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Old 22 August 2011, 08:48   #11
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A Jeep Grand Cherokee 2.7CRD - Great car for almost anything and very assured on steep or slippery launch sites.. I have a 2002 model - you can pick up nice ones for about 5K these days....
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Old 22 August 2011, 14:10   #12
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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)
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Old 22 August 2011, 14:33   #13
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I tow and launch my Ribcraft 5.3 with a vectra 1.9 and it's absolutely fine (5.8 is not much heavier) - have been doing so for nearly 5 years. Like all front wheel drive cars if you are on a steep slip sitting in weed then it will scrabble for grip but easily solved with a bit of rope and moving onto a weed free bit of the slip! If the slip is weed free then no problem.

I got the boat stuck once and the car couldn't pull it out but the trailer wheels had sunk into the sand at the bottom of the slipway and nothing was going to move it other than a proper 4x4 with low box!

Just my 2c tho No guarantee it will work for you
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Old 22 August 2011, 15:56   #14
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"The only issue is that I drive a vauxhall vectra" queue Jeremy Clarkson!
It works for me with my boat (albeit a smaller one)

A vectra is just like a porsche. Just looks, feels, and handles differently and probably costs the same to run now its ten years old...
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Old 22 August 2011, 16:21   #15
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No problem. I use to toey RC 596 with mariner 150 on with am Astra 1,9. Now have a Kis Sorento Wichita doesake it easier!
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"The only issue is that I drive a vauxhall vectra" queue Jeremy Clarkson!
Coming from a "valiant" rib owner!

Cue (rather than queue) Ribnet!

Whilst the vectra may struggle a little on power/torque, it would certainly pull it and launch it. It may struggle a little on a steep slip or long hills though. Depends on your frequency/distance of towing.
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