What about those of us who tow to the water? Lets see your tow rigs.

Discussion in 'Trailering' started by OldSkool, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. gatorm

    gatorm New Member

    5
    Dec 31, 2014
    Tennessee
    1995 SeaRay 200 Open Bow Signature 5.7 Alpaa Gen II
    5.7 Mercruiser Alpha Gen II
    Are you pulling the 44SD with the Ram? ✌️
     
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  2. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    I'm glad I never towed..... but watching those that do (or try to do) can cause me to fall out of my chair at one of my favorite lunch spots. ;)
     
  3. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    I tow my kids 18’ Bowrider with either my 96 Cherokee we bought new and still have, or with my Chevy Traverse. Was using the 2015 Traverse, but turned it in a few weeks ago and will be using my 2018 Traverse.
    The boat is so light that you hardly know it’s back there.
    I hate towing and launching boats in general though.
     
  4. importmonkey

    importmonkey Opinionated Member

    947
    Jul 9, 2015
    Middle River, MD
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500s
    idkudoit. ;)

    I actually liked towing...It's much more enjoyable when you have the right equipment.
     
  5. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    After not towing for many years I am now back in the trailer boat arena with my vintage 1989 23' Cobalt. I may put her in the water for the summer but she will mostly be on the trailer. At a 5800 lb. towing weight, my wife's Honda Pilot wasn't going to cut it so 3 years ago we bought a really nice '06 F-250 with the 6.0 diesel. I know....the 6.0 is a terrible motor but actually, I did a lot of research before I bought and my research told me the best years were the '06 & '07. And also to look for one the has had no chips, tuners, or modifications. Additionally, the 6.0 is a great motor IF....the issues are corrected properly. So I did just that. I bought a bone-stock '06 one owner with only 68,000 miles from a Ford dealer. They made me a great deal and threw in Ford's Platinum Extended Service Plan that covers all engine issues. And sure enough, at 73,000 miles the EGR cooling system developed an issue so I took it to the dealer and while it was apart Ford had the dealer correct all the known issues with the motor. I am now at over 100,000 miles and it runs great. and I got over $7000 of repairs for 100 bucks.
    F250 sm.jpg It is the Lariat with power everything including pedals (for the 5' tall wife), seat heaters (also mostly for the wife), sunroof, etc. It's really a nice truck and I enjoy driving it.

    Shawn
     
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  6. Happy Dayz

    Happy Dayz Active Member

    402
    Jun 26, 2017
    Sarasota, FL
    '06 260 Sundancer, 6.2, BIII, Kohler 5kw
    79' classic Kona Family Cruiser jet boat..
    6.2 w/ BIII, 502 w/ Berkekley
    Love my LBZ!

    still... 10mpg...LOL

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Mike sandor

    Mike sandor Member GOLD Sponsor

    89
    Jul 28, 2017
    Eau Claire, Wisconsin
    2007 320 Sundancer
    Twin 496. Bravo 3
    2018 3500 Chevy, Loadmaster trailer
    Raymarine Axiom, Quantum 2
    496 Mercruiser/Bravo III drives
    IMG_2316.JPG We pull the 2005 260 with a 2017 chev 4x4. She is stowed about five miles from the marina so no long distance for us. It does tow very well but burns allot of gas in the process. Would rather have electric brakes versus surge.
     
  8. gatorm

    gatorm New Member

    5
    Dec 31, 2014
    Tennessee
    1995 SeaRay 200 Open Bow Signature 5.7 Alpaa Gen II
    5.7 Mercruiser Alpha Gen II
    Don't let people give you poop over the 6.0. If you ever lose the head gaskets just spend the money to have head studs put in and you are good to go. They are excellent once that is done and get pretty nice mileage to boot. A really good truck to go along with it, too. Yours is my favorite color combination. I sell a lot of diesel trucks and I like the 6.0 just fine. I tell people all the time that it won't be long people will regard the 6.0 like they do the 7.3 because of how expensive the newer trucks are to repair.

    I'm actually restoring a 96 Cobalt 232 as we speak. 7.4 Volvo Duo-prop.
     
  9. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    Thanks for the support. I like my truck....a lot. It runs great, plenty of power and I enjoy driving it.

    My Cobalt is a 1989 CM23. I am nearing the end of a restoration/refurbishment right now....if the weather will warm up a bit. Cobalt made the "C" Series boats in the '80s and they were called some of the prettiest boats ever built. Mine was only produced for 3 years, '83-'85 and only 84 were ever made. In 1985 they only made 15 and I have serial number 0015 making mine the last one ever made. I just finished 98% of my electrical, installed a new helm and instruments and my running gear is ready. Waiting for the weather to warm up so I can install all of the new carpet and then the upholstered pieces goes back and I'm finished. I would like to see pics of your project.

