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Old 01 February 2004, 17:17   #11
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Aging Youth, dont take this the wrong way, I appreciate the advice, BUT a front towbar would hardly look in keeping with my Audi!!

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I think it would look quite butch!
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Old 01 February 2004, 17:37   #12
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Does the trailer really need to go in so deep?

I've launch there lots of times and never been hit by ferry wash or had to take the car in that deep.
Is it a rollercoaster trailer?
If so just put the boat in reverse and let it pull it self off the trailer.
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Old 01 February 2004, 17:39   #13
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I think it would look quite butch!
Take it from one whose got one - they make parallel parking a lot easier too
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Old 01 February 2004, 20:52   #14
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Simmons0 - Yes its a roller coaster. However the boat wont float off or pull itself off unless I get the back wheels of the car 1inch into the water. As the tow electrics are low on the back anyway they are very close to the water ... and swell causes then to become dunked. The car is very low and the boat is heavy. It takes some pushing to get the bugger off. This is cause the boat is running down hill towards the car, even on the slip, so you are affectively pushing it uphill!! I have yet to see how I can reconfig the trailer and in fact it may make no difference. This is not a good photo but gives an idea of how low the car is

http://www.badviz.com/Galleries/NewB...s/C22_jpg.html

and even in this pic the electrics are about 1inch from the water.

http://www.badviz.com/Galleries/Roun...s/C12_jpg.html

Maybe the only answer if an offroader.
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Old 02 February 2004, 02:41   #15
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Yes i see what you mean. It has to go in that deep.
What engine have you got in that car?
And is is a quattro?
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Old 02 February 2004, 03:07   #16
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Yes its a quattro and has a 2.5 diesel TDI. Pulls like a dream up and more importantly is legal for the boat weight. Its just low!
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Old 02 February 2004, 04:09   #17
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Andy

If that was my car I wouldn't get it anywhere like that close to the water.

In my opinion you should not be messing around waterproofing the trailer socket, but you should get a decent rope between car and trailer and launch your boat properly!

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What about getting a drawbar extension made up - e.g. a piece of steel box section say 15-20f long with a tow hitch at one end and a tow ball at t'other. You could keep it under the trailer/alongside the boat. When you get to the slip unhitch trailer, rig extension and you can still push trailer back down a slip and its all probably a bit safer than mucking around with bits of rope?
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I'm with aging youth on the front towbar. You can be inch perfect on manouevering as ther's much more control and you can see where you're going without cricking your neck / having to use the mirrors.
There are detachable versions available .

http://www.witter-towbars.co.uk/
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Andy Your car looks very low at the back even on level ground, what's your nose weight? and If its ok have you thought about a leveller kit? look at this site www.mad-suspension.co.uk/ they do progressive auxiliary springs which I fitted to my Passat to overcome the same problem.
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