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LakeChamplainer
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Joined: April 27 2008
Posts: 2
Posted: December 14 2008 at 20:57 | IP Logged Quote LakeChamplainer

Anybody here figured out a good way to make it easier to remove the v-berth and cockpit tables from their posts? The bases unscrew and work fine, but where the top of the posts slide into the metal boots that are screwed to the underside of the tables sticks HARD and provokes much profanity in response. I've tried to no avail using T-111 to lunbricate the outside of the black cap on the top of the post. Any other suggestions?

Also, has the heardware on the underside of the v-berth table in anyone elses boat been reworked in a way that may have been intended to make the table easier to raise and lower?

The design of this boat is so well thought out and it's obvious that Doral paid attention to many, many details....but these tables are a royal pain. Thoughts, ideas?

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NW_Vermont
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Joined: September 14 2005
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Posted: December 15 2008 at 10:42 | IP Logged Quote NW_Vermont

I don't necessarily have an answer for you, but...

We moved from a cuddy to the Monticello because we wanted our berth set up all the time.  For sitting and visiting we used the cockpit.  We rarely removed the cockpit table.  We chose a smaller, oval shaped plastic cockpit table and put the beefy OEM cockpit table in the engine room.

I guess where I'm heading is:  Be careful what you wish for.  We had problems with the forward V-Berth fitting "popping out" when we climbed into bed.  Said another way, we weighted the aft-most part of the table/bed and pried up the front part.  It was a pain and kept occuring after we removed all hints of lube from that compression fitting.

We've spent a lot of time on our '04 Monticello so if you have any questions or looking for tips, just ask.

I don't know how many Lake Champlains there are, but if you are in NY or VT, hello, Neighbor!

NW_Vermont



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Doral Dude
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Joined: October 02 2005
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Posted: February 27 2009 at 21:25 | IP Logged Quote Doral Dude

 Haven't checked this site for some time, hence the late imput. Have experienced the same problems mentioned in both posts on our 2005 Monticello. Namely, the table is hard to remove. I found that grasping it on both sides and jiggling it back and forth sideways as I pull straight up works. However, like NW- Vermonter, we just leave it down and use the cockpit table. It becomes daytime canvass and clothing storage (duffels underneath) and my bunk at night (As we are seniors and need to use the head at night, my wife takes the aft berth and I the V - it's also easier to check the anchor if necessary).

I have noticed that one should avoid sitting on the aft part of the table as it can pop the front fitting. You get use to the quirks after a while. We did a three week circumnavigation of Georgian Bay last summer (roughly 500 S miles) and only one "pop-up".

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