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Dave Murray posted 04-02-2001 05:10 PM ET (US)   Profile for Dave Murray   Send Email to Dave Murray  
I have another few questions for you Montauk owners....1- How is the hull in moderate waves- saw 3-4 ft? 2- How do you store your fishing rods other than upright? am used to a 20' outrage that stores six rods under the teak gunnel. 3- would you say that one guy could handle this rig on and off the trailer without spraining a gut? Thanks in advance...Dave Murray
whalernut posted 04-02-2001 05:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Dave, if you`re talking about 3-4 footers in Lake Erie which the waves are very, very close together it rides hard, but the trade off is the stability! I have a 1973 hull which rides harder than the post-75`s(Smirk). But the newer hulls in close waves still ride hard. If the waves are rolling, then a little less pounding. What waters do you boat on? Regards-Jack Graner.
chad posted 04-02-2001 06:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for chad  Send Email to chad     
Dave,
I have a 1984 Montauk. My answers to the posted questons:
1.Hang on! It is rough. I have only taken waves over the bow once, but it was my fault.
2.Upright is the only way I have found.
3.One guy can easily launch, unless it is just before sunrise with a line of anxious fisherman waiting.

Montauks are great all around boats. We fish the Texas coast, so we often run across open bays to fish the shallow barrier island. I find there are boats that will either handle the chop better or run more shallow, but for my money the Montauk can handle most situations very well.

johnk posted 04-03-2001 01:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for johnk  Send Email to johnk     
1) It's only a 17 (16.7) foot boat.

2) In terms of storage, I store one rod on each side in the side rails. Rod tip under the standoff, middle of rod over, butt under. Never had a problem.

3) I don't know how launching a boat could be any easier. Takes all of 60 seconds from backing down the ramp to tieing it up. I use a 75' anchor rope for lauching. Back trailer wheels into the water (but not tow vehicles). Get out. Tie the long rope to a piling (already fastened to the bow). Unfasten winch cable. Back up alittle more somewhat fast, then hit brakes to free the boat. It comes off cleanly, cleares the trailer. I pull up a few feet to get out, then secure the boat before parking the trailer. I also launch/retrieve close enough to the pier that I can step into the boat..., Done it 100 times and never had a problem by myself, daylight, or at night. Keys are long rope, close to ramp, and no stupid mistakes..

god luck

john

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