Vehicle for towing a boat


I have a Mazda CX9 (FWD) 3.7 V6. Tow bar is rated to 2000KG. 

Will this be up to the job of towing a 5m boat and getting it in and out at the boat ramps?  I would be mostly using boat ramps at East Freo/Point Walter and Woodman Point. 

The boats I'm looking at re quintrex freedom sport. I believe the total weight is somewhere between 800-1500kg depending on which boat dealer you believe!

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 Good as gold imo 

Tue, 2019-07-16 20:24

 Good as gold imo 


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Wed, 2019-07-17 13:00

So long as your boat's total weight (incl gear,, esky, full fuel tank, etc etc)  is withint the towing limits, then you should be OK

I've used my Wife's V6 RAV4 to launch / retrieve my 5m Plate Centre Console once or twice without drama

As our tides aren't that big, the ramps are generally good for traction

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Legally no probs

Wed, 2019-07-17 14:20

Just watch the front wheel drive may have traction problems on some ramps  

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 You'll be fine. I towed my

Wed, 2019-07-17 20:35

 You'll be fine. I towed my boat, total including trailer about 1400kg with a toyota aurion for a good few years. Towed great but burnt through the fuel. With FWD you'll just need to stick with good concrete ramps. I only has issues once with a lot of sand one

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 Thanks for the replies. 

Thu, 2019-07-18 10:19

 Thanks for the replies. 

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If your spinning the wheels on the ramp

Thu, 2019-07-18 11:01

And you’ve got room turning the wheels left and right can help with traction by weaving your way out. 

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Check the towball weight

Sat, 2019-07-20 08:53

Check the towball weight limit.  I think the Mazda’s will be pretty low and if the 5m boat is ona single axle trailer it may be higher.


edit - appears to have a 150kg limit that probably will be enough