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merensen posted 05-08-2002 12:57 AM ET (US)   Profile for merensen   Send Email to merensen  
just wondering what the best leaning post is for my 1987 17'Montauk. I want to replace the RPS with a leanning post. ANyone ever done this. Pictures would be greatly appreciated. ALos any tips on where to get the best one at the best price, and any idea sof how to install it without jepardizing the integrity of the hull.

Thanks, michael

Taylor posted 05-08-2002 01:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
On thing to keep in mind is that you can probably sell your RPS.
Kelly posted 05-09-2002 02:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
I just installed a leaning post in my 1980 17' with Montauk center console. Since this is a conversion, I did not have an RPS. I looked at a lot of different models on different web sites, called several places, and looked at different models when I could find them. There seems to be a lot of very nice units. I bought one from Hot-pursuit. I have not used the boat since it was installed. The one I purchased cost $345 plus shipping. It has a foot rest and 4 rod holders. I think it will be nice. Some units were 2 or 3 times that much.

Regarding installation, I specifically wanted one with plates connecting the front and back legs and as much distance between the front and back legs as practical. I thought this would make for a more secure installation. These plates were pre-drilled for six screws each. I just used 3-M sealant, not 4200 or 5200. I did not want to tear the deck up if I ever removed the unit. Finally, I did not get a grab rail on the back of the leaning post. I felt that the force of my fat .... I mean my weight pushing more or less down on the seat was fine, but I did not want somebody pulling on the handrail in a slightly upward angle. Just my opinion.

I do not have pictures, but I will try to borrow a digital camera.


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