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ktm3ten posted 04-05-2009 09:47 AM ET (US)   Profile for ktm3ten   Send Email to ktm3ten  
After years of wanting a whaler of my own and months of reading this site deciding on all the items I couldn't live without, I finally have my newest fishing buddy. I live in an inland area with lots of lakes, Whaler's aren't prevalent, but after growing up on an 18 Outrage, I just couldn't get comfortable on a typical bass boat. I looked long and hard at Mako's (we live in Bass Pro country) but finally decided to go with a new Montauk 170.

First, I want to say that if anyone needs help with rigging, problem solving, or otherwise help with a Whaler, the guys at Great Lakes Marine in Denver, CO are the best. They put this boat together with me over a month or so and having had the boat now for a week, I can say that every aspect of their work has been top notch. They've been a Whaler dealer for a long time and they know their stuff.

Boat is a 2008 Montauk 170 with the 90 HP Veradito.

Canvas work was all done by Paul's Custom Canvas in Denver. I wanted a bimini that I would fit under (I'm 6'2") and one that folded to the rear as not to interfere with the trolling motor and fishing gear I was going to add. They custom made this one with Stainless Railing. Here's photos of the:



Batteries: This is a 24v trolling motor and I wanted a lot of capacity. So how many batteries will fit in a Montauk Console? 3

Charging: Now to keep all those batteries charged and not have to wrestle to remove them every time, an onboard charger was installed as was this small charging port (small black circle).

Bow Mount Trolling Motor: This photo shows 2 things, the Minn Kota Riptide ST trolling motor with quick release bracket (removes trolling motor with no tools in about 10 sec) and GPS antenna that is wired back to Humminbird 997C Chartplotter.

Here's the bow with trolling motor removed and permanently mounted quick mount bracket showing.

Pedestal Fishing Seat: Finally, this is the pedestal fishing seat with (from what I hear) a new mounting bracket than the previous version. This is a beautiful polished stainless piece. It's no longer through bolted into the anchor locker. This was available from Whaler this way. Very nice piece and keeps the anchor locker walls smooth and clean.

I'll get some more photos soon and I'm sure I'll be back with multitudes of questions. Thanks again for all the info. I've learned so much from this site. Boats like Tabasco and MegaBite and all the other Montauks that I've seen on here have given me ideas. Thanks to all who post here, it benefits folks who you may never hear from.

wezie posted 04-05-2009 12:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for wezie  Send Email to wezie     
Thanks for sharing your pictures and boat.
The cover looks great. The triangular patches padding the snaps all around are very impressive.
Good Luck and great fishing.

SJUAE posted 04-05-2009 02:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for SJUAE    
Nice touch adding the lateral stability to the bimini by adding ties to the handrail. Hope this is enough given your increased height.



MitchD posted 04-05-2009 03:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for MitchD  Send Email to MitchD     
A great testimonial to a fabulous Whaler dealer and also to Paul's Canvas. I have dealt with Bob Friedlander, owner of Great Lakes Marine, since 1982. Bought a Johnson motor from him and then two different boats. My latest purchase was a 190 Nantucket in 2005. This is truly a dealership which service built. (Great customer appreciation parties on the first Saturday of December each year.)

As you noted, there are very few privately-owned Whalers in these waters. Most of the dealership's Whaler sales are to law enforcement agencies in Colorado and adjoining states.

Great dealership, great people, and ditto to Paul's Canvas, whom I also know.

Hope to run into you (figuratively speaking) at Chatfield Lake or Pueblo Reservoir some day.


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