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Hydraulic Jackplate for Montauk
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posted 10-05-2000 11:29 AM ET (US)
I am considering adding a hydraulic jackplate to my 1981 Montauk along with the new engine. Has anyone run or seen a jackplate on a Montauk before? My major considerations are shallow running ability and top-end speed. How much affect would it have on performance in these areas? I was thinking of a Bob's Machine Flats Jack with a 6" setback. If its not worth the extra $$$ I don't want to spend it!
posted 10-09-2000 04:34 PM ET (US)
To do it right ( and I bet Bobs will agree) you need to also buy a low water pickup which is a nosecone with low intakes that is epoxied onto your lower unit. I was riding with a friend in a 22 Blue Wave with a jack but not the cone. He was experimenting and had it pretty high while on plane and the hot horn came on. Not good. So the jack and the cone will cost about $900. Thats a lot for a Montauk...you might not get it back at resale. And, if you really like a skinny water boat...well Whaler missed the bus on that market...you will have to select from the dozens of true shallow water boats.
posted 10-12-2000 10:08 AM ET (US)
Hello, I am thinking about getting a Montauk. I see that you want to add a jackplate, well, how shallow can a 17ft Montauk run in?
posted 10-12-2000 04:56 PM ET (US)
Right now I can run in 24" or maybe a little less on plane. I can get up in about 6" of depth. It is a nice little boat for shallow flats, plus it is lightweight. If you ever get stuck in the mud, you can tilt the motor up and drift or pole to deeper water. It is not as shallow as a tunnel hull, but is is a lot drier and faster. I like it.
posted 10-13-2000 10:15 AM ET (US)
If you are going to re-power consider going to an outboard jet. You will loose some top end but nothing will run any shalower. Whaler offers the 17 hull in the commercial division set up for outboard jets. I haven't run one but there is no reason why it won't perform great.
posted 10-20-2000 03:01 PM ET (US)
I gave the wrong #'s above. I can run in about 18" and get up in about 24". Not too bad!
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