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nick jones posted 05-31-2008 05:09 PM ET (US)   Profile for nick jones   Send Email to nick jones  
I am considering purchasing either a new 150 SPORT or 150 MONTUAK with 60-HP ELPT EFI BigFoot FourStroke Mercury. I will be using it for water skiing and also fishing including lobster pots. Can anyone give me any advice or feedback before buying.
jimh posted 06-01-2008 08:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
A center console arrangement probably makes more sense for fishing and hauling pots.
nick jones posted 06-01-2008 09:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for nick jones  Send Email to nick jones     
would the 60 hp be enough to pull a 190lbs water skier. I currently have a 1992 BW Rage 14 115hp jet which is now having problems with the jet unit and repairs are getting expensive. I am now looking for a replacement. Do you think the Montauk is a suitable replacement?
fishgutz posted 06-01-2008 09:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
Do you want to look through a plastic windshield? I have a Dauntless 14 with the same center console as the Montauk but a slightly higher windshield. I do not like looking through the windshield. I find myself standing a lot just for a better view. Plus if someone is sitting on the cooler seat, they obstruct your view a bit. The sport has a great unobstructed view.

For waterskiing, the Sport might be better for the observer.

For fishing and pots, the Montauk would be better. Much more room to move around and more floor space for equipment.

If you are in rough water you can't stand and drive the sport.

You have a tough choice.

Guess what? Everything in life is a compromise. Good luck.

nick jones posted 06-01-2008 10:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for nick jones  Send Email to nick jones     
Looking at the pictures i agree with you. Also think the sport has more seating which suits me as i have three children.

Would the 150 Sport with the 60hp be enough to pull an adult water skier comfortably?

fishgutz posted 06-01-2008 12:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
The power for skiing may not be enough for a 190 pounder to slalom but I would bet it's enough for an adult on 2 skis. Maybe you could slalom by dropping a ski. My Dauntless 14 is a bit heavier than a 150 and I have a 75 2 stroke on it. I cannot get up on one ski from the water. I weigh 205. I'm am NOT a skilled skier. I can drop one ski and slalom once I'm up. We use Obrien 166 skis. They are wide and VERY maneuverable. They can make anyone look like a champ. My 15 year old son is awesome on 1 ski and can start from the water. My wife doesn't care to ski. A lot will depend on your skill level and how crazy you want to get.
boatman1979 posted 06-01-2008 04:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatman1979  Send Email to boatman1979     
As a 150 Sport owner, I think there is more than enough room for fishing/pots with the side seat removed. As long as you position your boat to retrieve the pots on only one side. With the seat in place, the spotter has a great place to sit facing the stern, and perhaps more important, they are slightly forward of the skipper, making it easier to communicate regarding the skier. As for power, I cannot attest to the ability to pull a 190# adult up on skis. What I can tell you is that the boat does a GREAT job pulling a tube with a similar sized adult, a spotter about the same weight, and a skipper (me) at about 150#. And that's a boat with 2 6-gallon tanks and an extra 5-gallon jug. At 35oo rpm, this little boat does approx. 16kts, with plenty of power to spare. I would guess that there is enough power to pull that skier up. With either model you choose, you have a super boat that will provide lots of fun and great memories. My only complaint about the sport set-up is that you must hop over the main bench seat. So, if continuous/frequent access to the stern area is a priority, then go with the center console version. For me, I spend most of my time cruising and enjoy the wide bench seat so my guest can be next to me. Fishing and skiing is secondary for me, so the sport layout works great. Feel free to ask any other questions, as I would be happy to help you out.
Fishmore posted 06-02-2008 12:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Fishmore    
I have a classic 17 hull and until this winter it was a sport set up. This winter I changed it to a Montauk setup and as I prefer it for fishing and pulling pots due to the ability to stand up and drive and access around the boat.

When I am pulling a skier I prefer to sit down sometimes and stand at others. To help with the spotter situation I have a marine quality bean bag chair for the spotter (actually I have two of these chairs). The spotter and/or rider can move the chair(s) around the boat but usually sit either behind the RPS Seat or next to the console. The movable chairs are great for distributing the weight.

I cannot comment on your choice of power because I have no experience with the 15 hull.

Feejer posted 06-02-2008 07:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     
The 60hp will work, however I think your going to be better off with the 170 and a 90hp.
ToeCutter66 posted 06-02-2008 11:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for ToeCutter66  Send Email to ToeCutter66     
I have an 06 150 Montalk. I looked at both the Sport and Montalk. I went with the Montalk, because the bay I am in is sometimes full of crabpots, and they are easier to see if I am standing up. Also, I take it out in the ocean through a rough inlet, it is easier to take the pounding if I am standing too.

If I have 4 adults and 2 kids on the boat, it does take a little bit of time to get up on a plane. I have not tried to pull a skier. If you are near ocean city maryland, I would be glad to take you for a ride.


nick jones posted 06-02-2008 12:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for nick jones  Send Email to nick jones     
Thanks for the offer but I am from Wales over in the UK, hence the questions as there are not that many BW in these parts.

From the brochure it states that the maximum engine for a 150 is 60hp. Has any one put a 75hp on? Will this affect insurance? Does it go well?

chopbuster posted 06-10-2008 11:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for chopbuster    
I own a 150 Sport.

The optional low profile one piece bow rail makes for excellent over the side access for fishing, crabbing and I would imagine, lobstering. The Gunnels aft of the athwart seat have no rails.

Don't know how tall you are, but I'm 6'1 and I can stand up and reach the helm and control the 150 while running at moderate speeds.


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