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I'm looking at a house with a one car garage that measures 10' wide with an 8' wide door. From the back wall to the door is 19.5'. I'm wondering what the biggest bass boat I could fit in there would be. I'd prefer glass, but I'm open to aluminum. I'd like something 17.5' or more, but not sure that I'd have the space. Thoughts?

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A 17' boat is going to be about 18-24" longer at the stern from the motor, when tilted, and there is usually another 2-3' in front of the bow for the trailer.  There are swing tongue trailers, but that only saves you abut two feet.  So a 17.5 boat will have a total length of 21-22' or more.  My 21'10 bullet is 26' long on the trailer.

Here's a good example: http://www.trackerboats.com/boat/specs.cfm?boat=3877

Tracker Pro 160.

Hull: 16'2"

Towing length: 20'

Storage length: 19'

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A 16' boat with a swing away tongue would be all you could get in it. My Lowe is 17'.10'' and will not go in my 24' shop, it would if it had a swing away tongue.

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1 hour ago, J Francho said:

A 17' boat is going to be about 18-24" longer at the stern from the motor, when tilted, and there is usually another 2-3' in front of the bow for the trailer.  There are swing tongue trailers, but that only saves you abut two feet.  So a 17.5 boat will have a total length of 21-22' or more.  My 21'10 bullet is 26' long on the trailer.

Here's a good example: http://www.trackerboats.com/boat/specs.cfm?boat=3877

Tracker Pro 160.

Hull: 16'2"

Towing length: 20'

Storage length: 19'

 

Is the towing length different bc the motor is up?

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Not to throw water on your plan, but if you're serious about fishing, a 1 car garage just isn't big enough.   You're looking for houses that fit your lifestyle, not to fit your lifestyle into some particular house.   Of course I realize that often compromises have to be made.  If you can afford it, a storage locker is an option.   Me - I live on  acreage in a rural area.   When my fishing habit outgrew my garage I built a bigger shed.   In hindsight, I with I had built 50 x 90 rather and 30 x 40.

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Don't trust the specs that the boat websites give on storage length!  Take a tape measure and go do it yourself.  I found that out the hard way and I have to angle park my boat to make it fit and I thought it would fit backing straight in based on the specs.  The good thing is that most newer models of boat trailers come standard with swing away tongues now that'll save you some space.

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58 minutes ago, tcbass said:

Is the towing length different bc the motor is up?

That's what I'm thinking.

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Watch out for single stall garages!!!!

 

 

I have always had a 2 car garage door. So my boat easily fits in it. Moved into a new house that had 3 single stalls but was over 30 feet deep. I thought great for my 17' foot boat! I backed the boat up and it looked tight, so I put the truck in park and got out and looked. It looked really tight. I measured it and the garage door opening was too narrow by 1/2 of an inch. I couldn't believe it. So I couldn't park my boat in my new house. That sucked. 

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All great advice above. Might be able to squeeze a small 17 footer in there, but it will be close. Would definitely have to have swing-away/drop tongue, remove engine from the toter and trim straight down, perhaps even turn engine all the way to one side in addition to gain valuable inches - or slightly angle the entire boat once inside to utilize the extra diagonal length. No way to know for certain though because it will all depend upon the specific combination you buy. Every boat will be different. Things like length and horsepower of the engine, jackplate or not, where the tongue actually breaks away on the trailer, the beam and actual trailer width, etc. Only way to know is take exact measurements of a boat you're interested in and then try and measure out in your garage. Better yet, make the purchase contingent upon it fitting in your garage and you bringing it home to try first. Guessing you'll end up with something closer to 16' when it's all said and done B)

-T9

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I have a 17'6" Triton TR-175 with 115 Optimax, swing tongue trailer in a 19'8" garage parked straight back. There is about 2" clearance.

8' wide opening would be very close!

Tom

 

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Is there room  on the property to put up one of the metal carports to store your boat?

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There's no room for a carport. I have an extra space in my driveway, so if I get anything larger, I'll have to park it outside. My wife and I really like this particular home, so I might just have to deal with it. I might be able to extend the garage out another foot or so.

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22 hours ago, Megastink said:

I'm looking at a house with a one car garage that measures 10' wide with an 8' wide door. From the back wall to the door is 19.5'. I'm wondering what the biggest bass boat I could fit in there would be. I'd prefer glass, but I'm open to aluminum. I'd like something 17.5' or more, but not sure that I'd have the space. Thoughts?

I say that space is Too Small for storing any serious bass fishing craft regardless of hull material.   When extending an establish structure there are a number of factors that come into play, many you have no control over; zoning, home owners BS, etc. 

Storing your boat inside is Really nice, for many obvious reasons. Don't settle.  Keep Looking.  Getting into a place with sufficient storage for something that plays such a HUGE role in your life makes sense and should definitely play a role in your home buying decision making matrix.

I bet your wife would understand.

Good Luck

A-Jay

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way too small. get the house if you like it and just deal with it. A bass boat really needs a larger storage area. 

try and find a storage unit for the winter and always cover it up when not in use outside. I paid something like 91$ a month for a 10x30 in a really nice area when I needed one. really awesome unit/clean/insulated and only needed it 5 months a year. 

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The problem the OP has isn't length, a 17'6" bass boat like mine fits easily, the issue is 8' width.

My boat is in a 3 car wide garage, plenty of room to walk around if the garage door is open.

Most bass boat trailers are close to 8' wide finder to finder and that is the issue with a 8' wide single garage door.

Tom

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