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masswhaler posted 10-12-2002 09:26 PM ET (US)   Profile for masswhaler   Send Email to masswhaler  
Does anyone out there in whaler world have a leaning post on their montauk? And if so what brand did you buy and is it the way to go on this boat? Im looking for maxium fishing room and this looks like the way to go because its small and i can stick my fuel tank underneth. Any feedback would be nice! Thanks John
Charlie posted 10-13-2002 12:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Charlie  Send Email to Charlie     
On my '69 16 rigged like a Montauk, I installed a 36" wide, 30" high leaning post purchased from Cutting Edge Marine in Hialeah, Florida, (305)888-9282. I can fit 2 Mirax 12 gal. fuel tanks or (1) 27 gal. Tempo below. Being supported by a leaning post makes a big difference when running in chop.
masswhaler posted 10-13-2002 05:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for masswhaler  Send Email to masswhaler     
What model did you get? was it the one with storage under the seat? And are you happy with the over all quality of the leaning post? And would you buy another from this company?
Thanks John
Charlie posted 10-13-2002 08:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Charlie  Send Email to Charlie     
The model I got they refer to as the "simple leaning post" which means no storage. With the base price they advertised, I got the seat height I wanted, the upholstery color, a folding foot rest and 4 rodholders at the angle I requested. I added an additional rodholder for a minimal charge. The aluminum is anodized. I installed it in April and am very happy with it. Just coat the aluminum in LPS3 rust inhibitor at installation then wash down with freshwater after every saltwater trip.

Whoever you order your leaning post from, be aware that the 16' hulls have a sloping deck and sometime down the line (I don't know when) the whaler decks became flat. You have to let your leaning post fabricator know which year hull you have so he can angle your leaning post foot pads accordingly.

I have some photos to email if you want to see how it looks.

eaglet1122 posted 10-15-2002 09:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for eaglet1122  Send Email to eaglet1122     
Is there a web page? Or any other web pages for leaning post makers? Stan
Charlie posted 10-15-2002 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Charlie  Send Email to Charlie     
Here's some sites I was viewing at the time I was shopping for leaning posts. I'm sure there's more out there. Do a Google search for "leaning posts". This is the one I got (36" simple leaning post for $365.

kingfish posted 10-15-2002 03:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

I would also try Birdsall Marine-
-I have one of their units that I like a lot in my Outrage 22 with storage under the "seat". I presume but don't know that they will custom build one taking into account the slope of your floor. One thing I would mention though is that my leaning post is 38" wide and I wouldn't want it any wider or getting past it would become problematic; I would wonder if 36" might be too wide for a Montauk and if you might want to consider 34" or even 32". I don't remember how wide the RPS in a Montauk is...

Charlie posted 10-15-2002 06:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Charlie  Send Email to Charlie     
For a 16' hull, the 36" wide leaning post will have the foot pads just about over the wood backing underdeck where you can lag into. A narrower leaning post would not allow you to bolt into the wood backing. With a 36"er, you would get 12" of clearance between your seat material and the rail on either side.

The 17' hull has a 48" wide wood backing underdeck so you could go with any size leaning post up to 48" and still bolt into wood backing. I wouldn't go wider than 36", tho. 34" would be no problem.

See the wood backing diagrams for the 16' and 17' hulls to find the wood locations. Although these drawings are not to scale, you can determine wood location by creating your own scale. For instance, say there's a dim. of 39" on the drawing. Mark that distance on an index card, then divide that distance by 39. Each increment will be one inch. Using that index card as a scale, I determined the location of the 4" wide wood strips that my leaning post bolted into. (That's when I realized the floor buttons also indicated the centerline of these wood strips. LOL )

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