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Old 21 April 2007, 01:32   #251
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So what does a 6.5 vipermax weigh or are we all guessing


There's a public weighbridge down the road I'll try it next week anyone want to take a guess

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i took phils steed on the weighbridge when i finished her' full tank of fuel sure it was 1480 sumat just under 1500, but to be honest sbs trailers aint the lightest out there,and i have put more than enougth stainless bits on her
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Old 21 April 2007, 03:20   #252
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Lovely boat Phil. I`m sure the Picasso will tow just fine, but I fear that you could draw some attention from the VOSA people, for the simple reason that the car looks a tad on the small side. Could become a pain if stopped too often, just a thought...
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Old 23 April 2007, 05:35   #253
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...and not a bad thought Vince.

The Vipermax now lives within Chichester Marina and only moves a few hundred yards when I launch her.
I did look at the new C4 Picasso but the towing limit was only 880kgs.

The Picasso launches well for what it is and recovery is easy with no wheel spin.

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Come on, I know its not everyone's cup of tea but its not that bad!!
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Old 23 April 2007, 07:01   #254
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...and not a bad thought Vince.

The Vipermax now lives within Chichester Marina and only moves a few hundred yards when I launch her.
I did look at the new C4 Picasso but the towing limit was only 880kgs.

The Picasso launches well for what it is and recovery is easy with no wheel spin.

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Come on, I know its not everyone's cup of tea but its not that bad!!

We kept a boat there for 14years until 2002 - chi marina is a great place to launch - the slip is almost horizontal (compared to some!) and with the marina having a lock you are always pulling away on clean concrete! (no tide) (and the added bonus that the surface foot or so of water up that end of the marina is virtually fresh with the overflow from the fields and surrounding nature reserve means the trailer is subject to less corrosion every dunking.
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Old 06 May 2007, 08:35   #257
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we tow with 4 vehicles at the mo, here are two that are probably not the normal tow vehicles.

The beemer tows like a dream and is the best tow vehicle we have, (others are a Discovery TD5 and a saab 95 turbo)
The burstner tows fine as well and is not nearly as bad as it looks as the boat is the same width as the motorhome give an inch or two. problem is you have no perspective on just how long the whole outfit is when you are driving. the engine has been tuned up quite a bit with a 50% increase in HP with chipping and Intercooler mods etc from new so it does nip along a bit.
All i need to do now is find a suitable slipway for launching with the Burstner we are over 17m in length
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looks alot different from the beginning... that boat is going to scream with that motor on it!
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Old 12 May 2007, 09:33   #259
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we tow with 4 vehicles at the mo, here are two that are probably not the normal tow vehicles.

The beemer tows like a dream and is the best tow vehicle we have, (others are a Discovery TD5 and a saab 95 turbo)
The burstner tows fine as well and is not nearly as bad as it looks as the boat is the same width as the motorhome give an inch or two. problem is you have no perspective on just how long the whole outfit is when you are driving. the engine has been tuned up quite a bit with a 50% increase in HP with chipping and Intercooler mods etc from new so it does nip along a bit.
All i need to do now is find a suitable slipway for launching with the Burstner we are over 17m in length
we launched today using the saab at ichenor on the gravel/stones,

the saab tows ok on the road but is nowhere as good as the beemer, the beemer seems to keep the boat very stead with very little bouncing, the saab had a lot more bounce probably due to soft suspension whereas the beemer has mtech sports which makes it quite firm

on the gravel the saab was useless trying to retrive the boat, Ian tried with his volvo and that could not do much better, basically they are both front wheel drive cars which is the problem. Luckly an old short wheel landy turned up and he pulled it up the gravel bank for us....

will try the saab at camber dock next time and see how it fares there on concrete

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Old 13 May 2007, 11:08   #260
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I launch and recover there, boat and trailer about 1500Kg. I was concerned about the ability of my car to do the job (a passat).
But I have found that all you need is a 30 metre piece of rope, to get the car onto flat ground, and it is a doddle.

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