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Downrigger mounting advice for a 170 Montauk
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posted 08-15-2004 08:05 PM ET (US)
I’m about to pull the trigger on buying a pair of Cannon uni-troll downriggers for my 170 Montauk. I would love some input regarding mounting.
In addition to fishing, I use my boat throughout the year for hanging out with the wife and dog so I would want to easily remove the downriggers.
posted 08-16-2004 12:29 AM ET (US)
Are you nuts? No fisherman removes his/her downriggers. My wife would whack me. Teach the dog and wife how to fish - or at least let the dog drive while you and wife adjust the 'riggers. or let the wife drive and teach the dog how to retrieve the fish - no need for net. You gotta get her dialed in!! Let me give you some advice - -
FIRST let her pick out the plugs/spoons for you. She will get into the groove as she monitors VHF I ASSURE you she will apply that woman intuition/bullshit meter to decipher all the lies and WILL get you into the fish.
We need a thread for Whaler Babes. Who fish.
posted 08-16-2004 04:34 AM ET (US)
Dick has some very nice details on his website showing how he installed the downriggers on his 17-foot Montauk. I am sure the downriggers could also be mounted on the 170 Montauk in a similar way.
posted 08-16-2004 11:48 AM ET (US)
You right. But where do I find a fishing license for my dog? DFG is a pain here in California.
posted 08-17-2004 11:47 AM ET (US)
I haven't installed downriggers yet, but the photos in the link posted by Erik are 'Scotty' brand with an optional rail mount. From my research these are the best fit for a Montauk. They use four thumb screws which make them easy to take off. They also use a vertical support that takes some of the pressure of the side rails. The Scotty website has a nice brochure that explains they system.
posted 08-17-2004 12:44 PM ET (US)
I've also heard that the Scotty rail mounts are better than the Cannons. My dealer said that they just drill out the Scotty mount to handle the Cannons.
posted 08-17-2004 02:04 PM ET (US)
The pictures on my site show Scotty longarms on swivel bases and rail mounts, all Scotty products. There should be no problem drilling the mount to take other brands of downriggers.
You do have to manufacture your own support board as shown in my pictures.
If you have any questions let me know.
posted 08-17-2004 04:17 PM ET (US)
Last year when I was researching the cost of a Montauk I seem to remember you saying you sold the boat in the pictures. Do you have a replacement?
I ended up buying the an '04 Montauk at the Everett boat show. Lot's of fun already!
posted 08-17-2004 10:01 PM ET (US)
I am boatless at this time. I had to decide between boating and my woodshop, the woodshop won out for now.
posted 08-23-2004 12:47 PM ET (US)
Go with the Cannon rail mount adaptor kit. I have 2 of them on my Montauk and they are a breeze to install. No Holes either!
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