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ratherwhalering posted 02-23-2008 11:14 AM ET (US)   Profile for ratherwhalering   Send Email to ratherwhalering  
WTB sternlight pole and lamp fixture for a 1987 17-Montauk. After gutting, rewiring, and replacing the entire assembly, twice, and checking it with a volt meter, I seem to have accidently bent it over my knee, and thrown it into 20 feet of water. I now find myself in need of another victim.
Bulldog posted 02-23-2008 11:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Thanks for making my day!....Jack
deepwater posted 02-23-2008 07:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
I don't think the tide goes out that far so recovery out ,, anger management course maybe,,and send flowers to your boat
chopbuster posted 02-23-2008 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for chopbuster  Send Email to chopbuster     
Luca and the light sleeps with the fishes !
deepwater posted 02-23-2008 09:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
stop it its not funny the man just lost his lite,,im gona pee my self
contender posted 02-23-2008 10:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
was the switch working?
placerville posted 02-24-2008 11:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
That's hilarious Rob. And I feel your pain and frustrations with those darn stern lights. In fact last week when Tony, Warren and I were working on our new/old boat, Tony suggested we (me) install a new stern light, I said the battery operated light on a pvc pipe will be just fine. I've spent more time working on them than they've been lit.
kamie posted 02-24-2008 11:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for kamie  Send Email to kamie     
Call Sue at Twin Cities on Monday. I believe a brand new one is available, counseling may be an extra charge.
Casco Bay Outrage posted 02-24-2008 01:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Casco Bay Outrage  Send Email to Casco Bay Outrage     
Rob -

After breaking 2 by accident and having 1 frozen in the holder, I went OEM for the stern pole. The original Perko pole is very strong and is much thicker than the replacement Perko stern lights. I recall it being >$150 but built to last. Call Sue and have her send you a real one. It is worth it. Free advice can be expensive!


seabob4 posted 02-24-2008 03:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for seabob4  Send Email to seabob4     
$150 for a stern light? I guess made of gold. Anyway, I deal closely with Perko. IF it's still available, I can get you one for a lot less than $150. I take it you need the base too.
Fishcop posted 02-24-2008 10:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fishcop  Send Email to Fishcop     
Rob, My Friend and father of Twins...This is only the first test! Check your email and I have one for you if needed.

Take Care


floatinghat posted 02-25-2008 12:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for floatinghat  Send Email to floatinghat     
I would be interested if anyone has or knows an extra. Mine was missing when I got my Montauk, $200 is on the very steep side. Even with the understanding that it is a high quality product.
JMARTIN posted 02-25-2008 12:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
The negative end of the little two prong plug on the boat side, has been the culprit in all my stern light failures. It failed on the Revenge, the Sport and now on my buddies 1995 Montauk. When his stern light did not work, I checked it first. Sure enough, it pulled right out of the plug. John
Tohsgib posted 02-25-2008 01:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Don't drive at night and save yourself from expense, frustration, and the risk of hitting a piling because your stern light caused night blindness.
andygere posted 02-25-2008 01:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
The OEM plug connectors on those things are terrible. I refit my '79 vintage stern light with a 2 wire trailer connector, using soldered joints inside heat shrink tubing, thus saving myself the need to skin dive for an expensive part in the harbor. Last summer I did come close to accidentally punting a W&C Nav light assembly into the drink, but I reasoned that the real problem was the wiring on the Outrage, which was already in the drink. I solved the problem with some fancy soldering and another drink.
ratherwhalering posted 02-25-2008 05:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Thanks for the replies, I actually found an OEM replacement locally. I sat down and had a little 'chat' with the new one, and it seems to be working fine now.

deepwater posted 02-25-2008 06:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
chat hell you pointed the spot where you threw the last one
Tohsgib posted 02-25-2008 07:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Yeah as soon as a drop of water hits it it will FREAKOUT! Like being on death row.
ratherwhalering posted 02-26-2008 11:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Lets just say we have a very clear understanding of our relationship.
kamie posted 02-26-2008 08:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for kamie  Send Email to kamie     
A good prenup makes for a happy marriage :)
Buckda posted 02-26-2008 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Rob -

Glad to hear the problem is solved (at least for now).

Has anyone ever considered adopting/adapting the "international" lighting scheme from the classic Outrages for use on a Montauk.

Nick's post above had me thinking about it. The Montauk is really not set up for nighttime boating on a regular basis - rather, it is really set up for "dusk and dawn" applications - just before sunrise on the way out to sea, and just after sunset on the way back to the slip.

Operation in true darkness is brutal with the OEM setup.


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