Originally Posted by 9D280
One thing to watch if you go down the "4x4 car" route - much increased running costs due to the extra weight, the torque converter that will inevitably die, and unless it is fitted with auto freewheeling hubs or similar will chew through tyres a lot quicker than a 2wd.... Not to mention the fuel consumption.
I;ve been hauling a not too dissimilar boat out the water for years using a 2.0l Focus diesel estate (manual gbx). Yes, There are slips that I wouldnlt take it down, but at the same time Ipd be wary of taking any 4WD down them.....
Do you use the same slip(s) all the time? Are they steep & weedy? - Has your Astra ever failed you with the current boat? - The answers to that will give you a good feel for whether you need a "super tractor" or not......
I suspect like a lot of us your tow car also needs to keep you & your family mobile as cheaply & comfortably as possible for the other 98% of the year!
98% of the time I could manage with MX5 (Mrs B is long gone
and both the kids are mobile these days
Primarily I use three slips :-
Weymouth/Portland Sailing acadamy - easy launch recovery on any tide for the Astra sometimes have to rope to get trailer deep enough to launch/recover
Brixham - Steep!! but wide, even if I get car at 45 degrees it can struggle at low tide (wet/weed) with traction and torque
Swanage - Have to rope on anything other than high tides then very steep incline to boat park car has struggled with torque and traction
Spent most of yesterday digesting all the advise and scanning autotrader, at the moment am thinking 2 -2.5L .... Desiel/auto/estate ... Passat/Mondeo/Octovia not what I really want 98% of the time but options appear a bit limited