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I just took delivery of my 2019 246 SSI Surf. The boat has a dangerous sway problem. There is less than 100lbs of tongue weight. I've put it as low as possible on my drop hitch and still no change. The boat and trailer sways excessively. I had thought that perhaps I was sold the wrong trailer, but it has a sticker with the boat year and model right on it. Anyone else have this problem? What can I do? If I go above 60 mph someone is going to get hurt. Fully gassed up and full of water does not place any more weight on the tongue. I can't imagine that Chaparral put this combination together.
I have a 2004 Sunesta 274 and it has a definite list to the starboard side when it is floating at rest. Are there any known issues that cause this list or is it really just a weight balance thing? It does seem that most of my heavy items are on the starboard side like the two batteries, my onboard battery charger, my two subwoofers, my amps, and my tools in front of the helm. Some of this is by design since these things are located in the compartments that they were designed for. I also don't fill the water tank that is located on the port side next to the engine. I suppose that the extra weight of the filled water tank could help as a counter balance but I hate to tow that extra weight if I am not going to use it (we don't use the faucet in our sink and we pretty much trailer our boat everywhere). Another possibility is trapped water in the hull. I don't think that it is trapped water as the boat is stored out of the water on its trailer (in Arizona so it is very dry) and is only in the water maybe a total of 3 weeks out of the year and I pull the plug every time when I leave the lake. Maybe I should move my batteries and on board charger to the port side in the engine bay to help redistribute some weight. Let me know if you have any thoughts, comments or suggestions on my listing issue. I appreciate your feedback. Thanks!
I have a 2001 216 SSI and an anchor similar to this: Slip-Ring Fluke Anchor for Boat Length to 22', 11lb., Blue mfg part#669-11-ZR http://www.westmarine.com/greenfield-products--color-coated-slip-ring-fluke-anchors--P005_153_001_503 I'm normally in the Sacramento River which has a fast current and a muddy bottom. My anchor never holds me in the mud but does ok in the rare occasion that I snag some plants or rocks. I'm usually loaded up pretty heavy with passengers and ice chests so I'd say I'm typically around 5,000lbs when floating with a full tank. I read that fluke anchors work well in sand and mud so do I just need a larger fluke anchor and perhaps one without that soft PVC coating? Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.
Hello to all, here's to all the newbie boaters out there and cheers to the heavy weight with years of experience I'm in need of some general assistance with my boat and trailer weight. I purchased used a 16ft Chaparral with 85Hp outboard and E-Z loader trailer. I have a 2012 Dodge Journey with a towing capacity of 1500lbs. Does the boat and trailer I own fit within these parameters. I used to pull it with a 2010 Dodge Caravan with ease. The 2012 Journey is fitted with 3.6L 283 HP V6 engine and the Caravan had a 3.3L 175HP V6. The Journey has a smaller width and wheel base. Appreciate the feedback!