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Old 07 September 2017, 08:47   #1
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Towing with a car

Hi everyone.
We're pretty new to the water and we were looking for a jetski but changed our mine and think a rib will be more family friendly. I have looked about and think a 5.5 90hp rib would suit our needs family days out and a bit of fishing around Anglesey where my caravan is but I've just bought a new car and don't want to change it again. it a Ford Focus estate 1.5 tdci with a towing capacity of 1200kg would this be fine to tow a rib with and what would it be like on a slipway
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Old 07 September 2017, 08:50   #2
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Check unbraked towing weight as 5.5m might be unbraked.
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Old 07 September 2017, 08:54   #3
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Unbraked towing weigh is 690kg
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Old 07 September 2017, 09:00   #4
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It all depends, my RC 545 weighs in at 1900kg on the trailer, that's fully fuelled & ready to go. I doubt that many folk actually put their outfits on to a weighbridge, I certainly had a surprise when I weighed mine.
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A 545 at 1900kg!!!!

My 6.8 is 1910kg on single axle trailer. I assume it is about 1980kg on the 4 wheel. Not been back to weight it yet.

Your trailer must be like 700-800kg surely.

That is on a weight bridge I should add.
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Marky, 9d280 on here (not been about for a while) towed an old Humber about that size with a focus quite happily. Typically launching singlehanded etc too. The only isssue you might find is on tricky slipways where good planning, some rope and taking your time can solve most things.
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A 545 at 1900kg!!!!

My 6.8 is 1910kg on single axle trailer. I assume it is about 1980kg on the 4 wheel. Not been back to weight it yet.

Your trailer must be like 700-800kg surely.

That is on a weight bridge I should add.


You do the math
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Wow almost 2 ton for a sub 6m really wow

Looking at a few 5.5 and 6m boats they are 300kg hulls with 1 ton payload
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This is boat with about 180lts of fuel.
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Wow almost 2 ton for a sub 6m really wow


Yup, heavy lay up boat, 170l of fuel, 140hp engine, twin batteries, Ullmans, anchor + twin axle trailer, 2spare wheels, electric winch+battery. It soon adds up.
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