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  • New to me Boat, did I make the right move...plan on towing

    So, Found a great deal on a Tiara Pursuit 26' dual console with twin v6 outboards. It has a hardtop, curtains, Heavy Dual axle roller trailer, Furuno Radar.

    I Still have my 20'6" Sunbird Neptune 202 Cuddy. Possibly will be selling. Sits on a fully rebuilt bunk trailer.

    Man, The Tiara looks huge in my driveway, and sits really high on a roller Venture trailer. But has everything on my must have "list".

    I'm very good and efficient at trailering, and pride myself in my gear and mostly launch/retrieve solo.

    My dilemma in seeing it now in my driveway, is the height/size overall. Probably because I'm so used to my 20-21 Cuddy....I plan on trailering the Tiara to the same places, in the same manner as my original.

    Looking to get input from others that are towing in this size boat. Am I crazy? Guess just needing some positive feedback. Part of me says its the same process as my smaller boat, whats different I ask myself! Part of me says Dam, slip it. But really dont want to spend the $$, and I like to fish different areas.

    Its a nice boat, and I got a sweet price, part of me says clean it up and flip it...Then again I like the looks and it fits the bill of what I'm looking for.

    Wishy-Washy here!


  • #2
    The difficulty in launching and recovering go exponentially as you go up in size.

    Launching a 26’ boat by yourself isn’t going to happen.

    Better have a good truck to tow
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    • #3
      Thanks Digbat, I do appreciate the feedback.

      Trucks a packaged 250 no issue. By "not happening"- Can you elaborate?

      I launch/retrieve alot: 1 minute to launch, 2-3 mins to retrieve. Not tooting my own horn, but very experienced at the ramp and do get compliments at my process/efficiency.

      I am a 3am solo fisherman. Have a measured rope from the bow cleat to winch post....Float the boat off, get out-walk boat over to dock, tie up, park truck.

      Retrieval: Tie up boat, get truck backed in--Use bow rope to walk boat into guides and up most of trailer length, winch last 3ft

      Easy peasy---Maybe I'm naive, but what would be different in your opinion?

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      • #4
        Maybe I should also rephrase: I'd like to hear from those actually currently towing 25/26 foot boats, their experiences and if any solo launch in particular.



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        • #5
          In the 14 years I've owned it, I have launched my 25' SeaRay Sundancer many times by myself . No big deal. Definitely a lot easier if I have help but but nothing that can't be done solo. It's all what your used to. The new boat seems huge right now but after you've had it for awhile it won't seem so big.
          1997 SeaRay 250 Sundancer "Blind Date"
          1979 GlastronCarlson CVX18 "Back in Black"
          1985 GlastronCarlson CVX18 " Had to Have it

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          • #6
            Have been trailering my 27' Searay for 28 years now with many solo launches and as long as there is a boarding dock its no big deal to launch and retrieve a boat of this size. I can't imagine how much money I've saved over those years in slip fees and maintenance costs by having the boat on a trailer plus the convenience of having it at home to work on it.

            One thing to watch out for while trailering a taller boat here in the Pacific Northwest is low hanging tree branches, took me a while to get used to that going from a 16' to a 27'. Have found a few branches and leaves in the boat when arriving at my destination, fortunately nothing got damaged.

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            • #7
              I have a Pursuit 2460 single I/O.....not quite as big as yours but I always launch and retrieve it solo, You already know how important it is to have good equipment and procedures to make it work. The boarding dock is a requirement for me, but that's not a problem where I boat.
              I was at a busy ramp two weeks ago and two old men were sitting in lawn chairs watching the entertainment. When it was my turn to retrieve my boat, I tied up my boat, took my dog to the truck and backed the trailer down. I had the boat loaded and out of there in just a few minutes and pulled over to a spot out of the way to secure everything. One of the old guys came over and said that was the fastest and best retrieval they saw all day.
              The point is its all about practice and getting it down. On the other hand, I have seen 4 guys struggle for a half hour trying to get a 16' aluminum boat out.
              Oh and your new boat only looks big in your driveway.....Wait till you get caught in a storm and it won't seem so big. Enjoy your new boat!1

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              • #8
                Originally posted by rothfm View Post
                Thanks Digbat, I do appreciate the feedback.

                Trucks a packaged 250 no issue. By "not happening"- Can you elaborate?

                I launch/retrieve alot: 1 minute to launch, 2-3 mins to retrieve. Not tooting my own horn, but very experienced at the ramp and do get compliments at my process/efficiency.

                I am a 3am solo fisherman. Have a measured rope from the bow cleat to winch post....Float the boat off, get out-walk boat over to dock, tie up, park truck.

                Retrieval: Tie up boat, get truck backed in--Use bow rope to walk boat into guides and up most of trailer length, winch last 3ft

                Easy peasy---Maybe I'm naive, but what would be different in your opinion?
                In this case, size doesn't matter. It's the weight that makes the difference.

                I fish inshore and offshore competitively both as an individual and a team member.

                Fished a 28' Contender (#8200) in a King Tournament last week. No way where we pushing and or pulling that boat on or off the trailer. Took two of us, (one in boat, one in truck), to launch and load from a drive-on trailer at a pretty decent ramp.

                Nothing wrong with your technique per say, similar to mine, but what your not taking into consideration is the 3X increase in weight and a lot more windage and displacement to deal with.

                You said you where in awe of its size sitting in the drive way. Wait until you try to manhandle it around the docks by yourself. You just don't "walk" +#6,000 of boat around. Throw in some wind and waves (pretty typical on the coast) and it gets darn near impossible to do w/o help.

                My personal boat is @ #5,600. I can get it off and on the trailer by myself if I have to, but it isn't easy. Even with an electric winch. Considering selling my roller trailer for a bunk trailer (drive-on) to make things easier going forward

                Then there how often do you launch?

