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Old 12 June 2007, 11:46   #11
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For people passed after 1st Jan 1997 you can drive:
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Vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes (category B) with a 750kg trailer (4.25 tonnes total MAM).

Category B vehicles with larger trailers i.e. > 750kg, provided that the combined MAM does not exceed 3.5 tonnes and the gross MAM of the trailer does not exceed the unladen weight of the towing vehicle. To be able to tow combinations outside this ruling requires the passing of an additional test.
Hmm...Looks like you could get away with it then.
So if your trailer is under 750kg MAM then your fine?
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Old 12 June 2007, 12:04   #12
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I know that other people agree with you too, but I've just had enough of struggling with floorboards with cold hands at the end of the day. Maybe my Zodiac was particularly bad - it was a real fight to disengage the aluminium stringers from the floorboards.

I've not owned an air floor inflatable, but that will be my choice on the next one I buy. Maybe I'll change my mind again after actually living with it for a while!

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having only ever owned air floor sibs i would say the air floor is fine for most occassions and is much comfier to sit on than a wood floor, but to me the hard floor s are probably more rigid.

also dont land any bass in your boat as their spines will puncture the floor with tiny tiny little air holes....happend on the bombard aerotec thing.

also check the physical size of the boat when stowed in its bag as my quicksilver 3.4 airdeck fits in the landy td5 just widthways and the engine sits next to it....yam 15hp , i dont think they would fit in a normal car boot to be honest, but would probably fit in an estate or hatch longways

also you will have a prob manhandling a 25hp whereas the 15 is comfortably managable

choose launcing wheels carefully as some work a hell of a lot better than others

hope that helps
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Old 12 June 2007, 14:03   #13
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Thanks for all the replies

I really was hoping to be able to go on the sea with it in a bit more than just flat calm... so have been looking at 4m Seariders... this one's pretty old but comes with a lot of stuff, what's it worth do you reckon:

http://search.ebay.co.uk/250126138259

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Old 12 June 2007, 14:08   #14
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That looks nice. We had a 1988 Yamaha and it ran faultlessly for 2 years untill we sold the boat. Great engines.
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Old 12 June 2007, 14:32   #15
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Good engine-the RNLI used them for years- and the tubes have been refurbished. Go for it. I'd expect it to go for quite a bit over the current bid though.
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Old 12 June 2007, 14:52   #16
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jeffs, wise choice to be looking at ribs rather than inflatables trust me if you buy an inflatable you will only want a rib once you see the difference is sea keeping. The hull on a rib is designed to give you a safe comfortable ride in lumpy seas, with an inflatable you risk being bounced out of the boat if you go to fast in even a mild moderate sea, and i have seen this happen on more than one occasion. The one on ebay looks a good boat but as nos said it will probably go for more money, what is your budget for a boat? i will keep my eye open for you.
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Old 12 June 2007, 15:24   #17
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I've only _just_ started looking into it to be honest... haven't even organised a tow bar on my car yet... so I've no idea about budget - but didn't want to be splashing (scuse pun) out loads initially on the offchance that when I find out the whole picture, I won't be that keen...

Didn't expect such a positive response regarding that particular boat - was just seeing what you thought... but I'll sleep on it now you've all been so positive about it.

NB. How much is it to fit a towbar on a Toyota Lucida? I've seen some DIY towbar kits on Ebay for about 150... but are they generally difficult to install? Don't they need to be MOT tested or anything?
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NB. How much is it to fit a towbar on a Toyota Lucida? I've seen some DIY towbar kits on Ebay for about 150... but are they generally difficult to install? Don't they need to be MOT tested or anything?
That seems a bit expensive. From memory I paid about 180 for both of mine (different cars) fully fitted. But took some shopping around. You can DIY fit (no inspection required). If its badly fitted or falling off or anything then it would probably constitute an MoT failure when it is next done (and would therefore make the car unroadworthy - so illegal!)
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20 Mins to go on that auction.... and it's up to 1550... is that still good value?

http://search.ebay.co.uk/250126138259
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120 seconds. Anyone??!??!?
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