1. Welcome to Jetboaters.net!

    We are delighted you have found your way to the best Jet Boaters Forum on the internet! Please consider Signing Up so that you can enjoy all the features and offers on the forum. We have members with boats from all the major manufacturers including Yamaha, Seadoo, Scarab and Chaparral. We don't email you SPAM, and the site is totally non-commercial. So what's to lose? IT IS FREE!

    Membership allows you to ask questions (no matter how mundane), meet up with other jet boaters, see full images (not just thumbnails), browse the member map and qualifies you for members only discounts offered by vendors who run specials for our members only! (It also gets rid of this banner!)

    free hit counter
  2. Want to buy your boat a Christmas gift? How about some Cobra Jet Steering? From now until Dec 31 Jeff is offering forum members all Cobra Jet Steering 20% off!!!!!

    Please send a PM(converstation message to @Cobra Jet Steering LLC) or email jeff@cobrajetsteering.com to place orders or for questions about a particular product, please list the make, model and year of your boat " year is last 2 digits of hull number", also the state you reside in or the state you want it shipped to . Offer Not valid in combination with other offers or discounts, subject to availability of inventory. AND Free shipping in the U S A.

    You can dismiss this notice (if you are a member) by clicking the "X" in the upper right>>>>>>>>>

    Dismiss Notice

Show us your tow rigs!

Discussion in 'Tow Rigs, Trailers and other things with Wheels' started by PolarXJ, Feb 10, 2015.

  1. 2kwik4u

    2kwik4u Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    204
    Location:
    Georgetown, IN
    Ratings:
    +129 / 10
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    AR
    Boat Length:
    19
    Hopefully I'll be around at the Shelbyville meet next year. My father lives in Charleston, IL, so I have no real excuse to not show up at least for the day! Maybe we can have a GM Fulsize/Jetboat picture made at some level :D :D
     
  2. 2kwik4u

    2kwik4u Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    204
    Location:
    Georgetown, IN
    Ratings:
    +129 / 10
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    AR
    Boat Length:
    19
    Got her out to throw some Recreational Fuel (90 Octane, no Ethanol) and Stabil in her. Also gave her a quick wash down. Of course wanted to try out the new tow vehicle as well......WOW what an upgrade from the Trailblazer SS. Not quite as much torque, but overall a MUCH more pleasant experience towing!
    2015GMCSierra-2017AR190.jpg
     
    • Like Like x 4
  3. Rainmakr

    Rainmakr Active Member

    Messages:
    64
    Location:
    Virginia Beach
    Ratings:
    +39 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2012
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    19
    Nice setup!
     
  4. PEARCE

    PEARCE Jetboaters Commander

    Messages:
    1,262
    Location:
    Kaufman, TX
    Ratings:
    +770 / 13
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2006
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    23
    I know a few of you on here have a Durango as your tow vehicle. I know of at least one that is a R/T which has a v8 Hemi. There's no question that the R/T can't handle a 230/240 sized boat. We're starting to think about getting a SUV that can handle secondary towing duties of our 230 and accommodate the four of us plus our 60lb. lab on trips. It will also serve as my wife's daily driver. The size of a vehicle doesn't bother her at all. She has truck and trailer duties when we're playing with the Yamaha.

    My question for the group is:

    Will a v6 Durango in say GT trim handle our 230 comfortably?

    I don't need to set any land speed records or anything. I just need it as a backup to the Ram or when we want to bring the boat when the truck has camper duty. The reason I'm thinking v6 is for the daily gas mileage. Does it feel underpowered? Some v6 powered SUVs that I know are 3.5L v6s are real dogs with just passengers loaded in it. I also know the Hemi will be way more fun to drive.

    Just looking for some advice and insight. Thanks guys.
     
  5. 2kwik4u

    2kwik4u Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    204
    Location:
    Georgetown, IN
    Ratings:
    +129 / 10
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    AR
    Boat Length:
    19
    When I was searching for a new Tow Vehicle, I had a 24ft Yamaha in mind as a future boat for me (despite only having a 19ft currently). I purposely set my requirements for the vehicle at a minimum of 350ft-lbs of torque. Thats based on towing many trailers over the years, and knowing that I don't like the motor revving to the moon to maintain speed. We took my wifes Traverse to the lake once this summer with another family. It has a 3.6L V6 making 280hp/270ft-lb in it. With 4 adults, two kids, 2 coolers, and both the boat and SUV full of fuel it STRUGGLED badly to maintain 55mph on some of the roads to the lake. Several times dropping to second gear (of 6 available) and running at 6k rpm to maintain speed. It did it, but I wasn't real happy about it. Engine was loud enough that my passengers were asking if everything was OK. That was with a boat that weighs ~4k loaded up. I think I've read the 24ft boats are closer to ~6k loaded up.

