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Marsh posted 11-07-2004 08:47 PM ET (US)   Profile for Marsh   Send Email to Marsh  
I have really dinged up the side walls of my hull from the reels banging while being trailered. The rods/reels apparently are hanging too close to the side while stowed in the rod holders. Anyone else experienced this, or have a fix? I could always just lay them flat on the deck until launch, but they slide around while trailering. This is on a 2004 Montauk 170.


PS: Jimh, if this more properly fits in Performance or in Repair/Mod section, please feel free to move. Thanks.

c_mccann posted 11-09-2004 08:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for c_mccann  Send Email to c_mccann     
You could keep your reels in neoprene covers, that'll pad them and prevent damage to the reels and boat. Personally- I hate thoes horizontal holders on small boats- they damage the gear, the boat, and.. have you ever banged your shin or heel on a reel- yikes! I perfer a t-top with rod storage on top and keeping the rods and reels flat on the deck while towing. Small boats bang you up unnecessarily with all the do-dads and bolt on hardware- I have suffered many a bruise to a small boat just moving around.
Holy Cow posted 11-09-2004 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Holy Cow  Send Email to Holy Cow     
A TEE TOP on a Montauk 170? Is it practical?
ghefty posted 11-15-2004 04:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for ghefty  Send Email to ghefty     
No, the M170 is not designed to accept a t-top. There is no support built into the floor where you can securely attach the t-top. I think I might try the reel cover, or at least hang a towel between the reels and the side wall.
george nagy posted 11-15-2004 05:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
You could mount a small thin piece of starboard to the gunnel where the reels rub which would be good way to eliminate permanent damage to the boat. Flats boats have carpet and similar rubber areas where rods are stowed but I think starboard fits the look of the 170 better and is cleaner.
bigjohn1 posted 11-21-2004 11:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
Marsh, although it has not damaged this new boat, I have had the same issue with toting around 3-4 spearguns in previous boats when trailering. I bought padded gun bags this time and simply keep them in the bags and stowed on the deck while trailering. No issues with damage with this method...perhaps some rod bags? Or, even cheaper, what about using a small canvas tarp to lay on the deck and then semi-wrap the rods when trailering.
Big John

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