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post #3 of Old 12-24-2007
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Good luck with this... the Scion xB has a pretty limited towing capacity—in fact, according to the specifications, it isn't rated for any towing capacity... so you're choices of boats are going to be really limited... probably below 600 lbs. for the trailer and boat... which is pretty unrealistic.

Any trailer is going to be at least 150–200 lbs... given the wheels and frame alone. That limits the boat to 400–450 lbs., which doesn't give you much boat.

On top of that, the trip from Ventura to the Channel Islands is at least 17 nm or so... The only boats that I can think of that would possibly make the trip from Ventura to the Channel Islands, that might be in your weight range are boats like the Gig Harbor Jersey Skiff.

The Jersey Skiff is about 360 lbs. or so, and is available in a decked version that would be a good choice. However, I seriously doubt that you'll find a GH Jersey Skiff for $3,000, since the boat goes for $9,000 and that's without a trailer.


His towing vehicle is a Scion xB. The car says it isn't recommended for any towing at all... and either of the two boats you've mentioned probably come in pretty close to 70% of the weight of the car alone, which only weighs 3000 lbs. The MacGregor 22 is only 1800 lbs. The Ranger 22 is only 2200 lbs...


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