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Ferdinando posted 06-30-2008 10:07 PM ET (US)   Profile for Ferdinando   Send Email to Ferdinando  
I just splashed my new 190 [MONTAUK] this weekend. After the initial break-in I found the 115 a little slugish. I did have a full tank and 4 people on board but still it was much slower than my Montauk 17 with a 90 on the transom.

Do others have any problems with the tongue weight? Is it adjusted properly at the factory?

Sorry for all the questions but I'm still getting used to my new rig. Plus the fact that I lost two new cushions and a $90 floor mat on my first trip. If it's not tied down it will fly, funny that I never lost anything out of my old Montauk.

Thanks,

Fred

jimh posted 06-30-2008 11:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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jimh posted 06-30-2008 11:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Fred--Do you think the tongue weight is too high or too low? What is the tongue weight on your trailer?
Ferdinando posted 07-01-2008 07:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ferdinando  Send Email to Ferdinando     
Jim:

I don't know but I think it's quite heavy, it really drops the rear of my Chevy Envoy to the point I've sent away for a pair of adjustable air shocks. I plan to weigh the tongue sometime this week to get a feel for it. I just thought it would come from the factory already adjusted.

Fred

Whalerdog posted 07-06-2008 12:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdog  Send Email to Whalerdog     
It should be 10% of your gross trailer weight. Mine does feel heavy when moving by hand but I tow with a Dodge dooley & Excursion so I don't really care much. They make a small tongue scale to weigh it or a trailer place may have one you can use for a small fee.

Having raced in offshore boats and some with 1800 HP and 32 feet it is definitely not a rocket. I usually have only one or two people and it is decent for the type of boat it is. I find the fuel consumption great and the motor flawless after 90 hours.

I just ride around in it and play in the inlet when the waves are breaking so it has been put to a good test. Boat is fantastic in rough water. I was going to wait for a 08 135 but it was 8,000 more and I said screw it I have went 145 mph in races. If don't go bigger like an Outrage with one big v-6 I may do a 135 or 150. It does what I want now very well and I am very happy even lacking 3-4 MPH over the 135. The only thing I hate is the shape of the motor itself vs a Verodo or Evinrude.

Chuck Tribolet posted 07-06-2008 06:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
5 to 10 percent of tongue weight. If it's too low, the
trailer will wag (I've seen, and stayed away from, a couple
on they highway that were wagging like a Golden Retriever
with fresh bone.) If it's too high the tow vehicle squats,
if if you don't have four-wheel anti-lock brakes, you will
lock the front wheels first and have no steering in an
emergency.


Chuck

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