[QUOTE=Serena;839250]Thanx Olianta and Alain
Olianta - I'd be willing to go up to a 4WD to tow a 26' but I suppose the other question is also storage. May I ask, where do you store your 22'? And what kind of car have you tended to tow her with?? (ie 4 cylinder?)
The 4WD car, in my opinion, is a must. 6 cylinder is preferable. Actually, each car has a quoted max towing capicity. My car is a 6 cylinder 4WD but has a quoted capacity of 1,5 tons. It is not only the power of engine
and 4WD that matters when towing. The vehicle must be conceived for towing a higher load trailer and to be heavy enough as well. Besides, towing a 26' boat needs definitely a 2 axes trailer which in Europe
requires a B+E cathegory driving licence, i.e. you must upgrade. You should check your local laws about this. A 2 axes trailer is more stable on the road, however, more difficult to manouver. Difficulty of launching and retrieving a bigger boat and the rigging
time is another issue to consider. You should decide whether you need a trailerable boat at all.
It would be preferable if you don't have much time to sail your boat to distant sailing areas that you would like to visit, which are easier to reach by road. Besides, people prefer sailor trailers to avoid marina fees
and craning costs. If you are going to spend more time offshore, I would recommend a bigger boat, bigger than 26'.
It will be more comfortable and seaworthy
. Etaps have bigger models as well. A 32' would be perfect. On your question - for the time being I keep my boat in the local marina. When I get bored with the sailing area, may be next or some other year I will tow it to some Greek mediterranean
marina. Etap 22 is a boat that many people in Europe
also sail in big lakes and because of its easiness to be towed, launched/retrieved and rigged (apart from its sailing qualities).