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Kelly posted 04-29-2001 11:39 PM ET (US)   Profile for Kelly   Send Email to Kelly  
I have a 1980 17' hull that I am fitting with the Montauk center console, and I think I would like to use a leaning post of some sort instead of the Montauk flip flop seat. My thought is I would have room for the gas tank and some compartmentalized storage for tackle and other items. My inclination is for a fiberglass unit, but I am also considering one of the tubular designs. I have worn out the Space Makers flyer and Florida Sportsman looking for ideas. Now I'm putting it to the experts. Any thoughts or experiences? Also, does the Montauk flip flop seat lock in the forward position to be suitable as a leaning post for stand up operation? Kelly
Tom W Clark posted 04-30-2001 11:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

A fews thoughts: Whaler did not offer their leaning post as an option on the Montauk because, I think, there was not wood backing where the legs of their leaning post met the cockpit sole. If you buy an aftermarket model make sure you can adequately fasten it.

I have owned both an '80 and an '81 Montauk and I would personally never want one without the reversable pilot seat. The seat back does not lock forward but it is strong enough to sit on the seat back but will not really resist being pushed back. I rarely ran those boats without standing up and the RPS still plays a big role in providing support to the standing pilot/passenger. I always braced the back of my calves into the from edge of the seat itself and it seemed to help in rough water.

The other huge advantage of an RPS over a leaning post is that if there are more than 2 people on board the RPS can be reversed to provide seating for 2 people out of the wind and in the smoothest riding (stern most) part of the boat. Believe me, in rough water you do not want to sitting on top of the cooler in front of the console!

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