I'm gearing up for my 3rd season as owner of a 1974 Montauk 17. I purchased the boat from its original owner who decided to retire from boating at the age of 83. In December of 2000 I upgraded the original Johnson 50 with an oil injected 70 hp Johnson. Although mechanically reliable, the 50 proved to be a bit sluggish when the boat was fully loaded with fuel, fishing gear and two adults. As for construction, the boat is built like a tank. It rides a bit hard in choppy conditions but you can't beat the quality of construction. This boat is over 25 years old and there are very few stress cracks in the glass. The rails and handholds are still amazingly solid as well. Fishing and cruising the northern end of Long Island Sound, Montauk Point, and points north, I've encountered 3-5' seas and always felt safe. The high bow and gunwale rails and the unsinkable construction add to the feeling of security. My boat has the optional raised foredeck with double fish boxes. While this setup provides for a better bait casting platform and storage, you lose the seat in front of the console. For all intents and purposes this is a two person boat and geared toward fishing. If that's your goal. The Montauk 17 is hard to beat, literally.
Recommend this product?