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surfkast posted 07-29-2006 11:26 AM ET (US)   Profile for surfkast  
Having learned a lot from all the pictures on this board, I wanted to post pics of how I rigged my 2006 Montauk 170 for fishing. I have a Mercury 4S EFI 90 hp engine.

I installed all the stuff myself and for the most part everything works pretty good. I tried to keep it simple with mainly the basics for fishing. I run out of San Diego and have been going about 20-25 miles out of Oceanside lately. Thanks for everyone's input on this board, it really helped me get my boat rigged up.


Kodiak 14 gallon bait tank

Garmin 198c fishfinder and gps, Standard Horizon PS1000 Phantom radio

Pate 27 gallon tank: range approx 90-100 miles depending on conditions.

bait tank hoses in and out


8 rail mount rod holders, 2 angled out for up to 4 trolling lines, 8 foot Shakespeare Galaxy VHF antenna

and finally, what all the work is for...

murder scene

Oceanside yellowtail

La Jolla with stoked out nephew

Oceanside with dorado and yellows, one of San Diego's best seasons so far this year.

Jkcam posted 07-30-2006 03:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jkcam  Send Email to Jkcam     
Very nice work, and great photos. Any problems pulling the cord for the transducer through the pipe? Was there enough string to pull back in case you decide to add anything else, like speed/temp? I could not really see how you mounted the VHF antenna, details? Again, great job.
erik selis posted 07-30-2006 08:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
Great job Miles! Nice fish too. Did you catch them while trolling?


surfkast posted 07-30-2006 12:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for surfkast    
Thanks guys, I'm still ironing out some minor issues.

The transducer cable was a little work, but not too bad. The pull string is long enough to actually tie itself in a circle. So, I tied it in a circle and attached the tranducer cable to a loop on it. You might need to jiggle it a little, but once it gets going, it's pretty easy. I left the string in there so I could pull the bait tank power wires through. I still have the string in there for future use.

Vhf antenna went on the port side console above the console door and forward a little. With the antenna down, it rests on the bow rail, and I tie it down up there for trailering. I'll probably get some foam insulation so it doesn't wear the fiberglass. I copied a lot from the pics on this website like MikeyAirTime and WT's setups. Thanks guys.

I am getting a little interference on the VHF when the gps/ff is on, so I will probably try moving the gps antenna further away. I need a higher squelch level when the gps/ff is on. They also share the same power switch so I need to do some tests to see what is causing the interference, power or antennas, or cables.

Fish were caught slow trolling sardines in La Jolla, dorado caught flylining sardines on a kelp paddy about 20 miles out of Oceanside. Dorado are so close right now 8-10 miles, it's crazy. Saw a guy in an inflatable boat 25 miles out...just imagine a bad gaff shot or flying treble hook...made me glad I was in a whaler!

bigjohn1 posted 08-01-2006 08:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
Looks great Miles, congrats on the solid and clean-looking installs, only thing left to do is outriggers. If you find a really clean way to do that, I'll be looking. On my 170, I just bought a 12' pair that fits inside my rail-mount rod holders. Not a perfect solution but adequate. If you can catch the Tuna without them, more power to ya, ours are very shy and outriggers are the only way to take them with any consistency. If you are interested, I will share what our marine fabricators told me would be the best, most secure way to install them on a 170.
Floodtide posted 08-01-2006 11:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Floodtide  Send Email to Floodtide     
I have the same radio and GPS / Fishfinder and have the same issue of interference on the radio. I also have my Sonar shut off whenever I transmit on the radio.

I called Garmin and they actually knew the issue. They said the signal from the sounder is too strong NOT the GPS. So the Radio and Sounder battle it out.

I have still not fixed my issue but their recommendations are to wrap the VHF and Sounder cables in aluminum foil and also to insure the GPS is not sharing the same panel for power. They said go to the battery with the GPS and send the Radio to a panel with other stuff.

surfkast posted 08-02-2006 03:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for surfkast    
Floodtide- which cables did they tell you to wrap in foil, the VHF antenna or VHF power? Wrapping all my wires seems a little crazy to me. I wonder if that's why the Garmin 198c was so short lived. It was replaced right away with the 498c. When I'm on channel 16 or 72, I only need about 3 clicks of squelch, but as soon as I turn on my gps/ff, I get static and need about 6 clicks of squelch. Is that the problem you're having too?
surfkast posted 08-02-2006 03:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for surfkast    
Bigjohn- I don't use outriggers, but just angle 2 rods out a little. Haven't got any tuna on the boat yet, they are still too far away right now. I'm trying to resist all urges to add all the accessories to this boat. Things I've considered are: another bait tank on the other side of the stern, spare gas tank, dual battery, stereo, bimini, etc.
REM_Tied posted 02-10-2008 11:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for REM_Tied  Send Email to REM_Tied     
Surfkast - A belated nice job on this. Nice and clean, except for the blood and guts.

A quick question if you happen to see this... are you happy with the bait tank? I need to put one in and I am about ready to order an oblong one, either the Kodiac PF-17 or the UT-13. I just can't decide if the one you have would be better for me. Looks like it leaves plenty of room and doesn't cover the bilge hole.


WT posted 02-11-2008 01:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Sweet! Very nice job.

Regarding interference with the radio and FF/GPS, I have extra vhf antenna wire that is coiled inside my console. Make sure the extra coiled VHF antenna wire is tied-off away from any FF/GPS wires.

Man, I wished I was living near the warm ocean waters around San Diego!


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