Scott - Prepping to start

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Scott - Prepping to start

Postby Scott G » Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:33 am

Hi guys,

Scott here, been stalking the forum for awhile and am ready to pull the trigger and start building a boat (even have the wife’s blessing).

Been debating between a Belle Isle and a 19’ Barrel Back. The Belle Isle is the boat I want to build but I’m concerned about space as my garage is only 28’ deep and a 23’ boat on a trailer is cutting it pretty close.

Qestion, I see that there is an option to get a second set of plans, is this a worthwhile investment or are they not needed?

Anyways, looking forward to the challenge, giving myself a 3-4 year timeline and a $40k budget for the build. I’ll make sure to document with lots of pictures!

Look forward to getting to know you guys throughout my build,

Scott
St. Petersburg, FL

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Re: Scott - Prepping to start

Postby Bill Edmundson » Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:53 am

Scott

Welcome. You could build the Belle in 28'. I have a stretched Tahoe (20'-6"). My trailer length is 27'. To get the tongue weight right, the engine has to be almost over the axles. That sets the boat pretty far back on the trailer.

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Re: Scott - Prepping to start

Postby Scott G » Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:25 am

Thanks Bill, that’s what I was hoping to hear! Belle Isle it is then...

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Re: Scott - Prepping to start

Postby Bill Edmundson » Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:43 am

Scott

Put the bow on the door end. You can work on the bow most of the time like that. If you need more room open the door. This also puts the boat in position when it's time to put it on the trailer.

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Re: Scott - Prepping to start

Postby billy c » Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:43 am

Welcome Scott
The Belle is a nice build. I think in the end you will appreciate the larger boat. Should fit OK in your space and as Bill said bow out and door open would be the way to set up your build.
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Re: Scott - Prepping to start

Postby Roberta » Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:12 pm

I think the second set of plans is also a good idea. They can get pretty beat up and also handy to have the second set.

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Re: Scott - Prepping to start

Postby Scott G » Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:58 pm

Appreciate all the input guys!

I will make sure I start my build with the bow towards the door.

I’m planning on ordering my plans ( with the extra set) next week when I get back from vacation.

Really looking forward to getting started!

Scott

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Re: Scott - Prepping to start

Postby Hercdrvr » Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:45 pm

You’ll be fine on space. I’m building a 20’ Barrelback in a 20’ garage. Wish I had the room for a Belle isle.

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Re: Scott - Prepping to start

Postby neel thompson » Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:57 am

Scott,,, You should try to make it to the Glen-L Gathering in Tennessee in September. There should be a beautiful Bell Isle there for you to check out and grab a ride in. By September you should have a bunch of questions --- Bring your questions with you.... Best of luck with your build..... Neel


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