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Old 01 April 2016, 13:26   #1
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Prop overhang from trailer board

Hi all,

What is the law on this - I have a trailer board hung out the back of the trailer on the extending bars but it stops before the prop so that the prop is then overhanging the trailer board by about a foot. I have it covered in an orange prop bag.

Would this comply with any/all relevant regulations?

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Old 01 April 2016, 14:04   #2
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Reckon so but we have some proper light board police on here 🙄
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Old 01 April 2016, 14:36   #3
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Hi all,

What is the law on this - I have a trailer board hung out the back of the trailer on the extending bars but it stops before the prop so that the prop is then overhanging the trailer board by about a foot. I have it covered in an orange prop bag.

Would this comply with any/all relevant regulations?

Cheers

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Yep spot on even better if you have a warning triangle on the prop bag I think but stand corrected your allowed at least 1m from the trailer without looking
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Does the overhang obscure the number plate at all?
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I've been towing 1 of my boats like that for 18 years, never had any bother. And I will continue until PC Plod tells me otherwise !!
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Mine also hung over the light board, had the engine tilted up so that light board not obscured and also had orange prop bag on and no problems experienced. I don't think you will have any issues as long as orange bag in place, doesn't obstruct licence plate and light board working.

I see may boats on trailers with no licence plate or wrong license plate to car towing and never seem to see them pulled over by PC Plod.
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[QUOTE=boristhebold;711151]Mine also hung over the light board, had the engine tilted up so that light board not obscured and also had orange prop bag on and no problems experienced. I don't think you will have any issues as long as orange bag in place, doesn't obstruct licence plate and light board working.
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I see may boats on trailers with no licence plate or wrong license plate to car towing and never seem to see them pulled over by PC Plod.
I see plenty on mobile phones, speeding, etc. I gather 1:10 might not be insured. Number plates not conforming with the rules. All of the above do get caught sometimes. I imagine illegal tow setups do too. Driving like a kn*b will get you in their attention and increase the risk of being pulled... They think they saw you on your phone, you overtook someone and they think you were speeding but know it won't hold up in court...

Or you upset their ANPR camera...

But there are some cops who do have an issue with the detail. And if you'd rather they didn't pull you for a chat you'd be better being seen to be 110% legal than 'no worse' than the others...

1m overhang from the trailer us permitted. Boats have special rules, so I think it's 1m overhang from the boat. If over 1m there are specific rules on marking, otherwise I think it says something like adequately marked. The standard seems to be orange bag or bucket. A high vis vest is also common...

You mustn't obscure the number plate or lights... There are rules where the plate can be read from...
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Boats have special rules, so I think it's 1m overhang from the boat.
What makes you think that?
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Between 1-2 m overhang should be clearly marked by cloth etc NTF site
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Boats have special rules
What makes you think that?
Erm C&U Reg 82(7). However, the exemptions for overhangs appear to only apply specifically to boats intended only for rowing race boats.

So as I understand it...

You can overhang the trailer by up 1m with no additional warnings
By up to 2m with markers
By more than that with a major headache.

The age old issue being that technically the lighting board should be on the trailer not the boat... Modern Type Approved Boat Trailers seem to address this using a metal frame projecting back which the board attaches to. So that frame is part of the trailer and you can legally have projections a further 1 metre back from that...

If you are attaching your trailer board to your boat (as plenty of people do) you are technically breaking the C&U, but in doing so are probably making a lot of sense if you don't have a frame to attach to.
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