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Old 24 September 2016, 04:17   #11
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I've actually been in touch with the RYA about this and their findings were the same.
Last communication from them, they were going to try to arrange meetings with the various recovery companies to try to sort something out..
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Since you can't tow a trailer over 7m unless your vehicle is >3500kg its a moot point for most people innit?

https://www.gov.uk/towing-with-car/c...d-width-limits
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Since you can't tow a trailer over 7m unless your vehicle is >3500kg its a moot point for most people innit?

https://www.gov.uk/towing-with-car/c...d-width-limits
Think you'll find there are many of us tow over 7m on a regular basis
Although all legal trailers are 7m long as you don't count the draw bar or overhang so I guess technically if you have a legal trailer then the recovery clubs should recover it if they offer recovery up to 7m
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Think you'll find there are many of us tow over 7m on a regular basis
Well quite. I must be on or over the threshold myself. But it would appear that if so, most of us are towing 'illegally'. Certainly anyone towing a 7m rib with a Disco or smaller is 'illegal'. And if you're towing 'illegally' then I suspect any arrangement you might have with a recovery/insurance company would be difficult to enforce.

NB this 7m thing is new information to me recently and concerns me greatly, so I'm definitely not being holier-than-thou here.
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Think you'll find there are many of us tow over 7m on a regular basis
Although all legal trailers are 7m long as you don't count the draw bar or overhang so I guess technically if you have a legal trailer then the recovery clubs should recover it if they offer recovery up to 7m
Maybe worth checking
Rac, aa and greenflag count the drawbar and all over hang so it is only a 5.5m ish boat.
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Dan your not illegal as you don't count the draw bar or overhang I thing your getting into dodgy Territory once your up to 9-10m
The 7m rule has been around a long time
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What counts as 'overhang'? My trailer extends all the way to the transom?

I guess when they ask you what the length of the trailer is you say "less than 7m" because it's a legal trailer,
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I don't know what to tell you.

The ones I called will not cover anything if the total length is over 7m period. It is that simple unfortunately and if they tell you otherwise it is a sales ploy and or good luck with the recovery driver. Their insurance doesn't cover the length of their wagon plus more than a total of 7m one of them told me.
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How long is the boat? if it's on a trailer manufactured by one of the big makers within the last 15 years or so then chances are it's completely legal
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I'm more worried about insurance at the moment, I heard recently of a caravan claim being refused because the van was longer than 7m.
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