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Old 17 October 2003, 09:18   #21
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If you take the trailer as not having a draw bar, then you've got 7mts to the end of it. You can have another 3.05mts overhanging. So, from the tow hitch to the end of the rig you can have about 10mts. the maximum boat length will then depend on the boat's bow to rear of vehicle clearance.
Your Disco is less than 5mts long, so the maximum train length is not a problem.
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Old 17 October 2003, 09:30   #22
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well i think the extract i posted from sb and r magazine is missleading then. Saying that though your not going to want a police escort everytime you tow your boat around the country.
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Old 17 October 2003, 10:03   #23
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Old 17 October 2003, 10:26   #24
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towing

to give you some idea the attached is a picture of my boat (note the standard parking bay) my boat is only 6.4 mtrs long. although you may be able to tow a longer boat you should also consider access problems. a lot of slips are in tight places. you can see the problem of even stopping at a hotel for the night. i have fitted a front tow ball and that is really handy if you are in a tight spot as it is much easier to push a boat around as the steering wheels are much closer to the hitch.(like an artic)
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nice boat

anyway, you can see what problems you will have towing an 8 metre boat.

Its more a decision of 6m ish boat to tow around or 8 metre boat and a berth in a harbour. I would go for the latter, after all with an 8 meter boat you can drive it anywhere around the country or pay a specialist towing company if you really need it transported by road.
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Given a half decent tow vehicle then a 7.5 metre RIB is no problem to tow.

I easily towed a 7.4 m Ribtec (with a diesel inboard) from the south coast to Scotland behind a Mercedes 307 van. It was a bit slow, as it's a gutless van, but a large 4x4 would make it very easy.

The difference in comfort at sea between a 6 metre RIB and a 7.5 metre RIB is massive. If you can afford the larger RIB, then I'd suggest you go for it. Otherwise you'll buy a 6m boat now, and be looking for a bigger one in a few months time . . .

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Just when I thought I was getting somewhere on a decision about the boat.... who would have thought trailers would be such a nightmare!!
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something else to think about is launching, i have to launch on my own then park up the trailer. i dont think i would like to do that with a rib that is much bigger than the one i have.
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