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Traveller posted 12-21-2003 03:39 PM ET (US)   Profile for Traveller   Send Email to Traveller  
Has anyone taken their Montauk 170 into the open Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico? I'd love to hear how the boat handled the open waters of either body of water. Also, I remember being told that if the classic Montauk became swamped, a lot of the water would drain over the transom as the boat moved forward. (Provided the motor kept running!) If the new 170 become swamped, would the same thing happen, or would all the water have to be pumped out by the bilge pump?
erik selis posted 12-22-2003 06:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
I have taken my 170 Montauk out on the open Mediterranian this summer. Too bad (well too good really) we had almost perfect weather conditions during the whole 3 weeks. Beside the normal long swells I really didn't have the opertunity to really try her out. (except for WOT alot :) )
I too would love to hear of MT 170 owners who have taken their babies out on the big waters and what their experiences are. The good and the bad.
There is currently a discussion in this forum touching the topic of swamping a Montauk 170.
ghefty posted 12-23-2003 10:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for ghefty  Send Email to ghefty     
I regularly venture 10-15 miles offshore in the Florida Keys in my M170, occasionally in less than perfect conditions. Sometimes I get a voice in the back of my head saying "A prident skipper...."

On one of these occasions I was concerned with being swamped, we were comming in at the end of the day, the seas were building (6-8') due to a fast approaching cold front, we picked up a plastic garbage bag around the lower unit and had to stop and shut down to cut the twisted plastic from around the prop. The winds turned us stern-to as I hung off the stern cutting at the bag that had now been tristed into a plastic mess. We took on about a half a foot of water and the bilge pump was able to handle it. If we would have taken on more than that, I would have pulled the plug for a little extra drainage. (Remember: the best bilge pump is a scared man with a bucket)

I later added a sea anchor to my equipment list, so If caught in the same situation again at least we'll be drifting bow-to instead of stern-to.

ghefty posted 12-23-2003 10:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for ghefty  Send Email to ghefty     
Ok, so a prudent skipper is usually more reliable than a "prident" one

It's those "prident" skippers you have to worry about.

(fat fingers)

seasicknes posted 12-24-2003 11:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for seasicknes    
My buddy and I took his 170 montauk out for tuna fishing about 30 to 40 miles offshore.
It was a calm day. In fact, we saw about 5 montauks out there.
We brought along extra gas just in case.
Holy Cow posted 12-24-2003 06:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Holy Cow  Send Email to Holy Cow     
Well it was October 5th in Buzzards Bay that we came out of Padanarham Harbor into 5-6 foot northeast rollers and decided we would turn back because the chop was so rolling that the waves almost came over the front bow! We were going to go for the 8 mile run, but decides to keep our kidneys and sowage on board so we and another 19 foot mako sought out the next early morning into 3-4 foot much less rolling waves and she ~ our Bet. Kimberly Revenge loved it and so did we since the sun was rising! Best we did not brave those waters since it was out first crossing in such a brand new vessel, especially since we saw so many rock out croppings that next dawn morning! Even coming back into 20 knot rollers over the starboard bow caused us to be showered with sea salt, but I am sure when we did come back that 12th day of October that that day was a dance with angels compared to that first day we dared a week earlier! Below is an excerpt by another for a soon to be released story in Angler Magazine in 2004! Happy Holidays! HC

A little later Dan showed up with his Boston Whaler and, true to form, he had to run out to the breakwaters to see if he could make the crossing. When faced with an overwhelming desire to get somewhere, fueled by the fact that you could look out and actually see it just across the Bay, itís hard to accept defeat without at least trying.

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