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cgyotoku posted 12-12-2006 08:33 PM ET (US)   Profile for cgyotoku   Send Email to cgyotoku  
[If it sounds like everyone is repeating themselves in this discussion it is because the author posted the same article to multiple discussion groups. I've gone around and collected them and turned them into one discussion. In the future, it would be greatly appreciated if the same article NOT be posted multiple times.--jimh]

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I'm interested in buying a 2006 Montauk, but it doesn't have an electric trolling motor receptacle installed. Is there any way to pull wires from the console to the bow through the hull? It's my understanding that it would require going through the foam filling, but I'm wondering if it's possible and better yet, if anyone has successfully done it. One thought I had was to use the wires going to the front light to pull additional wires, but I'm not sure if it would end up getting stuck somewhere in the middle. The last thing I want to do is end up buying this boat to only find out that I have to run the wires outside the hull. Any suggestions appreciated.

Thanks,

Cliff

contender posted 12-12-2006 09:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
I do not think you will be able to run wires from the console to the bow in the foam core. The only way that I can come up with is to cut a channel in the glass, cut out the foam, place your wires in some type of tube(run your wires in the tube), place it in the foam, then patch over the channel..No way it will look terrible. another way would be just to use some pvc and run your wires through it, and you can contour your floor and screw it down/glue(5200), or on the inside of the hull. Or just run a cable from your battery with a plug to your trolling motor, just disconnect it when you are done...good luck
TsTime posted 12-13-2006 09:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for TsTime  Send Email to TsTime     
I had the same thoughts and did not want to cut or drill so I used velcro tape along the gunwale wall. It's out of the way and works quite well.
longboarder posted 12-13-2006 11:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for longboarder  Send Email to longboarder     
can't you just run it in the rubrail with the bow lights?
cgyotoku posted 12-13-2006 12:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for cgyotoku  Send Email to cgyotoku     
Longboarder,

Is it true that the wires for the bow light runs along the rub rail? Do you know how they get from the rub rail to the center console?

longboarder posted 12-13-2006 03:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for longboarder  Send Email to longboarder     
I don't know about your boat, but on my MONTAUK port/stern there's a hole where the wires for the bow/anchor light feed into that feeds to the outside of the boat under the black piece of the rub rail. If you unscrew that side in the stern and peel the black part of the rub rail off you can see the wires. You can peel it back all the way to the bow, lay what wires you need in the channel, than "pop" it back into place. The wires would come from under the bow light.
contender posted 12-13-2006 09:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
Another thought, place the battery in the front anchor locker and your wire will only be a couple of feet to the trolling motor...good luck
cgyotoku posted 12-12-2006 04:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for cgyotoku  Send Email to cgyotoku     
I'm interested in buying a 2006 Montauk, but it doesn't have an electric trolling motor receptacle installed. Is there any way to pull wires from the console to the bow through the hull? It's my understanding that it would require going through the foam filling, but I'm wondering if it's possible and better yet, if anyone has successfully done it. One thought I had was to use the wires going to the front light to pull additional wires, but I'm not sure if it would end up getting stuck somewhere in the middle. The last thing I want to do is end up buying this boat to only find out that I have to run the wires outside the hull. Any suggestions appreciated.

Thanks,

Cliff

Marsh posted 12-12-2006 10:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marsh  Send Email to Marsh     
Outside the hull, laid out across the deck. Anything else would be fraught with problems, IMHO.

Just don't trip over them like I have on mine.

Unfortunately, the Montauk was not designed with a bow mount troller in mind. Unlike the Dauntless, for example.

Marsh

sosmerc posted 12-12-2006 11:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for sosmerc  Send Email to sosmerc     
As much as I like Whalers, there is one thing that has always really bugged me...and that is lack of access to items that someday will most likely need replacement or service. The problem is certainly not exclusive to Whaler...whenever I get a chance to look over new boats such as at boat shows, my first thought is always the same...how do I get at service items. Some engineer/designers deserve to be shot! :)
Aldog posted 12-13-2006 07:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Aldog  Send Email to Aldog     
It is inconvenient by mosts standards but I have now had 3 bow mount trolling motors on on my 3 different whalers. I neatly added batteries inside the console with a waterproof plug mounted through the console. I have a very neat cable for my trolling motor that lays in the floor while plugged in. It works great.
fishgutz posted 12-14-2006 10:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
How is the bow light wired? Is there a wire tube running to the light? Is there room for extra wires? I have a Dauntless so the wire chase is pretty big for all those wires and thick ones. What about other models? I've seen Montauks with spotlight up front but I never saw how they were wired.
cgyotoku posted 12-14-2006 03:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for cgyotoku  Send Email to cgyotoku     
Fishgutz,

I also posted this message in the "Mods" section and got a reply from "Longboard", where he mentioned that his Montauk's bow light wires run under the rub rail. My guess is that he has a pre-new hull Montauk where the battery is located at the stern.

Cliff

Tates posted 12-14-2006 04:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tates  Send Email to Tates     
On the older Montauks the bow light wires were behind the rubrail
jimh posted 12-15-2006 01:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Call the factory. They can tell you precisely how to install the receptacle, if it can be done after the boat is assembled. They can also tell you how the wires are run to the bow for navigation lighting.

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