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Old 08 November 2015, 04:17   #11
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As has already been said, when you've got it load it up as normal & take it to a local weighbridge. You'll then know for certain & shouldn't get a nasty surprise if stopped & weighed.
I had mine weighed at a local 'civic amenities' site (aka local tip & for anyone in the Leicester area that's the one at Whetstone).
Do a Google to find yours & give them a ring to check they have a weighbridge.
IIRC it was less than a fiver & I was given a signed certificate which lives in the car just in case.

The law says you cannot tow an unbraked trailer that weighs more than 750kgs. Above 750kg it must have brakes.

And a b+e license...to add that into the mix
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And a b+e license...to add that into the mix
License is easy - I'm old
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The weight of the boat shouldn't matter. It's the weight that the trailers rated too (from a legal view) If the trailer is only rated to 750kg you won't need brakes. If it's rated higher they should have them already fitted.

If the boats heavier than 750kg you'd be overloading the trailer unless rated higher.

That's how I'd have thought it anyway!!

What's your trailer rated too?
Trailer ratings include the weight of the trailer AND the load. Therefore you cannot legally tow a 750 boat on a 750kg rated trailer. The rating of the tow vehicle is a secondary issue.
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Trailer ratings include the weight of the trailer AND the load. Therefore you cannot legally tow a 750 boat on a 750kg rated trailer. The rating of the tow vehicle is a secondary issue.

So say a 750kg boat plus the 100kg weight of the trailer is illegal then? And you'll need a higher rated trailer?
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So say a 750kg boat plus the 100kg weight of the trailer is illegal then? And you'll need a higher rated trailer?
Yup
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Notwithstanding the "paper" issues of law/license/car spec etc. Trying to stop an extra 3/4 tonne load with a relatively light family saloon, will fundamentally alter the handling of the car in an emergency stop situation. Hopefully you'll live to regret not going braked.
About 20 years ago, I ran into the back of another car (Astra) whilst towing a 4 wheel braked boat trailer, we were in a traffic jam in October, it was raining & the roads were in that horrible, snotty, greasy autumnal state. I was doing 15mph & just gone into 2nd gear. The traffic stopped, I braked, the wheels on the trailer locked as did the car (both were examined after the accident by the police) we gracefully slid into the back of the Astra, the back window of the Astra blew out & went over the top of the Disco & landed in the boat. The rear of the Astra ceased to be, if there had been anyone on the back seat, they would probably have lost their legs. We closed the A1 for a couple of hours.
The police couldn't find fault with either trailer or vehicle & I wasn't prosecuted, it was "one of those things".
Our 2 year old was asleep in the back & never flinched throughout. The Astra was a write off, we had a cracked headlight on the Disco & drove home. The Policeman in charge at the scene commented on the damage to both vehicles & said that the Disco "wasn't very car friendly" I looked at the damaged Astra & asked him which vehicle would he rather have been in.
So my point?
When it's hitting the fan, you need all the help you can get & you'll be glad of it, regardless of what the law says you can get away with.
I'll get off my soap box now
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IMO get a braked trailer accidents are not to seek stuffing the car with gear isn't the answer at all either.listen to experience
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IMO get a braked trailer accidents are not to seek stuffing the car with gear isn't the answer at all either.listen to experience
+1.....

100kg sounds like a light trailer for a 5.5 mtr boat and 150KG engine.

I towed a 5.2 mtr Seapro with a 75 two stroke (140Kg) with a C220 Merc. (fitted with uprated brakes). Never had it weighed but probably around 700Kg and would have been happier had the trailer been braked.

Whatever the law says, you're expecting the car the stop 50% more than the brakes were designed to stop. It's not a little box trailer and you will be very conscience of the depleted braking efficiency
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If that trailer only weighs 100 kg it's very lightly built mine weighs 200 kg dry weight indespetion vario for a 3.8 m boat 600 kg gross , it will be more like 240-300 kg dry weight possibly more for that size boat.
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you're expecting the car the stop 50% more than the brakes were designed to stop. It's not a little box trailer and you will be very conscience of the depleted braking efficiency
Well if the car is rated to tow the trailer then the brakes were designed for the job - but you are right you will really notice the difference.

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IMO get a braked trailer accidents are not to seek stuffing the car with gear isn't the answer at all either.listen to experience
Agreed, you don't want the hassle of moving batteries. fuel tanks, and anchors every time - it will be a PITA, and the one time you are in a rush and don't bother will be the time it matters.

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Actually depending on his car with a "light" braked trailer he might not. In fact if that is the case it will be a lighter car - and the usefulness of brakes will be all the more.

Whilst braked trailers are extra maintenance and cost they have an extra advantage of a handbrake. (Un)Chocking wheels is one of the extra hassles of using an unbraked trailer especially if single handed.
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