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    I think that is what most people decide. You need a certain "convoy" mentality to enjoy it otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CreakyDecks View Post
    Since I bought my boat, which is only 21ft and was originally sold as a trailer sailer, I have revised my ideas about what is practical in terms of "trailer sailing". I certainly wouldn't want anything bigger. As it is I would not want to try to retrieve her on anything other than a good dry concrete slip without a 4WD. I'm afraid my original idea of towing her to remote sailing spots for a weekend is just fantasy. I'd spend more time stripping down brakes and bearings than sailing!
    We even ended up keeping ours on a pontoon, rather than on the trailer, to save time. We only trailed her if going somewhere for a fortnight, or to lift out in winter. By the way, we used an Audi A4 2.5 TDI V6 Quattro as a tow car - now that was a fine vehicle, I wish I'd kept it!

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    Your Audi must have been near it's towing limit for that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lakesailor View Post
    Your Audi must have been near it's towing limit for that?
    about 200Kg over

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    I had a 22 foot eboat

    four wheel trailer

    towed it to scotland twice behind a 1600cc sierra owned by IPC

    engine needed replacing at the end of each summer

    luanching was okay

    recovery a night mare

    Much later I had a 15 ft six seafarer

    okay for two to sleep on

    lovely roller trailer that could pick up the boat from the ground

    towed a treat behind the escort

    In future I would buy another as towing it was a doddle

    however, now that Mac are going to give me a Discovery and a free boat towing will be easy

    what colour discovery shall I ask for?

    Dylan

    those who feel I will be betraying the slug concept need not worry - having a special red genoa made up

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    Quote Originally Posted by dylanwinter View Post
    I had a 22 foot eboat

    four wheel trailer

    towed it to scotland twice behind a 1600cc sierra owned by IPC

    engine needed replacing at the end of each summer

    Dylan

    Typical Ford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dylanwinter View Post
    however, now that Mac are going to give me a Discovery and a free boat towing will be easy
    ... don't over egg the pudding Dylan... seems that a Smart car is all you need

    Are we there yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomshanka View Post
    ... don't over egg the pudding Dylan... seems that a Smart car is all you need

    I'd pay to watch that on a slipway

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomshanka View Post
    ... don't over egg the pudding Dylan... seems that a Smart car is all you need

    but if I am being offered a free discovery.... what the heck

    and then ther is this

    http://www.marine-power.co.uk/d2736.htm

    I have got so used to the smell if diesel in the slug that it would not feel like home without it

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    Last edited by dylanwinter; 02-03-12 at 22:00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lakesailor View Post
    Your Audi must have been near it's towing limit for that?
    It was within its advertised limits and did the job pretty well. I used to get a bit of a burning clutch smell on slipways, and of course the fuel consumption wasn't that good when towing compared to normal, but on the whole I was pleased with the Audi.

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