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Kelly posted 06-01-2001 08:42 PM ET (US)   Profile for Kelly   Send Email to Kelly  
I have a 1980 model 17' that was originally set up with bench seats, a side console, and a gas tank under the drivers bench seat. The gas tank covers the location where I see the hole into the tunnel on newer Montauks. I am going to leave the gas tank in place until I decide to do something with the captians seat(I am installing a new Montauk Center console now). My question has two parts. First, is there a hole into the tunnel in that location on this boat? Second, if not, is it fairly straight forward to add one? I know I could find out by lifting the tank, but if it was not there I would still have to ask the second question. Thanks, Kelly
dfmcintyre posted 06-03-2001 12:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Kelly -

If the factory didn't have to drill another hole during rigging, it probably isn't there.

How handy are you with a drill?

If I recall right, there is a small oval grommet that is glued, screwed or pop rivited in place. You might be able to contact the factory for the correct piece. In the alternative, a round grommet like the sort found in the newer hightech desks might be able to be used. Another type is called a chaffing ring, available through SSI, P.O. Box 99 Commerce Avenue, Hollywood, FL 20626, 301-373-2372. Ask for a catalog. Interesting stuff (my recessed panel for the breaker panel came from them).

After you cut, and before mounting whatever grommet you find, take some resin and coat the inside of the hole, where the wood is exposed, to prevent water infiltration.


Kelly posted 06-13-2001 08:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
I looked, there is not a hole into the tunnel at the RPS/gas tank location. Don, thanks for your comment. Has anyone else ever made this modification or found a satisfactory alternate. I am reluctant to drill a hole in the bottom of the boat into the tunnel. I would appreciate hearing about anyone elses experience. Kelly
Tom W Clark posted 06-13-2001 12:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

No big deal. Just drill a hole with a hole saw. The factory Montauk hole (made by drilling two overlapping holes) has an oval shaped plastic grommet screwed or riveted to the floor but you can use whatever you want. On my first Montauk, which I ordered new, the dealer essentially built the boat from a bare hull they ordered because I did not want the bow rail nor the accompanying screw holes. Of course the bare hull did not come with the fuel hose hole drilled so the dealer just used a stainless deck fill without the cap and the lower portion cut off and ground smooth. I actually thought this was a nicer detail. Not as large and made of nicer material.

Kelly posted 06-13-2001 02:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
Thanks Tom. I'll let you know how it turns out when I get that far.

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