                If your the average boater who might launch 5 or 6 times a year, it's not bad. If your like me that launches 50-75 times a season, it gets old in a hurry
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dingbat View Post
                  The difficulty in launching and recovering go exponentially as you go up in size.

                  Launching a 26’ boat by yourself isn’t going to happen.

                  Better have a good truck to tow
                  You sorta knew some smarty pants was gonna come along and say the opposite, eh?

                  have a mate with a 42 ft commercial flybridge plate boat who not only does it solo but with a fiat tractor,

                  the boat weighs somewhere around the 16-20 ton range,
                  dosen't move it far though, but dosen't like it sitting in the water when not being used,

                  can't put up a pic as it's not my boat,

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                  • #10
                    the only problem I see with towing such a large boat, especially with radar on it is hitting the radar on trees and stuff. especially if you live in a residential area where they dont trim like they are supposed to.
                    Cheesehead boating the Gulf Coast of FLA 27.51° N, 82.53° W

                    1988 Cruisers Rogue 2420 -VP 290 DP now powered by custom 468 - https://forums.iboats.com/forum/owner...988-rogue-2420

                    Past Boats
                    1970 Wooster Hellion - Merc 9.8
                    2002 SeaRay 190BR - 5.0 - A1G2 - "Cheeseheads in Paradise"
                    1984 Avanti 170DLI -3.0 stringer- "Ship Happens"

                    What’s behind you doesn’t matter.Enzo Ferrari

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                    • #11
                      I had a 26 foot Wellcraft that I "could" launch and retrieve by my self. Much easier if you have a helper and even better if you have an experienced helper but its doable for sure. Wind was always an issue.
                      Last edited by roffey; October 11th, 2019, 09:57 AM.
                      198LE Stingray 4.3 TKS

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                      • #12
                        Similar boat lots of towing ahead. I had a 2013 one ton DuraMax my boat with one upright guide on the passenger side of the trailer is 9’7” wide just short of 12’ high probably averages 12,000 pounds with fuel and gear. It towed decent but left me not 100% comfy in high winds and corners on narrow roads. I moved to a dually one ton it’s night and day more stable. One launch I use is supposed to be one way but there’s a huge tree that hangs lower than my boat I have to come in on its exit it’s not a big deal when it’s not busy but I have to make my approach without pissing anyone off.

                        I have practiced launching it a hand full of times which went well it loads great. Docking is the big challenge by myself if theres a side current or wind I want two people and it’s mainly because I’m paranoid about damaging it. Ill tell you I bought way to pretty of a boat. My other boat is welded aluminum I don’t even have fenders for it I dock it tie it up and go. If your ok with a little dock contact and have the right fenders and there placed right it’s manageable by yourself I am just not ready to see my boat with dock damage. My boat has a very aggressive curve up front requiring large fenders the right fenders and there placement is critical if your docking by yourself.

                        I managed a little more run time this year you’ll get over the anxiety your experiencing and one day you’ll forget you ever wondered if you made the right decision I have, and I had a lot of conflict after buying this one. As far as a slip, it’s easier to pack my gear in the boat in the driveway than dragging it down some boat ramp 100 yards after you master your driveway, mines a ***** it will be fine. My neighbors no longer have to stop and wonder if I am overcharging them ( there all my customers) which was the biggest factor for me my boat glows in the dark. But I got over that to.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by rothfm View Post
                          Thanks Digbat, I do appreciate the feedback.

                          Trucks a packaged 250 no issue. By "not happening"- Can you elaborate?

                          I launch/retrieve alot: 1 minute to launch, 2-3 mins to retrieve. Not tooting my own horn, but very experienced at the ramp and do get compliments at my process/efficiency.

                          I am a 3am solo fisherman. Have a measured rope from the bow cleat to winch post....Float the boat off, get out-walk boat over to dock, tie up, park truck.

                          Retrieval: Tie up boat, get truck backed in--Use bow rope to walk boat into guides and up most of trailer length, winch last 3ft

                          Easy peasy---Maybe I'm naive, but what would be different in your opinion?
                          You've got it. Have a go and see what happens. I walked my 20-footer around with the anchor rope in a couple of feet of water the other day and it was surprisingly easy. I can see how walking a bigger one around might not be too bad either. How easy it floats off of/onto the trailer might be an issue...
                          1988 Renken 2000 Classic/1986 drive; 4.3L, OMC Cobra - 1st boat
                          Pulled with: 1997 1/2-ton Suburban, 2WD; 5.7L Vortec, 3.73:1 limited slip rear axle
                          Located: Central U.S.

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                          • #14
                            Always looks like a daunting task when you see it all alone on the trailer, Just launched my Wellcraft 270 coastal today and I always do it solo. I will say the launch ramp here is great, gradual slope nice long floating dock, it turns out to be pretty easy. I will say that the first time I did it I was very nerves but I picked a middle of the week day, on crowd so I got to take may time. This is the first boat in 25 or so years that I could move on my own so it was almost like the first time. It all worked out great and it gets easer every time
                            The trouble with trouble is it starts as fun!

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                            • #15
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                              One major issue launching and retrieving a boat solo that size is the wind and tide/current. Strong winds and strong tide/current make launch/retrieval by yourself challenging with any boat but the bigger the boat the more challenging to dangerous and impossible it becomes.
                              Towing, launching, retrieving a boat that size is a real pain in the posterior. I don’t care how good and experienced you are it’s a pain and a hassle. You’ve already spent a lot on the boat and the 250, spend a little more and birth it. I can tell you from lexperience how much easier and pleasurable it is to just drive to the boat, spend a day on it and then drive home.

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