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ryanwhaler posted 08-06-2003 05:36 PM ET (US)   Profile for ryanwhaler   Send Email to ryanwhaler  
Tomorrow I'm going fishing on a small lake that my hockey coach wants to check out.

We are taking my boat, I'm worried that we won't be able to get in a plane. The most weight I've had in my boat since I repowered it was me, and a friend. I'm 115 pounds and my friend is about 130. The boat got on a plane just fine.

But, tomorrow there will be three of us. My coach, I'm guessing he's around 200. He's a big guy. Me 115, and my friend 130. that's a total of 445 pounds of people weight. I'll also bring a full five gallon tank of gas. We'll also have fishing gear for three people, and maybe a small cooler.

The boat is an 11-sport. powered with a Mercury 15 hp.

What do you guys think? Will she get up on a plane?

David T posted 08-06-2003 06:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for David T    
If it's a small lake, it doesn't really mater, does it?
whalerajm posted 08-06-2003 06:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerajm  Send Email to whalerajm     
Get more weight up front...Tell the coach that as the special guest he gets to ride in the best seat on the boat...UP Front! The nautical term is "Rail Meat".
ryanwhaler posted 08-06-2003 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
Well, yea David it does matter to me.

I'll try to put more weaght on the bow.

ryanwhaler posted 08-06-2003 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
I'd like to hear from people who own 11'whalers. How much weaght can you haul before the boat starts to "plow"?

C'mon I know the 11 owners are out there.

whalersailer posted 08-07-2003 11:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalersailer  Send Email to whalersailer     

When we had our 11 sport with a 25 Johnson on it, the most I had in the boat was about 435# worth of human (me, my wife, and my son) + another 50-75# of fuel, cooler, gear, etc. With that weight, the boat was VERY sluggish to plane. I don't think that it would have planed with a 15. In fact, I am sure of it. The boat just doesn't have enough surface area without alot of hp to plane those larger loads.

Hope this helps!


Barney posted 08-07-2003 11:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
Ryan, Probably. It will take more time to get on plane. I've had three in mine, close to 500 pounds of people. This is with a strong Yamaha 15. Jim
captbone posted 08-07-2003 12:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for captbone  Send Email to captbone     
If you keep shifting the weight to find the correct placement it will be close. I used to search for boat wakes to put on my stern with my old sundance 12ft and 15 evinrude to get it to plane with a heavy load, it helps alot.
Barryc posted 08-09-2003 04:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barryc  Send Email to Barryc     

Did your boat plane w/ that weight? How was the fishing- I live just SE of Boston- what lake did you go to?


ryanwhaler posted 08-09-2003 06:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
Hi Barry,

It never happened :( the three of us did not get out, something else came up.

I did go out last night, in Boston Harbor with a friend. We where in the mystic river locks around 6:45. We went from there to hingham harbor and stopped at Quincy bay for dinner. We make it back to the dock by 10:00.

In the boat we had,
5 gallon gas tank,
and a battery (for the lights)

The boat got on a plan just fine, we ran on the plane pretty much the whole time, we only got off plane in the inner harbor (no wake there)

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