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Marsh posted 04-22-2004 04:54 PM ET (US)   Profile for Marsh   Send Email to Marsh  
I have an '04 MT170 with the fishing package - the only thing available from the dealer. Has anybody come up with a good use for the tackle trays? I carry all my tackle in my tackle box, and the two dinky trays that come with the "fishing package" ought to be useful for something. I just can't figure out what. Maybe take out the trays, and use the space for an on-board battery charger for the trolling motor batteries? Space for a tool box? stowage for rain gear?

All comments appreciated.


Vic Holmstrom posted 04-22-2004 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Vic Holmstrom  Send Email to Vic Holmstrom     
My last boat was a Grady White 208 with tackle trays. I don't know how the trays on the 170 compare to the Grady, but I stored extra spark plugs, a few small tools, my car keys, sunglasses, chapstick, sunblock, money/credit cards while boating etc. As you suggested, when fishing, I carried tackle on board in a tackle box.

AQUANUT posted 04-23-2004 12:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for AQUANUT  Send Email to AQUANUT     
In one I carry the basics for a first aid kit..the second has a leatherman multi-tool,mini mag lite,a boat whistle,registration papers rolled in a zip loc..extra ignition key...

just noticed that b/w changed the tackle box mid early 2004 had a dark plexie-glas locking door.
the new ones are white and don't lock....also...I changed the latch on the center console door to a locker....and even put a chrome plated/stainless hasp with a brass lock on anchor locker
kept the boat moored at a marina last year,,just wanted to keep things uncomplicated

seasicknes posted 04-23-2004 09:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for seasicknes    
The mt170 early 2003 models had locking plastic center console door latch. Then mid stream sometime they did away with the locking latch and opted for a stainless steel latch (NOT locking type).

Its a nice latch. But, I prefer locking.

Seems like the dealers are putting in a cylinder lock attachment next to the stainless steel latch. This cylinder lock prevents stainless steel latch from opening when engaged.


Chuck Tribolet posted 04-24-2004 09:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
The plastic boxes are a standard size, and you can get them
with various dividers, including, I think, completely open.
My buddy Kawika puts stuff like flares in there.

The space is way too small for my tool box.


Jerry Townsend posted 04-24-2004 02:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Looks as though BW people should take notice and have someone who knows fishing design a replacement - or forget about that "option". Good information for BW. ---- Jerry/Idaho
divefan posted 04-24-2004 05:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for divefan  Send Email to divefan     
Since I use my '04 170 mainly for scuba/ freedive/ spearfishing I keep lots of related knick-knacks in one of the boxes like: o-rings, defog, zip ties, small strobe lights, dive computer batteries, etc. In the other box I keep reef/bottom fishing stuff like jigs, swivels, etc. so when I go out with a spinning rod with my non-diving buddies we are always prepared. I find the space kind of useful as it is. I like to take as little gear as possible on the boat so any built in storage space is appreciated.
Matthew posted 04-24-2004 07:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
I've found the trays work great for my fishing application. The ones on the boat are filled with salmon gear, which I use 90% of the time. I drift mooch so this consists of several banana weights ranging from 1oz. to 5oz., ball bearing swivels, leaders, and a couple ofjigs if things are slow. I have a couple of similar boxes that my trout gear is stored in, they are easy to swap out and save alot of space.

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