The definition of a trailer-sailer is something like:
"a sailboat that can be towed and launched/recovered by a car."
Most so-called trailer-sailers do not comply with this definition; they are simply too heavy and/or have too much draft .
Find out the answers to the following questions before you buy:
- What is the manufacturer's maximum towing weight for your car?
- What is your boat's published towing weight - and does it include the trailer and all gear? (Believe it or not, it often does not do so!)
- What is the depth of water required (at the trailer axle) to float your "trailer-sailer" off its trailer? If it's more than about 75cm then you will not be able to launch your boat with the trailer directly attached to the car.
I tow BLUE LIGHTNING behind a Citroen Xantia 1.9TD estate, so in my case the answers are as follows:
- 1150kg including trailer and gear.
- 60cm (less, if I use the tilt-back facility on my trailer)