VIDEO The catastrophic consequences of a badly trolled boat


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Friends you are about to load your boat on the trolley, either to haul it dry for the winter or to transport it to the race courses. Be aware that weight distribution on the undercarriage is critical and if you get it wrong the consequences (for your boat but primarily for you) could be truly catastrophic
. The demonstration is in this video promoted by Dun Laoghaire Marine in Dublin, Ireland, which illustrates what could happen if the weights are not properly distributed.


(from To calculate the weight (mass) carried on the trolley, one must consider the weight (mass) of the boat with everything in it (mast, sails, engine, gasoline, etc.) + any rollers or encasement, which are NOT considered in the empty weight (mass) of the trolley. The whole, boat + accessories + cart can exceed the maximum weight allowed by the road cart by up to 5%, rounded up to the upper 100 kg, without incurring penalties. On the other hand, tolerances are not allowed regarding the type of license required, towing capacity (towable mass) of the passenger car, and general rules of bulk and mass.

A boat that exceeds the maximum allowable width (mt. 2.55) may be towed if, when placed slightly shear-side down on a trolley with a tilting vessel, it falls within the measurement. This, is usually done on sailboats (which are keel-equipped and high on the inlet). To transport an inflatable boat, you can deflate the side tubes and fold them inside. When towing a sailboat, you can have the mast stick out to the rear up to 1/3 of the length of the carriage (remember to hang the appropriate sign). Instead, nothing can protrude beyond the “big eye” (hook) of the trolley. Everything must be within 12 meters.



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