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How big a boat can I fit in my garage?

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
Here's the deal. I moved into a 55+ Community and they don't have a place to park a boat and trailer. They also don't allow a boat in the driveway. However, I do have a two car garage that is about 20X20 and I am thinking of trying to keep one in there.

I am thinking of getting a 16' or 17' boat with an outboard on a trailer for bay fishing. I previously owned a 17' Aquasport with an 85HP Yamaha on a trailer. Does anyone have a similar rig and could you tell me the overall measurement from the front of the hitch to the prop.

Thanks for the help.

Spig
post #2 of 26
Spig,
They make trailers that fold at the tongue, saving a few feet
Nitro882 has one. Perhaps he'll chime in later.
post #3 of 26
You may need to check out the Folding or hinged trailer coupler. That may get you an extra foot or more into the garage.
Looks like this:
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post #4 of 26
In a single door, you can probably get a 16' in. Double door, diagonally maybe a foot or two more. In addition to a folding tongue, you may be able to stick the tongue further into the trailer. years ago I put a 15' boat in, on a trailer that was good for up to 17' (or so I was told).
post #5 of 26
height also needs to be taken into consideration. no high windshields or t-tops.
post #6 of 26
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by JayC View Post
You may need to check out the Folding or hinged trailer coupler. That may get you an extra foot or more into the garage.
Looks like this:


I checked the folder out on the internet. Looks good and could be very useful.

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Originally Posted by ZacS View Post
height also needs to be taken into consideration. no high windshields or t-tops.


Thanks, almost forgot about that. Maybe something with a removable windscreen if I can find it or make it.

Keep it coming guys. I NEED a boat.

Spig
post #7 of 26
Please besure to measure the depth of your garage on the side where you plan to keep the boat. I have been looking at the 55 communities and gargaes range from 18 feet. They are almost useless!
Oh, you can spend extra for an extended version
post #8 of 26
If it is a 2 bay garage could you make another entry in the end of the garage so you could back the boat in lengthwise? That is assuming you don't want to use the garage for your cars. You could make the entry as wide and high as you need it....just an idea...if it's a one bay garage I don't think it would make much difference...dunno..maybe it would.
post #9 of 26
Oops, never mind. You said it was a 20x20 garage so it wouldn't matter which way you came in you'd still have the same amount of room. My bad. Penny
post #10 of 26
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Originally Posted by lovefishn View Post
Oops, never mind. You said it was a 20x20 garage so it wouldn't matter which way you came in you'd still have the same amount of room. My bad. Penny

He lives in a retirement community where the houses are 15 feet apart. Unless he has a corner lot
post #11 of 26
There are a few marinas that have do it yourself storage, pay to leave the boat there on the trailer. If you need a boat that bad it might be a option.
post #12 of 26
My boat is 18'2 and with the folding tongue and outboard just fits into a 24' deep garage. A 20 foot garage does not give you much room for a boat.
post #13 of 26
How big a boat can I fit in my garage?

measure the length of the garage, next subtract 2 feet for outboard motor, next subtract 2 feet- assuming folding tongue is being used. what evere you have left is your length of boat........Get the length boat you want, not what your garage can handle. Buy a well made cover and keep it outside
post #14 of 26
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by ehiney View Post
How big a boat can I fit in my garage?

Get the length boat you want, not what your garage can handle. Buy a well made cover and keep it outside


Sorry hiney. Re-read original post. Can't park boat outsid. Community regulations. I knew it before I bought but it is just starting to sink in.
post #15 of 26
I am in a similar situation. My condo association does not allow boats in driveways. I have a 17' CC I slip in season, but the off season is a little bit of a pain. My boat, motor, trailer fits length-wise. However, not height wise. I had to remove the windshield and an aluminum bar near the CC to make it fit. Double check the height of your garage against the boat. Also, check to see what you can temporarily remove from the boat as needed.
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