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bigjohn1 posted 04-12-2006 07:37 AM ET (US)   Profile for bigjohn1   Send Email to bigjohn1  
This is a general note for 170 MONTAUK owners contemplating raising their engines for the upcoming boating season. Six months ago, I raised my Merc 115efi up two holes from the factory-recommended second hole. This placed the engine one hole down from the highest position. I did this to take advantage of the Trophy Plus 4-blade prop I installed. My dealer had some misgivings about doing this as he thought this position placed too much of a bend in the steering cable. The boat continued to steer easily for a few months but then the steering began to bind a bit. My tilt tube is in great shape and shows no signs of corrosion so I feel like the odd bend in my cable has contributed to this somewhat sticky steering. You might want to consider this before going up too far on your engine if you own a 170. The dealer is going to replace my cable and move the engine down one set of holes - this will place it in the middle set of holes.
sosmerc posted 04-22-2006 12:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for sosmerc  Send Email to sosmerc     
You didn't say, but I gather you did gain some performance from raising your engine??
Whaler is a top of the line boat....too bad they don't start out by equipping their Montauks with a top of the line steering system such as Teleflex Seastar Hydraulic...raising the engine to whatever height you like would then not be any problem.
Once you have tried hydraulic steering...you won't go back.
bigjohn1 posted 04-22-2006 08:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
I'm sure I gained some performance from raising the engine but its difficult to quantify as my normal use is off-shore trolling in lumpy water. For my particular style of boating, raising my engine really didn't pay any dividends.
What are those Seastar systems going for nowadays anyway?

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