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Old 02 December 2008, 14:36   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: sussex
Boat name: jumbuck
Make: avon adventurer
Length: 4m +
Engine: honda 40 4stroke
MMSI: T124849
Join Date: Apr 2008
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Towing vehicle

I am now the concieted owner of a 4.5 mtr avon adventurer,powered by 40hp 4stroke Honda. Problem is it was bought on a whim and not much thought was given to a vehicle to tow it. Sadly my 22year old nissan micra is not really up to the job. I did borow a suzuki jeep for a couple of days but was not impressed,. too heavy,juicy and my wife has difficulty driving it
Like most I guess what I buy must serve a dual purpose, my pleasure and the chores of life. I am not sure of the total weight and dont plan on taking it veryfar, 10 miles? to the slipway.Complete with unbraked trailer it cant weigh more than 500kilos, Ithink.
I am considering a 1600 estate or similar but would really apreciate the experiance of others who have similar. I dont want too much power or anything flash , just enough to get me in the water..

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Old 02 December 2008, 14:59   #2
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Country: UK - England
Town: The wilds of Wiltshire
Boat name: WhiteNoise/Dominator
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Diesel Rover 420 or 418. I've towed the 5.4 with one a couple of times and it's never had a problem. Still does 35mpg while towing too.
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Old 05 December 2008, 14:36   #3
Country: UK - England
Town: Norfolk
Make: Redbay
Length: 7m +
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I wouldn't worry too much with a smallish weight on the back. I used to tow a 4.1m RIB with Mariner 40 on the back about 220 miles from Norfolk to Portsmouth and launch on a regular basis. (The punto managed to tow an Arctic 22 on the drive way too without blowing up) Any decent hatchback should manage that without too much fuss
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