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Montauk center console and bow rails
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posted 01-09-2002 01:01 AM ET (US)
I'm begining to work on my whaler, I've decided that I'm going to pull the console, deck and rail and replace them with a center console w/cooler seat and a bow rail. I have a couple of questions before I really get dirty. First, has anyone purchased a bare console from whaler and if so, about how much did it cost? I'm debating about either purchasing a new one or building one myself, just keeping my options open. As for the replacement rails, I was thinking about either the Montauk or super sport rails. I kind of like the lower profile but the raised rail adds a bit more safety. About how much will the rails set me back? I have all winter to work on it so I'm in no rush, I'm just getting all of my ducks in a row. I'm also planning to adapt the console rail from the newport to the new console. Any other suggestions greatly appreciated.
posted 01-09-2002 09:24 AM ET (US)
I wish I could remember where this came from, but I heard/read somewhere that a new Montauk console runs about $1500.
Bow rail? A welded rail as used on newer Montauks is more solid and less classy. I would guess it is also less expensive (until you try to ship it somewhere).
Bow rail and console rail fittings are expensive in chrome and even more expensive in SS.
If, along the way, you end up with a surplus console rail please offer it to me at a reasonable price. I just need the fittings to replace the chrome-less fittings on my Outrage console rail.
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posted 01-09-2002 11:07 AM ET (US)
Thanks for the reply. I recall the console, it was made by one of the sponsors for someone from the forum, it was a mahogony console with so me alterations to the original design. It was more of a work of art and well worth the $1500. I was hoping a bare montauk console would be less. My plan was to take the Newport console rail and "trim" it down to fit. If the cost of the bow rail/consloe are cost prohibited, I'll end up making my own. I did this for my old boat and it looked good, I'll just need to purchase the side supports for the rails. I think someone asked about them and one of the OEM had them for $10-20. Not bad I guess. If I do luck out and find a used montauk console complete I'll be more then happy to let you know about it.
I'll keep you posted.
Have a good one.
posted 01-09-2002 01:05 PM ET (US)
Unless you want a "restored" whaler consider the Carolina Skiff console. I think Clark has one one his 15.
posted 01-09-2002 04:03 PM ET (US)
You can get the console from whaler. Price depends on the dealer. Some charge full list and others are more reasonable. Members may have some input on that.
The nice thing about the new console from whaler is that they come with eveything attached, including a new steering system, all switches, stainless steel railing and windshield, etc. Just drop it in, connect wires and go. When I priced them last year, my dealer wanted $2K. Another dealer probably would have sold it for less. The $2K seemed like a lot, but by the time I added up all the accessories and the labor / time to install, the console itself was fairly cheap.
Seems steep, but the alternative has a way of nickel and diming you to death over time.
posted 01-09-2002 07:17 PM ET (US)
On another thread, I just did a "dissertation" (as Bigz likes to call my postings!) on this subject. It was sometime in December.
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