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stagalv posted 09-13-2000 08:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for stagalv   Send Email to stagalv  
I currently have a 13 Sport with a new galv trailer. One of the great things about a 13 is that it will fit into my garage without tilting it sideways. I would like to get a 15 or 17 BW but dont think it would fit into my garage. Have any owners out there come up with some ideas on this? What about the folding trailer tounges or just having a shorter tounge all together? Comments?
triblet posted 09-13-2000 09:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I have a 17' Montauk. It fits in my
garage, just. I have to put the motor down,
and have a removeable tongue.

You don't want a short tongue - it get's
your truck wet. And salty.

YMMV, it's all a function of your boat,
motor, and trailer.

And don't forget that there are two other
dimensions besides length. The 15'
Dauntless of about 1995 wouldn't fit in my
garage -- console was taller.

And watch out for antennas, etc.

Chuck Tribolet

stagalv posted 09-14-2000 10:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for stagalv  Send Email to stagalv     
Thanks Chuck. Did you modify the tounge yourself with removable pins or was it made that way? Also do you know tall the highest fixed point is on the Montauk? Rgds,
eolson posted 09-14-2000 10:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for eolson  Send Email to eolson     
I've got a 15' Sport. It fits in my garage with room to spare - engine down, not angled to the side. There's plenty of room for my wife's car next to the boat.

I think that my trailer has a fairly short tongue - I wish it were longer! As Bill said, my car gets wet. I'd like a longer folding tongue.

Good luck!

Gainesville, FL

JB posted 09-14-2000 12:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for JB  Send Email to JB     
My 15' GLS fits into the garage nicely and, most importantly, also leaves room for my wife's car in the other half. I do have to roll it into the garage tongue first (not backed-in) since I don't want the outboard near the pilot flame on the water heater.
compounder posted 09-14-2000 06:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for compounder  Send Email to compounder     
My wife sometimes wishes my tongue were longer too!
triblet posted 09-14-2000 09:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I had a local hitch shop do the tounge
mod to my specs. They cut the tounge
in two just forward of the winch mount,
and inserted a piece of the next size
smaller square stock. They had to weld
some washers on the sides and top to make
it just the right size. There are four
The insert is bolted to the the front part
of the tounge, and there are two pins that
hold it to the trailer. There are actuall
four holes in the insert so I can use it to
extend the tounge about 18" when I launch
at Pt. Lobos (really crummy ramp design,
but great diving).

After the hitch shop got done, I took it all
apart and had the new stuff hot dip

The height of the console on a Montauk will
vary depending on the model year and the
trailer. My '98 on my Shorlandr' trailer
is about 71"-72" AGL at the top of the
console rail with the trailer jack up about
four inches (how it comes off the truck).
The GPS antennas stick up about four more
inches. Your height WILL vary. Measure
twice, cut once. ;-)

Your garage door height will vary too.

Chuck Tribolet

Chuck Tribolet.

Gep posted 09-15-2000 08:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
I must have a small garage or the longest trailer in the world, because I could'nt fit my Sport 13 in my garage without a chainsaw!
andygere posted 09-15-2000 09:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
The trailer on my Montauk was modified the same way Chuck's was. A nice wooden cat walk was attached on welded Ls to keep your tooties dry when launching. It has one section on the trailer, and another on the sleeved tounge. I think I am going to have some shims welded to the insert because there is a bit more slop than I would like. Chuck, where did you go to get the galv. work done? I'd like to do the same for mine.
stagalv posted 09-15-2000 04:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for stagalv  Send Email to stagalv     
Thanks to all for the reply. This gives me some great ideas and also lets me know that when I get a 17 it may fit into my garage and I wont have to spend $100/mo on a storage facility.
chad posted 09-15-2000 07:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for chad  Send Email to chad     
I cut a hole in the back of my garage just large enough for the tounge of my trailer to fit through. The bow of my Montauk is less than one inch from the wall and there is enough room to walk around the motor with the door down. It is not the best set up, but I can still piddle on the boat in the garage after the kids go to bed.
Shadowcatcher posted 09-15-2000 11:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Shadowcatcher  Send Email to Shadowcatcher     
Has anyone ever tried putting a boat lift or other hoist in the garage to pick the boat off the trailer? It could then be lowered onto chocks or dolly. I always thought this would be a dream setup for maintaining a fine boat.
triblet posted 09-18-2000 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I had the galvanizing done by Acme
Galvanizing in Oakland. BTW, they have
$50 miniumum and it covers a fair amount
of work (several tounges worth).

The metal work was done by Eyers Hitch
Center in San Jose. They used to be on
Keily between Saratoga and Stevens Creek,
but I think they moved.

Both these outfits have been around forever.

Chuck Tribolet

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