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Jkcam posted 09-16-2005 04:41 AM ET (US)   Profile for Jkcam   Send Email to Jkcam  
Looks like adding up the weight of boat/motor/trailer/gas/etc. you need a vehicle that can tow 1500+lbs.

So, what's the smallest vehicle people are using to tow this great boat? Safely, that is.....

Moe posted 09-16-2005 11:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
I used to know the exact trailer capacity and weight (GVWR is 1980 IIRC and capacity is 1600 lbs, again, IIRC), but here's how an estimate breaks down for us, lightly loaded:

900 150 Sport hull
300 Merc BigFoot w/controls, prop, oil
50 bow rail, cushions, bimini options
50 battery
80 two 6 gallon fuel tanks full
20 anchors, chains, rodes
50 50 Qt cooler full
30 Porta-Potti w/water
20 Bait bucket
50 other safety and misc gear, plus upgrades
1550 lbs on the trailer
400+ lbs EZLoader trailer weight
2000 lbs required towing capability

Class I hitch barely okay, but I would prefer 3500 lb 1-1/4" Class II frame hitch.


disneycaber posted 09-16-2005 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for disneycaber  Send Email to disneycaber     
I pull our 150 Sport with a Toyota Tacoma 6 Cylindar 5 Speed and only on the steepest New Hampshire hills do I know that boat is there. I concur with Moe's poundage.
frontier posted 09-16-2005 04:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for frontier  Send Email to frontier     
We use a 1997 Toyota Camry XLE 4 cyl. to tow our classic Montauk (total towing weight about 1900#). 2000# towing capacity. Great quality, mileage. 170,000 miles and going strong. Any 1992 through 2006 Camry 4 or V6 would be great. Trucks are nice but unnecessary for this size or smaller boat. We average 32 MPG non-towing MPG. Plus the comfort of a Camry XLE.
vink posted 09-16-2005 05:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for vink  Send Email to vink     
I tow our 2003 Sport 150 with a 1995 GMC Sonoma that has a 5 speed tranny. I concuur with disneycaber about the New Hampshire hills. No problems on the interstates.
billsa posted 09-16-2005 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for billsa  Send Email to billsa     
We tow our 2003 150 sport with a 1990 Volvo 240 wagon, 4 cyl. auto. trans. 15 years old. Does fine on and off highway, keep speed at 60 mph. We have recently purchased a 2005 Subaru Outback Wagon and are anxious to see how it will do. Has anybody had any experience with a Subaru Outback and the 150 sport?
Speedo66 posted 09-17-2005 01:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Speedo66  Send Email to Speedo66     
I towed my Menemsha 16'7" from Madison WI to NY with my wife's 1997 Subaru Impreza sedan. Slowed down for the hills in PA, but 65-70 otherwise. This was a 1000 mile tow. Also fine on the occasional visit to the ramp.
pete10 posted 09-17-2005 04:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for pete10  Send Email to pete10     
jkcam- don't go, stay
skred posted 09-20-2005 09:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
BillsA: I just bought an new '05 Outback Sport (Impreza version) with 5-speed manual and AWD. I'm towing my 2002 130 sport like there's nothing back there... That's about 1200 or so lbs. and the car is rated at 200 lbs. tongue and 3500 max. That Boxer 4-cyl is a real workhorse. No chassis sway, only shift to 4th on VERY steep grades, and (not towing) gets 30 mpg +.
boatman1979 posted 09-21-2005 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatman1979  Send Email to boatman1979     
Frank here, brand new to this web site. I have a 2004 150 sport. Great boat, and well worth the investment!! I have been a life-long boater, and recently sold my 17' Wellcraft bowrider. It was a wonderful boat, owned it for 8 years....but I always wanted a whaler. Fell in love with the 150 sport. I have a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 6cyl with a 5,000# tow rating. Hauled both boats with it and never had any problems. Looking forward to chatting with you folks - anyone in the Connecticut Area?? I would love to make a few "whaler" friends!


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