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youngil posted 03-18-2002 12:09 PM ET (US)   Profile for youngil   Send Email to youngil  
After reading all the info about wet foam between the hulls I have decided to weigh my 1979 outrage 20'to see if I have a problem. does anyone one know the dry w/out gas weight?? this would assume an engine. I have a 175 evinrude. Gil
Tom W Clark posted 03-18-2002 12:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

In theory you could detect water in your hull this way but in reality it may be difficult do to because of all the possible variations in weight of your particular boat. It is much easier to do on a little 13' Whaler because it is both easier to handle and much simpler.

But if you want to proceed, here's the scoop:

Your boat is, I presume, a 1979 V-20. In it's standard configuration it would have had a specified weight of 1500 lbs. In reality your boat might have left the factory a little heavier or lighter. Who knows?

The weight of your 175 Evinrude is about 400 lbs. A group 24 battery weighs 40-45 lbs. But what about residual fuel in the tank? You also have to allow for accessories installed.

The best way to get an accurate measurement would be to strip as much off the boat as possible. But even under ideal circumstances you will only be able to determine if there is a lot of water in the hull, not just a few gallons. But if you find your boat weighs hundreds of pounds too much then you may have a problem.

NEVER SCARED posted 03-18-2002 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for NEVER SCARED    
A good way to tell if your hull has significant water is to obtain a few pictures of your model and see how each boat sits in the water at rest. Allow for the variables like where a person may be standing in the boat, how many engines, and how many accessories. This isnt real accurate but will give you an idea where the water line should be on your boat. I always keep my boat on the trailer and let it sit in the warm sun as much as possible.

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