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bben posted 02-25-2006 03:09 PM ET (US)   Profile for bben   Send Email to bben  
Well, I pulled the trigger on my first boat. I will pick her up next week after the dealer installs the suntop. I went with fishing package, livewell, and bow rails. I have two questions for you experienced boaters:

1. I wanted to get a full boat cover; is the Whaler one good, great, or the same as one that I can get elsewhere for less money? I have searched and found one on, it is a Sunbrella and sells for about $400; the Whaler one is about $750; my concern with a none-Whaler cover is whether it will fit as well especially becuase the 150 Montauk is a new boat with new dimensions.

2. With respect to the trailer, does it require a 2 inch hitch ball or a 1 7/8 hitch ball? For some reason my hitch didn't come with a ball so I have to get one.

Thank you, and I am looking forward to years of enjoyment with my Montauk.

BOB KEMMLER JR posted 02-25-2006 06:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for BOB KEMMLER JR    
Congrats on the new boat!I saw one up close at the Miamai boat show and if i was in the market for a new rig on the smaller side,that would be in the running for sure.I'm almost 99.9% possitive you'll need a 2" ball.As for the cover that depends on exactly how well you want it to fit.You might be able to use a pole in the center and get a good generic cover to fit and work properly.If you want to trailer the boat covered,then you'll want a perfect fit.good luck and post some pics if you can
Moe posted 02-25-2006 07:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     

You will need a 2" ball. If you have a 3500 pound Class II hitch (1-1/4" square receiver), the ball should have a 3/4" diameter shank (same for a Class I 2,000 lb hitch). If you have Class III or IV (2" square receiver), the ball should have a 1" diameter shank.

We have a William J. Mills mooring cover on our 150 Sport, and it's very high quality. But I don't see the 150 Montauk listed on their website yet.


bben posted 02-25-2006 07:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for bben  Send Email to bben     
Thanks, Bob; good advice. I will post the pics next week!
bben posted 02-25-2006 07:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for bben  Send Email to bben     
Thanks, Moe. We have the 2" receiver. I guess I am looking at the Whaler cover, which is fine although a bit pricey. I like the idea of a perfect fit for trailering - I will be trailering from PA to FL annually, and need it right away so I think my choices are very limited.
chopbuster posted 02-25-2006 08:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for chopbuster  Send Email to chopbuster     
There is also the Class 2.5 hitch with a rating of 4000#.
I have one of these on my Hyundai santa Fe from Curt Mfg.


Jkcam posted 02-26-2006 05:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jkcam  Send Email to Jkcam     
It's a 2" ball for my 04 150Sport, so my guess it it will be the same for the 150 Montauk.

I have a cover from It is the Sunbrella cover, maroon color,and I am very pleased with it. It has maintained it's color and strength, as well as it's stiching after 1 1/2 years in the searing So. Florida sun, 24/7 on my lift. I found the people at boatcoversdirect to be very, very accomodating and great to deal with. After my order, the wrong cover was sent to me, I called and my new correct cover was sent no questions asked, and before they had received the incorrect cover back. The correct cover came in 2 days, with their heartfelt appology. Nice people.

bigjohn1 posted 02-28-2006 06:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
I haved purchased perhaps five different covers from and have never been dissapointed. I would not worry that the 150 is a new design as their covers are normally a great fit. Save the $350 and use it for other "stuff" for your boat - CONGRATS!
Bulldog posted 02-28-2006 09:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
I was recently told that there was a possiblity of the 1 7/8" coupler being discontinued as there is very little difference and it only causes problems with the balls being that close in size. I was told this by an RV dealer by me........Jack

PS Conngratulations on the new boat! I would contact Mills and ask if they are planning on making a cover it will be more but it will last forever!

Ferdinando posted 03-01-2006 12:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ferdinando  Send Email to Ferdinando     

The best price I found for a boat cover bar none was with Cabelas. Delivered cost for the cover for a 98 Montauk was $152.00 and the cover is great (custom fit). I don't know if they would have the cover for your new 150 Montauk but you can call to find out.

Good luck with your new boat.............


FRSam posted 03-06-2006 03:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for FRSam  Send Email to FRSam     
bben...Congrads on the new 150 Montauk. I just bought a new 150 Montauk myself out here in sunny California. I took it out for the first time this past Saturday and that little whaler really moved with the 60HP Merc. I'm used to rowing around on small 10ft pram - quite a difference.

As far as the Mills cover if you have the bow and side rails Mills now has the cover available. The price I got was $793.00 plus shipping. However if you don't have the bow rail Mills has yet to design a cover for this boat. I talked with Susan, a real nice gal, and she said the cover for the 150 Montauk without bow rails would probably be available the first part of April.

ENJOY the boat,


bben posted 03-06-2006 08:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for bben  Send Email to bben     
Thanks, Ferdinando and FRsam. I ended up going with the Mills; I do have the box and side rails. The dealer sold it to me for $786 and that included installation, which I think involved installing about 20 tie down hooks just under the top edge of the boat. While a bit pricey, it fits like a glove and will be perfect for trailering and storing. We picked the boat up yesterday but will not have it in the water (trailering it down to Florida) until next weekend. I can't wait! I will reply back with first impressions next week and try to post some pics - I also ended up getting the livewell option after some deliberation.
fishgutz posted 03-06-2006 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
I can't wait to see those numbers and pictures, especially of the livewell option. Sounds like a nice setup. Good luck.
FRSam posted 03-06-2006 11:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for FRSam  Send Email to FRSam     
bben...I'd sure like to see some pictures of that Mills cover on your Montauk as well as the tie down hooks you referred to installed by your dealer. I didn't realize anything needed to be attached to the boat to hold the cover on - I'd sure like to see how they did it.

I think you're going to love the way this boat handles - I was sure impressed.



bben posted 03-07-2006 07:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for bben  Send Email to bben     
FRSam, here is a link toi a pic with the bungee/hook Mills system for the mooring cover - scroll down to the bottom (the first pics are the original Mills clip system). I will take actual pics of mine later this week, but this gives you the idea. There are also several tie down locations if you want to tie it to the trailer as well, although I could only see that as a potential if there were a huricane type storm.

FRSam posted 03-07-2006 09:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for FRSam  Send Email to FRSam     
Thanks bben, those hooks look like they're pretty well consealed but I've still got to admit I'm not crazy about having all those holes drilled under the rub-rail.

Thanks for posting the link - I look forward to seeing your pictures.


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