Re: Car topping or not to.
- Thanks, Krissie. Your posting, combined with one I got from Patrick,
has convinced me to invest in a trailer - if I can afford it. Please
see my reply (with some other questions) to Patrick's posting under
the "General Surf Questions..." subject line.
It is true that I would have to learn how to drive with a trailer,
but that doesn't cause me much concern. My biggest concern is the
initial investment cost for a trailer (either via purchase or by
construction). I have next to no budget to spend on this boat (thus,
one of my reasons to build it rather than buy one), and I don't want
to build a boat that can't get to the water.
I tried at one time (see my reply posting to Patrick) to buy a used
trailer. But I learned that used trailers are very hard to find in
the mid-Atlantic coat region of the US (I'm from Maryland), and thus
expensive. For some reason, you can find them anywhere in the
northeast or the midwest. Both Craig's List and eBay had lots of
them from there. But once you get south of New Jersey, they're like
Please keep your comments coming. They help. Thanks again!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Kristine Bennett <femmpaws@...> wrote:
> You know you start putting the boat on the top of the
> car and something slips, someone or something is going
> to get hurt. 150 lbs falling 5 feet can easy brake a
> leg or worst.
> That little VW will have no hassle pulling a light
> boat on a trailer. It will save your back and your
> lady loves back as well.
> Let's just say you get hurt loading the boat and brake
> a leg... You are out of work 8 to 12 weeks the loss
> income is way more then the cost of a small boat
> trailer BRAND NEW! By how many time????
> Also if you go to the trailer you can build a bit
> bigger boat and have more room for every one!
> Kids get tired and want someplace to curl up and
> sleep. Also they are going to keep growning so maybe
> build something that will still fit you all 4 or 5
> years down the road.
> With the trailer you don't have to manhandle the boat
> 4 times just to enjoy it one afternoon or play.
> I have a 12 foot skiff and I have a trailer for it and
> a flatbed for the same trailer so it's useful for
> doing other things as well.
> It would be a shame to have your boat all done and
> then have it fall off the car and then someone be in a
> cast for 12 weeks.
> OK the down side you will have to learn to drive with
> a trailer. You will have to learn how to make the
> trailer go where you want it when backing. OK so you
> have to go to a larger parking lot and play with it
> for a few hours. Cardboard boxes make good dummys for
> doing that.
> Just my feelings on the matter.
> Blessings Krissie
> > 150 lbs. is *a lot* of boat to lift onto a car, even
> > a short VW, even one end at a time.
> > > > Hello,
> > > >
> > > > Can anyone tell me the weight and/or
> > displacement of
> > Bolger's "Surf"
> > > > design? Some other related questions: Is it
> > cartop-able? Would
> > you
> > > > recommend it as a calm river drift boat for a
> > family of four
> > (incl. two
> > > > kids - each weighing less than fifty pounds)?
> > Do I absolutely
> > have to
> > > > have the fore and aft compartments covered? Or
> > can I use them
> > for
> > > > sitting space? Any other pros and cons about
> > the design would be
> > > > helpful.
> > > >
> > > > Thanks much!
> > > > FB
> No need to miss a message. Get email on-the-go
> with Yahoo! Mail for Mobile. Get started.
- 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.
No need to miss a message. Get email on-the-go
with Yahoo! Mail for Mobile. Get started.