Weight distribution proposal with pictures

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Weight distribution proposal with pictures

Post by aeviaanah » 03 Oct 2011, 15:47

Sawdust Farmer wrote:
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Hanr3 wrote:Put the starting battery up front too. That will help balance the load.

Find out the weight of your batteries.

Typically the three heaviest items (excluding people) is the motor, batteries, and gas tank. Balance those three out the best you can.
Ok will do. You think I should exclude the livewell?
I'd go with just one battery, place it where it balances best. No longer than your boat is the current/voltage loss won't be too bad with decent size cables. If you run it down with the trolling motor you can always pull start.

As for the live well, I think you need one to fish. It doesn't have to be full all the time and doesn't weigh much empty.

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Ok I'm sold on the livewell, ill be sure to keep that around. So you are saying go ahead and buy the good/bigger cables eh? Makes a big difference?
From what I understand there are three types of batteries. One for trolling motors (deep cycle?), one for starting engines and equipment and a dual purpose? Do all three work as well for the trolling motors?
FuzzyGrub wrote:The space between the 3rd bench and transom is generally not used. I'd keep the foam in the bench and locate the fuel and if keeping 2nd battery behind it. Saves always flippin the lid up to see how much fuel is left, too.

Keep in mind with whatever lid you have on the livewell, the passenger will be sitting on it while under way.
Yea good point, I thought moving the fuel tank and battery in the third seat would help balance the weight a bit closer to the bow. I havent decided exactly how I will place those but good point. I could put a layer of foam then plywood and a the stuff on top of that. What you think? Ill be sure to make the livewell lid sturdy enough for a seat. Thanks.
Jdholmes wrote:Valid point about the live well lid if you have someone sitting there...but what about doing a smaller lid on the live well and offsetting the passenger seat.
That may throw the weight displacement off. Lets see what they have to say.
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Post by FuzzyGrub » 03 Oct 2011, 17:54

A deep cycle battery can be used for starting, but starting can't be used for trolling motor. The cranking amps needed for your small outboard, should be minimal. http://instoresnow.walmart.com/uploaded ... ENG_01.pdf

I wouldn't tear into the bench seat and have to find somewhere else to add the foam back for a slight offset in weight distribution.
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Post by Hanr3 » 03 Oct 2011, 18:52

aeviaanah wrote:
Hanr3 wrote:Put the starting battery up front too. That will help balance the load.

Find out the weight of your batteries.

Typically the three heaviest items (excluding people) is the motor, batteries, and gas tank. Balance those three out the best you can.
Ok will do. You think I should exclude the livewell?

Include the livewell. I forgot it.
Water weighs roughly 8 pounds per gallon. Assume your livewell will be full of water all the time when you plan your boat layout.
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Post by aeviaanah » 03 Oct 2011, 20:47

Hanr3 wrote:
aeviaanah wrote:
Hanr3 wrote:Put the starting battery up front too. That will help balance the load.

Find out the weight of your batteries.

Typically the three heaviest items (excluding people) is the motor, batteries, and gas tank. Balance those three out the best you can.
Ok will do. You think I should exclude the livewell?

Include the livewell. I forgot it.
Water weighs roughly 8 pounds per gallon. Assume your livewell will be full of water all the time when you plan your boat layout.
Will do...thanks man youve been a great help...
FuzzyGrub wrote:A deep cycle battery can be used for starting, but starting can't be used for trolling motor. The cranking amps needed for your small outboard, should be minimal. http://instoresnow.walmart.com/uploaded ... ENG_01.pdf

I wouldn't tear into the bench seat and have to find somewhere else to add the foam back for a slight offset in weight distribution.
Thanks for the pdf file. I will definitely read before I get a battery.
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Post by PATRIOT2 » 04 Oct 2011, 21:55

You want an honest answer?
Don't waste a new 15HP 4-stroke on this small 12' hull. Sometimes free stuff (I'm guessing) isn't really free. I'd get a minimum 14' and then fit pods on it with the heavy 4-stroke. I'm looking for a 16'-6" hull and 40-60HP 4-stroke to replace my 14' and a 15HP 2-stroke.

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Post by aeviaanah » 04 Oct 2011, 22:40

PATRIOT2 wrote:You want an honest answer?
Don't waste a new 15HP 4-stroke on this small 12' hull. Sometimes free stuff (I'm guessing) isn't really free. I'd get a minimum 14' and then fit pods on it with the heavy 4-stroke. I'm looking for a 16'-6" hull and 40-60HP 4-stroke to replace my 14' and a 15HP 2-stroke.
Well Ive already purchased the 12' Ive put lots of work into it...I plan on fixing it up, gettin some fun out of it and selling it. The 15hp motor can be used in the future on another boat....Now you got me thinking if its even possible. Lots of people told me it would be ok.
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