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Jeff C posted 01-23-2006 05:28 PM ET (US)   Profile for Jeff C   Send Email to Jeff C  
I closed on a new 2006 Montauk 170 at the Hartford (CT) boat show this past weekend. I want to thank jimh for providing this site and for all others who contribute some very worthwhile information. Based on my research, a trip to the factory, and the pointers that I learned here, I know that I picked the best possible boat that will last me (and my kids) for years.

The boat package included:
1. 90 EFI 4 stroke with no charge extended warranty
2. Fishing package
3. Anchor & rode, flairs, fenders, dock lines, fire extinguisher, PFDs (aka the CG package)
4. Bow cushion
5. Pate 24 gal fuel tank installed
6. Installation of any electronics that I will buy (probably Garmin 178C & Icom 422 VHF with Shakespeare 3' SS whip)
7. Mills mooring cover
8. Spare prop (aluminum)
9. Spare tire for trailer

It has been about 20 years since my last power boat which was a 1967 17' Glasspar with a 65 HP Mercury, but I have had two Hobie Cats since then. I know that have a lot to learn. I am signing up my entire family for the CT safe boaters course as a start.

Thanks again from snowy Connecticut.


Sal A posted 01-23-2006 05:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
Congratulations Jeff; best 17 footer around. You will love the versatility....
Bulldog posted 01-23-2006 06:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Congrats! Sounds like you are getting set right away, going with the Pate from new instead of buying the OEM then having to swap them, good idea! Consider another VHF, that has the name "Phantom", there are postings on the website about it, only the mike is on the console the radio is inside protected and out of the way! Have fun ....Jack
rumrunner posted 01-23-2006 06:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for rumrunner  Send Email to rumrunner     
You'll find that package ideally suited for both CT River and LI Sound. Congratulations!
MBW posted 01-23-2006 07:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for MBW  Send Email to MBW     
Congrats on your boat Jeff. I'm trying to decide between the new 15 or 17 Montauk. Did you have better luck at a boat show or at the dealership? The 15's are pricey!
mikeyairtime posted 01-24-2006 11:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for mikeyairtime    
You won't be disapointed. The more I run my 170 the more I like it. My wife calls it "the little boat that could" after some hair raising runs through very rough water.
controller posted 01-25-2006 07:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     

I have a 2001 16 Dauntless and boat out of LI Sound in Old Lyme. There are a lot of great spots to explore in the CT river and the coves of the coast. I was on Tabasco's 17' a few years back and it was a nice ride. I am sure you will be very happy. Good luck and maybe we will see each other on the water.

rumrunner posted 01-25-2006 07:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for rumrunner  Send Email to rumrunner     
Controller- Can't beat this area (Old Lyme) for a Whaler! Endless destinations..........
controller posted 01-26-2006 11:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     

Where do you launch out of? Maybe we have passed each other out there. I use the Black Hall Marina ramp and when I clam I go to the Niantic state ramp.

rumrunner posted 01-26-2006 05:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for rumrunner  Send Email to rumrunner     
Most of the time, I launch at Old Saybrook. Nice ramp, plenty of parking. Have spent a lot of time in Great Island, Lieutenant River, Calves Island area as well. Kids love those spots.
Have been also going to Barn Island ramp in Stonington, to spend day at Napatree or Fishers Island Sound.
controller posted 01-26-2006 11:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     
I have not heard of Napatree, what or where is it? How old are your kids. Mine are 8 and 4 and like to raft up at Griswold Point.
rumrunner posted 01-27-2006 07:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for rumrunner  Send Email to rumrunner     
My girls are 6/4, and we're down at Griswold Point frequently. Had a 17' Montauk until last year, now in a 20' Outrage. I will undoubtedly see you there at some point.
I'll email you a chart of Napatree area. It's about 30 mile drive from Old Lyme, and that area is well worth the trailer trip.
Jeff C posted 01-27-2006 12:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff C  Send Email to Jeff C     
Napatree, better known as Napatree Point, juts out from Watch Hill Rhode Island for about a mile or so. It is only 100-200 yards wide, with one side facing the ocean out to Block Island (RI) which is about 12 miles to the south, and Fishers Island (NY) which is about 4 miles or so to the southwest. The other side of Napatree is on Little Narraganset Bay. Launching from Barn Island in Stonington CT, it is a 5 minute trip. These are no facilitiies on Napatree, but on a nice summer weekend, hundreds of boats up to 40 feet or so will be moored along its shore. From Napatree, you have easy access to Watch Hill with gift shops, restaurants, and one of the oldest carousels in the US. Stoninging harbor is a few minutes away with more of the same (less the carousel). I cut my boating teeth in these waters.


rumrunner posted 01-27-2006 04:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for rumrunner  Send Email to rumrunner     
Excellent summation, Jeff.
Additionally, you have the abandoned fort (Fort Mansfield) on Napatree Point, and Sandy Point (now two islands) in Little Narragansett Bay which are great destinations.
controller posted 01-28-2006 07:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     
That sounds like a great day trip destination. Thanks for the info. Please pass along the location on where you launch at and how the launch facilities are. Also are there any uncharted obstructions or dangers I should be aware of?


Jeff C posted 01-28-2006 09:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff C  Send Email to Jeff C     
MBW- Regarding pricing at the show, I feel that I did get a bit more for my money there. FYI, the Montauk 150 was about $18,000 with fishing package, bow cushion, and boarding ladder. I drove a Sport 150 over the summer, and thought it would be the perfect boat if it had a center console, and quite honestly, I'd be happy with it. However, my wife said to get want I want, and I know that after a year or two, I would want something larger, so we went with the 170. She was a real sport going to several shows, and testing a few boats with me, and finally agreeing to giving up a chunck of her bonus for the boat. Don't worry, it will not cover the entire cost!

All- Little Naragansett Bay has many rocks and the like, and some channels are rather tight especially at low tide, so I'd suggest looking at a chart first. For the last few years, I was sailing it in a Hobie 14 so I did not have to worry much about water depth. Barn Island is the closest launch site, but Westerly has new new launch further up the Pawcatuck River (across the street from McQuades Marketplace - a supermarket). Barn Island has parking for 50-60 cars, a nice concrete ramp, and some docks. I'm not sure what the Westerly ramp has although there is ample parking and everything appears to be paved. On weekends, they usually have a cop directing traffic in and out of McQuades so your car/truck should be safe. Even with all the no wake zones, it shouldn't take more than 1/2 hour to get to Napatree from there. Many years ago, up until I was in my early 20s, (I'm in my 40s now) my grandparents had a house on the river where we moored our boat. That was a real treat. Also, Connors and O'Brien is a Boston Whaler dealer on the river, and they have a ramp, but I'm not sure what their policy is for non-customers. Since I am buying my 170 from them, I can use their launch anytime.


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