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TRIDENT posted 10-05-2000 11:29 AM ET (US)   Profile for TRIDENT   Send Email to TRIDENT  
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!
Johnboat posted 10-09-2000 04:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Johnboat  Send Email to Johnboat     
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 might not get it back at resale. And, if you really like a skinny water boat...well Whaler missed the bus on that will have to select from the dozens of true shallow water boats.
CFoshee posted 10-12-2000 10:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for CFoshee  Send Email to CFoshee     
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?


TRIDENT posted 10-12-2000 04:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRIDENT  Send Email to TRIDENT     
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.
Dick posted 10-13-2000 10:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
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.
TRIDENT posted 10-20-2000 03:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRIDENT  Send Email to TRIDENT     
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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