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Camuyano posted 04-19-2004 01:23 PM ET (US)   Profile for Camuyano   Send Email to Camuyano  
Hello:

I just put down a deposit on a new Whaler 170 Montauk. The boat does not come with a cooler seat and I want to install one but I am uncertain as to weather I should screw the cooler mount directly into the sole or if I should just glue it with thickened epoxy. Has anybody out there done this and can provide advice?

I also want to know if I should put some type of matting down to protect the finish, particularly in the anchor locker as I am worried about dropping the anchor and cracking the gel coat. Can anybody recommend a particular product or share how they protect the anchor locker area?

Thanks,
Imanuel

Moe posted 04-19-2004 01:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
If you have a Windows-based PC,

Go to http://www.whalerparts.com

Click on Help/FAQ

Click on Install Plug-In

Once the viewer is installed, go back to the menu on the left and

Click on 2003 models, then click on Montauk

Over to the right, click on 170 Montauk

Click on Final Assembly, Sheet 2

This will show you how the 72 Qt Igloo Marine cooler is mounted in 2003 and earlier 170s and give you the part numbers you need, including those for the cushion.

For 2004, Whaler began using a cooler bracket that mounts on the front of the console, rather than have the cleats mounted on the floor. These are not on-line, so I can't help you with the part number, but your dealer should be able to.

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Moe

ghefty posted 04-21-2004 10:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for ghefty  Send Email to ghefty     
Imanuel,
I bought the fishing package when I ordered my '03 M170. I do not like the floor mounted bracket that was installed for the cooler as it is somewhat limiting. When I go offshore for dolphin I carry a 151qt Igloo. Eventually I will add tie downs to the front of the console, remove the bracket and fix the screw holes in the deck.

The popular solution for protecting the anchor locker is Dri-deck, available at most marine centers. I did not follow this advice early enough and have chips in my gelcoat as punishment for procrastinating.

Best of luck with your new boat,
George

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