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Old 07-26-2010, 01:27 PM
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My 28 Pantera had 120 gallon tank and they changed to a 140 gallon tank in about 1998. Mine weighed about 7500# full of fuel and gear on an aluminum trailer.
I stand corrected. That's a chit load of fuel.
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Old 07-26-2010, 02:29 PM
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I like the Krypotnite suggestion, nice find, priced with the buyer's range, with money left-over...good find!
It is a real nice, newer boat/project but does not include motor or drive.

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Old 07-26-2010, 02:31 PM
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My 25 Talon holds 110 gallons. I had a Velocity with 110 gallons before the Talon and pulled it with a 1985 Blazer. The boat pushed the Blazer all over the road. The wheel base was just to short. Now I have an 1985 Burb with 1 ton running gear. My Talon loaded with fuel and gear is a perfect match for the Burb. Good luck.
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Old 07-26-2010, 02:41 PM
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The Kryptonite is an awesome boat. I loved mine and would pick that over any 25-30' single. That said, I tried sleeping on it twice and forget it! There is no room up in the "v-berth" area between the cushion and the underside of the deck to even roll over at night without wacking your elbow or shoulder. Also with the low headroom and no deck hatch, it gets real stuffy in there without A/C!
As for the trailering, I would not tow any boat of that size with the Porsche. You may not need a 3500 dually, but a 3/4 ton truck or at least a 2500 Suburban should be used. Let me tell you a quick story:
I had my 29' Kryptonite hooked to the back of my 3500 Dually cruising down the Garden State Parkway at 60mph. We hit a series of bumps, I heard what sounded like a gunshot and I feel the whole rig tug to the left hard (to the point of pulling me part way into the left lane). I held it, straightened it and realized the trailer broke free from the truck and was hanging on the safety chains! I slowed up, caught the tongue of the trailer under the rear bumper and guided everything to the shoulder. The ball had snapped off the shank! The shank was still bolted to the receiver and the ball was no where to be found. There must have been a defect in it.
The moral of the story: I am confident if I had my old Chevy Tahoe (which was fine for my 22' Donzi I had before), I would not have been able to control it because it dam near slid the back end of my dually out.
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How about a PP 25 (or 28 if you can find one, but most of those are twins).

http://www.offshoreonly.com/classifi...o32504-en.html

Might actually get away with towing this with a crossover, but seriously you could buy a gasser 3/4 ton for 8K or so and be waaaaaaay safer on the road. The crummy gas mileage won't matter as you only use it for random towing, etc.
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700lbs of fuel?????????? I don't know many 30 footers carrying 140 gallons of fuel, and if they do... they're probably not that sporty. I agree with your general point. You're looking at a 4500lbs boat, roughly 500lbs of fuel and a 1500-2000lbs trailer. Also add 200lbs of safety gear and extras. Still think Kryptonite's your best choice, minus the sleeping (as far as whats on the market).
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Mine does 142 gal.
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Mine does 142 gal.
If we're in a sub 30 gas tank pissing match, mine holds 150.
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If we're in a sub 30 gas tank pissing match, mine holds 150.
LOL! Isn't every thread on here a pissing match?
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LOL! Isn't every thread on here a pissing match?
Of course!

I'm finally in one I could win too! Tough to top 150 gallons in a 28.
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I tow a 23 Scarab with an LR3 and it does a really good job. The truck weighs 5500lb dry and the boat supposedly 3750lb, aluminum trailer 800lb, 56 gallons of fuel, plus engine and drive fluids and stuff in the boat. I figure the whole thing weighs 5300lb and the truck is rated for 7700lb. That's a decent margin of safety. Plus the truck is unibody on frame (hence why it's so heavy) and is loaded with all kinds of electronics to stabilise it. Down a steep launch ramp, it controlled the boat terrifically - none of this boat pulling the truck down nonsense. I'm impressed, but next up is a full size diesel when I upgrade to a bigger boat.
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