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GreatBayNH posted 04-21-2007 04:07 PM ET (US)   Profile for GreatBayNH   Send Email to GreatBayNH  
I thought I'd share my handy work this weekend. ?action=view¤t=NewVHFRadioandHourMeter.jpg&slideshow=true& interval=3

New toys added to my 2006 Montauk 170:
1) Standard Horizon PS1000 VHF radio
2) Hour Meter
3) 2 - Tempo PBW 12 gallon above deck fuel tanks
4) 2 stainless steel rail mount rod holders
5) Boat cover (not Mills)


gorji posted 04-21-2007 04:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for gorji  Send Email to gorji     
Nice job.
I see two garmin GPSs'? Is that an antenna or radar?
GreatBayNH posted 04-21-2007 04:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH     
The Garmin to the left is a Garmin GPSMAP162 with external antenna (mounted to the console grab rail above the unit)
The Garmin to the right is a Garmin Fishfinder 140.


Feejer posted 04-22-2007 02:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     
Nice setup. I'm taking mine to the dealer this weekend for a check up. I'm also going to have them install the same radio. Which antenna did you go with? I'm adding a battery switch and a new AGM battery (group 24)
GreatBayNH posted 04-22-2007 06:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH     
No antenna yet. That will be this week or next. I'm going with a GAM Electronics antenna on an extention mast. The article on this with more detail can be found at


GreatBayNH posted 04-22-2007 06:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH     
Purchase and install the radio yourself. It's too easy not to. You'll save enough to buy another toy for your new boat in the process.


Feejer posted 04-22-2007 07:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     
Thanks, I would if the CC was a little larger I would. My last boat had a console I could sit it in. I'm getting to that time in life I would rather pay another person to do the job. As long as they do it right.
GreatBayNH posted 04-22-2007 07:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH     
And you know what they say about wanting something done right... :-)

If holes are going to be drilled, I want them to be where I want them. I filled in drill holes from the first (and last) installation done by a thrid party. I'm very particular about my new, expensive, boat. That's why I love this site. Search the "wave" twice, drill/cut once.


Mel Wallace posted 04-23-2007 09:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mel Wallace  Send Email to Mel Wallace     
Your floor looks very clean. What do you use?
GreatBayNH posted 04-23-2007 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH     
Thank you Mel. I'd have to say that the boat being so new (2006) has a lot to do with it. I'm pretty particular about my new toys though so I religiously clean the boat after every use. I believe I've been using Star brite
Non-Skid Deck Cleaner on the deck only because it was one of the non-skid cleaners at my local West Marine that I didn't feel somewhat sore in the behind after purchasing.

Thanks again for looking!


jenkinsph posted 04-23-2007 01:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for jenkinsph  Send Email to jenkinsph     
Seth, nice clean boat great installation and pics. That is what is so cool about this forum. Enjoy!!!


GreatBayNH posted 04-23-2007 07:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH     
Thanks Steve. I will enjoy if the weather keeps up. It was in the 80's today!

My next mission is to find the same footman loops that the boat came with to secure the second Tempo 12 gallon PBW tank to the deck. I used up the 4 the boat came with on the first tank. West Marine sells only expensive "fancy" footman loops at 8 USD a pop!


gbcbu posted 04-25-2007 09:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for gbcbu  Send Email to gbcbu     
Great looking boat and great job on the install, Seth.
Have you tried to carry one of the tanks filled?

Launched my 170 over the weekend

GreatBayNH posted 04-25-2007 11:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH     
I'm still trying to get footman loops to tie down the second tank. Then I will fill them. I think I read on this site a full 12 gallon tank is around 75 pounds. Should be interesting. The good news is once they both filled I won't have to worry about gas for awhile.


GreatBayNH posted 04-28-2007 08:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH     
I took the Montauk out for the 2007 season shakedown cruise today. Before setting sail I filled one of the 12 gallon PBW Tempo tanks and it was no problem lifting the tank on board. I actually took the tank to the gas station via my van. Once filled an and back at the house I carried it from the van, through the house, over the back yard, and into the boat. It wasn't fun but it was doable.
highanddry posted 04-29-2007 03:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for highanddry  Send Email to highanddry     
I looked at your pics and it is a nice boat. I might ask why you did not use the blank space on the console for one of your sonars/GPS? Why do you prefer both up on the top shelf?
GreatBayNH posted 04-29-2007 10:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH     
The "blank space" tentatively reserved for a PolyPlanar water proof stereo. The devices on the dash are a fishfinder and GPS. The GPS is rather old so when I ugrade (not if) I may just have a GPS/Fishfinder combo up there. If I had flush mounted one of those devices on the "blank space" on the dash, assuming they would even fit, I'd be the proud owner of a huge hole in my dash that would have little use except to house the device I mounted for all time. Not a smart move in my opinion.


