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floris posted 12-17-2007 08:48 AM ET (US)   Profile for floris   Send Email to floris  
Is it possible to place a bow seat with pedestal and seat base in the newer 170 Montauk's? Has anyone done or tried to do that? If so, can anyone place any pictures?
Thanks! floris van den berg
Casco Bay Outrage posted 12-17-2007 11:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Casco Bay Outrage  Send Email to Casco Bay Outrage     
WT, is one member I know of that has one on his nicely setup 170.

Here is his photo album

I am sure there are many more.


Feejer posted 12-17-2007 07:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     

That's a sweet setup on the bow seat. Do you happen to have a parts list and instructions?

floris posted 12-18-2007 05:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for floris  Send Email to floris     
Thanks for posting, that looks very nice indeed. I wonder what brand seat base he used, and where to get it. I looked at Cabela's but didn't see anything close to that.
jimh posted 12-18-2007 09:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Were there any changes in production in the 170 MONTAUK to provide special reinforcement for mounting a seat in the bow?
Feejer posted 12-18-2007 10:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     
It looks like a seat off of a Dauntless with the fishing package
timsr posted 12-19-2007 08:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for timsr  Send Email to timsr     

I did the exact same thing and ordered all the parts(seat, seat post and mounting bracket from the Outboard Motor Shop located in Oakland California. It ws around $300. I had to order special SS steel boslts to mount the bracket. You can get them from McMaster-Carr( who is an industrial supplier. I beleive they were either 6 or 8 inches in length and 3/8 in diameter. Outboard Motor Shop is a Master Boston Whaler Dealer. Their phone number is 510-533-9290.

I don't have a web based photo of my boat but I can e-mail a picture of my setup if anyone would like to see it.

timsr posted 12-19-2007 07:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for timsr  Send Email to timsr     
Here is a link for a picture of the bow seat

WT posted 12-19-2007 07:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Hi guys:

I got my bow seat set up from The Outboard Motor Shop too. They have the base made at a fabrication shop next door to them.

Call and ask for the owner, Craig.


floris posted 12-20-2007 09:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for floris  Send Email to floris     
Tim, wt,
looks nice, is there a specific type of pedestal that will fit into that base? also, what is that base made of, is it stainless steel, or powder coated steel?
thanks, floris
timsr posted 12-20-2007 06:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for timsr  Send Email to timsr     

The base is powder coated steel. I used stainless steel bolts and nuts to secure to the anchor locker front. I believe the post is a standard 13" post with a 3/4 inch or 7/8 inch threaded base. The brand name is Swivel-Eze. I did a google on it and found one at Bass Pro shops that looks similar.


REM_Tied posted 02-10-2008 09:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for REM_Tied  Send Email to REM_Tied     
Sorry to bring this up again, but does anyone have the exact stainless (screw head) bolts that were used. The length and diameter. And any tips on the drilling.


jim40 posted 02-11-2008 04:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for jim40  Send Email to jim40     
There is also a removable front nav light available from Whaler that that will get the light up high enough to be seen from both sides of the trolling motor. It looks like a perfect screw-in replacement. Look at the hull diagrams for the 170 Montauk.
REM_Tied posted 02-12-2008 07:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for REM_Tied  Send Email to REM_Tied     
Hmmm. Thanks Jim. I didn't think about that.
timsr posted 02-18-2008 10:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for timsr  Send Email to timsr     
Rem - Tide

If you order the setup from Outboard Motor shop you will be able to determine the diameter of the bolts, I believe they were either 3/8 or 5/16 and at least 6" long. You are going to have to measure the thickness of both mounting brackets, the thickness of the anchor locker wall and add at least a half inch for the nut and washer to determine length.
I ordered mine from an industrial distributor by the name of McMaster-Carr, they've got a great website.

As far as the drilling goes you have to do it in stages. Drill a 1/8 inch hole, then bore that out a little, then drill a 3/8" hole and bore that out a little. I think you get the picture. This was my first time drilling in gelcoat so I wanted to make sure I would not crack the gelcoat and that was the technique I used. There were some good artilcle on this website and on the web about working with fiberglass.

Best of luck, that bow seat is a great addition to the Montauk.

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