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Nauti Tauk posted 01-14-2007 07:11 AM ET (US)   Profile for Nauti Tauk   Send Email to Nauti Tauk  
We just bought a 2003 170 Montauk with a 90-HP four-stroke Mercury. I'm rigging it to fish inshore as well as offshore on good days. I'm wondering how others have mounted their dowriggers to the rail. I have an electric Scotty mounted on rod holder type mount. I have bought and installed a clamp-on type stainless rodholder, but I am not sure it will be strong enough to take the weight and strain of 10-lb ball of the Scotty. Suggestions and ideas will be appreciated. Thanks.
WT posted 01-14-2007 09:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT current=Kicker1.jpg

A member of this forum, fishinchips, setup my electric Scotty downriggers on my 170 Montauk.

Note the 2X4 for added support and use of stainless steel u-bolts and hardware.


jimh posted 01-14-2007 09:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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wilson posted 01-14-2007 08:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for wilson  Send Email to wilson     
I have a 2004 170 montauk and I secure a 2by10 across the rear rails using stainless ubolts that I covered with rubber hose to avoid leaving marks. This allows the mounting of downriggers off both sides and the center also you can mount additional rod holders,drink holders,tackle drawers ect to the board and remove the set up when not needed with out leaving any holes or marks on boat. I only use my downriggers in the spring and fall and wouldn't want them on the boat when diving,cruising or bait fishing.I snagged what later turned out to be a tree with both weights and it brought the boat right to a stop with no excessive strain on rails ect. I think the booms or base of downrigger would give first.I use a happytroller plate mounted to the outboard to slow trolling speed that works really well but difficult to control boat in wind.I remove the trolling plate when not being used.Sorry but I have no idea how to post pictures and I don't have downriggers on boat at this time.
Nauti Tauk posted 01-15-2007 04:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Nauti Tauk  Send Email to Nauti Tauk     
Thanks for the help guys! Have ordered the Scotty rail mount and will span between the aft two rail stantions (thans Wattrn) to give added support, might use teak!
Dick posted 01-15-2007 09:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Nauti Tauk

I used the Scotty rail mounts on my 1999 Montauk. I didn't find a need for a 2X4 or 2X6 for support
If you would like pictures drop me an e-mail.

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