GreatBayNH posted 04-29-2007 10:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH     
Moreover, if flush mounted on the dash, only a seated person would have a clear view of the device screen. I drive my boat standing up 99.44% of the time.


highanddry posted 04-30-2007 12:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for highanddry  Send Email to highanddry     
I was just asking. One way to close a hole is to cut the perimeter of the console "mounting area" and leaving about 1.5 to 2 inch surrounding glass construct an aluminum plate using 6061 aluminum. You can paint it, anodize it or polish it. Mount with stainless screws into nutplates for easy removal and servicing of the electronics. I have done this on other boats and may eventualy on my Nantucket. The resulting panel is very nice and of course can be updated anytime by simply cutting another panel. A clever person could even shock mount this subpanel if they wanted.

Very nice boat, yes, I think you would enjoy a combo unit like the new Humminbird 797c2 SI with preloaded navionics charts, side scan and standard dual frequency sonar.


GreatBayNH posted 04-30-2007 07:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH     
I like the idea of a removable panel. One could match it with the black panel at the helm to make it look stock. I've yet to see anyone with that mod but I think you're on to something there.


GreatBayNH posted 05-04-2007 03:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH     
was able to get 4 more OEM footman's loops from my BW dealer today. With them I installed the second 12 Gallon PBW tank. I'm thinking now that they are both in place that an RPS access hatch is no longer going to be a luxury, but a necessity. It's a tight fit in there boy. It will be fun to switch the fuel hose under pressure. I hope I don't run out of gas in a strong incoming or outgoing current. Of course looking at the gas gauge on the tank is impossibility as well. I'm getting an access hatch even if the wife divorces me for the added expense. It WILL save my life someday I guarantee it.
GreatBayNH posted 05-08-2007 09:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH     
I just finished installing the jimh suggested GAM SS-2 antenna and ADAP II from GAM Electronics on a Shakespeare 498 50 inch extension mast. The sun set on me so I still need to tie wrap the antenna cable and tighten a few screws but I was able to test the radio for the first time. The radio is a Standard Horizon PS-1000 "black box" unit.
I'm inland about 3/4 mile off the coast but was able to pick up some boat traffic on channel 16 for the short time I had the radio on. The weather channel came in loud and clear. I'm loving life!

Here is a link to some images I took after sunset, just after the installation. Sorry for the night time pictures. Once the sun is up and the installation is 100 complete I maye upload some more images to this same link.

GAM Electronics SS-2 antenna installation on a 2006 Montauk 170


GreatBayNH posted 05-08-2007 09:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH
Hal Watkins posted 05-15-2007 10:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hal Watkins  Send Email to Hal Watkins     
Having just taken posseion of a new 170, the dealer offered little in the way of advice on how best to position engine during 100 mile trailoring. Of course the Mercury has the flip-up lock system and that is how I have transported so far. Seth, how have you addressed this and if you have installed a transom saver bar show pics of how you secured it to the trailer...Thanx, Hal of Waseca, MN
GreatBayNH posted 05-15-2007 10:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH     
When I took delivery from they dealer thay had the flip-up lock system in place so I assumed that was the way I should be trailering. It wasn't until I read the manual that I discovered it is not a good way to trailer since there is no "give" with the engine against the transom if you hit a bump, etc. The manual recommends you lower the engine as low as you are comforatble with. This makes sense to me since it's in the same position when underway. I have not installed any after market products relating to my engine and tralering.


gbcbu posted 05-19-2007 07:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for gbcbu  Send Email to gbcbu     
I know this goes a little off point of the original post, however, I have benefited from your reference to the position of the motor when trailering. I reviewed the manual section and must say that when I picked up my boat I was told just the opposite. As a matter of fact I made a big deal of it because the motor was so low to the ground while on the trailer when in the run position and this site had many discussions about motor supports when trailering, that's when the tilt support on my 90HP Merc was pointed out to me. It was explicity stated that additional support is not needed. Thanks for saving the engine titlt support. Fortunately I haven't pulled the boat out for a "road trip". Now before I get slammed for not fully reading the manual I need to say I glossed over the 1/2 page reference because it was discussed at the time I picked up the boat and I had about 2" of reading material covering boat, motor,trailer, safety etc. I'm still reading the material...thanks to this site...
highanddry posted 05-19-2007 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for highanddry  Send Email to highanddry     
Useing a large flat tip screwdriver release the pressure fromthe engine tilt. Then lift the engine by hand and insertt a 2X4 into the bracket.We have done this since before I could talk, never failed. it gets the engine up high enough most of the time and as to the transom--don't worry about it. Do not use the tilt lock, that is for lifting the engine on the water or tempoary lifting--not trailering.

When ready to launch drop the 2X4 out, retighten the engine lift bleed screw, lift the engine with the power tilt as needed for launching--etc.

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