Re: [bolger] Re: General Questions re: Bolger's "Surf"
- I car-topped my Windsprint for a year before I invested in a trailer. It
was hard -- no way I could do it now, 10 years later (without serious
back pain the next few days). Also, we sold th Bonneville station wagon
-- it would be a trick to fit it on top of a smaller car. The wind from
passing trucks on th highway would probably sail you right off the road.
On the other hand, with a trailer it is quite light -- I had no concerns
pulling it behind my Mazda Protege. You can buy a trailer kit from West
Marine -- adds a few hundred dollars to the total cost of the boat.
> Good information to know - especially about the possible cramped
> quarters. Thank you very much. (Also, my wife just told me that our
> oldest now weighs 60 lbs.!)
> Can you tell me how much the Windsprint weighs? The 150 lbs. of your
> Surf is about the max I wanted to go, and I'm assuming the Windsprint
> weighs even more. (150 lbs may not seem like much, but I'm trying to
> picture my wife and I up-ending and lifting a 150 lb, 16' boat onto
> the top of our car - and the picture isn't pretty.) I also have to
> make sure I can find a 4'6"+ roof rack that can fit my VW Passat
> Let me ask one other advice question: If the windsprint won't work
> for me, is it possible to add a removable outrigger rig to the Surf?
> My thinking is that this will help with stability and - possibly -
> allow me to reduce the size of the flotation compartments which will
> allow for more "people" room in the boat.
> Any thoughts?
- The one thing that has only been touched on here. With
a small bore motor they don't like to be lugged at
all. They make their power at high RPM. So to keep
them from over heating, keep them spun up so they can
make the power needed. In short down shift as soon as
the RPMs start to fall off on the hills.
I have towed with a 64 VW Baja Bug and 74 VW Bus and
they did the job asked of them. My 79 Toyota 4x4 does
all I ask of it and then some and it's a 2.3L motor.
You also have to learn to plan well ahead of yourself
all the time you are moving. Enjoy the time you have
when you can.
--- timbo@... wrote:
> I certainly wouldn't portray my old Geo as the____________________________________________________________________________________
> ultimate towing machine.
> And I purposefully purchased my powerboat because it
> is exactly the right
> size to hold my kids and still be reasonably towed
> with my car.
> Certainly the larger the vehicle, the less it is
> affected by the weight of
> the trailer.
> What I hoped to accomplish was to provide an example
> of what is doable,
> not what is optimal. The original poster is
> wondering if he can budget
> for a $250 trailer, and I'm guessing he can't
> entertain purchasing a
> different vehicle just to tow his boat for 10
> weekends in the summer. Is
> his Passat capable of safely and occasionally towing
> and launching any
> unballasted sailboat under 20 feet without
> destroying his drivetrain?
> Almost certainly.
> You are right, hills exacerbate the wear and tear
> that towing puts on a
> car, and I've certainly got no plans to pull my
> powerboat through the
> Rockies, but I'd be confident pulling it a couple
> hundred miles on a
> weekend excursion.
> Sometimes it seems that this whole "trailering"
> thing gets portrayed as
> some big scary deal, and it doesn't need to be.
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