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|Author||Topic: Delivery inspection|
posted 04-09-2007 03:55 PM ET (US)
Well, after being out of boating for 20+ years and reading the CW site for the past several months I'll be picking up my new 170 Montauk this coming Thursday. Although it is unseasonably cold around Mass I am ready to launch.
I imagine there'll be some instructions about handling the boat, motor and trailer, etc. It will be up to me to inspect the boat before taking delivery. Of course I know what options I purchased and will be giving the boat as close an inspection as I possible can. Any advice apart from the obvious inspection? Would appreciate others experiences.
posted 04-09-2007 07:58 PM ET (US)
It's a "new" boat, right? When I picked up my new boat from the dealer we went out on a test run and they went over everything bow to stern. They invited me to bring the boat back with my list of issues when they arose...and they did. They took care of everything I pointed out. I hope your dealer does the same.
posted 04-10-2007 07:37 AM ET (US)
I'll let you know how it goes before the week is out. Forecast for Thursday is snow! I'm trying to move the date to Wednesday.
GreatbayNH how did your tank installation go?
posted 04-10-2007 09:12 PM ET (US)
I would go over the boat very carefully. Make a list of anything you find , and make sure that when it is repaired it done correcty. When there are multiple repairs some times they cut corners to get you out the door.
posted 04-11-2007 12:51 PM ET (US)
My shop called yesterday saying the boat was ready for pickup. I had brought it to the same folks that winterized it to do the first year/100 hour on the engine as well as install an hour meter inside the CC. Once I get the boat in the back yard (next week since Thursday is a snow storm) I will use the three days I took off (18,19 and 20th) to install the new tanks, Standard Horizon PS1000 VHF radio and try the new boat cover on for size. I also got some new rod holders for the rails. Washing and waxing will be in the card as well. I think I'll be needing some help now that I look at the list.
posted 04-11-2007 01:24 PM ET (US)
Ask them what type oil and gas additves they recommend to use.
When you take the boat out with the dealer during the sea trial make sure the boat steers easily. It might need adjusting if it is hard turning while underway.
As them about the 20 Hr service,etc.
If your not used to using a bunk trailer then have them show and tell you how far to submerge the trailer when unloading and retreiving your new boat.
Enjoy your awesome boat!!!
posted 04-11-2007 07:32 PM ET (US)
Take your time to go over the entire boat inside and out..
Do this before and after a very extensive sea trial. These dealers must go through an extensive check list and rely on customer surveys for master dealer status etc.. As new whaler owners we are paying a premium for a premium product therefore, your expectation should be high. I'm purchasing my second new whaler in in the last 13 months and picking it up at the end of April. I've put aside several hours to do this and will take along a friend who can offer me unbiased review. My dealer is a stand up guy who won't take my check if i'm not satisfied for any reason even it the sea trial is not up to my satisfaction. Hopefully your dealer can be as accomodating.. Good Luck & tight Lines!
posted 04-12-2007 08:30 AM ET (US)
Make sure the trailer that comes with the boat is sufficient to your needs. I do a lot of trailering, and I was dissapointed to find that the trailer that came with my boat wasn't rated to the full capacity required. This will be much less important if you don't trailer your boat much.
posted 04-12-2007 09:51 AM ET (US)
Thanks everyone. Delayed a day...can't believe it. Weather here is not cooperating. I'll keep you posted.
posted 04-12-2007 04:25 PM ET (US)
Took delivery of my new Montauk 170, last May. However, was unable to conduct sea trials since the dealer was inland. Trailered home 250 miles. The next day I launched her and went out for a run. Found the steering hard to turn while underway. This was a disappointment since it was brand new and I dreaded the thought of having to trailer it all the back to the dealer. However, following a telephone call, I was advised the teleflex steering mecanism is designed to prevent engine torque feedback ( which it does ) and the hardness will diminish as time progesses. Well, I'm unable to state that the hardness has totally diminished since it's still there. But, can say that it was not as noticible by summers end ( 50 hrs later). Overall I'm extremely pleased with it's handling and superb performance with the 90 Merc.
I'm certain you will love yours. HAVE A GREAT SUMMER.
posted 04-12-2007 06:33 PM ET (US)
Hardness of steering can also be caused my incorrect trimming of the engine. Try trimming your engine until the steering becomes "softer".
posted 04-13-2007 12:18 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the advice. Will try that when next launched.That is if the temperature ever rises and the ice on Georgian Bay, ever melts. So much for Gobal Warming??
posted 04-13-2007 05:49 PM ET (US)
Well I it!!! I am very pleased with the two + hours the dealer spent with me inspecting the boat and instructing me on the ins and outs of the trailer, motor and my new 170 Montauk. We did not have a test run. I mentioned that I was a little disappointed about no test run but was assured that everything will be fine and that the dealer will stand behind the boat. It's in my drive way with the Mills mooring cover. Just have to wait a little longer to launch.
I've started reading all the manuals and will start another "post" concerning the Mercury Maintenance Manual which requires " Flushing the internal water passage...after each use in salt... water", including removing the propeller. This seems strange.
posted 04-13-2007 05:57 PM ET (US)
Just did a search on the flushing of the motor. I guess it needs to be done. I just hope my slip has a water hose close by.
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