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boat weight

Post by Brian » Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:54 pm

Does anyone have a combined boat and trailer weight for any woody design between 20 and 30 feet? I'm trying to get a better estimate of my 28' Monte Carlo, so that I'm sure my tow rig is appropriate. I had assumed Matson would have weighed it when they shipped it to CA, but apparently, they just took my estimate of 5,000#. If it is that or less, I am fine. If it is much more, I need to add a weight distributing system to my hitch.

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Re: boat weight

Post by Bill Edmundson » Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:19 pm

Brian
Would have to know engine, trailer steel or aluminum, any special item, and do you pack things in the boat?
How big is the tank?

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Re: boat weight

Post by Brian » Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:10 pm

The engine is 1,100 lbs, the trailer is steel (dual wheel), and there is nothing in the boat. 28 feet, beam 7'6". Enough for a close estimate?

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Re: boat weight

Post by Brian » Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:10 pm

The fuel tanks are 24 gal each, but empty.

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Re: boat weight

Post by JimmY » Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:23 am

Can you get it to a local junk/scrap metal yard? They usually have scales for weighing vehicles/trailers
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Re: boat weight

Post by Roberta » Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:29 am

My 19.5 foot Torpedo weighed in at just under 4400lbs. This was weighed on my Loadmaster tandem axle trailer with no fuel on board. The boat was about 3000lbs. while the trailer was about 1400lbs.

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Re: boat weight

Post by Bill Edmundson » Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:18 am

Brian

My guess for your boat: Hull 1500#, deck & interior 1500#, engine 1100#, fuel 300#, mlsc. gear 100#, trailer 2000#= towing weight 6500#.
+80#/battery.

My 20-6 Tahoe tows at 2800#-2900#. Single axle aluminum trailer, 700# engine, and 26 gal. Diesel, two batteries.

PM John Amunsen he has about the same rig as you.

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Re: boat weight

Post by Roberta » Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:26 am

Not sure what you are towing with, but we tow with a Ford Expedition. It has a Class IV hitch with 9600 lbs max towing capacity. If I remember correctly, our tongue weight is about 400-500 lbs. Most of the weight should balance on the tandem wheels, putting the engine over them. Slight adjustments forward or aft helps achieve the best tongue weight.

The picture I posted is older and we have since moved the boat slightly forward to increase the tongue weight. Be careful with what size tow vehicle you use. You don't want to be too close to the Gross Towing Weight. Our Explorer, when loaded, was only about 100 lbs below the gross combined weight and was a bit unruly with the big trailer and boat. The Expedition travels very nicely with about 3000-4000 lbs in reserve.

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Re: boat weight

Post by Bill Edmundson » Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:11 am

Tongue weight should be about 10%.

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Re: boat weight

Post by TAB » Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:41 pm

most bigger truck stops also offer scales for a small fee. they give total weights and per axle load. which is very useful with a duel axle trailers as you want the weight to be as even as possible

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Re: boat weight

Post by Hercdrvr » Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:12 am

I’d guess about 6,000lbs for a 28ft boat in tow. Any full size rig will pull it. I had 10,500 lbs behind Expedition last week, had to move the excavator around to get the tongue weight right.
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Re: boat weight

Post by psychobilly » Wed Mar 25, 2020 7:55 pm

You local truck stop has scales. That’s how I weighed my big plastic boat.

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Re: boat weight

Post by Roberta » Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:34 am

We have a sand and gravel yard nearby that has a truck scale big enough. They weighed our trailer and boat, the truck, and the combination. They thought the boat was really cool and did it for free.
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