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Jon posted 07-21-2000 04:48 PM ET (US)   Profile for Jon   Send Email to Jon  
Hello,

Do any of you off hand know then length of your 15' boat/trailer/OB while on the trailer? I have a meager 19' single car garage, but want to join the ranks of you Whaler nuts. Before I start, I thought I would make sure that a 15 will fit. I have enjoyed reading all of your stories.

Thanks,

Jon

Hoop posted 07-21-2000 06:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
I had a Dauntless 15 on a Calkins trailer normally used for Montauks. Overall length was probably a little over 20 feet.
Hoop, San Jose, CA
jimh posted 07-22-2000 01:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I have a 15-foot Whaler, but I have it on a rather long trailer, actually one that was sold as a "16-17" trailer, and thus it is a little longer than the absolute minimum necessary to accomodate the boat and motor.

The boat's length is under 16-feet, then the motor adds about 2 feet, so we are up to 18 feet with a few inches clearance. Now you have to fit in the winch post and tongue, and in your garage that means you only have a foot to work with... a little tight.

There are two ways around this: cut a hole in the garage for the outboard to stick out; remove part of the trailer tongue while in the garage.

You can also jam it in sideways, assuming you have a 2-car garage. I see that a lot in the neighborhood: the garage taken over by the boat and other stuff while the cars rust in the snow covered driveway.

I fit mine in my garage in the summer, but to make it in my winter storage garage--which I rent from someone with one car and a two-car garage--I have to remove the hitch from the tongue. It shaves off six inches from the overall length and just lets me fit in there.

Having a little extra length in the trailer is nice when backing down shallow ramps or when trying to back with the trailer in general (it makes manuevering easier), but every inch extra is a pain when storing.

--jimh

sport15er posted 07-22-2000 02:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for sport15er  Send Email to sport15er     
Jon, I just measured mine;('87 SuperSport,w/60 hp Evinrude, on original Cox trailer) The boat alone is 15'3", on the trailer w/ outboard it measures 19'-6"
I say but it, and remove the tongue.
Good luck.
Tom Byrum posted 07-22-2000 06:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Byrum  Send Email to Tom Byrum     
Jon you could also take it to a welding shop and have them make the tongue easily removable or have them hinge it so it will swing to the side out of the way.
Jon posted 07-22-2000 10:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jon  Send Email to Jon     
Thanks all for the advice. I am going to try to make a 15 work, even though it might be a bit tight. Time to start looking around now!

Regards,

Jon

triblet posted 07-23-2000 09:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Get a tape measure. Tounge lengths vary
dramatically.

I have a removeable tounge on my Montauk
trailer. It fits in my garage.

Chuck Tribolet

russellbailey posted 07-24-2000 09:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for russellbailey  Send Email to russellbailey     
We have a 1980 15' on a 1997 Starline float-on trailer (which works great). The trailer is big enough to hold a 17' (just in case we move up), so the tongue is longer than needed for a 15'.

We have a 2-car garage which is kind of short. My Chevy 1500 (extended cab, short-bed) will not fit inside to where I can close the door. Still, we can fit the boat on one side of the garage by angling it slightly and still use the other side for my wife's Honda Civic or our 6x12 utility trailer (which is about 8 ft wide with fenders).

If I measure a straight line, there is no way it would fit. But, if I angle it correctly, with the outboard turned a certain way, it will fit while still using only 50% of the garage. It took my brother and me about an hour to figure out how to fit it in well, and I have marked "tire-paths" to follow when I wheel it in to make sure it goes into the right spot. Easy and certain now.

So, unless you are incredibly good at spatial reckoning, you can't really tell until you get a boat in there. Anyone in your neighborhood that would let you borrow their's to see if it will fit?

I'll try to remember the measure the space it fits in. My bet is that you should be able to do it.

