Looking for help 12' v Mirrorcraft "Unstable"

Toney100

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I just launched my 12' v 1960's Mirrorcraft. I have put a floor in and motor and alot of other things. New to boating, WE where both pretty nervous just real tippy or I dont know? We tried to keep material weight down but we think mabye not enough weight in bow. Thinking of putting 40# in front 20# on each side are we wrong? Back of boat pretty stable I think, water was glass. any help would be great I have a camera full of pic's but dont have a clue how to show them, please tell
 
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ezmobee

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Re: Looking for help 12' v Mirrorcraft "Unstable"

Yes we will need some pics to see your modifications. It's not at all hard to make a 12' tippy.

The first three threads in the non-boating technical topics section explain how to post pictures.
 

boatflipper

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Re: Looking for help 12' v Mirrorcraft "Unstable"

I agree with ezmobee-
If this is your first boat, the 12 footer will definitely feel tipsy to you. I had a 12' v-hull (probably identical to yours) and it was tipsy for me as well. Just something you have to get used to! Having said that, maybe it was overly tipsy and one of your modifications is causing it. Just get a photobucket account, use the link code for 'full-size pics in forums' and post the code right here in your post!
Good luck!!
 

Bondo

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Re: Looking for help 12' v Mirrorcraft "Unstable"

Thinking of putting 40# in front 20# on each side are we wrong?

Ayuh,... I've got the same hull,.. It Ain't very big,...
Adding MORE Weight will be counter-productive...

It sounds like you're trying to build the illusion of a Big boat, starting with Way too small of a hull...
 

tashasdaddy

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Re: Looking for help 12' v Mirrorcraft "Unstable"

my best advice is stay in the center and stay stilll.
 

Wishiniwuzfishin

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Re: Looking for help 12' v Mirrorcraft "Unstable"

I've got an old 12' v Sea King. If yours is similar to mine (40'' wide at transom, 48" widest beam measured at top of sides, and about 17-18" at its deepest inside)...like others have said, it is going to be "tippy". I also don't think adding weight will help, you'll just have less freeboard. It took me several trips out on it to figure out best placement for gas tank, anchor, other equipment etc. The most important thing I have learned is to have everything where I want it before going out on the water. I don't want to be trying to move things around once I am on the water. I usually go out by myself and the boat works out great for me. The good things are...easy towing and easy launching and retrieving and I only need a 5HP motor.
 

Toney100

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Re: Looking for help 12' v Mirrorcraft "Unstable"

I added weight just put to landscape stones in front.
we could not believe it. I was in lake Michagan standing up casting. I will put a new post with pics. I have been trying
 

avimgod

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Re: Looking for help 12' v Mirrorcraft "Unstable"

I added weight just put to landscape stones in front.
we could not believe it. I was in lake Michagan standing up casting. I will put a new post with pics. I have been trying

I was going to recommend a few landscaping stones, easy to move around, relatively dense and most importantly they are cheap!

I will be using 2 5 gallon buckets full of concrete (approx 150 lbs each) to weigh mine down for the remainder of the refit, and after the refit will be using them as ballast weight to get the balance right... but I am working with 20 feet of boat with an 8 foot beam... I am pretty sure I have more boat in the water at rest than you have boat so mine is for balance of the boat more than stability while moored...

Good luck, and remember the weight you add takes away from the people and gear you can carry...
 

bigskiohio

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Re: Looking for help 12' v Mirrorcraft "Unstable"

a floor would help spread the weight unless you have one in it.
 

McGR

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Re: Looking for help 12' v Mirrorcraft "Unstable"

You're saying that you are using your tippy 12 footer on Lake Michigan? Casting lures yet? .... I hope you were joking. I'm afraid to take my deep V 17 footer out on Michigan.
 

Toney100

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Re: Looking for help 12' v Mirrorcraft "Unstable"

I have been trying to show pics. I followed all the steps in the video but its not working. I can't get the image to show just what you see below.
This is 1 photo if some one can tell me whats wrong, please do.Thanks

DSC00163.jpg
 

ezmobee

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Re: Looking for help 12' v Mirrorcraft "Unstable"

You have a very shallow small boat. Nature of the beast. Not a boat I'd stand up in.
 

Toney100

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Re: Looking for help 12' v Mirrorcraft "Unstable"

Heres the rest of the pics os far.

DSC00165.jpg



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DSC00166.jpg
 

Toney100

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Re: Looking for help 12' v Mirrorcraft "Unstable"

Bob I followed all steps 1 by 1. I dont know how I even got the 1 to show.
 
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DJ

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Re: Looking for help 12' v Mirrorcraft "Unstable"

You have a VERY small boat. Adding 150 lbs. is going to put you at about 150 lbs. over its capacity.

You are using the wrong link from Photobucket or wherever you are posting your pic's from.
 

Bob_VT

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Re: Looking for help 12' v Mirrorcraft "Unstable"

Fixed your pictures......... no charge :D

When you click the image box it already has the http:// in the box and when you are pasting in the picture url it already has that...... SO when you click the image icon eliminate the http:// that appears then paste ;)
 
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