Towing boats on a bike trailer

Discussion in 'Tandem and Other Bikes' started by Matthames, 12 May 2010.

  1. Matthames

    Matthames Über Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    This is probably really ambitious, but has got me thinking.

    I have seen pictures of canoes and kayaks being towed by a bike and see that it could be done. But with my thinking, how about going a stage further than this and tow something like a Laser dinghy.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. How far would you be towing it? I'd have thought a Laser was a bit too heavy and unwieldy to tow safely behind a bike, but I've never tried it.
     
  3. numbnuts

    numbnuts Legendary Member

    Location:
    North Baddesley
    Crazy next question
    I have thought of towing my kayak by bike, but I would like to keep in in one piece
     
  4. Thinking about it a little more, I'd just use it as an excuse to buy an old Land Rover. :wacko:
     
  5. OP
    OP
    Matthames

    Matthames Über Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    Not really sure, I am interested to see if it could be done. Unfortunately I don't have a Laser dinghy at the moment, but would hope to acquire one at some point in the future. I don't envisage towing it far though, because like you say they are pretty heavy and unwieldy, the last one I owned seemed to be heavier then the others in the boat park, which probably accounted for me not winning anything :wacko:
     
  6. Norm

    Norm Guest

    A Laser would make quite a load to tow - although there was a post on here a few weeks back from a chap who had cycled round London towing a kayak.

    Edited to add: Here you go
     
  7. :laugh: Older ones can let water in around the mast socket, which obviously adds a lot of weight.
     
  8. Norm

    Norm Guest

    The 'glass can turn porous and absorb water.

    I bet I can claim the oldest, though, sail number 2493. :smile: What are they up to now? Have they passed 200k yet?
     
  9. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Location:
    Hampshire UK
    I was in Tanzania recently and they would sneer at pathetic load like a dinghy, when they tow a huge trailer with a pile of sofas about 10 foot high! Go for it
     
  10. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    Location:
    Stevenage
    If you gear low enough, I'm willing to bet a bike could tow just about anything.
    Stopping it could be a different matter, of course...:sad:
     
  11. Muddyfox

    Muddyfox Veteran

    Theres a chap near where i live that tows a canoe with a recumbant trike ... he takes it to Seaton (Devon) and does a bit of mackerell fishing with a handline

    Simon
     
  12. Clarkey

    Clarkey New Member

    There was a thread about this on a canoeing forum a while back - lots of comments about how illegal it was to tow something the size of a canoe with a bike. Try as I might I can't find any legal limit on pushbike trailer dimensions though - does anyone know if they exist?

    I have a 16' dinghy (60kg) that I would quite like to tow to the river with my Brompton, a distance of about 1 mile with no hills. The only thing really putting me off is the typically pathetic Brompton brakes.
     
  13. Banjo

    Banjo Fuelled with Jelly Babies

    Location:
    South Wales
    I supppose you could allways throw out an anchor :-)
     
  14. Wobbly John

    Wobbly John Veteran

    I tow my boat, but it's only an 8 footer:

    boattrail.jpg

    It's pedal powered BTW:

    otherway.jpg

    ;)
     
  15. Clarkey

    Clarkey New Member

    Is that an Atkins Mouse?
     
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