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Old 06-25-2011, 10:22 AM
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I'm thinking about buying this boat, but it might weigh more than I can tow. What does it weigh, or how can I find out?

17.5 ft 2002 Fiber Skiff (knock off of a Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser)
2006 Eveinrude Etec motor 90 HP 2 stroke
09 Sportline trailer with the Eliminator Torsion Axle

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Old 06-25-2011, 10:28 AM
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you did not list length of boat, and i'm guessing single axel. with a single axel trailer your at 3500lbs. max in just about all cases. that set-up will probably weigh in less. brakes on trailer?
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its a 17 and ~1/2 ft boat. Single axle. I need to find out about brakes.
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Go to the manufacturer's website and get the hull dry weight. Go to evinrude site and get engine weight, add weight for the trailer, add about 7.5 lbs per gallon your tank will hold and throw in 300 lbs for all the crap you drag along with you on the water.
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Go to the manufacturer's website and get the hull dry weight. Go to evinrude site and get engine weight, add weight for the trailer, add about 7.5 lbs per gallon your tank will hold and throw in 300 lbs for all the crap you drag along with you on the water.
Found the weight for the motor ~ 330 lb. Can't find a website for the hull manufacturer, but the Carolina Skiff it is modeled after is 550 lb. I can't find anything on the trailer, though. How much would an aluminum trailer for a 17.5 ft boat weigh? Either way, it sounds like I'm going to be under my 2400 lb max. . . .
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Found the weight for the motor ~ 330 lb. Can't find a website for the hull manufacturer, but the Carolina Skiff it is modeled after is 550 lb. I can't find anything on the trailer, though. How much would an aluminum trailer for a 17.5 ft boat weigh? Either way, it sounds like I'm going to be under my 2400 lb max. . . .
You sound in decent shape....
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What are you towing it with?
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17' Carolina skiff weighs over 1700#. If that is what your boat weighs you should be over 2400#'s with everything included.
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1) I'm towing with a 2003 Subaru Outback. My owner's manual says I'm safe up to 2400 lbs as long as I have trailer brakes.

2) I got my weight estimate for a Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 175 17' from nada. It says 550 lbs. I thought this was a reliable source. Am I mistaken? http://www.nadaguides.com/Boats/2000...dard-Equipment

Far as I can tell, I'm good to go. . . .I just don't know anything about how to select the right trailer brakes, but I can learn that, too. Any tips there?
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I've seen too many guys launching their boats with trucks too small to tow them or right at the limit slide down a boat ramp. My advice, get a bigger truck. But that's just me.
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as i told my neighbor with a similar situation; you'll probably be fine as long as the driver and passengers walk beside the tow vehicle while pulling the boat and hand-carry all the stuff you're planning on using once you get on the water.

in short- it's all the additional stuff that pushes one over the safe towing limits.
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Towing anything regularly with a Subaru Outback is not the best. You might have power and traction issues at the ramp. I understand it's awd but that is not a heavy car. Being light is bad for hauling a boat up a wet ramp.

Most single axle trailers do not have brakes because they are not required.
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Go to the manufacturer's website and get the hull dry weight. Go to evinrude site and get engine weight, add weight for the trailer, add about 7.5 lbs per gallon your tank will hold and throw in 300 lbs for all the crap you drag along with you on the water.
if your wife boats with you add another 500# for stuff she cannot leave the house without.

I would venture 3,000# for a fiberglass 17' boat on a trailer.. Minimum 3500# capacity trailer. Assuming you don't plan to put an ATV, motorcycle and luggage on it while towing it around. MOst minivans can tow 3500#. Most small SUV's cannot tow more'n 2000#.
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I'm going to do two things before I buy this boat: 1) I'm going to take it to a truck stop and weigh it to make sure I'm under the Subaru max capacity of 2400 lbs, and 2) I'm going to attempt pulling the boat out of the water up a slick ramp with my car.

Can't afford to buy another car or truck right now, so if it doesn't work I'll have to keep shopping. Any other ideas on tests to try?
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I gotta say. . . ya'll are really giving me second thoughts about this boat. Maybe I need to keep looking.
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took it to the local farm supply place today and weighed it. Boat, motor, + trailer = 2160 lbs. No way I can keep it under the Subaru max hauling weight of 2400 lbs by the time I load it down. Too bad, because I really liked that boat. I guess I'll just have to keep shopping!
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Having to pass on a boat because of towing weight is somehow especially heart-rending...
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