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SMayer posted 12-18-2000 08:58 PM ET (US)   Profile for SMayer   Send Email to SMayer  
The bow light lense on my 1981 Montauk has become frosted. My local dealer tells me that the bow light was changed in 1984, and that BW no longer makes any lenses for this light. We've searched for an after market lense that would fit without success. Does anyone know where I might find one?
whalerron posted 12-18-2000 10:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
I had to replace the bow light on my 1969 Minot because it actually fell off during a rough outing in the Chesapeake Bay. I was able to buy the whole bow light assembly from Baltimore Chris Craft in Glen Burnie, MD. They are a Whaler dealer. The new light looks almost exactly like the original but it was about 50 or 60 bucks if I remember correctly. You simply will not be able to find a replacement lens for your light unless you have some very very good friends at Perko who are willing to make you one.

- ron

Smitty posted 12-22-2000 07:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Smitty  Send Email to Smitty     
Back in the early 90's a article appeared in Classic Whaler about a company that made replacement lenses for the bow light. I think they stopped making that particular lens. Maybe if enough people got together they could bring it back. When I bought some they were part# 1820, but this has changed also.
Alioop posted 12-22-2000 07:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Alioop  Send Email to Alioop     
Back about 5-6 years ago I searched all over for a replacement for my bow light for my Montauk.I bought the newer lens after not being able to find the correct one.I used a dremel and a bench grinder to make the new style fit the old lamp.I do not remember exactly what and how much grinding had to be done,but I do remember it turned out great,all you have to lose is the cost of the new lens. I also updated the lamp socket from the old style bulb.
rwest posted 12-23-2000 06:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for rwest  Send Email to rwest     
I too have been looking for a light and the bow chock assembly under it. Found one at a Whaler dealer but it is about $200 total for all parts. I contacted Perko to check about buying the light assembly and chock. No go. They only do it for Whaler to resell. They also told me that the old style light was deicontinued as it did not meet some federal specification on the light. They now make a light the same size aas the older one but it is VERY light weight compared to the older one. Not sure how it will hold up to salt water. It is supposed to fit onto the bow chock assembly the same as the older one. Anyone out there tried it? The new light lists for about $20 vs $65 for the older one.
Dick posted 12-23-2000 10:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
There a two bow lights used by Whaler. The one made by Perko for Whaler is chrome plated cast bronze and very heavy duty, and is used only on the Montauk. The other is a light weight stainless steel that looks similar. The new Montauk light will fit the older boats. Haven't worked at the Whaler dealer for awhile but as I remember the replacement Montauk light is about $70.00 the stainless steel light about $25.00.
whalernut posted 12-23-2000 08:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Dick, it must have been awhile since you worked for Whaler.The new Montauk bow chock style bow light cost about $150-200! Ouch. I have checked on this and so have others. I have a 73` `16 Currituck and I have the basic bow light-original without the bow chock. I was looking to replace it with the bow chock style, but not at that steep of a price. If mine ever gets smashed or broken then maybee I will fork the dough out or maybee just use a basic Perco replacement, mine already lookes like their basic light. Regards-Jack Graner.
Dick posted 12-23-2000 08:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
You are correct, the complete assembly runs between $150 & $200. I was talking about the light only without the base & bollards.
SMayer posted 12-23-2000 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for SMayer  Send Email to SMayer     
Thanks for the responses, guys! Obviously I'm not the first Montauk owner to experience this problem. I've been to several dealers now looking for something I could maybe retrofit by using the Dremel and grinding method. No luck, yet. The thought of replacing it with something cheap makes me sick. But, I'm not ready to fork over $60-$100 for a repair that only requires a $10 lens.
The frosting is on the port side and really doesn't obstruct the light too much. The starboard side, however, has faded to the point where the light appears yellow instead of green. I am considering painting the starboard side with green automotive touch-up paint. Has anybody tried this? If so, what color? What brand? I don't want somethig that will be too dark or break down from the heat from the bulb.
Thanks again for the help.
Dick posted 12-23-2000 09:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
If you have a Whaler dealer in your area he should be able to order the replacement lens for the new light and then you can adapt.
What part of the USA are you located in?
SMayer posted 12-23-2000 11:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for SMayer  Send Email to SMayer     

I'm in the San Antonio, TX area. Sail and Ski is the only Whaler dealer around, except for maybe one in Corpus Christi. They want to sell me a whole new light. If you know somewhere else close by, let me know.


Dick posted 12-23-2000 11:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
click on Redmond and then parts.
Used to be the parts manager there and was usualy able to get anthing anybody wanted.
Don't know if they sill go the extra mile but give it a try.
By the way this is in the Seattle Wa area.
compounder posted 01-29-2001 03:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for compounder  Send Email to compounder     
SMayer, did you ever find a satisfactory solution to your problem? My lense is fogged also and I would like to replace it.
triblet posted 01-29-2001 03:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
How about repolishing it?

The anchor lite on my Montauk was looking
a little milky, so I polished it with liquid
car wax, (NuFinish) which contains a VERY
fine abrasive. I used a combination of elbow
grease and a Dremel tool with a felt
polishing wheel. It took less than an hour.


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