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Old 29 December 2005, 16:18   #11
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What car have you got at the moment?
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Old 29 December 2005, 16:19   #12
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I've just ordered a Ribcraft 5.85 with Yam F150 - although Ribcraft say on their site that it should come in under a ton, I reckon mine will be more like 1150kg.

I will be towing it with a Ford Focus, but only to get it to the marina - I won't be towing regularly or launching with it.

The MAM of the standard Ribcraft trailer is 1500kg. Assuming you have a driving license with B+E or above you can legally get away with pretty much anything that has a towing limit greater than the weight of your boat - something in the region of 1200kg or more.

What did they say the performance would be? Is the Yam 150 quite a thursty engine?
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Old 29 December 2005, 16:21   #13
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I drive an evo 8 but toe with my mums megane coupe 1.6
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Old 29 December 2005, 16:41   #14
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Just did a quick Google - Meganne coupe 1.6 looks like it can tow 1200Kg? Should be ok for the occasional trip

When did you get your driving license?


Didn't really talk too much about performance - Jason said it would be fast, at the limit of the hull (upper 40's). I've got so much junk on mine though it probably won't be all that fast. As to fuel consumption the Yam isn't the most economical buts its not the worst either. I remember 'working' it out and coming up with a figure that wasn't too horrendous. Robin gets 1.3-1.4nm per litre with a 140 Suzuki, so a little less than that I guess.


RIBnet went sloooow there for a minute..
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Old 29 December 2005, 16:52   #15
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Daniel......excellent choice Sir.
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Old 29 December 2005, 17:26   #16
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Tcwozere, I like you suggestion. Where would I go to hire such a vehice? How much would it cost?
shb claim to be Europes leading 4x4 hirers.. Altho they are South Coast based, they should be able to either help, or point you in the right direction..
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Old 29 December 2005, 17:30   #17
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Stopping Power

Jieboy,

Congrats on having the courage to ask the question.

Big issue for me when towing is stopping ability. I have often found that ordinary cars can with some coaxing tow considerable loads. but God help you if you have to stop them in a hurry. the earlier suggestion of hiring a vehicle for your occaisional trips seems like a good suggestion. There are a lot of 4x4s around and you will sometimes find some of the car dealers will let you have a "borrow".

In some places there are even some guys with 4x4s who will do the towing for you.

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Old 29 December 2005, 17:39   #18
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Working for Mitsubishi is suppose I could " borrow" a shogun or L200 for the day. Not many of our demo,s have tow bars tho, if any at all? Had my licence just under 4 years, guess I will need to go for that trailer test thing. What exactly is it and what does it involve?
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Old 29 December 2005, 19:29   #19
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Had my licence just under 4 years, guess I will need to go for that trailer test thing. What exactly is it and what does it involve?
You'll definitely have to do the B+E test - I don't think you'll be able to find a combination of tow vehicle/Ribcraft 5.85 that will be legal under cat B.

The B+E test is basically like the normal test but you're towing a trailer and its lasts longer. You don't have to do any manoeuvres on the road, but you will have to do a reversing manoeuvre and a controlled stop at the HGV centre. Apart from that you just have to couple and uncouple the trailer. It'll cost you a few hundred by the time you've had a few lessons and paid for the test.
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Old 30 December 2005, 13:32   #20
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Thanks for all your help I am gonna look into the towing test a bit more, i.e find out where to do it in my area. Or even better, just get my mate to drive the car 60 miles twice a year ( he,s on the boat enough, its the least he can do)
Have a good new year eneryone.
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