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Old 19 April 2014, 06:55   #31
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Another daft towing question - if you have a trailer rated over 750kgs, but you only ever use it to go from a secure compound to the slip (less than 100 metres along a public road) - so effectively it's only used as a launching trolley, does it still need to have brakes?

How does it work for yacht cradles (which weigh 10+ tons) that get towed along a short sections of public highway from the slip to a compound (for example) - is there a speed restriction or something? Or is it all completely illegal?
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If you go on a public road then the law applies whether it's for 100 yards or 100 miles I'm afraid.

I'm not sure about cradles but you'd like to think the operators are covered & legal as their business depends on it.


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Use the jockey wheel to lift the front wheels off the ground, its becomes as single axle trailer then
Agreed, that's what I do. When empty, it makes the trailer a doddle to manoeuvre by hand. It was mentioned earlier, but no one took any notice.
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Does it work when the boat is on it too? I have to push it straight down the drive then turn it round a corner to tuck it down the side of the garage over a patio stone track.


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Does it work when the boat is on it too? I have to push it straight down the drive then turn it round a corner to tuck it down the side of the garage over a patio stone track.


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Yeah, but you'd need a quality jockey, maybe a pneumatic and a decent drive. Not a crazy paving affair.
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Hmm, back to looking at single axles then I think. Thanks for the info.


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Hmm, it would seem that no trailer manufacturers or outlets within the area are open this weekend! There goes my plan to browse this afternoon!!


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The driveway!

As clarification, here's the driveway and temporary "track" I have to cope with when putting the boat away. It's all done by hand as there isn't enough room off the drive to back in with a large trailer.

The boat rolls down the red drive (just seen to the right hand side) and then I have to slew it round onto the patio stone pathway and manouevre it round by hand so it goes down the side of my garage, with the nose tucking in next to the neighbours garage.

So I'm guessing a 4 wheel trailer would be too hard for this?
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As clarification, here's the driveway and temporary "track" I have to cope with when putting the boat away. It's all done by hand as there isn't enough room off the drive to back in with a large trailer.

The boat rolls down the red drive (just seen to the right hand side) and then I have to slew it round onto the patio stone pathway and manouevre it round by hand so it goes down the side of my garage, with the nose tucking in next to the neighbours garage.

So I'm guessing a 4 wheel trailer would be too hard for this?
Yes you will definitely struggle with a twin axle trailer into & out of that spot twin axle trailers are numb to manoeuvre by hand

even trying to lift the front is difficult as your trying to take the load off the front axle which should be taking 50% ish of the trailers load, most jockey wheels are rated around 75kg which is the usual nose weight recommended for trailers

trying to lift the weight on the jockey wheel makes them difficult to push even over the slightest pebble or step in a slab & its also likely to be damaged as they are usually extended quite high to lift the front axle off the ground

I always think twin axle trailers are a pita for boats anyway,twice the things to go wrong & twice the maintenance

unless the boat is way over the sensible capacity of a single axle then i'd chose a single every time
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Thanks for that, it's what I thought and I prefer the single axle for the reasons you've just confirmed.

I'm hoping to get the gravel tarmac'd to match the rest of the drive and make it easier - but the over-weight boat has now forced me to have to pay for a trailer instead of tarmac!
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