Originally Posted by David G
If someone says to me "I'm never going to tow because it wrecks my clutch on the slipway, it wrecks my brakes on the trip etc etc" then should I believe them or suggest to them that either they are driving badly or have an inadequate vehicle?
From a people-centred perspective, if someone said that, I'd not bother letting them tow anyway as it would seem like they will be looking for a whinge whatever the truth may be. I'd also worry for the boat if it was being towed in a way the 'wrecked' the car - eg sharp braking, fast around corners etc.
Equally, I'd then think how that person compensates others for towing the boat (if he/she is using it) if they allege the damage is so significant.
From towing between, two 500kg horses, a large caravan and my 5m RIB across the length of Scotland (not at the same time!) I'd say yes to the consumables and fuel, but no to the "wrecking" statement