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motojetboy posted 06-07-2003 11:01 PM ET (US)   Profile for motojetboy   Send Email to motojetboy  
I'm thinking of getting a 170 Montauk and I'm curious if anyone uses them for waterskiing or wakeboarding. Also, has anyone put on a poling platform on the 170?
Hugh Williams posted 06-09-2003 10:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hugh Williams  Send Email to Hugh Williams     
I have wakeboarded behing the 17 montauk with a 100 2 stroke and it pulled just fine. I maily board behind 16 dauntless, The ski pole is a plus for getting bigger air. I thought about making a tower for fishing rods maybe even to stand on and a place for a rope, but never got around to it. I have seen poling platforms on the 17 montauk but never heard about how they poled maybe you could have one made with a spot to attach a rope on it to get a high lift one the rope instead of a ski pole too. I can do flips and get pleanty of air to injure myself behind the 16 dauntless and I think you could get a descent wake from the 170 with some weight in the back.
jtpayne posted 07-14-2004 05:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for jtpayne  Send Email to jtpayne     
I have a 2004 170 Montauk. One of it's purposes in life is to pull my 11 year old on a wakeboard. We put a poling platform on with a tow ball on top. It works great. And, the kids love jumping off of it. We also use a 350 pound water sack in the back to kick the wake up a bit.
Knot at Work posted 07-14-2004 07:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     
Plenty of juice.

I pulled 14 canoes, 4 at a time up 5 miles of the Black Water River... I was the rescue boat.

No probs and easy cruising. Each Canoe had 2 adults and beer coolers in em.

Of course I was only going 4-7 knots but I had plenty of reserve

MantyMonty posted 07-14-2004 09:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for MantyMonty  Send Email to MantyMonty     
I just got done with two weeks of camping and cottage staying with our 2004 Montauk w/90 2 stroke. We were on the water every day with it and pulling a three person tube. It did the job flawlessly. Them to show it's versatility, I did three days of fishing/trolling on Lake Michigan 8 miles out Sat. thru Monday. The 90 2 stroke pulls the 60 inch tube fine, even with my son and I on it. (total of 290 lbs.). Have fun with it!
Divedog posted 07-16-2004 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Divedog  Send Email to Divedog     
I learned to water ski behind a classic Montauk many years ago. It yanked us up on one ski with zero problem. Now I have an '04 Montauk of my own. I haven't boarded behind it yet, but I'm heading out for the first weekend of tubing this afternoon. As a side note, I purchased a cable/pulley assembly to keep the line centered behind the boat since I don't have a ski pylon. Can't wait to try it out!
My main purpose for responding to ask what a poling platform is?
Camuyano posted 07-16-2004 02:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Camuyano  Send Email to Camuyano     

I'm not sure I'm completely qualified to answer but here it goes. A poling platform is found mostly on flats fishing boats. It is just a platform on the stern over the motor in which the skipper stands while he drives the boat using a long pole that he sticks on the bottom. (Sort of like driving a gondola in Venice.) In this case it makes a great place to attach a towrope so you can catch big air.

While on the subject, has anybody tried building a radar arch that can double as a skiboard tower? I've seen a similar arrangement on a Triumph center console boat on an add somewhere. It may be expensive but it could also double as place to hang fishing rods and antennae and provide support for your bimini when not in use. (Mine shakes too much when folded back into the support poles.)


erik selis posted 07-16-2004 04:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
I'm been asking myself the same question concerning the radar arch Imanuel. I would like to see one of those on a 170 Montauk. I think it could be a practical solution for several options.


doubletrack posted 07-17-2004 09:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for doubletrack    
jtpayne, where did you get your poling platform and how is it attached? I have a 1992 17 and that sounds like a great set-up. Any photos?
lakelab posted 07-18-2004 11:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for lakelab  Send Email to lakelab     
We ski behind our Montauk with a 90 2stroke as well as knee board and tube. We have no problem popping a slalom up with a 200lb skier. If you are going to wakeboard you may want to put a water bladder in the stern to increase the wake as this boat's wake is pretty small.
Camuyano posted 07-19-2004 11:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Camuyano  Send Email to Camuyano     

Jtpayne had sent me some pictures of his setup and I posted them in my Yahoo photo album for everyone's benefit. Hopefully he won't mind.

He said it was made by "Quality T Tops" of Tarpon Springs, FL. It looks like it is very securely mounted as it is through-bolted to the transom and the front bulkhead if the motor well. That would be a concern with the radar arch setup if it is mounted on the gunnels. I don't know how one would ensure that it is strong enough for pulling a wakeboarder without eventually ripping out of the gunnel.

The stern seems to be the optimal place for mounting any such devices even if, for something like a radar arch, it wouldn't be as visually appealing. What about a combination radar arch/poling platform/wakeboard tower? You could fish the flats one day, head offshore another or navigate a channel is heavy fog with your radar and head for the lake to catch big air the next. The ultimate in versatility! See what you guys made me do... Now I won't be able to concentrate on work anymore. Where's my drawing pad...


mikeyairtime posted 07-19-2004 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for mikeyairtime    
I've got a 170 montauk with a Swivl-eze deckmaster pylon. If you use the deckmaster you need to order the tall one. One mounting pad is on the forward side of the bilge pocket and the other two are on what would be the seat back of the jump seats. When the pylon's out there's nothing on the deck to get in the way of my bait tank or toes.
Camuyano posted 07-19-2004 11:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Camuyano  Send Email to Camuyano     

Do you have any pictures of your setup?


mikeyairtime posted 07-20-2004 09:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for mikeyairtime    
I really need to join this century and get a digital camera. i'm planning on getting one but for now no pictures.
kamie posted 07-20-2004 10:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for kamie  Send Email to kamie     

Go get one of the kodak one time use plus digital camera's. Very handy and you get prints plus your photo's back on CD.

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