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Model X Boat Launching

Discussion in 'Model X: Driving Dynamics' started by Patomalo, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. Patomalo

    Patomalo Member

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    I would appreciate feedback from Model X owners that have launched boats, include size and weight of the boats.
    It seems that the towing is not an issue, but there are some questions about launching the boat.
    Thank you.
     
  2. flyhigh123

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    what question do you have? i decided to keep my f250 for my boat launching... not sure what salt will do to the car
     
  3. Phil Seastrand

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    I've launched a Mastercraft ProStar 205 (weighing about 4500lbs w/trailer) and two PWC's (about 1000lbs each). The main issue is if they launch ramp is steep enough to get the boat on/off the trailer without having to back the car into the water. In my case, the rear wheels of the car are about 12" from the water, to maybe even with the water. This way, the car doesn't have to get wet.
     
  4. Patomalo

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    My concern is what happen if the rear wheels and perhaps the bottom of the car gets in the water, any electrical or mechanical issues?.
    I would not like to keep my truck just to launch the boat.
     
  5. ABCD

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    I've got a Sanger V210, also about 4500lbs with Trailer...I'm not concerned about it getting wet any more than my GMC (you get plenty wet going through a car wash with bottom blaster, or large puddle or a snow storm that you park it overnight if your afraid of electrical)
     
  6. Patomalo

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    Thanks for the answer. Would you be concerned if the ramp is not that steep and you would have to get the car somewhat into the water?
     
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    Thanks for the answer, very reassuring. Do you use shocks on the wheels while launching as they recommend?
     
  8. Phil Seastrand

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    I would be concerned with any car if I had to go past the rear axle, but not any more concerned with the Model X.
     
  9. ABCD

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    I haven't but I dont think the recommendation is unique to Tesla...In another boat thread one of the guys found pretty much the exact same recommendation in his Truck manual (when he actually opened it and looked)

    There is one ramp I know of where I would though because it's steep and slippery..but I'd do that with any car...saw a tacoma slip in :(
     
  10. flyhigh123

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    i dont see launching to be an issue... i just prefer to avoid rust on the nice car, but if that isnt a worry, then i am sure launching will be fine. car is heavy, 4wd so i'd bet its a champ at launching.
     
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    I launch a 1400 lb boat trailer combination, a Thistle sailboat.

    My concern is the electric parking break only acts on the rear wheels and they are just about at the waterline so the rear wheels could potentially slip down the ramp. My previous car was primary front drive par time 4wd and therefore the locked wheels, transmission and emergency brake, were high and dry.

    Also a conventional car has both a transmission lock and the emergency brake, the X has only the emergency brake.
     

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