# TOW VE­HI­CLES

Boating - - MAKING WAVES CAPTAIN’S TEST -

For many boaters, the tow ve­hi­cle is an es­sen­tial part of the boat­ing pack­age. Are you sure you have the right one? Take our lat­est quiz. — Eric Colby (An­swers on page 19)

1. The gross ve­hi­cle weight rat­ing (GVWR) is the to­tal al­low­able weight for the ve­hi­cle. Which of the fol­low­ing is in­cluded in that weight? A. En­gine flu­ids B. Oc­cu­pants C. Fuel D. All of the above

2. The GVWR for a trailer, also called the gross trailer weight rat­ing, is the to­tal al­low­able weight for the trailer. If a boat weighs 4,000 pounds with the mo­tor and has a fuel ca­pac­ity of 50 gal­lons, what is the GVWR needed for the trailer? A. 4,500 pounds B. 5,000 pounds C. 6,000 pounds D. None of the above

3. Is the max­i­mum tow rat­ing the same as the GVWR? A. Yes B. No

4. What is best way to de­ter­mine the weight of a boat on its trailer? A. Get the weights of the boat and en­gine from the man­u­fac­tur­ers B. Look it up in the man­ual C. Take the boat and trailer to a truck scale D. All of the above

5. You’re look­ing at two ve­hi­cles. One has a

350 hp en­gine and makes 300 foot-pounds of torque. The other is 300 hp but makes

350 foot-pounds of torque. Which one is bet­ter for tow­ing? A. The 350 hp en­gine B. The one that makes 350 foot­pounds of torque C. Nei­ther D. Either