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Jonathan posted 05-14-2004 02:05 AM ET (US)   Profile for Jonathan   Send Email to Jonathan  
I'm wondering if the MT170 would be a suitable boat to bottom paint and live on salt water. I use my boat regularly so the boat has to stay on the water and unfortunately I can't get a boat lift. I guess the issues are:
- will the drain plugs foul. Looks as though they sit under the water line at rest!
- is the outboard well deep enough to completely tilt the leg up clear of the water.
- build quality to last in salt water.

Other than that, I plan on covering the boat and leaving the bilge pump battery on trickle charge just in case?
Pretty much all boats I see on the forum are trailered or on a boat lift so I'd also love to hear from those who keep their MT170 on the salt water and what types of problems they may have had.

AQUANUT posted 05-14-2004 06:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for AQUANUT  Send Email to AQUANUT     
question: can a montauk live on saltwater?
answer: does a fish swim?
sure a montauk is designed for a saltwater environment.

question: does the motor tilt high enought to clear the water [in the tilt up position?
answer: sure it does

the hardware the boat is rigged with is manufactured with the saltwater environment in mind

there is a thread in this forum concerning storage of whalers on davits, I see you have read already.

f.y.i I don't store my boat in the water, don't have the luxury of living on the on a mountain..what kind of bottom paint are you considering?

Jonathan posted 05-14-2004 09:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jonathan  Send Email to Jonathan     
I'm thinking of using a black non-ablative antifouling. I'm reluctant to paint a new boat but I feel its necessary. the boat is going on Sydney harbour Aus which is known for a short and nasty 3ft chop/15knot wind (as long as I don't get too wet!).
You are correct. I've looked into using a davit but I would need to build up my sea wall and all the rest. Also, I'm not keen on lifting a boat from the deck (but I'm sure a whaler is strong enough).
With a 20% deposit the boat sells for $36,000 (USD$25k) std in Aus 2005 model for delivery in 4-5 months.
I'd look forward to hearing any recommendations for painting/pre-treating the boat for life on the water. Will I have any problems with the drain plugs fowling under the water line?
macfam posted 05-14-2004 02:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for macfam  Send Email to macfam     
You can walk across most harbors on Cape Cod by stepping on all the Montauks. Some of them over 30 years old.
I think they like salt water.......

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