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THEFRENCHA 04-01-2011 11:02 AM

A 40 ft on trailer
Spring is around the corner and I am looking for a 40 or 41 footer
Just a coastal cruiser but needs to be able to trail with a Durango
Looking at Beneteau / Catalina/ Hunter but all come with long keel

Maybe an Irwin 40 Citation with centerboard

Can you help ?


klem 04-01-2011 11:21 AM

Unfortunately, the boats that you are looking at will not work from a towing perspective. Here are a few things that you need to consider when towing:

Weight- The maximum towing capacity for a Durango is 7,400lbs for a 2wd one with only a driver. Realistically, it will probably be 6000lbs of which 2000 lbs goes to the trailer. A 4,000 lb boat is pretty small, I don't even know of any 30'ers that would meet this requirement. Even if you upgrade to a one ton dually you are unlikely to find something in the 40' range. You would probably need a medium duty truck and a CDL.

Height: The total height will be from the bottom of the keel to the highest point on the cabin/stanchions plus at least a foot for the trailer. Being much over 12' is pretty limiting.

Width: It depends on the road but much over 9' gets problematic. You can get wide load permits but they are expensive and inconvenient.

There are 2 ways to deal with this. First, you can look at a boat that is trailerable by a Durango/whatever vehicle you are willing to buy. The other option is to buy a boat that you can't tow and pay a professional hauler to move for you. You still need to make sure that it isn't too big for them.

zedboy 04-01-2011 11:22 AM

I don't know why I'm the sucker to respond to this but,

Look at the towing limit on your truck.

Then look at the displacement on the boat.

Reality sets in: you don't tow boats bigger than about 26' without a semi.

ghostwriter247 04-01-2011 11:24 AM

That citation displaces almost 16k pounds, the trailer needed would be at least 8000 lbs which means a Gross vehicle weight of at least 24000 lbs.

A vehicle capable of pulling that is at least a f450. The max weight rating for towing on your durango is 8 to 10 k depending on your engine.

I tow my 27 foot bristol which including cradle is about 7200 lbs and the flatbed was about 7000 lbs and i was within a couple thousand of my maximum tow capacity of my 2500.

Also the beam is not legal as well.

If you are looking for a trailerable with the durango, you are really only going to be able to look at the 20 - 25 foot range.

ghostwriter247 04-01-2011 11:25 AM


Originally Posted by zedboy (Post 715463)
I don't know why I'm the sucker to respond to this but,

Funny i was thinking the same thing!:)

klem 04-01-2011 11:40 AM

Darn, I just realized that it is april fools day. I guess that I am the fool for responding.

zedboy 04-01-2011 11:56 AM


Originally Posted by klem (Post 715472)
Darn, I just realized that it is april fools day. I guess that I am the fool for responding.


LandLocked66c 04-01-2011 11:56 AM


neoxaero 04-01-2011 12:20 PM

I tow a 50' steel trawler behind a Honda Civic every once in awhile. Its okay until I get it up in the mountains.

I think you'll be okay towing a 40ft sailboat behind a durango.

Check out this guy
YouTube - Ford Taurus: For all your towing needs
You can tow ANYTHING with a ford

joeybkcmo 04-01-2011 12:35 PM

somebody needs to photo shop a pic, VW towing a 41' full keel

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