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Old 26 September 2003, 17:49   #11
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Old 17 October 2003, 06:00   #12
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Sorry about replying late - been away!!

Thanks Wavelength, that was what I figured. The same problems apply at Preston marina (+/- 1 hr at high tide I think, with 24 hours notice) - so whatever I do it needs to live on a trailer. With no slipways on the Ribble, I would need to be at either Knott End or Stannah - so all views and experiences of launching and trailing are REALLY appreciated!!

And Mrs R REALLY wouldn't appreciate her company car being abandond a mile or so on the wrong side of the prom............

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Old 17 October 2003, 06:23   #13
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be a little careful when going for huge ribs (8m ish i mean) get some experiance of driving a rib that big. You may find that it takes all the fun out of Ribbing around the solent because in the 2-3 foot chop common around there it will be a case of power on and lie back. An 8 metre rib is impossible to tow so you would have to base yourself at one port around the country at least until youve built up the experience to go further a field. But yes, in general length is what counts.
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Old 17 October 2003, 06:35   #14
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I hadn't really thought about how practical it is to tow bigger RIBs (stupidly). Is there a limit (i.e. legal) or is it just impractical due to the sheer size and lugging/maneouvring of it, i.e. 'just a pain'?

I would be using a LR Discovery to tow whatever I end up getting, and the manual reckons it can tow up to 3.5 tonnes.........

I wondered why some owners didn't trailer their RIBs - I think that I might have just worked out why!!

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Old 17 October 2003, 06:41   #15
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No problem-come and have a run out with us sometime and you can see for yourself-we will be floating about all winter. PM me if you like and we can always nip out from Stanah / yacht club / Knott End for an hour. If you saw the river rescue on Granada TV thurs night that was me in the wooly 'at getting the yottie out of the water near Stanah. - taking the dog for a walk on the marshes a few hundred yards way when c/g MRSC Liverpool phoned me and asked if I could go there and how long would it take - answer a couple of minute if I run!
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Old 17 October 2003, 07:55   #16
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Of course size matters

Ask any woman and they will tell you size does matter !! its a fact.

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Yes there is a size limit on British roads which i beleive to be 7.5 metres. Ill post again in about 20 mins time because ive got an old RI or SB and R magazine with a large article about towing.
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I found the article its Sports boat and Rib Mag Feb 2002
Ill just type out the extract as its pretty confusing:

Your trailer must not be more than 7m long, excluding drawbar/hitching device (that is not defined in law). Generally speaking the combined overall length of towcar and trailer together must not exceed (excluding projecting parts 18.75m. If a boat projects beyond its trailer by more than 1m at the rear special marker boards (and lights if used at night) must be fixed in specific positions. In addition if it extends beyond 3.05m at the rear the police must be told in advance and an assistant carried.

Now then, my understanding of that is:

If the trailer has to be 7m overall then that would probably allow for 6m of it to be under the boat. (thats the 7m minus the extra bit that extends out from under the winch where the nose of the boat will be to the ball hitch. That allows for 6m of boat plus up to 1m overhang, so its likely to be around 7m. Probably a little more.

Hope all that helps you, but i would still check maybe with a dealer or even solicitor? before you write off the idea of buying an 8m rib.
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The law on towing is a nightmare.

NTTA or Towsure provide reasonably concise info, but even that's difficult to reconcile to boat towing. There seems to be some difficulty defining trailer size and load (the boat) size.

I know several people who regularly tow 8.5m RIBs (with Disco's, Land Cruisers and Jeep Grand Cherokee's) and some who tow boats over 9m (using US import pickups or Landcruisers).

Comments on the forum from before indicate that all the Police are interested in is the plated weight of the trailer and the actual loaded trailer weight.

I choose not to tow mainly because my estate car (2-wd) probably wouldn't perform well on a greasy slipway.
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An 8 metre rib is impossible to tow......
Is it?
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