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Old 12-07-2005, 08:04 AM   #1
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Max Legal Beam For Towing

Anybody know what the legal max width is for towing a boat on a trailer in the UK, I was speaking to a guy who does boat deliveries who said that said there were exceptions width wise for boat towing compared to caravans ect but he couldnt remember the max width.
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Old 12-07-2005, 08:59 AM   #2
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the maximum width for the trailer is 2300mm you are allowed 305mm overhang each side
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Old 12-07-2005, 09:11 AM   #3
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the maximum width for the trailer is 2300mm you are allowed 305mm overhang each side
Err... no you're not! You are allowed a maximum overhang of 305 BUT the overall width must not exceed 2900. So if your trailer is 2300 then you can overhang one side by 305 but the other by only 295....... ..and you sell trailers for a living? My my what is the world coming to?
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Old 12-07-2005, 10:03 AM   #4
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Thank you maths was never a strong point. Having looked around a few boat yards alot of the trailers looks as though they come under 'Agricultural Trailer' laws- these allow the trailer to be 2500mm wide
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Old 12-07-2005, 05:23 PM   #5
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So if my maths are alright its ok to tow my Wellcraft then at 8'10" ?, thats good news,
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Old 12-07-2005, 05:46 PM   #6
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alot of the trailers looks as though they come under 'Agricultural Trailer' laws- these allow the trailer to be 2500mm wide
In which universe would a boat trailer possibly qualify as an agricultural implement. There's not that many fish farms around!
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Old 12-07-2005, 06:15 PM   #7
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So if my maths are alright its ok to tow my Wellcraft then at 8'10" ?, thats good news,
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As long as yer trailer is 6'10" wide in old money...and all the rest of the sizes/weights are within limits....
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Re: Hi ho! Hi ho! It's off to work we go!

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In which universe would a boat trailer possibly qualify as an agricultural implement. There's not that many fish farms around!
I interpreted that bit about agraculturumal as "humour", Lanky...... Go'n start yer own arguments...this one's taken..
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Old 12-07-2005, 06:37 PM   #9
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I interpreted that bit about agraculturumal as "humour", Lanky...... Go'n start yer own arguments...this one's taken..
Oh, the expert on humour now are we!

I know how trailer discussions aggravate your Tourette's . . .

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I know how trailer discussions aggravate your Tourette's . . .

I think they bring out the best in me...... along with safety lectures from no-nothing kids and people who insist on arguing about "stainless" steels......













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Old 12-07-2005, 10:31 PM   #13
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So if my maths are alright its ok to tow my Wellcraft then at 8'10" ?, thats good news,
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Another factor to bear in mind is how long is your trailer & what is the kerb weight of the towing vehicle?
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Old 13-07-2005, 09:40 AM   #14
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Trailer length would be to suit a 8 metre boat, towing vehicle is a grand cherokee so thats fine, weight is the worrying factor, its very, very, very close
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Honestly,

Unless you are a complete ass on the road, the Police are unlikely to bother you.

I tow the BladeRunner, and it is 9'6" wide and 38' long on the trailer. Weight about 3 ton. I have gone through a Police roadblock with this behind my truck, and they asked me if I had been drinking ( their roadblock was for this purpose ) then let me on my way, without comment.

I have also been 'followed' on several occasions by the Police whilst towing the same rig with the ML - which I *know* for sure is not legal. They appeared to watch the boat for 5-10 minutes, then buggered off someplace else.

Europe however is totally different.

Towing the V24 I was stopped and measured!

G.Brown and P.Little were also stopped in Scandinavia and told they were over the limits and had to add on warning tapes etc....
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Well it has to be done, the dry weight of the boat is 2995 KG, the lightest trailer I can find is the Bramber at 500 KG which puts it spot on 3500 KG, problem is she has factory fitted genny and air con which along with some go go juice puts me well over but as you say if your not driving daft they would hopefully not bother. Thanks for the replies.
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Old 13-07-2005, 12:08 PM   #17
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When I weighed my boat and trailer, I took it to a weighbridge at a granary where they mostly weigh the grain trucks. The weighbridge operator said that the police generally allow a +5% error and occassionally 10%. There are no guarantees on this though.
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Old 13-07-2005, 05:42 PM   #18
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...whilst towing the same rig with the ML....
Do you mean a Mercedes ML270 4x4?
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by propwash
[B]Trailer length would be to suit a 8 metre boat, towing vehicle is a grand cherokee ...........]


I tow my Extreme 26 around with my Grand Cherokee and its not a problem , weight of trailer and boat is approx 2.5 ton (i think)
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Do you mean a Mercedes ML270 4x4?
Mercedes ML 450 4x4
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