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Most subcompacts are rated to carry something like 750-1000 pounds "tongue weight" on a trailer hitch but you've really got to decide what is the biggest boat you might want, and then size the trailer and car to it. Or, if you aren't going to sell your car, find out the specs on IT and then pick your boat.
Probably 14-16' on a trailer is going to be the limit for subcompacts. But there are also different hitches (with different limits) and what is suitable for short trips in a flat town, is not going to be good enough for cross-country hauling up the Rockies in the heat.
Besides brakes and axles...trailer tires are important. The smaller ones are simply NOT able to run at highway speeds for sustained times, the larger ones will also mean a much larger and more expensive trailer. You've got to look at the whole thing.
Saw a big (Ford F350?) pickup towing a big (40'?) go-fast boat on the interstate last year. Zoomed up the express ramp, zoomed out of sight doing maybe 85....Saw it again, spread across all four lanes, the ditch and the cloverleaf where the express lanes came back down a mile or two later. Yeah, he could TOW the boat...he just couldn't turn it or stop it. Not a pretty sight.