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Old 07-25-2010, 06:09 PM
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you want to look at well known boats like the Active Thunder 25/28, SUTPHEN 26 there might be one for sale with a 525 merc package. the kryptonites, activators , superboat y2k, saber 28, baja 25ol, scarab 26/29 these boats have good performance and resale weight is from 4600 to under 6000lbs in single form. if that sutphen 26 is for sale its a nice boat that ran 98 at one time with custom power and should hit 80 with the 525 merc. its a lite suv you have my 28 is about 5300lbs and pulls good behind our v8 limited explorer and ok behind a gmc 1/2 ton pu short bed. theres others Ididn't list just look in the classifeds . good luck
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I've got an 04 porsche cayenne turbo, and even though it 's rated for 7700 lbs, I tried pulling my old 32 skater ob race boat with it, just for ha ha's. Even though the total weight for the boat and trailer was only 6000 lbs , it was not a fun ride! It def pushed the suv around and felt real loose. Nothing like a dually for towing!

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and you will be king down there!
boat is perfect and ready!!
I hav e been dreaming of that one for sometime
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good luck sleeping on a 26-28' boat, without AC forget about it, a 31 Sonic is the only one mentioned I could sleep on
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[QUOTE=Sydwayz;3167399]Honestly, I would not consider towing any more than a 22 Donzi or 20 Cigarette with a Porche Cayanne. That short wheelbase is going to have very little towing stability.

You are underestimating the ability of that Porsche Cayenne. That will work for what he wants to do no problem at all. I tow my 34' Phantom with a Lexus GX 470 (Toyota 4-Runner equivalent), and his Cayenne is much more of a tow vehicle than mine. Now in fair balance I do not tow more than 45 miles each way to and from the ramp with no hills (grade changes in the roadway), and when I have towed the boat to Florida I have upgraded to a Dodge Hemi Pick-Up Truck. My father had looked at the Cayanne for our tow vehicle prior to his passing, but the Lexus was a better deal at that time.

Go find yourself a nice 28'-31' boat such as a Pantera, Activator, Sutphen, ect. Enjoy the bay. Get a good braking system on the trailer, balance the load/tongue weight, and tow responsibly.
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Ditch the porsche and get some diesel power much better for towing and stopping
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Honestly, I would not consider towing any more than a 22 Donzi or 20 Cigarette with a Porche Cayanne. That short wheelbase is going to have very little towing stability.

You are underestimating the ability of that Porsche Cayenne. That will work for what he wants to do no problem at all. I tow my 34' Phantom with a Lexus GX 470 (Toyota 4-Runner equivalent), and his Cayenne is much more of a tow vehicle than mine. Now in fair balance I do not tow more than 45 miles each way to and from the ramp with no hills (grade changes in the roadway), and when I have towed the boat to Florida I have upgraded to a Dodge Hemi Pick-Up Truck. My father had looked at the Cayanne for our tow vehicle prior to his passing, but the Lexus was a better deal at that time.

Go find yourself a nice 28'-31' boat such as a Pantera, Activator, Sutphen, ect. Enjoy the bay. Get a good braking system on the trailer, balance the load/tongue weight, and tow responsibly.
Gx 470 is a body on frame design, where the porsche is a unibody. I think the body on frame design works better for towing.
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Gx 470 is a body on frame design, where the porsche is a unibody. I think the body on frame design works better for towing.
Good point, now what is for sale that fits his needs (size, speed, amenities, and price range)? And as far as towing I am probably more of a risk taker than most, but knock on wood I have never, ever had a towing incident other than a flat tire on the trailer. I take it easy when trailering.

I think that Porsche would be a good tow vehicle (just driver dependent). Just like the boat operator, driver dependent ... (not wiping out drives & motors, and getting the most top-end speed). Skill behind the wheel goes along ways.

I do agree with a Dually, that is the way to go for towing, and when you upgrade to a larger boat the truck will already be there/available for towing it.

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Guys I hate to be Brians deputy on the towing police thing...but.A vehicle rated for 7500 lbs can not tow a 7500 lb boat.You have at least 700 lbs of fuel and the trailer which even an aluminum for a 28 ft boat is going to be 1500 to 2000 lbs.
If you can afford the Porsche you can afford a used 3/4 ton.
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Guys I hate to be Brians deputy on the towing police thing...but.A vehicle rated for 7500 lbs can not tow a 7500 lb boat.You have at least 700 lbs of fuel and the trailer which even an aluminum for a 28 ft boat is going to be 1500 to 2000 lbs.
If you can afford the Porsche you can afford a used 3/4 ton.
700lbs of fuel?????????? I don't know many 30 footers carrying 140 gallons of fuel, and if they do... they're probably not that sporty. I agree with your general point. You're looking at a 4500lbs boat, roughly 500lbs of fuel and a 1500-2000lbs trailer. Also add 200lbs of safety gear and extras. Still think Kryptonite's your best choice, minus the sleeping (as far as whats on the market).
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