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OConnor posted 07-10-2002 06:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for OConnor   Send Email to OConnor  
Any thoughts on were I can get the green (starboard side) lens for a '81 Montauk?
whitefoot posted 07-11-2002 02:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for whitefoot  Send Email to whitefoot     
My '83 Montauk has a perko light that I replaced last summer. I bought the replacement from West Marine for about $35. I think the lenses are around $7. The part number for the light I purchased is #281097.

Here is a link to the lights:
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Here is the link to the lens page:
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hope this helps

OConnor posted 07-12-2002 02:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for OConnor  Send Email to OConnor     
Thanks but I'm interested in O.E.M. replacement parts. Your suggestion appears to be after market parts. Anyone else have any other thoughts?
whitefoot posted 07-12-2002 04:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for whitefoot  Send Email to whitefoot     
I am pretty sure the original was also a Perko.
OConnor posted 07-13-2002 10:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for OConnor  Send Email to OConnor     
I will investigate further..........thanks!
compounder posted 07-13-2002 01:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for compounder  Send Email to compounder     
My 1980 Montauk is equipped with a single lens for the bow light. The lens is half red and half green. I have been unable to find a replacement lens. The ones the dealer will sell you do not fit the bow light housing.

I ended up polishing my original with Flitz and then washing thoroughly in rubbing alcohol. I then used permanent Magic Markers to re-color the lens. Looks like it is going to have to be re-done about once a year.

Not a permament fix, but works very well.

TightPenny posted 07-16-2002 06:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for TightPenny  Send Email to TightPenny     
I had that problem with my 1977 Sport 15.

The color washed out of the original two color lens. My dealer told me that it was no longer available, but they did have a red full size lens the same size and a green one the same size, and told me what to do.

Carefully using a coping saw I cut both in half and using crazy glue, put the halves together. I got some hazing on the plastic from the glue, but overall it is not noticible. And besides, I still have the second one available for when it washes out again.

TightPenny posted 07-16-2002 06:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for TightPenny  Send Email to TightPenny     
As I recall they were Perko as well.
whitefoot posted 07-17-2002 02:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for whitefoot  Send Email to whitefoot     
I guess sometime between 1980 and 1983 Perko wised up and began making each color a separate lens. Even though I can replace the lenses separately my contacts were corroded and the housing was a little banged up so I decided to replace my whole assembly. The lenses are still about $8 each...not too cheap for a little plastic lens.
compounder posted 07-18-2002 08:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for compounder  Send Email to compounder     
whitefoot, were you able to get the whole assembly identical to the original, or was it the smaller, cheaper replacement? Did you get it through a BW dealer? What was the cost?

The chrome plating has mostly peeled away on mine and I am considering re-chroming or replacement.

Thanks.

compounder posted 07-18-2002 08:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for compounder  Send Email to compounder     
Sorry for the last post. I should have read whitefoot's first post detailing the non-factory replacement parts.
whitefoot posted 07-18-2002 10:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for whitefoot  Send Email to whitefoot     
Coumpounder, the original was a Perko and I replaced it with a newer Perko. The model numbers did not match up on the two but they are identical in every manner. All the parts are interchangeable and the quality and size of the new one are exact.
OConnor posted 07-19-2002 10:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for OConnor  Send Email to OConnor     
TightPenny- Thanks for the insight. I'm to in a similar situation. My lens also appears to be a two piece. I to would like to reconstruction the lens as you did. Any info on where you got the two lens?
TightPenny posted 07-19-2002 02:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for TightPenny  Send Email to TightPenny     
I got the two single color lenses at Pelican Harbor, my friendly neighborhood Whaler Dealer.
OConnor posted 07-22-2002 06:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for OConnor  Send Email to OConnor     
Sir- Were they Whaler parts? Please advise. Thanks!
jimh posted 07-22-2002 07:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[Fixed long URIs--jimh.]
Tom W Clark posted 07-22-2002 10:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
The bow light for a 1981 Montauk was custom made for Whaler. It is not an off-the-shelf part. You will not find a replacement at West Marine or any other chandlery. You can, however, get them from a Whaler dealer.

Replacement lenses have been a problem to find. Many threads have been devoted to this problem. I have yet to hear of anybody who has found a direct replacement lens for these lights, but a few have reported good success at modifying other lenses as TightPenny describes.

OConnor posted 07-22-2002 04:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for OConnor  Send Email to OConnor     
FYI...Here's the latest info from Boston Whaler. You can not buy the replacement lens alone. I was told that the entire light assembly was the next option and would be approx. $65.00 OUCH! When I contacted Perko directly they said I couldn't buy it from they because it was SPECIAL. I think you can tell why........Sorry if this was already discussed in an earlier thread. It's just a little frustrating.

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