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  • #4356

    Good morning everyone

    As a new member (currently not owning a Wayfarer) and living in Switzerland, I plan to purchase
    a boat from UK next year. Naturally I will tow it back to Lake Constance where I live and have two
    questions.
    Does anyone have any knowledge of sailing on large inland lakes ? The winds here tend to be light
    in The Summer, with a slight increase after September.
    Second question is, what would members recommend as the lowest powered (yet practical) car to tow said boat
    across half of Europe !

    I do not plan to buy a wooden model. Any guidance would be very much appreciated.

    best regards Robert Best 8)

    #10370

    Hi Robert,

    Congrats on moving to Wayfarers. To be honest, the quality of your trailer will be the big issue! You need to be confident that it will do the job – I have had a bad towing experience, due to a poor trailer, but am currently on my way back from Medway YC to Northern Ireland, having left one Wayfarer over and am bringing another back (both one good trailers, so straightforward journeys).

    In terms of size of car, a normal family saloon would suffice.

    Good luck

    Trevor
    Meg
    W 8848

    #10371
    Hoggy
    Member

    Hi Robert,
    I have towed my MK 2 from Essex to the Carsington reservoir in Derbyshire, via a camp site. I used my 1400 Fiesta. It did ok, I would suggest you go to the technical forum and search towing. I would think you would require something more powerful and heavier than my car to take it over to Switzerland some will agree and some not. The tech forum is your best option for advise.

    Cheers,
    Geoff.

    #10372
    Bob Harland
    Participant

    Hi Robert,
    there was quite a good thread around this subject that is worth a read if you have not already found it;
    http://wayfarer.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=893

    Someone who used a weighbridge for their boat/trailer found it came in at 460kg

    We currently tow our Wayfarer with a Honda civic 1.7D, and previously Astra 1.7D. Both were fine on long trips to Scotland.
    The car handbook should state the towing weight limits.

    hope that helps

    #10373

    Thanks Bob, that’s really helpful, as well as the comments and advice from the other
    responders, Geoff , and Trevor.

    best regards Robert

    #10374
    bigal
    Member

    Also worth belonging to Green Flag . They delivered my campervan and boat to Skerries and for an encore did the same thing the next year from Falmouth home to Sussex !

    #10375

    Towed my original Wayfarer from York to Stornoway in a couple of days with a Kia 1.6cDi, no worries except for when one of the wheels collapsed! Make sure your wheels aren’t too rusty, and have at least one spare, plus the correct size socket to change it (mine turned out to be imperial- thank goodness for the kindness of passers-by).
    The little 8″ wheels seem to collapse quite easily, I have actually scrapped wheel rims are reused the barely-worn tyres.

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