Originally Posted by Poly
Dubrus, I think the other thing about using a big domestic car for 6.5m tow duties is where you are going to launch. Steep, slimy slips are 4x4 territory. BUT you can pay a lot of nice marina slipway fees, and even launch tractors for your insurance and tax cost on a second car.
Poly, to put this into perspective i can only use largs marina as an example as i know of no where else that does tractor launches other than loch lomond.
the slipway is fairly steep but it isn't slimey as it is kept in good nick, as is my own one at kip marina, not a single ounce of growth on those slipways.
Largs charge 11 quid to launch and 11 quid to recover or it is about 30+30 quid (dont quote me on that but it is in that ball park) for the tractor to do it if not comfortable putting car/4x4 on slipway. if you buy a cheap 4x4 of say 1k, insure it, tax etc then you can get a LOT of launches for that money and not worry about the second car issue.
i have been towing my 6.8 with my xtrail for circa 18 months, it does 50mpg solo, 200 ish roadtax and 4wd on demand if i need it. on a slipway i normally let the front wheels spin a bit as tyres are cheaper than a clutch. if need be i will use 4wd option...amazing car IMO.
there are a lot of people on the forum who just say the boat costs x just buy a 4x4 and accept it. but there is a difference between spending wisely and throwing it away.
unfortunately once you go over 2000kg the car choice is practically gone and you are into only a handful of bigger cars/small 4x4's or big 4x4's...i have been procrastinating for MONTHS about changing mine as i give the govt enough without 500 quid for taxing a 4x4 to sit on my driveway 5 days a week to tow my boat 10 miles to the marina 90% of the time.
anyways, only the OP can decide if they need/want another bus for their boat duties but IF the volvo is an auto (4wd advantageous) and slipway used is clean then no reason you couldn't use it for short-medium trip launching duties IMO....that is assuming your 6.4 is under 1800kg ofcourse to begin with!
i categorically would not have bought mine if i knew it HAD to go on a 4 wheel trailer to be legal due to double storage fee price and i know i am in proper 4x4 territory which doesn't suit my normal life away from boats but hey ho........cracking boat though and i won't sell it so needs must!!!!