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170 Montauk Raised Console Completed
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posted 07-25-2005 12:01 PM ET (US)
Well the jurry is in and the 4" lift on my 170's console is the single biggest improvement I've made to the boat. First I don't have a digital camera so no pics (yet). I made it out of 3/4" oak and west system. It's a simple spacer that bolts into the origional holes on the boat and then the console attaches to it with splice plates. All the stock wiring and cables are long enough for a 4" lift. The way I made it is with the front and sides as one load bearing piece and the rear as a separate non load bearing piece/cover just like the console. This allowed me to unbolt the console, lift it up and slip the spacer in without disconnecting a single wire or cable. The spacer moved the console forward 1.5" as well. The boat looks so much better sitting on the trailer now. It looks like a Montauk should. I doesn't seem that 4" would be that noticable asthetetically but it is. There's a night and day difference in comfort for a tall person. I'm 6'4" and now when standing with one hand on the wheel and one on the throttle both elbows are slightly bent. There is noticably more room inside the console as well. One weeks worth of spare time and about $75 for epoxy, hardware and sealer. And for the detractors the console is solid. The stainless rails will pull out before the spacer or console fails. It is very stout. We did a 130 mile round trip major offshore run to San Clemente Island Sunday and the trip home gave the spacer the acid test. Not a screw loosened.
posted 07-25-2005 05:21 PM ET (US)
That sounds like a marked improvement!
I'm only 6'2" but have grown weary of shoving my feet as far forward as possible and still hunching like a monkey.
I think I get the gist your fabrication but I'll bet we'd all benefit from some pictures. I'm down the coast in San Diego but would be happy to drive to L.A. and take some pictures for you to transfer to your computer.
Slogging uphill to S.D. bay from the Coronados has been killing me, definitely taking some of the pleasure out of fishing. Otherwise I've loved my 170.
posted 07-27-2005 11:49 PM ET (US)
If you find yourself up this way drop by. I'm in Lomita near Torrance.
posted 07-28-2005 06:02 PM ET (US)
What is there to do out at San Clemente island? Good fishing, Diving? Is there anywhere for civilians to moor up etc...
posted 07-28-2005 11:53 PM ET (US)
We went for the fishing and for an adventure in the little skiff. Wide open on the calico bass and a 25 pound yellowtail. The diving is good as well. There's a web site that allerts of closures and plenty of places to anchor or you can overnight at Catalina and shoot over for the day.
posted 07-29-2005 02:38 PM ET (US)
Pictures would really help.
I have been following this subject and am really interested to see the photos.
The anticipation !!!!! ahhhhggggg.
posted 08-02-2005 05:52 AM ET (US)
I am very interested in seeing photos of this upgrade. Can someone go to Mikeairtime house and take some pictures for all of us to see? I think many Montauk 170 owners will benefit of having a higher console.
posted 08-02-2005 12:43 PM ET (US)
I'll be meeting Mikeyairtime today, camera in hand.
posted 08-02-2005 09:48 PM ET (US)
Well lets see if this works. [IMG]http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b57/mikeyairtime/IMG_0750.jpg[/IMG]
posted 08-02-2005 09:55 PM ET (US)
posted 08-02-2005 10:17 PM ET (US)
Hey that is GREAT!
posted 08-02-2005 11:37 PM ET (US)
Thanks WT, I was at my wits end trying to get the pics up and when my links didn't work I walked away and went to the store.
posted 08-03-2005 05:42 AM ET (US)
Congratulations Mikeairtime good job and thanks to Whaletauk for taking the pictures.
posted 08-03-2005 07:13 AM ET (US)
Looks great! Thanks for the info and the pictures.
posted 08-03-2005 12:17 PM ET (US)
Mikeyairtime has a really versatile fishing machine. His experience in the Pacific ocean off So Cal and overall rigging knowledge really extended my perceived capabilities of the 170 Montauk. Standing at the console of his boat made my decision to raise my own a no-brainer. The whole feel of the controls is infinitly better. I’m going to try a different material (high density structural foam) and get on it as soon as I can. His method of joining is rock solid, and easily returned to stock.
Thanks for your time and helpful info yesterday, I really enjoyed our visit.
posted 08-04-2005 05:13 PM ET (US)
mikeyairtime what are splice plates and also instead of 3/4' oak would there be any reason you couldn't use 3/4' starboard?
posted 08-04-2005 09:10 PM ET (US)
My splice plates are just aluminum plates with holes in them. They bolt to the spacer and then bolt the console on top of it. Two long ones, one on each side and three small ones across the front, one for each bolt location, because of the curve in the front of the console. Yes, I believe starboard would work.
posted 02-09-2014 09:23 PM ET (US)
This is great. So 9 years later how is this holding up? Looking to raise mine in about a month and am wondering if the starboard worked as well as the oak? Any updates?
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