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jojoscoot2000 posted 04-22-2003 12:23 PM ET (US)   Profile for jojoscoot2000   Send Email to jojoscoot2000  
I would like to install a stern cooler in my 85' Montauk, and was wondering what the best way is to secure it to the deck, but at the same time make it easy to remove for cleaning, etc.
jojoscoot2000 posted 04-23-2003 11:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for jojoscoot2000  Send Email to jojoscoot2000     
Hasn't anybody come up with a good way to install a stern cooler on their Montauk?
John O posted 04-23-2003 10:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
What about the kits that Igloo sells? The have corner mounted braces and straps.

I have considered using two eyelets on either side directly screwed into the deck and secure the cooler with bungee cords. I have DriDeck on my Newtauk so stubbing ones foot would not be an issue. You could used DriDeck simple beneath the cooler and it will also allow water to flow freely.

I guess the down side is more holes in the deck.

Other wise keep full with beer and ice at all time and use the gravity

John O

Kelly posted 04-27-2003 10:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
I have a cooler in the back of my Montauk. I have a leaning post instead of an RPS. I simply have an elastic cord that goes from the leaning post around the cooler and through the handles. Sometimes I put a thin pad that helps to keep it from slipping. I like this arrangement because if I take the cooler out there is nothing to trip over and no holes in the floor. Also, I can change the size of the cooler as necessary. It seems to be okay. I am also still trying to figure out how I want my boat set up and avoid too many permanent modifications if I can.

Kelly

jojoscoot2000 posted 04-28-2003 10:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for jojoscoot2000  Send Email to jojoscoot2000     
Thanks for the replies. John, wondering what DriDeck is, I am not familar with it. And is it a definite that igloo sells those mounting kits, because I was at West Marine the other day and could not locate them? Thanks.
-Joe
John O posted 04-28-2003 11:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
DriDek is 1'x1',3x4 and up rubberized squares that are inter locked to cover a deck. They allow water to pass through and create a good anti-skid for slippery decks. They can be purchased for between 2.99 and 3.99 either direct from www.dri-dek.com or at your local marine supply. Direct they are 3.38 per square foot.
Igloo Tie Down Kit Part # 9797 or West Marine # 380057 $32.99 (West) Page 752 of West's recent catalog
hooter posted 04-28-2003 11:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for hooter    
For years and on three dif'rent hulls with the RPS, we’ve kept either a li'l 16 qt. or a bigger 40 qt. Igloo right behind the RPS. Put a cushion on either, and you've got a comf'table third position seat. The RPS legs have pre-drilled holes for takin' gas-tank hold-down bungees, located about midway up the legs, for and aft. We use a long bungee threaded through the cooler handles and hooked into the holes in the rear of the RPS legs. Means no new holes in anythin' and no hard-fixed stuff on deck to trip over. Leaves the extreme rear of the cockpit open for fishin’ and maneuverin’. Same set-up woiks well on any hull with a RPS.
John O posted 04-28-2003 11:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
Hooter,

Does the bungee wrap around the cooler?

hooter posted 04-28-2003 05:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for hooter    
Yes, Sir. Picture a three foot bungee stretched across the visible front (facin' aft) of the cooler, simply threaded through both side handles and hooked into the holes in the RPS. Nothin' complicated.
John O posted 04-28-2003 08:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
I just realized that a 94 qt cooler lays flush with the height of my RPS which has been raised with Mahogany 2 x 4's. This certainly would come in handy for an extra seat using the RPS in the middle for persons seated on both sides or one big seat and the RPS as a leaning post. Just strap the cooler on as Hooter suggests and go. No drilling, mounting...
rubadub555 posted 05-03-2003 12:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for rubadub555  Send Email to rubadub555     
Hootah;
In your cooler-bungied behind the RPS layout, do you have to accomodate a fuel line that exits the top of the under-RPS tank and runs down into the thru-deck/tunnel to the stern?
Anyone have a tried and true plan for this?
Thanks in advance.
rubadub555 posted 05-06-2003 12:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for rubadub555  Send Email to rubadub555     
Hootah;
Got a minute to reply to the question above?
Wondering how the fuel line can be managed vis-a-vis (this is NOT French) the bungied cooler behind the RPS.
Thanks
hooter posted 05-06-2003 03:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for hooter    
Sorry, Rubadub, but ah's distracted and didn't see your repost. Yeah, we used that set-up on two dif'rent Montauks f'years, mostly with just the li'l cooler t'hold sam'wiches and drinks away from the fishes and bait up front. Makes gettin' t'the double tanks t'switch the fuel line a li'l more woik, as you's gots t'move the cooler t'get in there, but still, no big problemo. Though you pro'bly know, it bears mentionin' that most marine shops will sell you bungee by the foot and stainless hook ends. Just insert the hook and knot the bungee, and you're in bid'ness. "Custom" cooler bungees impress the girls down our way! At least the ones without most o'their teeth.
John O posted 05-06-2003 09:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
Hooter,

