On Another Subject...
I've been having issues loading the Spirit 23 on the trailer at the boat ramp. I just recently found out why...
With the engine & battery on the starboard side of the boat, & me at the same side with the engine controls. The boat was leaning over. Hardly noticeable but due to the shoal keel being under water 2 ft while loading it was way over to the port side & not lining up with the trailer keel slot. A couple of times I pulled the boat up & it leaned over due to the keel being outside the slot on the trailer entirely! Recently I've just installed a 4 stroke Mercury 9.9 that is wayyy heavier than the 9.9 2 stroke that was on there, the problem would be much worse but... Here's the solution!
The engine weighs 125 Lbs. I mounted it a little bit closer to the center of the boat than the 2 stroke was. But here is the main thing. I had an Optima blue top deep cycle battery on the same starboard side, these suckers are 60 lbs ea! So my plan is to buy another one & mount them both on the port side. Since I moved the battery to the other side there is a difference of 120 lbs, and with another one added that brings it to 180 lbs difference from what it is now. I also turned the cockpit fuel compartment into an ice box that drains into the cockpit drains, & moved the 12 gal tank (now integral) to below the cockpit floor both for better C of G. and a larger easier to fill tank. Which should help as well.
Last edited by windyway; 11-11-2011 at 04:17 PM.