Increasing front weight

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Joseph Elliott
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Increasing front weight

#1 Post by Joseph Elliott » Thu Sep 28, 2023 2:50 pm

Hi folks. I’d like to start by thanking everyone on this forum for all their help over the last 7 years it has taken to build my boat. It’s still not quite finished but I was at least able to take her out on the water earlier this week for some testing.

It seems I now have an issue with the front not weighing enough. She has 60hp 1980 Evindrude pushing 27” pontoons on 16 feet. My nose is way to high in the air I think. With me at the drivers seat she went 8mph and when I walked up to the front she was pushing 12 mph. I weigh 350 so I’m a big boy and it looks like she could use even more that that in weight at the front. Short of stuffing lead bricks between the crossmembers at the front is there a good way to balance her out?

I should mention she doesn’t have much on her. Engine, battery, fuel at the back. 2 seats and my driver console about 1/3 of the way up and then empty deck except for the rails for the full front half.
Alberta, Canada
Home made 16' pontoon, 1980 60HP Johnson- work in progress

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Re: Increasing front weight

#2 Post by curtiscapk » Mon Oct 02, 2023 12:46 pm

WITH NOTHING UP FRONT ITS GONNA BEE HARD TO COUNTERBALANCE EVEYTHING IN REAR... (damn caps lock!) deck box with stuff in it... maybe move the battery up front.. not a lot more to offer sorry.
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