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AnthonyT posted 11-09-2002 06:10 PM ET (US)   Profile for AnthonyT   Send Email to AnthonyT  
I finally got into a pretty deep chop yeterday [with a 170 Montauk]. I was out fishing with the kids this Friday in the lower Barnegat Bay. There was a descent chop out but nothing that I haven't seen before. The kids got cold and wanted to go home. I dropped them off at the dock (where my wife picked them up), and I went back out.

Wow, as I left the channel to go into the bay I hit the usual rip but this time was different. The wind really picked up and was running against the tide. I definitely saw a 4-5 foot chop, and the waves were real close to each other. The new 170-Montuak handled it. For a minute I thought for sure that I would take one over the bow, but no. A little rough and some pounding but still not bad. I was a little nervous turning around but I picked my time and no problem. I need to make sure that I don't get over confident.

I've noticed over this past season while drift fishing the boat drifts quickly, especially with a breeze. How quickly? Out pacing just about everyone else. Who else has noticed this?

I am assuming that this is due to the little amount of hull that is in the water. Will a bucket thrown overboard and tied to the stern solve this problem ?


James posted 11-10-2002 02:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for James  Send Email to James     
I fished Raritan Bay and appreciated the good drifting tendencies of the 170, especially for fluke.


kingfish posted 11-10-2002 07:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

It depends-

To the extent that your drift is the result of current or tidal flow, a bucket or drift sock won't do you any good. To the extent that the drift is caused by wind and is in a different direction than current or tidal flow if any, a bucket or drift sock could be just the ticket.

My advice is, give the bucket a try, see if there's an appreciable difference, and go from there. In conditions where the bucket makes a difference, a drift sock will make more difference.


jimh posted 11-10-2002 10:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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DCPeters posted 11-10-2002 07:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for DCPeters  Send Email to DCPeters     
I'd say yes, try to use the are seeing a wind effect when you are drifting faster than other boats.
AnthonyT posted 11-10-2002 08:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for AnthonyT  Send Email to AnthonyT     
First, thanks for the response... The bucket it is... and yes I believe it is wind induced.... Does anybody else see the same on the old or new Montauk models ?

Sorry for my missed placed post.. I thought I was below the Montauk 170 thread when I posted this thread... Thanks for the correction....


TightPenny posted 11-12-2002 09:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for TightPenny  Send Email to TightPenny     
If you are in the Bay, your drift is going to be wind induced, unless you are in Oyster Creek Channel during the tide change.

Try the bucket. At times I have found that it helps outside in the Ocean as well, depending on the wind

General Stark posted 11-12-2002 09:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for General Stark  Send Email to General Stark     
Anthony...How do you think your M170 handled the seas compared to a modified vee hull?? Uncomfortably ...and how safe do you feel in snotty weather??
AnthonyT posted 11-13-2002 04:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for AnthonyT  Send Email to AnthonyT     
General Stark,

Until this past weekend I had limited experience with the boat in snotty weather. First, it handles a following sea nicely. Regarding the chop 4-5 foot that I encountered, I think the boat handled pretty close but, probably not quite but real close, to a modified V since the bow in the new montauk was given more of a V than the classic montauk. With that said, for the size boat (17') I would feel as comfortable, if not more so, in the new M170 vs just about any other 17'. When you compare it to an 18', then you may see a difference such as a Parker 18, which is a nice boat and good value. On the otherhand a BW always floats....

Hope this helps,

AnthonyT posted 11-14-2002 08:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for AnthonyT  Send Email to AnthonyT     
To all who gave advice on the drift issue and bucket use.... thanks for the input...


General Stark posted 11-14-2002 09:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for General Stark  Send Email to General Stark     
Anthony, thanks. ironic for you to mention the Parker 18...that (& the P 21) is the other choice. Problem is the Parker has no bow storage, great when I'm fishing but I need a bow locker for gear. I think for the $, a great FIRST boat will be the M170. Thanks.


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