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Old 15 April 2006, 18:04   #1
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Towing a Ribcraft 585

Happy Easter boating one and all........

Could an automatic golf tow a ribcraft 585 for the odd short trip and launch/recovery? Presumably it would be a struggle on all but the friendliest,hardest and shallow shelving slip but assuming optimum conditions would it be possible in principle?
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Old 15 April 2006, 19:05   #2
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What model Golf and what size engine is in it? The 1800 would do it quite well as long as it's within it's weight limits. Wouldn't try it with any smaller than an 1800 though.
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That should be OK. I think CJL used to tow a 585 with a golf.....

(I moved an Arctic 22 with a Fiat Punto not too long ago so anythings possible )
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Fiat Punto! Amazing. And I was worried about towing a 4.4 meter Hurricane with a 4.0 V6 Jeep Cherokee. At least thats one good thing about American cars. They come with big engines.
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YEP!!! Hundreds and hundreds of miles with a manual 1.9 Golf GT TDI

I would even go as far as to say it tows better than a Landie or Jeep once your going.

My Golf had more power than a Landie or Jeep so the only think you get is the extra towing weight capacity and traction on a slipway.

You can purchase a clever bit of kit called "a rope" to put between your car and trailer for slipways so the only advantage of having a 4x4 is better towing capcity (and a higher fuel and tax bill!!!)

So far I've towed a 6.7m Delta (no fuel in it to keep the weight down!), Humber 5.5m, Ribtec with twin 60 4 strokes and my current Ribtec 585 with 135 Opti with a Golf and Audi A3.

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Fiat Punto! Amazing. And I was worried about towing a 4.4 meter Hurricane with a 4.0 V6 Jeep Cherokee. At least thats one good thing about American cars. They come with big engines.
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What model Golf and what size engine is in it?
it's a petrol 2 litre-does being automatic make it less good/easy to tow with?
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Yeah I bet none of you were doing 85 to 90 MPH towing. All this, "oh, I tow with a 1.8 liter Golf". I am sure it works, but I am sure you also sit in the slow lane puttering along up hill in 3rd gear. I can't imagine trying to merge onto a major motorway. We were driving through the Appalachian Mountains and the extra power was fantastic. Made us feel like we were towing nothing. Where economy is important I can see the sense but here where fuel is so cheap that we did 1342 miles for $200 dollars it really doesn't mean anything. Plus launching in spots where there actually isn't a slip, just grass and mud makes that low gear 4 wheel drive so indispensable. In fact they started charging $30 to launch at our local marina so we just pulled right next to the launch in the mud and muck and launched with no slipway at all. You should have seen how pissed they were.

No offense, but fuel is just so damn cheap here

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Rogan,

I'm towing a 6.3m (1400kgs) with a 2 litre petrol and the top end is limited by the trailer way before the car runs out of power!
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I don't think I will be trading in either of my vehicles for a Golf, next time I am down that way I will take a piccy of where I launch my boat from to show why

As a general observation (not specific to boats) I would be a bit wary of regularly towing near the max capacity of the vehicle. Power is one thing, but if the tail starts wagging the dog or if you have to stop in a real hurry, life can get very interesting very quickly. You can get away with lots of things (I've towed a 4 wheeled trailer weighing about 2 tons with a quad bike for example, not on a public road I hasten to add... and both going up and going down hills was "interesting"...) but lots of spare capacity and a fair bit of weight is good to have when things go pear shaped!

But certainly ok for "the odd short trip" - don't know about yours but according to the book my boat is ~350kg and engine is ~150kg so even with fuel and stuff its only going to be about 600kg, with a normal trailer I guess you'd be looking at a ton or so all up weight for a 5.5-6m RIB?

My trailer probably weighs twice as much as the boat but that's another story
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