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johnhenry posted 04-17-2009 03:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for johnhenry   Send Email to johnhenry  
I am sure that this has been bounced around a lot but I am curious as to what late model Montauk owners come up with for storage.
My 08 170 has the console rod holders, and thats it. I plan on purchasing Taco clampons for the rails but what to do about gaffs, boat hooks? Is it a waste of time to bring a paddle/oar? I was planning to install rod racks under one of the gunnels and bought a set of 3 rod King Starbord racks to install. When I went to decide where to place and drill, I chickened out. Not having an inward lip on the gunnels leaves the rod holders very exposed and sticking out. I am worried about bumping into them and knocking them off the boat, besides the fact of having to drill holes in my new whaler. The other complaint was the King Starbord doesn't match Whaler white-Wa-wa-wa. I am considering instead repairing/refinishing a set of 2 rod wooden whaler racks that I have ordered and wondered If any late model whaler owners have added wood components.
What about other storage ideas? I read somewhere on here that some had installed curtain type storage areas under the gunnells for odds and ends. Any thoughts for a Montauk, but not whaler, Newbie?
wbullwin posted 04-17-2009 03:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for wbullwin  Send Email to wbullwin     
I don't do a lot of fishing so the rod holders on the console (I have the fishing package) seem to be enough. I was thinking if I did need more rod storage to make racks that could be attached to the inside of the railings at the stern since the rails are out set from the inside of the gunnels. I added plastic clips above the clips for the light pole that Whaler installs from the factory. With the boat hook there, it protects the light pole from being stepped on.
sapple posted 04-20-2009 07:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Here are a few things that have worked for me so far. But I am always looking for new ideas. Boat hook goes in one of the rod holders. Anchor, extra line and fenders go in the anchor locker. I keep a push pole lashed (with bungie cords)to the outside of the rear port side guard rail. The push pole has a paddle attachment that I leave on most time and a push pole for mud bottoms attachment that I keep in the anchor locker. In the cooler seat I have a spare crank battery, spot light, first aid kit, and various other small items like garbage bags, binoculars, hat, etc. In the center counsole I have the main battery, a towing harness with extra line, a tool bag and two orange water proof storage boxes (each about the size of a small PC printer) for small items like all paper work etc. I also keep a tarp and a lot of spare line in case I have to make a shelter. I keep two life jackets stuffed under the seat around the gas tanks. I have a very large bungie cord stretched and attached to each of the aft seat supports. I use this to secure 2 30 liter dry bags and two additional life jackets. The dry bags have spare clothing, rain gear, etc., one has emergency ditch bag stuff. Any extra stuff like a spare gas tank, cooler, travel bags, folding chair, etc. end up on either the aft and/or bow decks.
WT posted 04-20-2009 08:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Montauk storage is easy with additional ice chests, storage boxes, Pelican boxes, live well, fuel tanks or whatever your imagination.

Load her up!

Here are some pics of classic Montauks that are loaded up. DSC_6200.jpg DSC_4885.jpg

Here's my 170 Montauk, I place a 100+ quart Igloo ice chest on the bow when running for tuna. Or I have 5 crab pots on the bow during crab season. :-) DSC_6122.jpg

Have fun!


johnhenry posted 04-21-2009 07:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for johnhenry  Send Email to johnhenry     
Great ideas; I guess you just have to use your imagination a little bit. I like the push pole/paddle set up Sapple. I was wondering about using the cooler seat more for storage than cold stuff, seems that I have already started throwing stuff in there.
I have been thinking about adding the transom bench seat set up, but how does that change your weight distribution, especially if you move your gas tank back? Not just weight while under way but also trailering?
There was a post at another Whaler site(shhh) about using suction cup attached accessories, such as rod racks. The only place I found was Any other suppliers known?

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