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    Default Weight of a Jet Boat with a SBC?

    Does anyone know what their JetBoat weighs with the trailer? With a BBC or a SBC or Olds? My boat is 16' long. Single axle trailer.
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    At 16", you should be able to toss that fawker on the bathroom scale!







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    Quote Originally Posted by enkeivette View Post
    Does anyone know what their JetBoat weighs with the trailer? With a BBC or a SBC or Olds? My boat is 16" long. Single axle trailer.
    What are you trying to tow with? My 16' with sbc I tow no problem with a V6 4 runner. It felt lighter on the single axle, but tows straighter with the tandem axle

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    Thinking about towing with an Audi A4 quattro or an STI. I need to buy a newish car. Obviously need something that can tow, but I also drive 250 miles every weekend. So good gas mileage is a must. So... I was thinking AWD car.

    So, I figure if any car can be outfitted with a class 1 hitch, rated to 2K lbs, and the boat with trailer is about 2K lbs... I should be ok??? I read in another thread the 19' tahiti is 1150lbs. So if mine is about 1K, the trailer is 450lbs, my SBC is 450lbs and the Jet is 80lbs, I should be right around the 2K lb mark.

    Before this turns into a thread to scold me, if you don't have a fuel efficient alternative for me, keep your opinions to yourselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waynehartwig View Post
    At 16", you should be able to toss that fawker on the bathroom scale!






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    That is kind of a loaded question. There are 18' boats that are 300 pounds and there are 18' boats that are 1000 pounds plus. You really need to give make and model of your boat to even get close. Even then it is going to depend how your boat was layed up.

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    The biggest concerns with towing, is safely stopping during a panic stop. Any vehicle can accelerate or hold speed on the freeway....

    If your boat trailer has a 2" ball, you will need the reciever to support it. Class 1 will not handle a 2" ball. Yes, you can force it or get creative and adapt it, but it's not correct and it will be undersized.

    Trailer manufactures size the ball by the load, not the ease of you being able to adapt to it.

    Not a popular opinion, but I see way too many overloaded trailers and hitches..... It's extremely unsafe and I won't say you will be ok doing it.

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    I think the stock BBS brakes on an STI would do the trick. They are bigger than the brakes on my buddies Jeep for sure.

    U Haul does sell a 2" ball that mounts onto the class 1 receiver. But I would probably just fabricate a receiver myself with the 2 1/4 opening anyways.

    I made this one for my Neon.
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    You missed my point.

    Size of the brakes don't mean squat when the trailer is trying to pass you.

    ...The tow rig needs to weigh at least as much as what you are towing

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    Quote Originally Posted by waynehartwig View Post
    You missed my point.

    Size of the brakes don't mean squat when the trailer is trying to pass you.

    ...The tow rig needs to weigh at least as much as what you are towing
    Don't say that to the big semi trucks on the road...
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    He's wrong about the weight ratio (although I think he was being slightly sarcastic), but he does make a good point. If what you are towing weighs too much in relation to your vehicle weight/ traction, then jack-kniving is a serious risk.

    My boat trailer is under 2600lbs for sure, but that doesn't mean I should be towing it with my 2600lb Neon.

    The boat is a 16ft Shuster Tahiti Jet Boat with a Berkeley Jet and a SBC, iron heads, aluminum intake. Some wood paneling in the boat, but nothing extensive. Front gas tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by enkeivette View Post
    He's wrong about the weight ratio (although I think he was being slightly sarcastic), but he does make a good point. If what you are towing weighs too much in relation to your vehicle weight/ traction, then jack-kniving is a serious risk.

    My boat trailer is under 2600lbs for sure, but that doesn't mean I should be towing it with my 2600lb Neon.

    The boat is a 16ft Shuster Tahiti Jet Boat with a Berkeley Jet and a SBC, iron heads, aluminum intake. Some wood paneling in the boat, but nothing extensive. Front gas tank.
    According to this brochure a 16' Tahiti bubble deck weighs 860 pounds less engine. I would assume that included interior and rigging but possibly no jet pump. I am not familiar enough with Tahiti to know what makes a Schuster any different.

    http://www.roostwear.vintagerodcompo...es/tahbr12.jpg

    A small block Chevy is ~575 with an iron intake. Say 600 fully dressed with accessories and an aluminum intake instead of iron.

    http://www.team.net/sol/tech/engine.html

    You can do the math from there.

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    You might consider putting electric trailer brakes on the trailer. I have never done it, but it looks fairly simple. The kit's, I think are less then $300.00. It would increase the value of the package (boat/trailer), and your insurance deductable is probably more than this cost if anything unfortunate happened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerDown View Post
    Don't say that to the big semi trucks on the road...
    Would you tow 10x the weight of the Audi, behind the Audi? Say it weighs in at a very conservative 2,000 lbs. You think it's capable of towing 20,000 lbs? If you are going to make the comparison, so am I

    Also, a fully loaded big rig takes several hundred feet to stop. Maybe even into the the thousands. They have much bigger brakes, tires and mass than the Audi does. I know I've also seen them all wadded up, too...

    Quote Originally Posted by enkeivette View Post
    He's wrong about the weight ratio (although I think he was being slightly sarcastic), but he does make a good point. If what you are towing weighs too much in relation to your vehicle weight/ traction, then jack-kniving is a serious risk.

    My boat trailer is under 2600lbs for sure, but that doesn't mean I should be towing it with my 2600lb Neon.

    The boat is a 16ft Shuster Tahiti Jet Boat with a Berkeley Jet and a SBC, iron heads, aluminum intake. Some wood paneling in the boat, but nothing extensive. Front gas tank.
    I was being sarcastic about the weight ratio. But I was being dead serious about the safety part.

    There is a reason auto manufucturers give towing specs for their vehicles, which is probably around 2,000 lbs for an Audi A4.

    Adding trailer brakes is cheap and will absolutely help

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