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I just purchased a 2005 Rinker Fiesta Vee 250 with an aluminum trailer. The combined weight is approx. 7800 LBS. I have a 2004 Ford Explorer 4.0L / V6 with the tow package. I know the boat and trailer are too heavy for my vehicle. I have made other arrangements getting it to the slip. But, could I use my vehicle to tow it a short distance in case I needed to pull it out of the water to do repairs etc? I live about 15 minutes from the Marina where it will be. I have seen others towing Boats this size with similar vehicles. I would like a professional opinion.

W. Horsley, Massachusetts

Answered on: 6/2005

MIKE: That is a lot of boat for that vehicle. Personally, I would make arrangements with the marina to have them put the boat in a work area or storage yard when repairs are necessary. GEORGE: You may find yourself in a situation where you can't pull your boat out of the water at the ramp with that size tow vehicle. And even if you can, and even with a V6, there is going to be a good chance you'll eat up the transmission operating like this. The take home message from me is don't do it.

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