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SteveFC posted 08-07-2004 02:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for SteveFC   Send Email to SteveFC  
This is my first new topic after two years or so on the forum.

After years of kicking tires, I have abruptly bought, sight unseen, a 49 week old Montauk 170 to replace my 49 year old Sakonnet. I’m trusting to comments on this forum for the boat’s performance, and Nauset Marine’s reputation for its condition. (Purchase is contingent on inspection.) I’m normally super cautious about purchases of this size, but it was a case of grab it quick or someone else will.

I won’t be able to see this wondrous rig for a week or so, which gives me plenty of time to speculate about my own sanity.

I’d welcome comments yea or nay. Thanks, Steve

SteveFC posted 08-07-2004 02:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for SteveFC  Send Email to SteveFC     
Make that 39 years old for the Sakonnet. I got so excited that I forgot how to count.
erik selis posted 08-07-2004 02:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     

I'm sure you won't regret your purchase.

If it's 49 weeks old then that would make it a 2004 model I believe. Which engine does she have?

I have had mine now for 1 1/2 years and have 160 hours on my 90-hp 2-stroke Merc. I am very pleased with this boat. It has lived up to all my expectations and beyond. It's by far the best boat in it's class both in quality and price. Some may not agree but that's only a minority. I'm sure there are many 170 owners out there that are as pleased as I am with my baby.

There have been many, many threads in the past 2 years about the 170 Montauk. I bet you would have a few days of reading if you do a search.

Again, good luck with your boat and welcome to the ever growing community of 170 Montauk owners.


Knot at Work posted 08-07-2004 03:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     
You wont be dissappointed.. this boat kicks ass!

I agree with Erik..

170 Montauks rock

Maximus posted 08-07-2004 05:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Maximus  Send Email to Maximus     
Welcome to the club!

I also went from a 1964 16 footer to the Montauk 170. You will not be sorry.

I saw the boat listed on Nauset's webpage...any problem sharing what a 1 year old Montauk 170 4stroke goes for?

Barney posted 08-07-2004 05:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
I was sort of impulsive. After reading the article here about the new 170, then reading the article about Tabasco's boat I went down to check one out and the Boss and I decided to get it. It is a great all around boat. Jim
Uncle Pug posted 08-08-2004 12:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Uncle Pug    
Mine was an impulse purchase as well... but not sight unseen.

We weren't even looking at Boston Whalers much less new. I just wanted a skiff for diving.

However at a local fishboat dealer there was this 2003 Boston Whaler 170 Montauk with 10 hours on the meter that had been traded in on an aluminum river boat(?)

They had just lowered the price another $1K so it was $7K less than what the original owner had paid.

We were towing it home within the hour. :-)

Man, I really love that boat... what a sweet ride!

AQUANUT posted 08-08-2004 11:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for AQUANUT  Send Email to AQUANUT     
whatever floats your boat,

I love mine, thats just my opinion, there are others I am in love a 21ft outrage, unfortunately, where I live doesn't justify me having one, if I still lived in florida, it would be my first choice for dolphin fishin, however, my 2004 montauk 170 is a seaworthy vessel and doubles as a high mountain lake boat...
enjoy it, it work well in any pond!


SteveFC posted 08-09-2004 09:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for SteveFC  Send Email to SteveFC     
Thanks, everyone for the positive reinforcement and the anecdotes. Erik, you’re right, it’s a 2004 model. Maximus, you’re also right: it’s the one on Nauset’s web site listed as “coming soon.” They should have said, “going soon.” Another buyer had a conditional deposit, but was unable to make the final commitment. So it’s been sold twice, and neither of the buyers nor the seller has seen it. I don’t suppose there is a demand for these boats.

When originally sold 8/29/03, the boat had the 90 4-stroke, fishing package, bow cushion, swim platform, sun top, VHF, and console cover. Used price is 22.5k. Probably not as good a deal as Uncle Pug, but they’re getting 25k for new rigs with the two stroke. Maximus, any problem sharing what a 1964 16 footer goes for? (My next project will be selling my 1965 Sakonnet.)

Reading about Tabasco’s boat, and Barney’s, and now Aquanaut’s also influenced me. Thanks guys. So maybe in another week I’ll get to see how Montauk 170’s rock. (Knot, I trust you meant that figuratively, not literally.)

