The Defender is absolutely the best thing for launch and recovery in dodgy beach conditions, plenty of weight in the rear where you need it and therefore bags of grip.
Most of the time I use the Ford Ranger crewcab which is good but a bit light in the back end if you got a trailer stuck in softish beach conditions. Works well enough most of the time though, and on a concrete slip you wouldn't need low range (though it is never a bad thing to have)
A Boat is a hole in the water, surrounded by fibreglass, into which you throw money...
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