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Chesapeake posted 08-01-2004 07:15 PM ET (US)   Profile for Chesapeake   Send Email to Chesapeake  
Does anyone have this setup? Am curious if this is too heavy for the hull - makes it sit too low in stern? Would appreciate all comments.

Am trying to get back in the Whaler saddle again and am considering such a 90s Montauk set up with a 90 hp 4-stroke Merc. This time in NJ. Am a bit nervous of how it will sit in the water. Also has a stern seat...

Thanks for your help


dogfish2 posted 08-01-2004 07:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for dogfish2  Send Email to dogfish2     
The 90 4-stroke weighing in at 386 lbs is not a problem. However, most Montauk rigs do not have a stern seat (equals more pounds and passengers sitting on them). Our boats are balanced in that batteries and other heavy items are moved forward. The Montauks are weight sensitive and should not be overloaded in any part of the boat. Perhaps, you should consider a lighter 70 hp 4-stroke, or a 2-stroke 90 hp, if it is important to retain the stern seat.
Joe Kriz posted 08-01-2004 07:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Joe Kriz  Send Email to Joe Kriz     

The Mercury 90hp 4 stroke weighs in at 386 lbs according to their Web site.

The Honda 90hp 4 stroke weighs in at 384 lbs and there are several people on this site that have the Honda on their Classic 17' hull but they do mention it sits a little low in the water.

My 150hp Evinrude 2 stroke weighs in at 386 lbs on the back of my Outrage 18... A lot more punch for the weight.

Mercury has annonced that the 90hp 4 strokes are throwing away the carburetors and going EFI. This I would definitely wait for. EFI is far superior compared to carbs.

Myself, I think I would consider a lighter engine on the back of the Classic 17' hull. Something along the lines of the Suzuki/Johnson 70hp (335 lbs). But, that's just my opinion along with many other people here that already have this fine engine mounted on their Classic 17' transom.

Chesapeake posted 08-01-2004 09:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
Guys: Thanks. This boat I am considering already has an '01 Merc 4 stroke 90 hp on it. It also has the stern seat. The battery has been moved forward.

I loved the new Yammy 90 on my Nauset and think it a good match. Trying to get back in the game here. This rig is mint for a 92, but am concerned about the weight for sure.

Sold the Nauset to buy an Outrage, but hate to pass up those really pretty Montauks. At the same time, don't want a cannonball.

Would appreciate continued comments from those with this set up and thanks to those that have responded already.

Bigshot posted 08-02-2004 12:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Won't be an issue....go check it out.
David Livingstone posted 08-08-2004 07:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Livingstone  Send Email to David Livingstone     
You wouldn't have a problem. I have a 1998 100hp 4stroke Yamaha (375lb ?) on my 1998 Montauk, plus a 4hp 4s Yamaha kicker (50lb ?), plus the boston whaler stern seat. Static trim does have the bow up a little but boat will jump up on plane with two adults in the stern seat and the third at the wheel.

All the Best,


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