001 09:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Plug out! Why drain your battery with the bilge pump coming on during a rain storm. A Montauk with that size engine (even a 90 hp) will have positive flotation up to the drain. Any water entering either from rain or otherwise, will run out. I have an 18OR with a 150, and spent this past weekend out with my bride and son, and never put the plug in. Now if some of my buddies and their 200+ lbs. get in, the plug goes in. If you're not comfortable running with it out, just plug it when you're ready to go.
dreid posted 04-02-2001 10:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for dreid  Send Email to dreid     
In my Montauk with Johnson 90, two rear-mounted batteries, 24 gal. of gas and full VRO tank, with the plug out, the deck rode a good 2" above the top water line in the rear sump. That was without me in the boat. Mooring without the plug should work fine.
Dave Murray posted 04-02-2001 01:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dave Murray  Send Email to Dave Murray     
Thank You- I appreciate the comments

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