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 Post subject: Adding weight to the bow
PostPosted: 28 May 2011, 22:47 

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I have a 17 ft Lowe, it has always seemed to set very low in the stern. A friend of mine said he added 100 lbs to the front of his Tracker and it helped it handle a lot better in the wind and was easier to anchor because the bow didnt catch as much wind. Do yall think thats feasible?


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PostPosted: 29 May 2011, 01:35 
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I would redistribute the weight to make it even in the water. Battery and fuel cell to the front. Kind of like my paycheck



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 Post subject: Adding weight to the bow
PostPosted: 29 May 2011, 03:09 
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I would try redistributing the weight also. What kind of lowe is it?



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 Post subject: Adding weight to the bow
PostPosted: 29 May 2011, 12:25 

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It's a 1978 Jon boat.Image You can see the stain from the water line. see what i mean?
yes I have 2 batteries and 2 6gal fuel tanks but I hardly ever fill them completely. I really dont want to move it all to the front because I would have to modify the front deck to get it all up there and make it accessible.
I'm thinking about putting weight up in the front to change the point of balance in the boat, move it forward. I normally anchor and catfish out of this boat.


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 Post subject: Adding weight to the bow
PostPosted: 30 May 2011, 00:38 

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Not on a boat, but I once took my double seated kayak out alone fishing without my GF. I told her that the front sat too high out of the water without her there so I added about 30 pounds of rocks on the front seat to stabilize it. She wasn't too mad.



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 Post subject: Adding weight to the bow
PostPosted: 30 May 2011, 16:18 
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Is that a monster outboard?
Have any wet foam in the stern?
Does seem to be sitting kinda low,to me adding weight bow is only going to make it sit lower in the bow as well.
Be careful of weight capicity,I'd check for wet foam and then think of a way to get weight up front(redistribute).



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 Post subject: Adding weight to the bow
PostPosted: 30 May 2011, 16:33 

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are you having issues, does it porpoise . if not i wouldnt worry about it you kinda want it heavy in the back , it will run better if the weight is back there . i don't think i would add weight. most of the time i fish in the front so it evens mine out .


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 Post subject: Adding weight to the bow
PostPosted: 30 May 2011, 21:13 
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are you having issues, does it porpoise . if not i wouldnt worry about it you kinda want it heavy in the back , it will run better if the weight is back there . i don't think i would add weight. most of the time i fish in the front so it evens mine out .



Good point. considering most fisherman stand/sit at the Bow while working the lures. that's a heafty chunk of weight distribution right there.



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 Post subject: Adding weight to the bow
PostPosted: 01 Jun 2011, 11:48 

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Don't have a problem with porpoising at all. I really noticed the benifit of having more weight in the front when I had my wife sit up front going through a shallow area. I have a problem anchoring in current or wind because when I bait fish I normally have to fish off the back of the boat and anchor facing the wind or current. With the bow up in the air like that it makes the boat sway more. I may add 50 lbs at a time to see if it helps, I know ultimately I should move the batteries up front but I'm thinking about getting a pontoon boat and dont want to make a bunch of mods and then sell the boat.

Thanks for the input everyone, i appreciate it.


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 Post subject: Adding weight to the bow
PostPosted: 01 Jun 2011, 12:24 

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To me, it is a sin to add any non-functional weight, ;) but understand your motivation and short-term need. Even so, I will make another run at redistribution or a portion of. :)

Take one of you 6 gal portable tanks and move it to the furthest forward, on floor, or if that is a lower deck. Latch it down. Since you are not in the bow, the above deck placement should not be in the way. This will transfer about 37lbs from the stearn to the bow, and would be the near equivelent of adding dead weight of 74lbs. This can be easily reverted back when fishing with two people, and when you sell it. You would also have to transfer tank back once primary is used up, but it sounds like your trips might not even require it. You can extend the primer bulb hose length real easy and for these solo trips, shouldn't be an issue with above floor hose.

If on these specific fishing trips you are not using the trolling motor, consider something similiar for that battery, as well. That would be an even larger weight transfer, but if you are in rough water, might not be the best thing for the battery. If you are able to do both of those, I doub't you would need any more additional weight. Also, you have everything you need to do a test asap.

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 Post subject: Adding weight to the bow
PostPosted: 01 Jun 2011, 13:35 
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If your going to add weight, put a sand bag where ever you need it.I wouldn't put a gas tank up front because as you use fuel you are losing weight.Alot of people make that mistake of putting their fuel tank in the bow.The best place for your fuel tank is at your center of gravity,that way as you use fuel nothing changes.



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 Post subject: Adding weight to the bow
PostPosted: 01 Jun 2011, 16:02 

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You could try to move batteries, tackle boxes, and gear forward if you could.


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 Post subject: Adding weight to the bow
PostPosted: 01 Jun 2011, 17:17 
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kcnokc wrote:
I really noticed the benifit of having more weight in the front when I had my wife sit up front ....



In writing this, you Sir, are a braver man than I am. I salute you.



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 Post subject: Adding weight to the bow
PostPosted: 08 Jun 2011, 16:40 

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you could always put pods on the back . not much in em but air , sure add flotation tho beavertail makes some
http://www.explorebeavertail.com/catalo ... rez.pdfyou


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 Post subject: Adding weight to the bow
PostPosted: 08 Jun 2011, 16:57 
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As fuzzygrub said you don't want to be adding weight to the boat. Redistribution of the weight is a better solution. You would not believe the difference it made on my Tracker PT185 when I moved the two trolling motor batteries from the rear to the front. Quicker planing, better line of sight and shallower running and drifting, just to name a few of the benefits. And the best part about it was it was free! Just a little bit of my time was all that was needed.

Give it a try......you have nothing to lose.

Dave



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