JB posted 07-24-2000 10:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for JB  Send Email to JB     
I have a 15'GLS on a Pacific trailer...fits into my double garage OK, even goes in front of the outside water heater (although I had to make a wooden step to easily get over the tongue)
russellbailey posted 07-25-2000 09:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for russellbailey  Send Email to russellbailey     
I measured ours last night. The boat is 15'3", the outboard adds 2 ft if it is straight, and the tongue is 4 ft long (since the trailer could really hold a 17' boat).

Add that up and you get 21' long. It fits in
our 20' garage in a 9' wide space by angling it. With a trailer for a 15' boat (about 2' shorter) it should fit easily in your garage. With a removable tongue it would fit even easier.

BD posted 07-25-2000 07:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for BD  Send Email to BD     
We have a 15' SS w/ 70Hp on it in the garage all the time. Fits with, and on trailer. My trailer is a NuWay...and I had to mess with the standard rollers to get the 15' to ride right (and to load right) but is now great. My garage is small one-car...but none of this does you any good without the tape measure huh?...I'll check when I get home from work and drop a follow up...
BD posted 07-26-2000 03:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for BD  Send Email to BD     
OK...I checked. It is a Karavan Trailer, not a Nuway. My garage is 21 feet. My 15'SS with engine on the trailer is 19'-10" (I actually have the motor tucked between studs at the back of the garage too). The trailer alone is 17' from tail-light to hitch. It is a bunk trailer, and I replaced the little keel rollers with big 10" long ones...it rides MUCH better, and loads easier (It used to load off center...always). Overall, I have about 30" between my garage door and the bow-post on the trailer.
jay00007 posted 09-25-2006 01:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for jay00007  Send Email to jay00007     
BUYING A BOAT SONE HAVE PROBLEM MY GARAGE IS ONLY 10 FEET BY19FEET WHEN LOOKING AT ADS SOME SAY 17 FEET BOAT IS THAT ONLY THE BOAT OR IS THAT WITH TRAILER ANY ADVICE ON BUYING RIGHT SIZE THAT WILL FIT IN GARAGE
jay00007 posted 09-25-2006 01:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for jay00007  Send Email to jay00007     
BUYING A BOAT SONE HAVE PROBLEM MY GARAGE IS ONLY 10 FEET BY19FEET WHEN LOOKING AT ADS SOME SAY 17 FEET BOAT IS THAT ONLY THE BOAT OR IS THAT WITH TRAILER ANY ADVICE ON BUYING RIGHT SIZE THAT WILL FIT IN GARAGE
where2 posted 09-27-2006 06:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
this thread is up from the deep sleep...

If the advertisement says the boat is 17, then the hull alone is "roughly" 17 feet long. Generally, taken to be an average, and generally rounded, never including the length of an engine, or accessories. Only sure fire way to know if a particular boat will fit in your particular garage is to bring along a 25' tape measure and measure the prospective boats, including the engine. If you use a pair of plumb-bobs, you can accurately measure the length, above any center console.

Also consider the height of your garage door opening. Some center consoles would fit width and length wise, but will NOT fit height wise when on their trailer with the windshield installed.

da35ve posted 09-28-2006 07:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for da35ve  Send Email to da35ve     

Jon,

Sounds like I might have the closest situation to yours - I have a garage that only gives me 19' 6" front to back and I bought a 2005 150 Sport this May. It has the Karavan trailer with the swing tongue and it fits with easily 6" to spare so I think you will be ok. Be sure to check the beam - with mine, I only have about 2 inches of clearance on each side of the tires of the trailer. My garage is only 8' wide. Honestly, this was one of the reasons that I started looking at Whalers - and am so glad I did, best decision I made this year.

Good Luck

Dave

Mambo Minnow posted 10-08-2006 08:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
My 15' had a long trailer tongue, however purchasing and installing an aftermarket swing tongue solved the problem for the new owner. It save approximately two feet and fit in a standard garage. Fulton makes this product and should be readily available in catalogs and most well stocked marine retailers.

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