Maximus posted 08-09-2004 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Maximus  Send Email to Maximus     
I got $9K for my 1964.
Camuyano posted 08-09-2004 11:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Camuyano  Send Email to Camuyano     

I guess there’s something about Montauks that turns people into impulse buyers. Like Uncle Pug I wasn’t even looking at Whalers. We had been to the DC boat show and I was hoping to see the new Whalers since I had always wanted a Montauk when I was a kid but the local dealers were not at the DC show! I looked online at the used Montauks and got sticker shock and figured that a new one would be out of our price range.

We almost ready to buy another 17’ center console boat when I finally called the Whaler dealer. They had one with everything I wanted and had an extra three years warrantee on the motor for free! They weren’t willing to go down much on the price since the boats were flying out the door but they did throw in some goodies. I had to convince my wife since this boat was a few $K more than the other one but when I learned I could have a Whaler I couldn’t settle for anything else. The salesperson faxed me the contract and I signed it without seeing the boat. We went down that weekend and paid the deposit. Upon seeing the boat my felt a little bit better about spending the extra cash.

I agree with Aquanut. If I were going offshore all the time I would probably want something more substantial but the Montauk is a great boat. It is easy to trailer and store, small enough for a mountain lake but big enough for big rivers, lakes and even the ocean. You can fish with it, cruise with the family, water-ski. Just this weekend we were out in the Potomac. It was clear and the temperature was in the mid-seventies. The tide was going out and there was stiff breeze kicking up a nasty chop. Even the big cabin cruisers were slowing down. In the Montauk, we were completely dry and felt safe even if the ride was a bit rough (as on any small boat in such conditions). The 90 4-stroke performed like a champ as we trudged through the steep swell on our way home.


SteveFC posted 08-11-2004 05:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for SteveFC  Send Email to SteveFC     

I share your reasons for selecting the Montauk 170, but I got there from a different direction. Unlike you and Uncle Pug, I looked at Whalers first. At the Boston Boat Show this winter, they had a Montauk and a Nantucket side by side. I was immediately drawn to the larger boat. I went through the motion of looking at other brands, but nothing measured up to the Whalers.

I went home thinking about how I could engineer the purchase of the Nantucket. Then reality began to set in. Like you and Aquanaut, I visit small mountain lakes. And in salt water, we use a tidal ramp where 3 inches less draft can make a difference between going out now, or waiting for the next tide. And as you pointed out, the Montauk is easier to trailer and store. So I got a case of reverse two-footitis. The Nantucket is a great boat, but for our boating lifestyle, the Montauk makes more sense.

Two weekends ago, I took my wife to see the two boats side-by-side. Reversing my boat show experience, she barely glanced at the Nantucket and became immediately enthusiastic about the Montauk. She was ready to buy on the spot. The only reason we didn’t is that –sit down before you read this- she had to talk me into it.

whalemate posted 08-11-2004 07:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalemate  Send Email to whalemate     
Now THATS the kind of wife Im looking for!!!!!
Thats a beautiful whaler. Have alot of safe fun with her, while im out searching for "that kind-of" beautiful women.
Uncle Pug posted 08-12-2004 12:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Uncle Pug    

***she had to talk me into it.***

That has got to be a first, last and only!

SteveFC posted 08-12-2004 05:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for SteveFC  Send Email to SteveFC     
Uncle Pug,

No joke. She had to talk me into it.

Boat designs may improve over the years, but wives don’t get any better than mine. She’s my first, last and only.

Uncle Pug posted 08-12-2004 09:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Uncle Pug    
I agree... with *your* first, last and only. :-)
Jae P posted 08-15-2004 01:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jae P  Send Email to Jae P     
I guess I made an impulse purchase as well on a new 170 Montauk this just a couple of months ago. I had an old '75 Newport a while back before my son was born and my wife and I reminisced about it. We use to take it out on the Long Island Sound. Now I boat in the Boston Harbor and outside of the Hull Gut in open ocean. I underestimated the chop, wakes, etc. around this new area and the reluctance of my family to go out in the "small" boat.

It is a far better boat than the Newport I used to have but to keep my audience I bought a larger 23' boat. So regretfully, I expect my 170 '04 model will be snatched away by a lucky buyer at a good discount also.

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