Getting into boating

The Motor Boats Monthly guide to buying your first boat - plus berthing, budgeting and other essential information

Trailboating

Depending on size, a boat can be stored at home and trailed when required. The benefits are low cost, an extended cruising area as it can be trailed anywhere and accessible maintenance. The cons are the extra hassle of trailing, trailer servicing costs, launching, recovery, trailer parking and inconvenience.

What can I tow?
– A vehicle over 3.5 tonnes can tow a trailer no bigger than 2.55m wide x 12m long. The overall length of the vehicle and trailer must not exceed 18m.

– A vehicle weighing 3.5 tonnes or less can tow a trailer no bigger than 2.3m wide x 7m long. The overall length of the vehicle and trailer must not exceed 18.75m.

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