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MightyTerrapin posted 06-03-2002 11:06 AM ET (US)   Profile for MightyTerrapin   Send Email to MightyTerrapin  
I was wondering if anyone has experience replacing the rubber tank mats on the Montauk's. It looks like they are riveted into the hull, which could make removal/replacement tricky.
The mats need to be replaced because my twin 6 gallon yamaha tanks would occasionally build up enough pressure to leak fuel through the cap, then the mats would bake in the hot sun, literally disintegrating. So now I'm replacing the tanks with a Pate C24, ($382 ouch) but am not sure what to do with the whole mat situation. I've seen some people mention a material called dri-dock to use as replacement rubber mats to protect the no-skid, or would I be better off finding some new mats from Whaler dealer. And if so, how would I secure the new ones into the deck?
John O posted 06-03-2002 12:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
i just removed my matts on 88 Newtauk. I drilled out the rivots and CAREFYLLY popped the washer off with a large flat head screwdriver. I filled the holes with Marine Tex and noe have to figure a way to refasten the new matts. may rivot in a different spot or screw.
jstachowiak posted 06-03-2002 12:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for jstachowiak  Send Email to jstachowiak     
I bought garage door seals from Lowes. They are hard plastic about 1/4" thick and 3" wide and 8 feet long with a soft, 1" rubber lip. I soliconed the entire strip and screwed the rubber lip to the floor. I used three, one on each end and one in the middle of my 25 gallon aluminum tank under the console. These get the tank off the floor enough so you can wash under the tank.

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