Re: [omc-boats] Tow Vehicles

From: LShuster \(lib1\) <lib1@...>
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2005 13:23:22 -0700

Hi Ian,

I'm referencing some info I saw in the 1965 evinrude catalog. The Sweet 16
boat was listed at very close to 800 lbs. An OMC V4 Outboard depending on
exact type ran 240 to 300 pounds. Add another hundred pounds for fuel,
battery, controls. You could safely add another couple hundred pounds for
anchor, lines, skiis, lifejackets, tools, coolers, well before you know it
your pushing 1500 to 2000 pounds. My 16-ft 150 V6 Sportsman, (identical hull
to your Sweet 16 except I/O) weighs about 2100 #, plus the trailer adds
another 400-odd pounds so you're getting close to 2500 lbs with the
16-ft'ers. Subtract 250 #'s on the 14's add about as much, mayve a little
nore on the 19's. Our boats are well-built and the weight shows it.

I think as long as you don't settle on a vehicle rated to tow 2000 #'s
you'll be fine. I use a Mopar minivan (180 hp) that's rated to tow 3500
pounds and it's OK.

Check out the a good towing resouce at:

Warning: It's takes awhile to load this webpage.

Lee Shuster

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ian Torrey" <itorrey@...>
To: <omc-boats@...>
Sent: Friday, March 18, 2005 7:48 AM
Subject: RE: [omc-boats] Tow Vehicles

> A year has gone by, and I've still not even had an opportunity to find out
> if my Sweet 16 that I bought runs, let alone tackle any restoration to
> It seems I always have one too many projects on the go, or maybe one too
> many children under 8 - I'm not sure. But one day I do hope to be able to
> take my kids cruising in this beautiful piece of history...
> Since tow vehicles is the topic of discussion, I was wondering, does
> have approximate weight for a Sweet 16 with a 100hp (circa approx. 1965)
> Johnson outboard? I'm in the final strokes of purchasing a new mini van,
> want to make sure I equip it properly for all my potential towing needs.
> I also want to thank you all for the great information on this site and
> list. While I'm pretty much an armchair mechanic on the boat until a
> truck restoration gets completed, I've been gathering lots of great
> information "planning" the project. The biggest hurdle should be getting
> wife to let me start into something else before I complete a few home reno
> projects that have been neglected...
> Ian
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-omc-boats@...
> [mailto:owner-omc-boats@...]On Behalf Of Paige
> Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2005 12:32 PM
> To: omc-boats@...
> Subject: Re: [omc-boats] Tow Vehicles
> I tow my boat, horse trailer, and plow snow with my 1995 Chevy 350 3/4 ton
> pickup, regular cab and bed, heavy duty suspension, yes I am a woman with
> truck, an old boat, and work horses. I am not mechanically inclined, give
> me a
> 1800# Percheron to drive and I am in my element, not under the hood
> at
> the guts of an engine or driving it on the water for that matter. I leave
> all
> the glory of driving and servicing the omc to my husband (not necessarily
> his
> choice either), I am content to be the passenger. But still I am
> with
> the information that gets thrown about on these omc boats, always storing
> info
> into the corner of my mind. The seloc manual is essential too.
> My automotive water pump looks to not line up with the footprint of
> original water pump, but again, so far so good. My model is a 1969 and
> a
> 1967 though. I figure that the constant water jet coming from the lower
> unit
> has more to do with the impeller working properly than the water pump in
> engine, but both move water and are central to the cooling system for
> boats, can't have one without the other. My boat has never seen salt
> and
> never will, so that is a plus. Plenty of green slime on the hull to slow
> her
> down though. Any suggestions on a good strong hull cleaning detergent? I
> understand the high altitude, my truck would not make it out west, I am
> happy to
> be operating near sea level, good luck getting more power.
> One big question, what about the steering cables that run from the
> drive to the wheel, mine are showing age and wear, cracking, dry rot.
> to
> do to replace them or keep the plastic coating from cracking further? any
> suggestions?
> Thank you, Paige
> lib1@... wrote:
> > Paige mentioned towing his 16-foot Johnson is a handful without brakes,
> > (assuming around 2400-2600 lbs for boat and trailer)
> >
> > That is a lot of extra stopping distance for most tow vehicles to cope
> with.
> >
> > 1) Just curious what members are using for tow vehicles, and
> >
> > 2) How many are using trailer brakes (which were optional on 16-ft'ers,
> > standard on the 19-ft'ers.)
> >
> > Lee
Received on Friday, 18 March 2005

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