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Old 01 September 2018, 14:00   #1
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On or over the limit?

I run a A4 3.0tdi with a max towing limit of 2.1 tonnes would this be over the max weight limit? https://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/...ft-7-5m/230269.
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Old 01 September 2018, 14:06   #2
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Ask Xk59D on here, he has something pretty similar
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The answer is maybe, I think it will be tight. My 6.8 is just over 2k.

Looks like trailer is about 1m short too or needs moved forward.
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Rule of thumb 85 % of car towing weight would be around 1780kg if you're boat does not come over this weight you should be fine this allows for steep hills and to give the clutch some breathing space if you know what I mean you still have a wee bit power spare if you need it
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Old 01 September 2018, 15:38   #5
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I'd regularly pull a Redbay Stormforce 7.4 with twin Yamaha 115hp 4 stroke engines dive boat with a single console and folding seat.

Fully fuelled she's 2.6t on the trailer. That said she has a 315l tank.

You might save 75-100kg on the engine (single vs twin) but I still can't see a boat of that size being less than or equal 2.1t.

Saying that you won't know for definite until it goes up on a weighbridge.
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It'd be bloody close if it is under 2.1 tonnes.

Lot of boat for the money though.
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Rule of thumb 85 % of car towing weight would be around 1780kg if you're boat does not come over this weight you should be fine this allows for steep hills and to give the clutch some breathing space if you know what I mean you still have a wee bit power spare if you need it


Think your mistaking the 85% ďruleĒ itís not of the towing weight, itís 85% of the car weight.
That car will be an automatic and it will piss that boat easily, whether itís legal or not is a different matter
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Think your mistaking the 85% “rule” it’s not of the towing weight, it’s 85% of the car weight.
That car will be an automatic and it will piss that boat easily, whether it’s legal or not is a different matter
I think the trailer "85% rule" applies to "unbraked" trailers where that figure may be less than the standard 750kg if you're towing with a small car.

However it's not a limiting factor with a braked trailer..eg a land rover, around 2.5 tons is rated to pull 3.5 tons braked.

The car may be an automatic but if it's not a traditional fluid torque converter and using a " dual dry clutch system" pulling it up a slip will destroy the clutches . They are very fragile to such a degree Audi/Volkswagen reverted back to trad units. You need to find out what's in your car.
The other issue is if you're in an accident towing illegally the your insurance company won't be happy.
Just a thought...is your driving licence pre 1997 ?
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Trailer does look too short, all that weight hanging over the back might be an issue. My 7.5M on a trailer the transome would be roughly inline or just over last set of wobble rollers, then there are two tubes that come out from the trailer to secure the light board.
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Old 02 September 2018, 04:33   #10
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Thanks for the replies guys! My car is a manual and quattro, towed the 5.85 like there was nothing on the back (same with a 6m caravan!). The 5.85 was sold to a friend in North Uist (we've been out to St Kilda in it since), hence looking for a replacement, maybe not immediately.....?
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