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190 MONTAUK First Impressions
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posted 05-02-2007 01:00 AM ET (US)
I have had several opportunities to take out the 190 Montauk and am really enjoying myself so far. Granted I am coming from a flats boat, but I am delighted with how [the 190 MONTAUK] runs through chop. My insatiable appetite to try another spot for fishing is matched by its ability to just go wherever you want to. Any reservations about going into shallow water have been removed both because it does have a low draft and it is very maneuverable. I do need to get an aluminum prop. [Seeks] suggestions.
I have a clear deck, food and drinks in the cooler, tackle boxes and carry on stuff in the console seat, lifejackets in the center console. Storage space for rods is minimal and I need ideas for sideboard rod holders. In terms of actually fishing rod holders I added four TACO adjustable ones on the side and bow rail. The anchor/ anchor locker hums annoyingly at certain speeds so I have to figure out if it is the anchor buzzing or the hatch itself.
Besides fishing, I had a blast going with my son to Mets game and docking at the World's Fair Marina. We went back at night, careful to avoid all the flotsam in the water from the storm.
[The 190 MONUTAK] is such a great boat. Concerns about its speed and the size of the engine are somewhat misplaced. I can get it up to 36-knots and that is really plenty of speed for me. The Mercury Fourstroke 115 is purdy, starts like a charm, glides along at low throttle speeds-- trolling has never been better. And it gets four large men in the back of the boat on plane efficiently. What are other people experiencing [in the way of performance of the boat and motor]?
By the way [my compliments] to Marine Max who I bought it from. I had a problem with the navigation lights and they sent a person out to my marina immediately to take care of the problem. This is killer boat.
posted 05-02-2007 07:52 AM ET (US)
Nice report. The only thing that could have made it better is docking near Yankee Stadium.
posted 05-03-2007 03:56 PM ET (US)
What a great post. I just bought a 170 and am a tad envious of your 190...just a little...running around Quincy Bay and Boston Harbor is just fine with my 170.
Now a way to get to Fenway ...that would be awesome!
posted 05-04-2007 12:11 PM ET (US)
Just a thought for anyone who has a montauk(new or old), the original poster referred to a noise coming from his anchor well. When I bought my montauk last year the previous owner had installed a rail mount anchor bracket in the port quarter of the boat. The anchor(and mine is way bigger than it needs to be for a montauk) hangs in the bracket, teeth down, with its shank just off the deck. Its great!
When I had my 13 ss the anchor dinged up the interior of the well from banging around. Same thing happened on the 17 montauk we used to have. It is possible to line the bottom of the well with something to prevent this, but the bracket is an easier solution. I thought it would be in the way, but you dont even notice it, and it is much faster to run back there and toss the anchor, I just leave the chain and rope coiled in a milkcrate and have been very pleased with this setup. I will never put another danforth style anchor in the front well on a montauk.
posted 05-05-2007 09:30 AM ET (US)
Montauk 170s have enough rail problems without hanging an
anchor on the rail. You can mount (a Danforth anyway) flat
on port or starboard bow. Starboard if you are right-handed,
Port if a southpaw.
posted 05-05-2007 01:51 PM ET (US)
What kind of rail problems does the Montauk 170 have?
posted 05-05-2007 03:21 PM ET (US)
The 170, up to the 2006 year model, has the forward stanchions too far back, which causes vibration in the forward bow rail area between the two forward stanchions. It has been known to cause metal fatigue and failure in the forward stanchions at the weld where the stanchion meets the bow rail. Look at a 2007 model and you will see the modified forward stanchions (obviously Whaler took notice of the issue). I'm contacting my dealer and/or Boston Whaler directly to see if there is something they can do for me (I have a 2006 Montauk). It would be nice if the 2007 bow rail mounts are in the exact same positions as mine (same footprint) so they could swap out the rails without have to patch and drill new holes.
posted 05-05-2007 03:24 PM ET (US)
Additionally there is a nice modification out there where someone welded a middle stanchion at the bow and mounted it to a ss plate under the bow cleat. It looked very well done however now you have a stanchion in front of your bow cleat if I'm not mistaken. If someone could provide a link to that thread, which has pictures, that would be awesome.
posted 05-05-2007 03:28 PM ET (US)
Here is the thread on the subject:
posted 05-05-2007 03:29 PM ET (US)
posted 05-05-2007 09:25 PM ET (US)
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