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ESP posted 03-08-2007 02:02 PM ET (US)   Profile for ESP   Send Email to ESP  
Is it possible ?

I have a real need to purchase a 17' Montauk. I've found a nice 2004 used model but in doing measurements it appears the shortest one can get the boat/trailer combination down to is in the neighborhood of 19' 7"

I am looking for anectodal experience others on the forum might have about getting their 17' Montauk into their garage . . mostly length of your garage and things you have done to make it fit. . . Ability to fit it in the garage would, unfortunately be the deal maker/breaker for me.

I found a 17' Montauk owner that has, a 2006 model that has done some modifications to both trailer and garage to make his fit.. . namely cutting and rewelding the winch post as well as modifying the drywall in his garage.. . am looking for ways others have made it work for them.

thanks to all and I'm glad to be on board continuous wave !

Scott Grey posted 03-08-2007 04:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Scott Grey  Send Email to Scott Grey     
Folding tongue on the front, plus turn engine to one side in down position is probably your best bet. Maybe angle boat in garage. Because of the width of the boat it will be difficult to fit a car in the garage along with the boat unless you have a wider than average garage. You could always put a good quality cover on the boat instead. Just some ideas.
ESP posted 03-08-2007 06:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for ESP  Send Email to ESP     
Will the boat/trailer package be shorter if one has the motor in the full up or full down position ? We measured it with the motor down, almost touching the ground. It did not occur to me to try it with the motor lifted in the full up position.
Royboy posted 03-08-2007 07:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
I have a friend who puts a 19 foot boat in his garage diagonally to make it fit. Also, trailers can be had (or modified to accept) a breakaway tongue.

Just make sure the garage is tall enough. I measured everything but the height of my 17 Outrage, and guess what? It's too tall by about 6 inches. Fortunately, you can have a boat in your driveway in my 'hood.


ESP posted 03-09-2007 04:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for ESP  Send Email to ESP     
Thanks for the tip about the height. . . it did not even occur to me. . anyone know what the typical height is ground to top of console ?

I re-measured and the garage is actually 9' and 6.5" clear front to back. . . diagonally would be an easy fit but not wild about putting the car outside.

This boat does have the Karavan trailer with folding tongue.

davej14 posted 03-09-2007 04:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
It is pretty unusual to have 9' 6.5" clearance. The limiting factor is going to be the height from the floor to the bottom side of the garage door in the open position. Most garage door openings are 7' but the door normally hangs slightly below the opening when it is open.
FRSam posted 03-09-2007 05:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for FRSam  Send Email to FRSam     
ESP, I didn't have any problem leaving my Jeep outside in the snow this winter rather than subject my Montauk to such conditions. The garage fit was one of the reasons I decided to go with the 150 instead of the 170.

Let us know what you work out - sounds like a remodel might be in order ;-)


whalerdude posted 03-09-2007 06:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerdude  Send Email to whalerdude     
I will take photos of my modified winch post next week and email to you.

Welcome to the Whaler Forum Family!!


ESP posted 03-10-2007 09:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for ESP  Send Email to ESP     
Earlier I wrote:

I re-measured and the garage is actually 9' and 6.5" clear front to back. . . diagonally would be an easy fit but not wild about putting the car outside.

I made a mistake. . . I remeasured and the garage is 19 feet an 6.5 inches long. The height is the standard 7 foot clearance.

Looking forward to the pics, Whalerdude !

Thanks all for your feedback !

fishin8tor posted 03-11-2007 02:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for fishin8tor  Send Email to fishin8tor     
I have a Montauk 170 with the folding tongue and it fits just right inside my 23 ft garage. I also have a 19 ft by 12 ft garage that I tried to fit it inside, but it wouldn't fit beacuse it wasn't wide enough to fit diagonally. So, I guess your boat may fit in your 19.5 ft garage depending upon how side your garage is. Good luck.

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