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windy7c posted 02-16-2004 02:04 AM ET (US)   Profile for windy7c   Send Email to windy7c  
First, I want to thank all of the contributors to this forum. I have been researching boats for over a year to find the right one for my situation. I believe I have. I took delivery of a 2004 170 MONTAUK on December 12, 2003. For various reasons I didn't get it in the water until Saturday, February 7, 2004.

I live in Hawaii, Island of Oahu, about one mile from the boat ramp at Waianae Small Boat Harbor. One reason for the delay in launching the boat is that we had very high surf for several months. The harbor usually has a foot or so of surf on the launch ramp, however,it has been running up to three feet lately. I had bunk board guide rails installed by the dealer; an absolute must out here. The other absolute must, we call a slip tongue for the trailer. The Whalers had been shipped with an Easy Loader trailer, however, in 2004 this changed to the Karavan. Spectrum trailers had, in stock, a slip tongue for the Easy Loader, but had to fabricate one for the Karavan. After much discussion and delay, I designed one myself, made drawings, and had them fabricate it and install it. (Pictures later)

The slip tongue worked out perfectly (one inch clearance for the cross brace) and gives me 29 feet from the trailer tire to the rear tire of the tow car, a Mercedes 300E. With two feet of surf on the ramp, I didn't even get the rear tire on the wet part of the ramp.

That first day was primarily a shake down cruise to see what worked and what didn't. Also, to break-in the engine in accordance with the manual. (Yeh, I read it first.) I have the 90 Four Stroke, and one difference I noticed is ya'll had a 16 pitch prop on the earlier models; mine has an 18 pitch (P-18 stamped right on the hub.) The other difference is two cleats in the stearn -- I guess they do listen. They were not aft of the rails like the aftermarket ones I had seen previously, they were just forward of the rear rail attach point. I like the location as it should prevent lines and leaders from fouling on the cleats.

The engine started and ran smoothly, however, sometimes accelerating from idle to mid throttle I got a little hesitation. Remember, this was the first 3.5 hours on the engine. My GPS was reading knots, and 3000 to 3500 RPM was giving me around 23 to 28 knots. The sea state was reported 2-4 ft swell and 2 ft wind waves. Not in the same direction which made for a confused sea. After hour two, in accordance with the manual, I tried wide-open throttle. The GPS was bouncing so much I couldn't read it. The RPM was about 5500. I was afraid to trim nose up, for fear of losing control. Later, I saw the max speed saved by the GPS was 34.9 knots/39.5 MPH. That is about as fast as I care to go except on the rare occasion when we have smooth seas. At 4500 RPM I tried trimming bow up, however, anything above approximately 3 degrees and the ride became very harsh. It likes the nose down to go through the waves, othewise it pounds badly on the stern. I considered the 60 four stroke, but the 90 is better. Not for the top end, but because I can get my usual cruise speed of approximately 25-knot at approximately 3500 RPM. This motor should last me the rest of my life at that power setting.

I will speak to the accessories and include a pointer to a digital image online in a later submission.

Again, thanks to all who submitted information on this forum. It was the most informative source I found.


jimh posted 02-21-2004 12:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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AQUANUT posted 02-22-2004 09:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for AQUANUT  Send Email to AQUANUT     
Great...I am glad your exp was sooooooo great....enjoy a gr8 boat....I love my 04 montauk....jus fine here on oregon we have an tsunami warning system here for possible tidal ever......if I could make it to the whaler...I could have a slight
RioRaft posted 02-23-2004 02:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for RioRaft    
Windy 7c, congrats on fine new piece of equipment. It kills me to read about a Feb 7th boat trip. I'm in Jersey and all I did on Feb 7th was crop the ice from aroud my dock poles to keep them from being lifted out when the tide rose. My 2003 Montauk, 90/4 will return to the water mid April, and I can't wait. Good luck and safe boating.

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