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whaler1234 posted 03-12-2005 11:33 PM ET (US)   Profile for whaler1234   Send Email to whaler1234  
Could anyone provide the dimensions of their stock tackle drawer on their 170 montauk? (width x height x depth) How many plano boxes do they fit?

I am considering purchasing the 3 drawer tackle box from Does anyone have personal experience with these? How does the latch hold up to rough seas?

Thanks in advance.... this forum is priceless...!!

Knot at Work posted 03-13-2005 10:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     
I would the skip the tackle boxes. I am going to pull mine out. They have never been used and hatches like those located amidships are not accessible when fishing and rods are over and fish on.

My 2 cents

dcritch posted 03-13-2005 11:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for dcritch  Send Email to dcritch     
The drawer on my 2004 170 is appx. 14"w by 8"h by 8.5"d. It holds 2 plano drawers which are appx 7" by 10.75". The door shuts tight and if anything can be difficult to open.
I use my 170 for fishing but don't use the drawers for tackle. I'm thinking about converting the space to lockable storage.
See "brackets" here for pictures.
Marsh posted 03-13-2005 04:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marsh  Send Email to Marsh     
The tackle drawers on my '04 Montauk 170 are of absolutely no use to me. Total waste of money and space. My challenge now is to figure out some useful purpose for the space.

I keep my fishing gear in my tackle box.

Anyone have a novel use for the takle trays they would care to share?


Matthew posted 03-13-2005 09:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
My tackle drawers are great! I don't even bring an extra tackle box. I fish mainly for Salmon (90%) Ling Cod and Rockfish (9%) and trout rarely. I found extra Plano boxes that will fit the box and keep my gear seperate, only bringing the two that I need. The salmon boxes usually carry an assortment of banana weights, jigs, darts, and spoons. My pliers, knives, slugger and shaker quick releaser are carried on the rod holder and I keep my leaders and scents out of the salt in the storage on the console door. I never have the need to access the drawer while a fish is on, but have had many opportunities to stumble over my partners tackle box while runnig laps around the console...he almost learned to secure it after the second time it was dumped!
Divedog posted 03-13-2005 11:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Divedog  Send Email to Divedog     
I'd second Matthew, I use the drawers. There not huge, but neither is a Montauk. I've got extra boxes and stock them with different gear depending on my intended use that day.
bigjohn1 posted 03-14-2005 12:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
I find the factory-installed tackle drawers useful to carry smaller stuff like sleeves, crimpers, leader line/cable, weights, and a few small emergency tools. I carry my various large saltwater trolling lures in separate trays on deck so any way I can minimize additional clutter on the boat is a plus to me in my style of fishing. When I take my two younger boys trolling, I only carry 4-5 lures with me since these will be shorter trips - the lures will stow in the factory trays on these trips. At times like this, the last thing I want is a few 9/0 double hooks sliding around on deck and I hate lugging extra tackle boxes along as they either need to be tied down or they get thrown all over the place in anything but really calm water. I wouldn't call those factory trays totally useless - just somewhat "limited" in what you can use them for.
strain posted 03-14-2005 12:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for strain  Send Email to strain     
Just be careful not to put anything that heavy in the boxes. I found that the mounting shelve won't survive rough seas with only a few weights in the box.

SteveFC posted 03-14-2005 01:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for SteveFC  Send Email to SteveFC     
The tackle boxes were missing on my boat, so the dealer provided replacements. It turned out they are standard Plano 360's.
sweetdreams posted 03-24-2005 11:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for sweetdreams  Send Email to sweetdreams     
Marsh, I keep my lube and condoms in my tackle boxes, couldn't find any other use for them, Ha! Just kidding. They seem to be ok but much of my tackle is in my boat bag and the console. Three would be nice.

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