Originally Posted by Rogan
Thatís an impressive set up. I don't think I've ever seen a sailboat in a RIB on a trailer. How did you launch the thing?
Being sober and all now, I do agree we did burn amazing amounts of fuel whenever we went over 75MPH. But cruising we were in 16 to 19 MPG range not horrendous for the States. But as for leaving people at the lights I am not so sure about that. A 4.0l V6 would absolutely leave you at the lights if both cars were towing equivalent weights.
P.S. What really gets me here is the people that drive Ford Expeditions(5689 lb vehicle with a tow rating of 8900 lb!!) and never tow a damn thing. Ever
Easy. Both boats were hoist launched.
Only problem I had with retreiving the sailboat was that I had taken the keel lift system out to save drag while racing, and the first hoist I tried wasn't tall enough for the keel bulb to clear the rib! Had to go to the big 3 ton hoist.
I have absolutely NO interest in stoplight drag races while towing ANYTHING. Easy on the acceleration, steering and brakes, look around and try to anticipate everything
is my motto. We never had any problems with on-ramp merges, even without hammering on the car. I towed that same rig with my 2.0L ~220 hp Saab convertible for about 30 miles. That car has been pretty seriously performance "enhanced" and I used to do stupid racey stuff with it, teasing Porsche drivers and such
Now I have 2 kids and drive pretty sedately!
I live in a big sailing town, and there are loads of soccer moms driving Expeditions, Excursions, Suburans and such. IMHO, SUV=Stupid Useless Vehicle unless
you need to tow 3500+ lbs, which I've done plenty of, with smaller SUVs like Xterras and Four Runners. The difference in attitudes towards tow vehicles in the US vs. Europe really is startling. I was in Holland for an Olympic Classes regatta a few years ago and was amazed by what Europeans would tow big (3000 lb) sailboats with. It really opened my eyes to what an adequate tow vehicle was. On a sailing BB I'm on there was a recent discussion on towing an 1800 lb sailboat (>3000 lb tow) short distances and wether a Honday Odyssey rated at 3500 lb was adequate... Most US recommendations were for a big SUV