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Old 02-09-2014, 02:54 PM
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Default Weights of fiberglass boats vs. aluminum boats

Got a chance at a couple nice 17' fiberglass bass boats w/ 150hp motors but don't think I have enough truck to pull them. Been pulling around the last couple years a 16' SeaArk aluminum boat Evinrude 40hp with a Ford Ranger 4.0 engine. It's done good with this boat but not sure about these fiberglass boat. Most of the pulling has been with the tranny out of overdrive.

Anyone pulling a 'glass boat with a Ranger? How did it do pulling it out at the ramp?
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Old 02-09-2014, 03:44 PM
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19' Charger is no issue at all.

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Old 02-19-2014, 06:29 AM
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Default Re: Weights of fiberglass boats vs. aluminum boats

Surprisingly enough, just because a boat is aluminum doesn't equate to lighter. The only way to really know is to add up everything. Boat hull, trailer, motor everything on board and fuel. I towed a 21' center console that just topped 5000 lbs fully loaded with two batteries, trolling motor, gear and 75 gallons of fuel. No issues at all. Boats tend to be more stable because of the weight distribution and the long distance to the trailer axles. Just make sure you set it up with the proper amount of tongue weight.
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Old 02-19-2014, 03:57 PM
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[QUOTE="Racinbob;2032354"]Surprisingly enough, just because a boat is aluminum doesn't equate to lighter. The only way to really know is to add up everything. Boat hull, trailer, motor everything on board and fuel. I towed a 21' center console that just topped 5000 lbs fully loaded with two batteries, trolling motor, gear and 75 gallons of fuel. No issues at all. Boats tend to be more stable because of the weight distribution and the long distance to the trailer axles. Just make sure you set it up with the proper amount of tongue weight.[/QUOTE/)

Hope you were not towing this with a Ranger as the hitch capacity is only 3500lbs.
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Old 02-19-2014, 04:22 PM
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Surprisingly enough, just because a boat is aluminum doesn't equate to lighter. The only way to really know is to add up everything. Boat hull, trailer, motor everything on board and fuel. I towed a 21' center console that just topped 5000 lbs fully loaded with two batteries, trolling motor, gear and 75 gallons of fuel. No issues at all. Boats tend to be more stable because of the weight distribution and the long distance to the trailer axles. Just make sure you set it up with the proper amount of tongue weight.[/QUOTE/)

Hope you were not towing this with a Ranger as the hitch capacity is only 3500lbs.

My 07 Ranger 2.3L supercab has the factory towing package which is a class 3 rated at 8000 lbs. Class 3 hitches are rated at 8000 lbs, but my trucks capacity is nowhere near that.
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Old 02-19-2014, 06:11 PM
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That 8000lb is a weight distributing rating not off the ball. A Superduty factory 2.5 inch hitch when using the sleeve to adapt it to a 2 inch hitch is only good for 6000lb off the ball.
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