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bwillie posted 07-22-2002 12:02 AM ET (US)   Profile for bwillie   Send Email to bwillie  
Am considering a Montauk. (First Whaler).Live near Strait of Juan de Fuca, and wonder if an Outrage type hull would be better. We do get some heavy water, not unlike the ocean. Really like the Montauk. What do you experts think?
OutrageMan posted 07-22-2002 09:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Hello neighbor (I live in Vancouver, WA from Oct.-May).

I think that the Montauk would be too light of a boat for your area. Definately would look inot an Outrage.


Tom W Clark posted 07-22-2002 11:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Well that's a loaded question. There's many ways to look at it, but I would say a Montauk is what you want.

I live in Seattle and have fished the Straight of Juan de Fuca for the last 17 years. I have fished many times out of Port Angeles in my Montauk and, of course, have fished Sekiu as well. A Montauk is fine for these waters.

A Montauk will work at Neah Bay as well but if you want to go out to Tatoosh and the "whistle buoy" or beyond them a Montauk begins to be not enough boat.

It was actually my first visit to Neah Bay in 1989 in my Montauk that convinced me it was time to move up to the 18 Outrage. When the tide is ebbing against that Pacific swell rolling into the straight around Tatoosh, it gets nasty even if it's not blowing which it frequently is.

If you want to get out to Swiftsure Bank or Blue Dot, then a boat bigger than the Montauk is in order.

If you want to just fish around Port Angeles, maybe shoot over to Hein Bank or Victoria or fish Sekiu then the Montauk will be just fine.

The additional benefits of the Montauk are it will cost less and be easier to store in a garage as well as being towable with a smaller car or truck.

If this is your first Whaler then it seems like a good idea to have the experience of owning the most popular and recognizable Whaler (other than the 13) ever made. It is a Classic and even if you decide to move up in size later, you will enjoy this boat.

One other thing, If you want to go water skiing someplace like Lake Crescent or Lake Sutherland, the Montauk throws a smaller wake than an Outrage.

Jay A posted 07-22-2002 10:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jay A    
Get the Montauk and call yourself "Wet-Willie"!
jimh posted 07-23-2002 08:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Is all that heavy water (deuterium) coming down the Columbia River from the Hanford plant?
Fishcop posted 07-28-2002 11:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fishcop  Send Email to Fishcop     
Having read the posts, Montauk is my call.
It was my first whaler and it sounds like the boat for you. As stated earlier, start with the Montauk and work your way up (keeping the Montauk!).
Best of luck and happy whaling!

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