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Matthew posted 09-14-2002 01:23 AM ET (US)   Profile for Matthew   Send Email to Matthew  
I just returned from pulling the 170 over the Cascades and wanted to comment on the great performance of the factory EZ loader trailer.
Tracked well, stopped clean and followed the Cherokee to Lake Chelan and back. The boat sits on the trailer perfectly.
Let your new 170 see the country!
jimh posted 09-14-2002 09:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
In many of the product photographs of the new Whaler it looks like there is close clearance between the fenders of the trailer and the hull.

Have you had any problems loading the boat on the trailer with the hull hitting the fenders?

The fenders look like plastic. Perhaps they would not mar the hull even it they bumped it.

Matthew posted 09-14-2002 12:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
There is about 1 1/2 to 2" of clearance between the non-marring plastic fenders and the boat, which I thought was tight prior to loading the trailer.

The first time I loaded the boat I backed the trailer to deep (almost to the top of the fenders) and the wave action rocked the boat, touching the fenders.

I've since learned the correct depth (mid-way up the fenders) and the boat centers itself every time. I've loaded in some pretty decent winds/ tides at my local exposed Puget Sound ramp.


PSW posted 09-14-2002 04:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for PSW  Send Email to PSW     
Matthew I am from the Puget Sound and have recently sold my mid 80's Montauk. Where did you pick up your new 170 and what power does it have. Also what is your WOT and how does it beach.


jimh posted 09-14-2002 04:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
With float on type trailers there does seem to be a "magic" spot for backing the trailer into the water. I have a piece of tape on the fender of my trailer that shows the proper immersion point. When loading, I back in to that point; the boat loads much better than if I just randomly immerse the trailer.
Matthew posted 09-14-2002 09:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
I bought the boat at the Lake Union Whaler dealer, Trudeau's. My sales rep was David Kelly.

I'm powered with the Merc 90 2 stroke that is swinging a 21 pitch prop (it isn't stamped with the diameter?) and at WOT I'm at 5200 rpms. I haven't measured the mph with a gps, but I feel I'm working in the low 40's and haven't put it on the beach yet.

The tape is a fine idea. Sometimes there is so much wave action on Elliot Bay from freighters, tugs, ferries and the wind, I have to give it a good guess and go with it.
There are some graphics on the fender that I use to judge the depth.


tabasco posted 09-15-2002 09:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Here is my input on EZ Loader factory sum i up in two words.......LOVE IT...As Matt says it tracks well etc. I also was worried about the fender clearance. One inch on each side. Thought about putting carpet by the fender but then figured the factory must have tried it and they were right. NOT NECESSARY.....The fenders are plastic and don't mar the boat. I did install two guide posts after having trouble one day of the river with high current. I would line up and start to drive the boat on the trailer and the rear would swing out due to the current.For $75 I highly recommend guide posts.The are easy to install.It takes the worry out of loading the boat. Even my girlfriend can load the boat. ;-)

AS for my experience, it works well for me to have the fenders 3/4 of the way under water. Now with the guide posts it won't drift over the fenders.

I beach the boat frequently. I beached it yesterday at Griswald Point in Old Saybrook.....NO PROBLEM

Novice Dave posted 09-16-2002 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Novice Dave    
I backed my Montauk 170 in too deep the first time like Matthew. I was used to a 13 that sat higher on the trailer. The plastic fenders make it very simple to align and load the 170. Replaced the bow roller with a Stoltz to stop black marks from stock roller.
After using the 170 all summer in lake and ocean, I too love the boat. Was in some pretty nasty stuff once in the Santa Barbara Channel and took a bow wave but water flowed through and was gone before my surprise.
The engine is a 90hp 4S and tops out just over 40 mph on GPS with two people on board.
I added a fishfinder, hourmeter and 2nd cooler in front of the motor but that's all.
I find the Montauk is a roomy, comfortable boat with a good trailer.

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