A new site for SCRED

This new site is mostly a migration of information from Scred’s old site – the old hosting service is shutting down.

Almost all the old site’s information is here. The only section I haven’t been able to transfer is the old and long closed guestbook section.

I’ve updated some pages:

  • updating links that were broken and noted where referenced www-sites, pictures and videos are no longer available (not all of what is placed in the Internet is forever).
  • Favorites page: removed no longer active sites, refreshed links and added a few new items.
  • The long ‘dead’ slideshow tour of Screds cockpit lockers and cabin spaces is again working.

I hope the information shared here is helpful – especially for folks interested in the Montgomery 15. For me it was fun reviewing the old BLOG posts from more than 11 years ago – WOW!

Who to call when there is an EMERGENCY on your boat

Here is a link to a great discussion about use of VHF v. a cell phone when there is a boating emergency –


a ‘snip’ from the article –

Even though VHF-FM radios are not required by law to be carried on board a boat, Sens and Pagels [both with the Fifth Coast Guard District] recommend all recreational boaters, even in the smallest vessels, not leave the dock without VHF-FM and use it at the first sign of distress. Calling 911 with a cell phone should not be ruled out in case of an emergency, but both experts agree that using a VHF-FM for distress calls is a surer way to get the help you need, faster. carry those VHFs!

How many M15s and M17s were built?

Jerry Montgomery has shared some ‘M-boat’ history –

M-17- # of boats made:

1973     7 boats

1974     44 boats

75           32 boats incl 2 flushdecks

76           44 boats incl 2 flushdecks

77           43 boats incl 4 flushdecks

78           19 boats incl 1 flushdeck

79 and 80- 42 boats

81           19 boats

82           20 boats

83           20 boats, slowly dropping after that.

(Note the big drop in 75 and 78- these were the two oil crises!  Note that production was reduced from one per week to one boat per two weeks; several of these years we shut down between Thanksgiving to New Year’s due to lack of business.   Interesting times.  (‘m astounded that we first started the 17 tooling in early Spring and shipped the first boat in October.  Impossible!  7 months!

That’s what happens when you have lots of good help working on tooling 40 hours a week, which was easy to come by in Costa Mesa in those days.  The big companies were laying off people).

M-15:   Started tooling in June 81, two of us made the plugs working nites and weekends, guys in the mold shop did most of the finishing and mold-making.  We finished the first boat Oct of the same year.  Again, amazing what lots of help can do.  5 months!

1980       11 boats

81           78 boats

82           41 boats

83           34 boats

84           38 boats

85           32 boats, slowly dropping after that.

Intereasting to note that the high point in national production was in 74, just before the first gas crunch.  The high in numbers of non-aux sailboats was 121K boats if my memory is correct, and by the mid 80’s it was below 10K.  Few of us were smart enough to figure out what was happening for years! (damn- looks like we’re having another bad year.  Maybe next year).  In the meantime builders were dropping like flies.

In Oct 83 I changed the port seat locker to like the 17; cut out the box for access into a bilge locker.  Way better, but cost more to build.  Decided to do that after my first crossing of the Gulf in a 15- because it became very obvious that the extra storage was worth its weight in gold.

Summer 85; # 335, Added 50 lbs of trim ballast forward, making total of 75, then changed 50 of that to a steel plate to make more room for those who wanted to install an elect pkg.

The notebook had sat in various boxes in various places for almost 30 years and is quite tattered and some of the info was indecipherable, but it beats my memory!  It’s been  quite a trip.


two monty boats in the front yard

been some time since the last posting here in Scred’s blog.  been busy with the new M17 – sweet pea (see http://m17-375.com).

moved Scred from her winter storage location to the house.  she sits pretty next to her big sister.  you look at this two boats when next to each other and you can tell … same build of boat.

have been watching folks drive buy and these two ladies are causing a bit of ‘rubber necking’.

– dave

sailing england by turning left

for the past year i have followed a small boat sailer’s travels around england by ‘turning left’.  dylan winter keeps a ‘video log’ of his travels around england.  all are interesting and well produced. (dylan has an edge as he is a professional video producer and radio journalist.)

the first few updates for ’09 and 2008’s travels –


all future updates will be posted here –

http://www.youtube.com/user/dylanwinter1 (the sailing updates are located in ‘www.keepturningleft.co.uk‘)


– dave

new main raised & SCA v. IM

raised Scred’s new main today.

looks good!  marked the locations for the second reef’s boom hardware.  will pop-rivit everything in place in a few days.

the only other ‘at the boat’ excitement was adding air to the trailer tires.  yes, like i said, exciting.

Scred attracted two neighbors while she was in the street.  one cannot take a Mboat in public without attracting attention.

over the past week i’ve been varnishing the new hatchboards.  taking some time between coats as the weather has, until the last three days, been cold.  two days at least for a coat of varnish to dry in the garage.

weather these past three days has been SPRING.  sunny and reached 70 degrees yesterday.  maybe the season has finally changed? 

Small Craft Advisor (SCA) and International Marine (IM) seem to be fighting.  the current issue of SCA (#57) comment from the editor states that IM canceled all advertising because of an article publish in the last issue (#56, Capsize at Clipper Cove).  the article of controversy contained details on a potter 15 turning turtle.  seems IM has had possible boat purchasers change their minds after reading the story.  i’m with SCA on this – the article talks about general safety and that all small craft can be swamped.  in this case the boat was an P15; and could have easily been one of many small trailer sailers.  poor choice on IM’s part IMO.  you can read comments on the issue on SCA’s forum; and in trailersailor.com’s general and west wright potter forums.

back in my ‘what boat to buy’ period i found photos of a P15 turning turtle –


the goal is still to ‘splash’ Scred in a few weeks.  all ‘projects’ are on schedule to meet this goal!

– dave

just a few things

Over the past few weeks my task list of winter ’08-’09 projects for Scred has seen little progress. I did visit her this past weekend and completed the wood working for the 1/2-hatchboard that will hold the GPS and VHF. I’m now spending a few minutes each day putting a coat of varnish on these new hatchboards.

The new main and boom have returned to Scred. The weather has been poor so I’ve not pulled the boat out of the garage. Need headroom for raising the mast, and the main, in order to locate the new boom hardware for the second reef point. My goal to splash the boat in mid-April so I may need to do the final stage of the ‘new main’ project in the rain.

The days are much longer now � which means the lawn is once again growing. Mowed the yard and pulled weeds in the decorative beds today. Yard work is much like doing boat projects � you feel good once the work is done; you know you will need to do the task again in a short time; and there are always more/new projects to complete!

– Dave

Currently Reading:
THE GREY (Gray) SEAS UNDER – The Hazards and Triumphs of the Deep-Sea Salvage Tug Foundation Franklin
By Farley Mowat

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