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billmontauk posted 11-14-2003 05:41 PM ET (US)   Profile for billmontauk  
I'm looking at purchasing a 1975 Whaler that has been advertised as a Montauk and has a center console like a Montauk however when I traced the hull serial number I was told by Boston Whaler that it was a Currituck model.Is this common? Should I be concerned about buying this boat.
JBCornwell posted 11-14-2003 06:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Very common, Bill.

It is popular to buy any model on the 16/17 hull and convert it to Montauk-like configuration.

Some "Madetauks" are identical to Montauks, some less so.

Assuming it was done with quality materials and workmanship value is not negatively affected.

Red sky at night. . .

geohjr posted 11-14-2003 06:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for geohjr  Send Email to geohjr     
The thought that occurs to me here is the holes originally drilled into the hull are in different locations from a Montauk to a Currituck. The Currituck, I believe had a center console support and an end console support that went into the deck. These supports would be somewhere near where the pilot seat was located, maybe a little further back. The Currituck also had side boards that ran along the ledge(?) that the side rail bases are installed onto. I believe the side boards had screws at the bottom edge that went into the hull. The screws were about every twelve inches. Since all the screws are into wood suppports in the hull, it is important that they all be sealed properly to prevent rot of the wood and seepage into the hull. Depending on how well these holes patches were matched to the hull color, they should be obvious due to their location. White ('75) is probably the easiest color to match. You might also want to check how accurately they located (fore to aft) the Montauk console in comparision to original dimensions. If it was a conversion, did they do it the way Whaler did the originals; adequate number and type of fasteners, stainless, length, etc.

Any concern regarding authenticity issues I guess is up to you. Depending on how well the hole patches match the color, you can't otherwise tell by looking at it.

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