    Shawn
     
  10. Stingrayaxe

    Stingrayaxe Member

    102
    Oct 29, 2015
    Crystal Lake
    2009 SeaRay 205 Sport
    2008 GMC Envoy
    5.0 Merc Alpha 1
    Hope this pic come through. First attempt. 2008 Envoy. In line 6. Right at the max with the 2009 205 sport. Better to look good than to feel good. :rolleyes:
     

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  11. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Active Member

    254
    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine E120 radar chart plotter GPS autopilot
    cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    66C34164-E8B4-40B6-827D-598C54B906AD.jpeg
    A little over kill for my 12 foot center console Achilles Dink BWTH
    I wish I had it when I pulled my Rinker 270 but that was two boats ago.
     
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  12. 230weekenderUSC

    230weekenderUSC Member

    86
    Sep 6, 2013
    Mission Bay, San Diego
    1988 230 weekender
    5.0 Mercruiser EFI with Alpha 1
    We tow my 1987 SeaRay 230 weekender with my 2008 Chevy 2500hd crew cab LTZ 4x4. Boat weighs in 6400lbs and tows easy with the rear air bags and built duramax. Truck is built motor, built trans and makes 722hp and 1624ft/lbs, but I tow on the 400/800 tune. Motor built at 50k miles and now has 120k without a hiccup. Truck does double duty towing buddy’s 27’ Blackman and running the 1/8 mile at the local drags.
     

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  13. gatorm

    gatorm New Member

    5
    Dec 31, 2014
    Tennessee
    1995 SeaRay 200 Open Bow Signature 5.7 Alpaa Gen II
    5.7 Mercruiser Alpha Gen II
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    I really haven't even started on it much. That is not the trailer lol. That's what it was sitting on when I bought it. I actually found a 23' Cobalt trailer here locally that had to have been made for it.....except it's green and my boat is blue.
     
  14. Sundancer

    Sundancer Active Member

    Jul 20, 2005
    Prosser, WA
    30 year old CLASSIC 300 DA, towed almost anywhere behind the Duramax Duallie Crew Cab.
    16 cyl, 700 cu. in./Alpha I's
     
  15. Sundancer

    Sundancer Active Member

    Jul 20, 2005
    Prosser, WA
    30 year old CLASSIC 300 DA, towed almost anywhere behind the Duramax Duallie Crew Cab.
    16 cyl, 700 cu. in./Alpha I's
    I tow a 300 DA with the same truck. I've been thinking about new rims or having mine epoxy coated along with the nerf bars. I love that look!
     
  16. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    Good luck with your project. I love Cobalts. Now that the company was sold to Malibu Boats it will be interesting to see if there are changes. BTW There is a Cobalt Forum. check out www.clubcobalt.net

    Shawn
     
  17. Thornton69

    Thornton69 Active Member

    307
    Sep 15, 2014
    Northern BC
    1980 245 SDC
    1984 18' Valco sled
    5.7 260 Merc/ Bravo 2
    Evanrude 115/80 jet
    Is your engine still alive?
    Have the same rig and looking at doing a turbo back with EFI live and shift kit. It gives 5 levels from stock to +150hp. Not interested in wearing out tires, just looking to open up the tail and let it breathe with better economy and enhanced turbo braking.
    What tuner are you using?
     
  18. badtothebones

    badtothebones Member

    128
    Oct 22, 2015
    Florida
    2015 260 Sundancer
    ECT 350 MAG MPI BR3
    04018383-0268-4656-BA34-836521CDED46.jpeg
     
  19. GoFastr

    GoFastr Cool Runnings GOLD Sponsor

    148
    Jan 20, 2016
    Cayman Islands
    2003 Sea Ray 270 SunDeck MX 6.2L MPI w/Bravo III
    Tow: 2012 Ford F150 Raptor SVT
    Mercruiser MX 6.2L MPI w/Bravo III
    The Admiral upgraded my tow vehicle (and daily driver!) for my birthday.

    Not new, but new to me and was garage kept and still very nice... and just what I wanted.

    2012 Ford F150 Raptor SVT. Flame Blue with 35k miles.
    AFE cold air intake, headers and full catback exhaust along with SCT X4 tuner and stage 2 custom PCM tune.

    With my older 2000 F150 4x4 I could feel it struggle at times but I went out in the boat yesterday and towed it with the Raptor and it was like it wasn't even back there.

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    Old tow vehicle.jpg

    Anybody know what type boat this is? The Admiral took this shot as we were passing and I didn't get close enough to see the model.

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    IMG-20180502-WA0022.jpg
     
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  20. TNT8808

    TNT8808 Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    264
    May 25, 2016
    West Michigan
    2008 48 Sundancer
    Cummins QSC 540's
    Avon Seasport 340
    40 HP Yamaha
    Nice truck, and what great present! I believe that's an Azimut.
     
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