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Pros & cons of towing boat with 1800?

Shopping around for a trailer to stow gear and found they all come in at least about 200/350 lbs and cost $thousands$ and dont store that much; so came up with this approach. why not tow a boat? Bought brand new aluminum jetski trailer, brand new Honda 3.2 outboard motor and a used Sears 12' rowboat. Tossed a 120 gallon storage box in boat for gear and covered all with boat cover. Total weight before adding fishing & camping gear under 275 lbs: cost under $2,000. Since the Wing is outfitted with a Towpac with a 5 ft wheelbase I feel pretty safe underway but have to allow more space between car ahead of me. Gave it a go on the interstate & it towed AOK @ 65mph. Dont know how this is going to work out on a boat ramp with only one drive wheel, so made up portable wheels so i can roll it into the water. What Say You?
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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 02:48 PM
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On the one hand, you get props for being very original.

On the other, I've done a lot of boat towing (behind my truck) and have found that boats don't pull that great as they are pretty high off the ground and the covers are horrible about catching wind and crosswinds.

I think pulling that in a heavy crosswind would be very difficult and not a lot of fun. If you were only going short distances or lower speeds, you'd probably be fine, but I wouldn't take off cross country pulling one.

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I would suppose as long as the weight were kept in check, (with all that room, it would be easy to overload), I think it works with a trike. I don't think I would try it with a two-wheeler, although I pulled a log splitter once, (not very far).

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I would also be leery of high speed long trips; no real concern about lower speed short trips. Maybe smaller cooler just bunged/ tied in boat without the "wrapping". Otoh, it may work great. I'd be cautious until I had some towing miles behind me.

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Don't see why not.
Just watch the weight distribution and keep 15-25% on the tongue.


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But other than that, do you anything wrong?


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Funny...that's pretty much what my Dad says about riding motorcycles at all.

I realize the OP asked for our opinions so I don't think your's is out of line at all, but Im also glad we live in a country where we can weigh the pro's and con's ourselves and make our own decisions.

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Shopping around for a trailer to stow gear and found they all come in at least about 200/350 lbs and cost $thousands$ and dont store that much; so came up with this approach. why not tow a boat? Bought brand new aluminum jetski trailer, brand new Honda 3.2 outboard motor and a used Sears 12' rowboat. Tossed a 120 gallon storage box in boat for gear and covered all with boat cover. Total weight before adding fishing & camping gear under 275 lbs: cost under $2,000. Since the Wing is outfitted with a Towpac with a 5 ft wheelbase I feel pretty safe underway but have to allow more space between car ahead of me. Gave it a go on the interstate & it towed AOK @ 65mph. Dont know how this is going to work out on a boat ramp with only one drive wheel, so made up portable wheels so i can roll it into the water. What Say You?
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I would suppose as long as the weight were kept in check, (with all that room, it would be easy to overload), I think it works with a trike. I don't think I would try it with a two-wheeler, although I pulled a log splitter once, (not very far).

I think it's really a four wheeler with a single wheel drive, the side wheels were added to the Wing leaving the Wing basically intact.

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Shopping around for a trailer to stow gear and found they all come in at least about 200/350 lbs and cost $thousands$ and dont store that much; so came up with this approach. why not tow a boat? Bought brand new aluminum jetski trailer, brand new Honda 3.2 outboard motor and a used Sears 12' rowboat. Tossed a 120 gallon storage box in boat for gear and covered all with boat cover. Total weight before adding fishing & camping gear under 275 lbs: cost under $2,000. Since the Wing is outfitted with a Towpac with a 5 ft wheelbase I feel pretty safe underway but have to allow more space between car ahead of me. Gave it a go on the interstate & it towed AOK @ 65mph. Dont know how this is going to work out on a boat ramp with only one drive wheel, so made up portable wheels so i can roll it into the water. What Say You?
Sir, I can summarize this thread up in three words....DON'T DO IT !! I learned the hard way pulling a too large camping trailer behind a Wing can start oscillations with the trailer swinging from side to side. This WILL dump you on your keester.....guaranteed !! When the load is TOO large, balancing the tongue weight doesn't help....

Small trailer designed to tow behind a motorcycle work very well. I've done if across the continent several times. But they are weight balanced to the Wing.

A bloody boat is a sail behind you designed to catch a crosswind and dump you on your butt. Road rash hurts....

At the risk of repeating myself....DON'T DO IT...it isn't worth the risk (but every man to his own poison....)

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