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Old 05-02-2015, 05:38 PM   #1
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Been considering selling my 17' flats boat and getting a 15' or 16' welded hull aluminum stick steer boat. Probably end up with 40 or 50 hp outboard rigged with bow mount electric motor, etc.
Anybody have a similar type of boat who has weighted their rig and has a gross weight on such a package.... either with or without trailer.
Just one of the factors I am considering as I think this over.
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Old 05-02-2015, 06:53 PM   #2
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Can't help on weight. Only input I can give is (having had an 18'er) is even with a ripple, they tend to be pretty noisy. If your type fishing needs stealth, you may want to reconsider. If not, a good one is a low maintenance, rugged boat ( mine was a LakeSport). The ride in a bay chop was not "pleasing" either.
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Old 05-02-2015, 11:31 PM   #3
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got a friend with a 17 ft / 70 horse
said it only weighs about 800 lbs I got a 89 harley weighs about 850lbs
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Old 05-02-2015, 11:46 PM   #4
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Just go to some.of the manufacturers web site most have the weights listed
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Old 05-03-2015, 04:42 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies so far. I'm still looking for some actual real world weights for this type of boat.

After quite a few years of running RV's and many years of boating (including several years as a boat dealer), I have learned to be quite un-trusting of manufactures weight numbers. They don't seem to publish weight numbers with any type of conformity. For example, one manufacturer may weigh their hull or motorhome/travel trailer, etc as a bare unit without any optional equipment at all.... including things such as heavier gauge plate for hull bottom, no decks, etc which can add up to a considerable difference from the one you may see sitting on a trailer fully rigged. That can certainly make a difference in boat handling, ride, safe passenger capacity, draft, towing weight, stability, etc, etc.

RV's are even worse as some publish weights without any options at all such as awnings, higher quality options for furniture, etc, larger a/c, smaller tires and wheels, without any fluids such as fuel, water, lp, etc... and that can lead to a multitude of problems such as handling, fuel consumption, tire life and safety, towing capacity, cargo carrying capacity, etc.

Just about every boat or RV I have had has been weighed on a scale... including with RV's weights on each axle, side to side weights, etc. to determine things such as correct tire pressures needed for that load for both safety, tire life, better ride, maintaining lower tire temps, etc. While this is absolutely true for a RV, it also holds true for boats but maybe in a more limited way. Example would be if you just simply pump a trailer tire to the pressure on the sidewall of the tire and not to a correct pressure to carry the load safely, you will probably have the tire over inflated and beat the crap out of your boat, trailer and all the equipment.

So.... anybody out there who has a good accurate weight on a 15' or 16' welded hull, stick steer aluminum boat with a 40 or 50 hp engine pretty well rigged out (trolling motor, batteries, etc). I will really appreciate any and all replies.

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Old 05-03-2015, 07:26 PM   #6
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Capt Joe,

I am looking to buy a 16-17ft aswell for the sole reason of having an option (other than my bass boat) to pull to Pensacola with me.

I am looking at the ones at Backwoods landing in north alabama. I am not affiliated so do not think I am pushing them, they just have good, cheap options (it seems) they have been very helpful with my questions if you want to give them a call and ask or look them up on facebook.

I have a 1542 alumacraft with a 25hp yamaha. Wish I could tell you the weight, all i know is that it is light enough two men can lift the back and someone can drive the trailer out from under it in a field to work on trailer.
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