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How can a 16.5" trailer boat be made to fit

Old 06-23-2019, 10:02 PM
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Question How can a 16.5" trailer boat be made to fit

inside a 20' two-car garage?

The boat that interests me is a Crestliner Discovery 1650 which sports a Boat/Motor/Trailer Length of 21' 6".

What are some practical ways to shoehorn this boat into the garage?

I would need to shave off at least 24" of trailer tongue to shoehorn it behind the garage door without having to park the boat inside diagonally.

There are folding or possibly detachable?? trailer tongues on the market. Swing tongues.

Is the custom trailer tongue the way to go?
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There are folding or possibly detachable?? trailer tongues on the market. Swing tongues.

Do you have "search" on your computer?
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Do you have "search" on your computer?
I must. I FOUND this site, didn't I?

I figure boat owners here have already had the experience and would be readily share their knowledge garaging their own boats.

I want to hear from YOU, not Skipper Google.
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Yes, depending on the tongue, it can be retrofitted to make it a swing-away. Something like this:

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/fulto...MaAqDNEALw_wcB
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Fulton is an easy install. Comes with a punch to center punch the holes to start your bit. If your wires and running thru the tongue, they will need to be cut/ unspliced to be feed thru the Fulton brackets. I had mine for a few years, with a few thousand miles of towing.

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Thank you, sir.

I sent my nearest Crestliner dealer the question as to if that 1650 Discover can be made to fit in a 20' garage of possible depending on what marine products are on the market to make that work.
It could be a matter of modification, parts switching or special technique in parking the trailered boat in the garage. It might even require a little Houdini magic.

Several questions are in my mind. Can the stock tongue be shortened enough by using the swing-tongue conversion kit?
One can only cut off so much tongue to put the swing joint in. The winch and landing gear of the trailer protrudes so far in front of the boat's bow. Will the position of the outboard motor, transom tilt or steered position, affect the overall length?
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Shouldn't be too much of a problem. You want the hinge point on the swinging tongue to be basically even with the nose of the boat, or as close there to as possible. The other trick that can work is to build some small ramps inside the garage to lift the rear of the boat (assuming you have the vertical clearance) which will let you fully lower the motor without the skeg hitting the ground. 2x8's work great for this.
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Park sideways?
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Originally Posted by JohnPrestonBailey View Post
inside a 20' two-car garage?

The boat that interests me is a Crestliner Discovery 1650 which sports a Boat/Motor/Trailer Length of 21' 6".

What are some practical ways to shoehorn this boat into the garage?

I would need to shave off at least 24" of trailer tongue to shoehorn it behind the garage door without having to park the boat inside diagonally.

There are folding or possibly detachable?? trailer tongues on the market. Swing tongues.

Is the custom trailer tongue the way to go?

I lived in Lawton 1993-2002. Boated in lake Lawtonka with my 18' Ebko. On real hot days I'd swim under until I hit the cool water, spread eagle and stay there as long as I could before coming up. Worked great.

So for what you want there's a few options. If the trailer has movable post and axles they can be adjusted to shorten the load. Besides cutting and installing the swining tongue you can also move the post forward. This will pull the boat forward on the trailer reducing the end overhang. After doing this the axles have to be adjusted forward to reset the tongue load or it'll push down too much on the hitch.

Good luck.
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Tongue hinge kit is inexpensive and easy to install.

https://www.etrailer.com/Folding-Tongue/Fulton/FHDPB350101.html
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Old 06-24-2019, 09:06 AM
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Dont forget to measure with the motor down and turned all the way to one side Could cut off a foot right there.
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