FJ62 tow a boat?

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Hello. I have been looking at buying a boat. I see one I really like but I don't know how much I can tow with my truck. I don't have a hitch so I would have to have that installed. The boat I am looking at is pretty big. It is a Wellcraft Nova 250 with twin 350 chevy engines. 25 feet long. Anyone have any advise on this? Thanks always!
 
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How much does the boat weigh? Instinct tells me that your 62 is way too small for that boat (twin V-8s!!!) I think the tow rating is around 3500-4000 lbs, but I havent checked lately. I see a 3/4 ton truck in your future if you buy that boat.
 
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Thanks. I am trying to figure out the weight on it now. I was afraid it wouldn't pull it. But thanks for the towing capacity on it. Rather than get a bigger truck, I will probably stick with something that my truck can tow.
 

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How far do you have to tow the boat? I have pulled a 23ft Four Winns for a SHORT distance with my 87 fj60, but it only has 1 V8.

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I have a 20' CC and pull it with my 62, i know a V8 would be better but i am not unhappy with the towing ability, and i can still enjoy my cruiser. Though there are many other variables to look, i am assuming it is a tandem axle trailer and that the trailer has brakes. Within towing capacity i would say in short distances on flat ground would be good but stressing the tranny a bit....
 
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That 25' twin engine will kill your cruiser, that's a big boat. The second boat you posted would probably be ok to tow if your 62 is in good shape, has a tranny cooler, etc.... be careful though, if you haven't towed much before, even a small trailer can be a handful in bad conditions (up or down hills, wind, etc)
 
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Thats alot of boat! I dont think I would tow that with my wife's Tahoe. I pulled a 23' boat with my 60, but not out of the water, just a few miles down da skreet. My 0-60 time was about 94 seconds.
 

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A 1977 boat is worse than a 1977 Land Cruiser - really a hole in the water to throw money into. Go for the 1993: you might even afford to put gas in it.
 

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you'd better be wearing a life jacket the first time you back that boat down a steep ramp into the lake. I've seen 21' ski boats man handle small suv's on the ramp.
 
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