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My Phantom is 100 lb. The trailer alone is 300 lb! I pull it easily with a Honda Accord. I'm hoping to someday pull it with my Prius, but face a similar issue of it not being rated to tow (though are whole websites devoted to Priuses pulling trailers).
The issue with a car is not usually its power to pull. It's braking to stop, stability in hard turns, and flexing of the unibody under the dynamic stresses. Realize that your trailer will always want to go straight, so whenever you turn, there's a lot of sideways force applied to the very rear of the car at the hitch. Every time you go over a bump, the hitch (and whatever part of the car it's attached to) gets a sudden jolt.
For these reasons, a lot has to do with how and where you drive. If it's a short, level run to the boat ramp, no problem. If you're driving through the mountains, it's a little more stress and therefore riskier.
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1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)