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Re: What do you tow your trailer sailor with.
Arcb- I own a 2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0L 4WD that I tow my Starwind 19, and McKee Craft Cape Fear (17 ft.) powerboat with. It's rated at 3500 pound capacity.
It drives great for an SUV, tows the Starwind at 18 MPG at 65 MPH on the highway and I can eke out 14 MPG towing the powerboat going 65 MPH. I would not have an SUV without 4WD as we have some steep ramps that get slippery when the water goes down. I've had no problems ever pulling a boat out. This 4WD system is not an on/off truck based, it is really "All Wheel Drive" like a Subaru. Sends power to the rear wheels as needed but mostly FWD. I average 20-22 MPG around town and 25 or so on the highway if I keep the speed below 80. I've been very happy with it so far. Had it three years and am at about 70k miles with no problems. You can get a lower trim level with the same larger engine (240 HP I think) and 4WD for less than the top of line Titanium I have. Whatever you decide, make sure to get the factory towing package. I think this would tow your Bay Hen like it's not even back there. A 2000lb boat should be no problem. My powerboat is at least 2800 all loaded with gas and even then it's got plenty of power and stopping ability.
This picture is right after I bought the boat. Towed it 200 miles back home with no problems and a car full of boat junk.
1986 Starwind 19, Mango
Last edited by StarwindMango; 12-20-2017 at 10:46 AM.