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    Yesterday, I saw a Prius towing a fiberglass boat called a Towee (flat-bottomed skiff that looks like a cross between a Gheenoe and a pirogue) with a Yamaha 25hp 4-stroke on it. Seemed to be towing it quite well.

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    man hopefully that never happens.

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    I believe that a person should have a vehicle that is rated for towing that is more than what your going to tow. Would think that if in an accident, and it doesn't meet the towing standard, you could be charged. especially if other vehicles are involved. Also remember that when towing, you are required, to be able to see past the trailer or boat. Plus it does take longer to get stopped when doing so.

    Before you did any thing, you should contact your insurance company and ask them for guidance.

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    I know from researching my tow options on my travel trailer that if you wreck pulling overweight, your insurance can and most certainly will decline to pay out. Especially if there is another vehicle involved. And we donít even want to think about what would happen in the event of a fatality. Do the research and determine if itís safe before you go further. Itís not worth the bad case scenario if it plays out.


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    Hereís a link that might help get you started.

    3 Surprising Things a Camry Can Tow | Toyota Parts Center Blog


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    What jon boat do you have? Most jon boats are very light, I doubt the setup weighs 1200 lbs, you could probably tow it with a bicycle :P
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    Im looking at buying a tracker grizzly 1648 and the package weights around 1200/1300lbs
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    What jn boat do you have? Most jon boats are very light, I doubt the setup weighs 1200 lbs, you could probably tow it with a bicycle :P

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    I just had to weigh a trailer for my 16íX 48Ē Jon and itís a continental galvanized, it weighed 440lbs on a certified scale. Boat and motor should be kept light to stay within weight limitations. I used to tow a 1648 stick steer w/25 Johnson with a Buick century FWD. hardly knew it was back there. Just remember what youíre doing and keep up on the maintenance and you should be OK. I also towed an 18í fiberglass bass boat with a 4.3 Jimmy and while it pulled fine, it didnít like over 65 or stopping quick. The F150 towed it much better. As has been said, be aware of stopping limitations til you get a feel for it.
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    Do you have an idea of how much boat, trailer and engine weighted total ?
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    I just had to weigh a trailer for my 16íX 48Ē Jon and itís a continental galvanized, it weighed 440lbs on a certified scale. Boat and motor should be kept light to stay within weight limitations. I used to tow a 1648 stick steer w/25 Johnson with a Buick century FWD. hardly knew it was back there. Just remember what youíre doing and keep up on the maintenance and you should be OK. I also towed an 18í fiberglass bass boat with a 4.3 Jimmy and while it pulled fine, it didnít like over 65 or stopping quick. The F150 towed it much better. As has been said, be aware of stopping limitations til you get a feel for it.

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    I don’t want to lie, it would be a guesstimate. The trailer weight would have been very close to what I have now, motor about 120#, 2 batteries and tm would be about another 150. Fuel was a 6 gallon so another 50#. It was a riveted Sea Nymph, which is now Lowe’s and some research could get close on that. Welded boats run a bit heavier, and more $. Your gear wouldn’t be much, maybe live well with water would also add some. A 48 qt cooler is my live well and isn’t full but figure another 50lbs. My opinion is that unless it’s a pretty well dressed Jon you should be close to what your limits are.

    I didn’t try to get things done fast. Hit the gas a little and let it start to move, and add a little more gas to slowly gain speed. Don’t try to be the first in line and you should be good to go. If the Yota is an automatic, be easy on it. If it’s a stick it will be easier to feel how to get things done.
    Listen to your gut over all the other voices.

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