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Old 19 July 2014, 10:26   #1
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I have recently purchased a Quicksilver 380HD with a mariner 25hp engine on the back. I am currently trailering this to my local slipway, Brixham. The slipway is quite steep and my car seems to struggle pulling the boat out of the water.

I have a ford focus 1.6 petrol (2011) I wasn't intending on getting the boat when I purchased the car. I assumed it would be okay as the weight of the trailer and boat is less than 300kg but it still seems to struggle.

My question is... Would changing it to a 2.0L focus make a big difference? I'm guessing I don't need a 4x4 to pull a <4m boat out of the water?

I was also looking at changing to the likes of a passat or maybe something similar would that be okay to tow it up the slip?

What are other people using to launch similar boats?
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Old 19 July 2014, 10:57   #2
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Just use a long rope attached to the trailer so the car is more on the level.
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Old 19 July 2014, 11:23   #3
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Just use a long rope attached to the trailer so the car is more on the level.
I have been doing that but it doesn't seem like an ideal solution in the long term, the slip can be quite busy and I may be limited on space to do that.
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Whats the problem, lack of grip or lack of power ?
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Whats the problem, lack of grip or lack of power ?
Feels like a shortage of power to be honest
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If its a power problem, the only solution is a heavier right foot and probably some burning clutch and rubber. Failing that you could reverse up the slip, pulling the boat up using your front tow eye (reverse is the lowest gear in the box) but its not something I would recommend on a regular basis.

The other solution is to use a less steep slipway, I have used Torquay and that is quite a gentle gradient.
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What are other people using to launch similar boats?
My boat is larger and heavier with a 40hp engine. I get 45 US mpg (19 km/l) not towing and 32 US mpg (13.6 km/l) towing. Never had a problem at any boat ramp. Although now I never put the trailer in the water, I just use the launch wheels. I suppose at a busy ramp I would use the trailer, or in fresh water.

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What rope do you use to pull it up the slipway?
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What rope do you use to pull it up the slipway?
If someone was going to do it that way, I would recommend a tow strap. You might need a larger jockey wheel too.
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I'm surprised you are struggling with power. I've used less capable cars with heavier loads ok. Only time I've struggled has been a grip issue.
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