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fisher801 posted 10-27-2012 08:10 PM ET (US)   Profile for fisher801   Send Email to fisher801  
[The author says he] just purchased a slightly used but practically new [2008] 190 Montauk [with] 84-hours on [the Mercury 135-HP VERADO outboard engine] [and in] overall condition incredibly clean. So far [I] have put in 12 salmon in the past four trips out the Golden Gate. [I] have nothing bad to say about it. [The] performance and stability is impeccable. So far [the engine has] topped out at 5,900-RPM [with the boat] hitting 39.7-MPH water paddle speed.

[Unclear] 3,400 to 3,800-RPM Mercury Smartcraft dials indicate [the boat is] getting 4.6 to 5.2-MPG [and the engine is] burning 6.0-GPH--not too bad. If anyone out there has a 190 MONTAUK, [I] am curious what on-the-water performance data they are getting with theirs.

jimh posted 10-28-2012 01:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[Moved to POST-CLASSIC.]

Congratulations on the new boat.

I can't say anything bad about the Golden Gate Bridge, either. I think it is beautiful and the lure of going under it must be irresistible. Congratulations on the good fishing, too.

The fuel economy of 5-MPG is great. How do you like the modern electronic remote controls for the engine?

Jefecinco posted 10-28-2012 09:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     

I have the same boat/engine combination. I've seen 42 MPH at about 6100 RPM on the GPS. Paddle wheel speedometers are not as accurate as a GPS speedometers but mine reads almost the same as the GPS. Your paddle wheel speed readings can be calibrated within the Smartcraft gauges setups if it matters.

About the only fuel consumption numbers I watch are the overall fuel consumed which I reset at each tank refill. On a longish haul I may use the fuel readings to adjust trim to minimize consumption but that is unusual for me.

Fuel is so expensive, particularly the non-ethanol fuel I use, that I don't want to know on a day to day basis. I just suffer a minor stroke at each fill up and forget about it until the next time.

I like the Montauk a lot and it works very well for me. Good luck and enjoy!!


Ferdinando posted 10-28-2012 01:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ferdinando  Send Email to Ferdinando     

I have the same boat with a slightly larger engine. Love it I feel like I am riding a tank. My only gripe is that I hate the baitwell in the back and would much prefer the open space.

When I bought it in 2008 there was not much of a choice, the baitwell could not be removed so I was stuck with it. Other than that its a great boat, probably the last one I will ever buy (unless I hit the Powerball).

Enjoy it,


krisst posted 11-04-2012 05:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for krisst  Send Email to krisst     


I recently purchased a similar boat. I am on the east coast so have yet to run it for a season, as our season is pretty much done here.

I was curious, how far out from the "golden gate" do you run? As an east coaster, was curious what that boat has conquered in your region?


Whaler_Jack posted 11-04-2012 09:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler_Jack  Send Email to Whaler_Jack     

I have a 2007 190 with a 115Merc on it that I bought new. It's has about 200 hours on it. I am on the Gulf Coast Houston area. I use the boat primarily for fishing and family cruising. I've had the engine moved up a notch and the prop tweaked and get about 35-40 mph depend on load and sea conditions. It will run in 2-3 feet of water fairly easily and I've fished it up to 40 miles offshore when the seas are flat. Honestly the boat will take a lot more than I'm willing to throw at it. I average about 3 gph overall and can't say enough good about the boat. I'm thinking about putting a 150 on it as my grand kids are getting to the ski and tubing age. The 115 is OK for one or two people but, when loaded it a little doggy. The 135 should be a better match depending on the use. The 150 even better. You just can't beat a Whaler:)


Jefecinco posted 11-04-2012 10:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     

One nice thing about the L4 Gen II Verado is that a 135 or 150 HP engine can be "tweaked" with an ECU change to output 200 HP. That is if you can find a 200 HP ECU to put on the 135 or 150 HP engine.

The latest Mercury 150 HP FourStroke (non-Verado) so far lacks this capability. Perhaps when that engine evolves into a "family" of engines it will become possible.

Despite the above if I was going to repower my 190 Montauk I would probably choose the 150 FourStroke. The 135 Verado is really enough power to do almost anything with a 190 Montauk and anything over 150 HP would just be an exercise in burning more fuel.

An E-Tec would also be an interesting option.


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