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Traveller posted 03-23-2003 05:06 PM ET (US)   Profile for Traveller   Send Email to Traveller  
Now that several of you have had your Montauk 170 for awhile, I was wondering what your thoughts were about the trailer that comes with the boat as part of the standard package. I have a minimum 80 mile round trip to get to any lake big enough to run a boat in, and I'm 300+ miles (one way) from the nearest salt water. A conservative estimate of how much use the trailer would get would be about 15,000 miles/year. Is the trailer that comes with the Montauk 170 up to that kind of use, or should I consider purchasing a more substantial trailer when I order the boat? Thanks!
tabasco posted 03-23-2003 08:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
The trailer if fine ......trailers very nicely. No problems at all.
Matthew posted 03-23-2003 09:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     

The stock trailer has been great. I frequently pull the boat from Seattle to Tacoma, about 35 miles each way, and have been over the Cascade Mountains twice without any problems.

I took delivery May/June of last year and don't know the number of miles I've put on the trailer, but I'm thinking its above average, as the boat was used all through the winter months.

The trailer seems well balanced, tracks good behind the tow vehicle and loads/unloads smooth as well. The lights are even still working--Knock on wood!


Jimm posted 03-23-2003 09:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jimm    
Just found a problem with my 170 trailer a few days ago. The trailer and boat are in the garage for the winter. I have the trailer jacked up on blocks to take the constant load off the tire. While walking by I hit the tire with my knee and it moved; shook it from side to side and it moved about a quarter inch. Pulled the wheel and found the spindle nut about three turns loose. I checked the bearings and could see no damage however I'll keep an eye on them. Probably a one time thing that happened on the assembly line when they rang the lunch bell...Jim
Jerry Townsend posted 03-23-2003 11:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Jimm - you don't mention a cotter pin. The nut must be restrained from backing off. Just be sure the bearing is properly adjusted and the nut locked. You are probably already aware of these items, but I just wanted to make sure. ----- Jerry/Idaho
tabasco posted 03-24-2003 09:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
One suggestion for a trailer add on-

I was completely against getting guide posts for my trailer until one day I was trying to load the boat on in a river with an 7-8 mile current. It was as the tide was coming in and was quite a job to load the boat on the trailer. As soon as I got the bow lined up and advanced forward the stern would kick out. The next day I installed guide posts and never had a problem again . The guide posts hold the stern in position.

Rodger posted 03-24-2003 05:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rodger  Send Email to Rodger     
I have taken my 170 on several 100 mile plus trips and have had no problems so far, knock on wood.

What brand/model guide posts did you install on your trailer?

chaimemet posted 03-24-2003 06:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for chaimemet  Send Email to chaimemet     
is there any difference in loading the boat between side bunks or poles?
Traveller posted 03-24-2003 10:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Traveller  Send Email to Traveller     
Thanks for the replies! One follow up question - Did you get brakes on the trailer, or is the boat light enough to be stopped safely by your tow vehicle?
Matthew posted 03-25-2003 12:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
I don't have trailer brakes.


tabasco posted 03-25-2003 07:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Rodger- I just went and bought them at boaters world as I remember they had two models the difference being one was taller.I bought the shorter one which works perfect. All they are is PVC pipe with a metal base. As I remember they cost around $60. Installation was about 20 minutes.
Jimm posted 03-25-2003 08:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jimm    
Jerry - thanks, I did use the cotter pin.

Traveller - I got the brakes. It's a mental thing with me and I do my own car brake jobs so I can keep after the maintainence. Some vehicles require brakes to reach a certqin tow level, check out the tow capacity of your vehicle...Jim

Rodger posted 03-25-2003 04:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rodger  Send Email to Rodger     
Thanks Tabasco, a set is on my "need to purchase" list.
whalersman posted 03-25-2003 05:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersman  Send Email to whalersman     

I am a firm beliver in side bunks. Although the guide posts are OK, sometimes they still will not work properly if the trailer is a little too far in the water. With Side Bunks, you are always centered even if the bow is not at rest on any rollers.

I have 5 1/2 foot side bunks on both my trailers. One for the Montauk 17 and the other an Outrage 18... I have never had a major problem with the wind or in current, and I do launch my boat in several rivers....

Look at other boats at your ramp... See what they are using and see how long, or how many attempts, it takes them to load...

Swellmonster posted 03-26-2003 10:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Guide ons are essential!
Also helpful when windy PLUS when you back the trailer down w/out the boat, sometimes you cant see the trailer. The trailer is easy to spot w/guide ons!

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