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WT posted 09-20-2008 08:05 PM ET (US)   Profile for WT   Send Email to WT  
My 170 Montauk weighed in at 2780 pounds at a CAT Scale today.

My 170 Montauk is powered with a Mercury 90 hp EFI 4 Stroke (Veradito). In addition, my boat has a Mercury 6 hp 4 stroke kicker on the transom. My gas tank had approximately 18 gallons of fuel. The weigh in did not include tackle, ice, ice, tackle boxes, drinks, was pretty much stripped. I also did not have my electric trolling motor that is usually mounted at the bow.

Because I usually carry an extra 20 gallons of fuel (130 pounds), fishing gear, and a bunch of other stuff, my Tundra truck is easily towing a 3000 pound 170 Montauk.

My point is that it is pretty easy to underestimate your boat's total weight. It is also something to keep in mind if you want to tow with a marginal vehicle.

I also calculated my tongue weight to be 220 pounds which is an acceptable 7.9% of the total boat/trailer weight.

See jimh's earlier post regarding calculations.


BlueMax posted 09-26-2008 11:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for BlueMax  Send Email to BlueMax     

Do you have a second battery as well to power ancillaries (such as the trolling motor) or for back up? You make a good point in how easily we can overlook the little things that do add up such as gear or the amount of onboard fuel, ice etc.

Thanks also for linking to Jim's earlier thread as it helped me to understand tongue weight which is what immediately came to mind as a point of interest for my own 2007 170 Montauk when reading your post.

I tow with a 2006 Ford F-150 4X4 Lariat Super Crew (or whatever the 4 door version is called these days). 5.4 litre engine with larger radiator and transmission cooler as part of the tow package. It has a Class IV tow hitch that is rated for approx 1,000 lbs tongue weight. (I know the 170 is not even close but I'm just stating the specs). I normally get about 16-17 mpg around town here but when I hook up the 170 Montauk with the (2) 6.6 gallon tanks filled (not much else to speak of), I get about 9-13 mpg depending on terrain (hwy or back/side road with sharper turns and less smooth surface) and traffic. I appreciate you making the point of how easy it is to underestimate your total weight and is something to keep in mind for consideration if I ever think to move up in boat or down in vehicle.

Good post and points for all to consider.

WT posted 09-27-2008 03:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I actually have 3 batteries in my console along with a battery charging system. I figured they weigh about 200 pounds in total. 2 of them are Group 31 AGM batteries. ?albumview=slideshow

I also have a spare tire on my trailer that adds to the weight.

But I didn't have my electric trolling motor, 2 electric downriggers, 30 pounds of weight for my downriggers, 4 crab pots, crab pot puller, live well, ice chest, ice, drinks, food, extra fuel tanks, etc. So it can add up in a hurry.

I also get about 16-18 mpg in my Tundra while driving normally with overdrive. While towing my 170 Montauk, I turn off my overdrive and get about 12 mpg when towing 250 miles round trip to the ocean. I'm guessing, but turning off the overdrive probably cost 2-3 mpg by itself.


erik selis posted 09-27-2008 07:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     

Last November I had my rig weighed at the 2-yearly safety inspection. Mine weighed exactly 1280 kg (2816 lbs). Maybe I still had a pike in my boat when I went...:-)


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