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InHerNet posted 03-07-2003 08:54 AM ET (US)   Profile for InHerNet   Send Email to InHerNet  
One feature of the RPS that I like the most is using it as a leaning post and extra seating when running. There was some talk about the step/seats next to the engine and how people do not like to set next to the engine. That is true! How many owners of the 170 used their RPS as a leaning post?
jaccoserv posted 03-07-2003 03:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for jaccoserv  Send Email to jaccoserv     
I tried! Due to the lack of locking mechanism, when you lean on it it goes back into seat mode...
bobeson posted 03-07-2003 06:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for bobeson  Send Email to bobeson     

I use the RPS on my 170 in leaning post mode frequently. I'm not sure what jaccoserv means by "lack of locking mechanism" because my seat back drops into a slot in a bracket which forms an effective lock. When the seas are big, which is quite often in Northern California, the leaning post is the only way to go.

I tried sitting next to the engine for a short while, and did not find it objectionable. Those seats are wetter than the RPS, but I think my guests will be OK if I give them fair warning about it first. I'm going to try to find some cushions for those spots soon, which will make me feel better about inviting extra guests along.

jaccoserv posted 03-07-2003 07:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for jaccoserv  Send Email to jaccoserv     
Oops, i was referring to the older RPS. That is the main thing that I like on the 170 RPS, the locking system.

Holy Cow posted 03-07-2003 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Holy Cow  Send Email to Holy Cow     
Looked for some pics of the leaning post in the forward position, but none were found... I looked high and low throughout the Whaler archives... I am inferring the slant forward and backward RPS works just as good as a real full blown leaning post!!! I am inferring the height is the same as a full blown leaning post!!! If there are no Pics, then from what I have been told about the new marvel machine; I will be pleasntly surprised when She arrives!!! The 170 was ordered on Feb 12th... Dan
James posted 03-08-2003 01:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for James  Send Email to James     
The 170 RPS has 4 locking positions (2 face forward, 2 face backwards). I use all of them frequently. The second seat notch position from the console provides a firm and comfortable leaning post and leaves sufficient room for someone to sit on the RPS facing backward. In addition, there are 2 positions with the seat-post locked into the third and fourth notches from the console. These locked positions are needed to sit facing forward of course, but are useful for leaning when fighting fish, trolling or just plain hanging on. The first seat post notch which is closest to the console is for seating facing backwards and would be difficult to use whenever the engine was under power.

Holy Cow, I will see if I have any pictures of the RPS that I can email you.


Holy Cow posted 03-08-2003 02:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Holy Cow  Send Email to Holy Cow     
Super James !!! I look forward to warm weather and being able to take my rocket ship ... I ~I~ I mean 170 'Tauk from Montauk Long Island to Block Island and am getting her ready for the launch!!! Dan from Delaware
James posted 03-08-2003 08:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for James  Send Email to James     

Best of Luck. It is a very good boat. Rides bigger than its size would indicate.


eaglet1122 posted 03-09-2003 12:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for eaglet1122  Send Email to eaglet1122     
I wish I could find a RPS. I got stuck with Garlick?? captain chairs. Any help (other then "Todds" brand) would be helpful. Thanks. Stan
James posted 03-09-2003 01:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for James  Send Email to James     
Pelican Harbor Marina in New Jersey had a new original RPS in their supply room last summer. I do not know whether they still have it, but chances are that they do, because it was there a while. Call Judy and ask.


osillator posted 03-18-2003 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for osillator  Send Email to osillator     
I agree complete with James, I use all 4 positions and the leaning post position is the only comfortable position to me in rough Atlantic seas; waves abut 4 feet. It has never come unlatched!
osillator posted 03-18-2003 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for osillator  Send Email to osillator     
Sorry, to clarify mine is the new 170 Montauk.

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