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SuburbanBoy posted 07-16-2002 12:21 AM ET (US)   Profile for SuburbanBoy   Send Email to SuburbanBoy  
While on vacation in South Haven, I replaced my rub rail assembly. What a pain. Momma told me there'd be days like this... Left the damn thing out in the hot sun for 90+ minutes. Reverse stretched it on one of the stainless handrails. Found the center of the serpent, and pop-riveted it to the bow. This was after drilling out some 60+ rivets from the old rub rail system. Wrestled this python for hours. (Yes it will get scratched when it slaps against concrete). It was one tough hombre. Still looking for about 5 screws to substitute for the rivets where they were too small for the reamed out holes. But, I must say, it is a big improvement over the damaged original. On my next Whaler, I want the jumbo commercial rub rail. Less likely to be damaged. Is the classic 15 still available from the Commercial division? I wonder how it would look with the larger rub rail? If you are considering rub rail replacement, consider a helper, it will be much easier than my solo shot at it.


Bigshot posted 07-16-2002 11:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I basicall yput the finishing touch on my Montauk Sunday. I towed a jetskier up river. After letting him off I started down river(about 5mph current)with the current and had to go under a narrow bridge on an angle. Did not happen and I smacked the last 1' of the rubrail. It is so brittle that it just shattered. I then pulled into my dock and of course just as you are about to reverse the idiot jumps forward to fend off, making reverse absolutely useless and crash again. No glass damage but rubrail is an 89 and brittle as crystal. Glad I bought that new one for X-Mas. Now if the weather would just cool a bit.
grandmufti posted 07-16-2002 10:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for grandmufti  Send Email to grandmufti     
You were being punished for associating with a Jetski.
SuburbanBoy posted 07-16-2002 11:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for SuburbanBoy  Send Email to SuburbanBoy     
You are right, after many years, they sure do get brittle with old age. Mine broke off in small pieces (1979).

I have to say, I have had a personal breakthrough. My wife and daughters have decided that WE NEED A LARGER WHALER!
Now, another question, what has a better ride? The 15 footer or the 17 Montuak? Until we saw a nicely restored 17 footer, I had my eyes on an outboard GTX variant. But my families request should not be left unanswered. The GTX is too heavy for my wife's car (the prime towing vehicle). The Montauk is about 2,500 complete with engine, trailer and accessories. What say yee? Go for the 17 footer, or continue to work up to the GTX? I hope the ride answer is clear, the Montauk the winner.


SuburbanBoy posted 07-18-2002 10:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for SuburbanBoy  Send Email to SuburbanBoy     
One more comment, I think the Montauk with trailer and engine etc. is 2,000 pounds or less.


jameso posted 07-18-2002 10:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
Sub boy,
The 15 is probably the best riding of the two. But there are other considerations.
whaleryo posted 07-18-2002 10:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for whaleryo  Send Email to whaleryo     

I just recently moved from a Sport15 to a Montauk. The difference is huge. The 15's ride is very good, but to me one of the big differences is static stability. I fish where there is a fair amount of boat traffic and we would be constantly holding on for dear life when a large boat passed...not so with the Montauk. Also, your passengers will feel more secure in the Montauk, with its higher freeboard. In the '15, you feel like you're riding ON a boat, with the Montauk you feel like you're riding IN a boat. The Montauk's seating is much more comfortable and there is much more storage space, freeing up precious deck space. To sum up my feelings; The '15 is more fun to drive, the Montauk is more comfortable.

PS. About the trailering...I'm currently towing my Montauk with a Saturn and have no problems. (I'm probably not doing the tranmission much good though).


Highwater posted 07-18-2002 02:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Highwater    
About that rub rail replacement, where is the best place to buy one for a 15'?

Also, I am in the process of preparing the 15 for gelcoat or paint, and it is going to be a while before I am ready to install a new rub rail. But the one I have now is falling off. So, could I take it off and reinstall it using screws? Or should I screw right through the black using 1" (?) stainless wood (?) screws and washers to temporarily hold the thing on for a few months? Maybe put in a screw every six inches or so, right between where the rivets were connected?

SuburbanBoy posted 07-22-2002 09:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for SuburbanBoy  Send Email to SuburbanBoy     
I purchased my Rub rail kit from Twin Marine in Mn. It was about $100.


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