    In the Durango, the 5.7L doesn't cost a ton more to operate than the 3.5L in terms of fuel/maintenance/insurance. It will make towing easier in my opinion, and not cost a ton more to operate the rest of the time. Coworker has one of the 5.7L Durango's and it returns him high teens for mileage on a regular basis, and over 20 on road trips. Neighbor has a V6 Durango and gets only a few mpg better on overage. My wifes traverse gets mid-low teens regularly, actually being bested by my new Sierra already.

    My point being.....will the V6 equipped SUV do it? Sure. Is it easier/more comfortable with the V8? Yes.
     
  6. Benny Sibbitt

    Benny Sibbitt Jet Boat Lover

    Messages:
    247
    Location:
    Winter Garden, FL / Orlando
    Ratings:
    +167 / 1
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2015
    Boat Model:
    Limited S
    Boat Length:
    24
    Agreed @2kwik4u

    Look at the Horsepower and Torque numbers - keep those number in the mid 350's and should tow pretty comfortably

    but still remember to look at tow rating numbers the Vehicle is rated for to ensure you have the proper suspension and tow setup
     
  7. PEARCE

    PEARCE Jetboaters Commander

    Messages:
    1,262
    Location:
    Kaufman, TX
    Ratings:
    +770 / 13
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2006
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    23
  8. Earfixr

    Earfixr Jet Boat Lover

    Messages:
    118
    Location:
    Mississippi-Louisiana-Alabama Gulf Coast
    Ratings:
    +73 / 2
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    FSH Sport
    Boat Length:
    19
    C23DDAF9-758C-4611-801D-A986AB276A55.jpeg
     
    • Like Like x 5
  9. scot71

    scot71 Jetboaters Lieutenant

    Messages:
    821
    Location:
    Williamsport, IN
    Ratings:
    +696 / 12
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2004
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    23
    My wife and I just purchased a 2017 Durango GT with the v6 a couple months ago. Although I've only pulled the boat with it once so far, It did an awesome job. The combination of the v6 and 8-speed transmission work very well together. It never felt like it was working hard at all. I'm not sure what kind of mileage I am going to get while towing (since I've only done it once so far) but I can say that in normal everyday driving it is easy to get 25-26 mpg.
    20170930_164227.jpg
     
    • Like Like x 2
  10. d_coyne1984

    d_coyne1984 Jetboaters Lieutenant

    Messages:
    541
    Location:
    Minneapolis, MN
    Ratings:
    +517 / 4
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2014
    Boat Model:
    AR192
    Boat Length:
    19
    New tow pig! Traded in my 2011 V6 Grand Cherokee for a Ram 1500 with the 5.7. I can't wait to try towing the boat in the spring. 20171208_083514.jpg 20171208_084548.jpg
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Love It Love It x 1
  11. scot71

    scot71 Jetboaters Lieutenant

    Messages:
    821
    Location:
    Williamsport, IN
    Ratings:
    +696 / 12
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2004
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    23
    You're gonna love it!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  12. SCP1

    SCP1 Jet Boat Lover

    Messages:
    264
    Location:
    WI
    Ratings:
    +103 / 1
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    AR
    Boat Length:
    19
    Your going to need a bigger boat, lol...
     
  13. d_coyne1984

    d_coyne1984 Jetboaters Lieutenant

    Messages:
    541
    Location:
    Minneapolis, MN
    Ratings:
    +517 / 4
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2014
    Boat Model:
    AR192
    Boat Length:
    19
    My thoughts exactly!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  14. 2kwik4u

    2kwik4u Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    204
    Location:
    Georgetown, IN
    Ratings:
    +129 / 10
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    AR
    Boat Length:
    19
    I thought this exact same thing the first time I towed my AR190 with my new fullsize pickup........."Clearly I need a bigger boat now!" :D :D
     
    • Like Like x 1
  15. d_coyne1984

    d_coyne1984 Jetboaters Lieutenant

    Messages:
    541
    Location:
    Minneapolis, MN
    Ratings:
    +517 / 4
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2014
    Boat Model:
    AR192
    Boat Length:
    19
    What size drop hitch are you using for your Ram?
     
  16. scot71

    scot71 Jetboaters Lieutenant

    Messages:
    821
    Location:
    Williamsport, IN
    Ratings:
    +696 / 12
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2004
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    23
    2" drop flipped over
     

Share This Page