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Montauk fire extinguisher mount cracking.
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posted 07-14-2008 07:39 PM ET (US)
The recessed very thin plastic mount is cracked / splitting at the bottom end of the extinguisher. I guess it is a warranty item. I can't believe how cheap and thin it is. Anyone else have this problem? How can I reinforce it better? Thanks!
posted 07-15-2008 08:50 AM ET (US)
Known issue. You can purchase a stainless steel mount for the extinguisher at your local boat store. Got mine at West Marine.
posted 07-15-2008 07:12 PM ET (US)
Where did you mount it on a Montauk? Thanks!
posted 07-16-2008 09:17 AM ET (US)
On my 2006 170 Montauk, there is a pocket for it on the right hand side of the center console.
posted 07-18-2008 09:12 PM ET (US)
I think whalerdog is talking about the recessed box the
extinguisher sits in, not the strap that holds on. Metal
(doesn't look like SS) straps are available. I've never
seen an SS box.
The plastic boxes do crack, esp. if the extinguisher sits
posted 07-19-2008 02:01 PM ET (US)
I mentioned this in another post but will repeat it here. I take a wet sponge and jamb it under my extinguisher. It conforms to the shape of the extinguisher and adds support. When it dries it is even more supportive. Makes the sponge easy to access also.
posted 07-19-2008 08:47 PM ET (US)
Guess mine is going to the cooler as I run the boat in the rough hard. It is such a flimsy piece of junk while the the rest of the boat is fantastic.
posted 07-19-2008 08:50 PM ET (US)
You are on target Chuck thanks everyone.
posted 07-20-2008 10:20 AM ET (US)
If you are talking about the extinguisher pocket I have a suggestion.
Mine has been mounted this way for over nine years and, knock on wood, so far no splitting.
Use some largish, one to two inch, stainless fender washers between the inner (inside the console) side of the pocket and the self locking nut you are using to secure the extinguisher mounting bracket to the pocket. Tighten the nuts as much as possible without breaking the screws. I believe this is effective because it spreads the weight of the exinguisher over a wider area. I also mounted the bracket in the pocket in a way to place the extinguisher bracket straps low enough to make contact with the bottom of the pocket.
Simply mounting the bracket at the bottom of the pocket may be sufficient to save the pocket from splitting but adding the fender washers is so basic and easy that it may as well be done too.
posted 07-20-2008 01:20 PM ET (US)
Mine cracked at the end of the extinguisher. The plastic braket doesn't really hold it that good anyway in the rough.
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