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Old 22 July 2010, 06:23   #1
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Towing weight

Can anyone tell me the towing weight of a 5.5mt rib please?
I guess some of the answer depends on the make but a ball park figure would be enough.

I would be using an Audi A4 or a VW Passat

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Old 22 July 2010, 07:11   #2
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Can anyone tell me the towing weight of a 5.5mt rib please?
I guess some of the answer depends on the make but a ball park figure would be enough.

I would be using an Audi A4 or a VW Passat

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It ALL depends on the boat/engine/trailer.

A light boat, on a light trailer, with an old 2 stroke engine, and not too much gear/fuel on board could have a weight of <750kg but a heavier boat, with a lot of fuel, a 4 stroke engine (or worse twins) a big aframe etc could easily be well over 750kg which will force you to get a bigger, heavier, braked trailer.

So for a very vague answer somewhere in the 600-1200 kg range unless you go very light or very heavy!
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My old Northcraft 5.5 with a Soozook DT100 on a braked rollercoaster trailer weighed in at around 950kg, with fuel and the usual kit on board.

An A4 or Passat would be fine towing just about any 5.5m RIB
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I had a 5.8 with twin 60hp 2 strokes which weighed in at a rolling weight of 1200kg with all the floating kit on board, fuel, anchors, tools everything ready to launch. That would give very much a top end figure.

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Had a Searider a couple of years ago. 5.4Mtr with an old 2 stroke 70hp. Ripped out all the single seat, fitted it with a full console and jockey seat. Took it to the local weigh bridge in Poole and it totaled at 720kg, fueled with kit. But it was a lightweight trailer, no brakes and very limited supports. Towed it fine with a C series Merc. But go over 750kg and you legally need brakes. Mr Plod in Dorset has been known to pull trailered boats and get them weighed.
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Had a Searider a couple of years ago. 5.4Mtr with an old 2 stroke 70hp. Ripped out all the single seat, fitted it with a full console and jockey seat. Took it to the local weigh bridge in Poole and it totaled at 720kg, fueled with kit. But it was a lightweight trailer, no brakes and very limited supports. Towed it fine with a C series Merc. But go over 750kg and you legally need brakes. Mr Plod in Dorset has been known to pull trailered boats and get them weighed.
My SR5.4 was under 750kg on trailer.
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