I am considering the purchase of a small, light sailboat (a Hobie Getaway for those who are into boats.) The boat itself weighs about 400 pounds and the trailer will add a little bit more weight.
I own two cars, a 2005 Honda Element and a 2003 Merecedes CLK 320. The Mercedes has much more power than the Element, with all of that power going to the rear wheels.
If I buy this boat I need to add a tow hitch to one of my cars. I’ll be storing the boat near where I sail it (initially near a local lake, but eventually about 3 hours away near our vacation home). The plan is to store the boat on land and launch it from a ramp when I want to go sailing.
The Mercedes is our “road trip” and it’s definitely the best car for taking a 3+ hour trip to the coast. But the idea of taking the Mercedes up and down a boat ramp is intimidating. While the Honda has less power, it’s rated to tow 1500 pounds so it has enough power for this job. And the Honda is front wheel drive, which means that the wheels with all the power will be further from the water and less like to lose traction due to the wet boat ramp.
So I’m stuck on the horns of a dilemma… which car is the better option for towing a light boat?