Up North we call those "Summer Teeth"..some are here, some are there, some are missing.

rubadub555 posted 05-12-2003 07:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for rubadub555  Send Email to rubadub555     
My 28 gal. Tempo tank under the RPS has a fuel line that exits the top center of the tank, and runs down into the tunnel; the cooler would pinch the line, if the cooler is butted up against the tank; unless some spacers are placed b/w the tank and bungied cooler?; anyone already address this?
rubadub555 posted 05-12-2003 07:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for rubadub555  Send Email to rubadub555     
My 28 gal. Tempo tank under the RPS has a fuel line that exits the top center of the tank, and runs down into the tunnel; the cooler would pinch the line, if the cooler is butted up against the tank; unless some spacers are placed b/w the tank and bungied cooler?; anyone already address this?
chorescanwait posted 05-13-2003 12:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for chorescanwait  Send Email to chorescanwait     
Jon O
Do you have any pics of the seat raised I need to raise mine simply because putin gas in that pate tank is a pain in the arse.

Rub a Dub
Mine is an 89 Montauk but the hose is on the front side instead of the back is that correct?

John O posted 05-13-2003 07:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
Chorescanwait,

I do not have pictures of my set up however I do have some pictures of a a seat configuration that allows the boater to flip back the seat.

I have the RPS legs raised with mahogany 2 x 4 blocks that are screwed into the deck with 3" self tapping SS screws. The front of the block has hinges that connect through the mounting holes on the RPS legs. At rest in the normal seated position the hinges sit in an upside down postiton.
The rear has a wing nut and washer that screws down the RPS leg through a hole that was drilled for this purpose. On the rear bottom of the 2 x 4 blocks I have a SS bolts that are counter sunk so the blocks lay flush with the deck. When it is time to fill, I remove the wing nuts and pivot the RPS forward which allows for ample space to fill the 28gal Tempo and use the supplied vent cap. The pictures are am sending you are of anothers seat set up with the hinges on the top of the RPS legs.

John O

John O posted 05-13-2003 07:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
Should read: "Hinges sit in an upside down 'L' postion"
Chesapeake posted 05-14-2003 05:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
Spent too many hours at West Marine on Sunday. Noticed something new for the first time this year.

They had a freestanding display with a new type of hold down. The holddown consisted of a plastic strap and two plastic snap over latches. The straps are inserted into the latches which then snap over to lock the strap. The latches are held in place by a phenomenally strong 3M two way adhesive pad.

They make a normal duty set for locking a small TV onto a surface. Another set with larger latches is made expressly for cooler hold down (the latter might have a tough time with non-skid though).

I bought some for a few applications I have and will report the result.

Sorry I cannot remember the brand name.

rubadub555 posted 05-15-2003 08:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for rubadub555  Send Email to rubadub555     
Chorescan wrote:
Rub a Dub
Mine is an 89 Montauk but the hose is on the front side instead of the back is that correct?
Chorescan;
My fuel line exits the rear of the tank, and goes down into the tunnel. 1980 Montauk
bkovak posted 05-16-2003 03:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for bkovak  Send Email to bkovak     
I have a '78 Montauk with a 27 gal Pate tank under the RPS. The fuel line exits off of the top port side of the tank and runs down the back (angled toward the center) and in to the floor track. I have 4 small mahoghany blocks (4" x 1 1/2" x 1 " high) screwed down in the floor near the 4 corners of the tank (in about 4 inches from each corner). Each block has a ss hold down bracket screwed into it. I run 2 bungee cords across the top of the tank and clip the ss hooks onto the hold down bracket blocks on each side. This holds the tank in place securely and also provides a standoff from the back side of the tank to mount a 72 0r 94 qt Igloo cooler against without crushing the gas line. You can then run a large bungee around the cooler horizontally and clip it to the holes in the RPS legs. It's simple, inexpensive and works well if you don't mind making a couple of small holes in the floor. Brian

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