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walf posted 04-25-2005 07:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for walf   Send Email to walf  
i just discovered this site . I would like to buy a new 15 sport or 17 montauk. there is about $6000. difference in price between the two boats. most of the time i will be using in the florida keys for a few months in the winter, mainly in the bay with a few trips out to hawk channel for some reef fishing. In the summer will be using it on the jersey shore. Any thoughts on either boat?
Hal Watkins posted 04-25-2005 10:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hal Watkins  Send Email to Hal Watkins     
As the proud owner of a 15' SS I suggest going for the Montauk. Off shore the Xtra length, width and power will make a world of difference. I don't know anyone who has ever said, "wish I had bought the smaller boat".
walf posted 04-26-2005 04:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for walf  Send Email to walf     
thanks for your opinion
bigjohn1 posted 04-26-2005 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
Walf, if you can afford the extra $6K, go for the Montauk. The 150 Sport is a fine boat and I look at it somewhat as a downsized Montauk. Still, you'll appreciate the 170's
extra space.
Moe posted 04-26-2005 09:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
One of the first buyers of the 150 Sport was a gentleman named Bob Wallace who fished and dived all over the Keys area. Bob has since passed on, but you can find some of his posts by doing a search for bob wallace.

I've run our 150 Sport out in choppy Lake Erie regularly, tombro takes his out in the Atlantic to fish, and techmage runs his out in the Gulf.

Here's a comparison of sizes of the "Legend" boats in a scaled line drawing:

I've also sent you an email with more info.


walf posted 04-26-2005 11:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for walf  Send Email to walf     
thank you for that very detailed and informative response. i think my decision will be the 15
tombro posted 04-27-2005 11:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
The 150 is suitable for most any water the 170 will travel. The only difference is that you will not have the windshield in the 150, nor will you be able to stand at the helm. Possible issue in rough water. Happy enough with the 150, and hope to be out the Manasquan Inlet soon. Pick your days!
erik selis posted 04-30-2005 04:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     

Moe has probably pointed out the differences between the 150 and the 170 in great detail. So there's nothing technically that I could add to his comparison. However I would like to say that being able to stand up in a boat is very important when the going gets rough. First of all to be able to keep an overview of what's going on. Secondly to be able to absorb the banging with your legs. Especially if the pounding lasts a long time. I cannot stay seated when the chop lasts in my 170 or in any other Whaler for that matter.


Moe posted 05-01-2005 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
There's no such boat today as a "15 Sport" or "17 Montauk". It's a "150 Sport" or "170 Montauk".


The "old," what some call "classic," Whalers are "Sport 15" and "Montauk 17".

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