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Towing and roof racking boats in the UK and abroad 

The aim of this section is to provide those members towing boats, or roofracking dinghies, masts or other boat equipment, a summary of the road vehicle law that affects them.

The RYA has produced for its members a booklet called Trailing and Roofracking The Rules and Regulations.

This booklet details the general vehicle law relating to trailer sailors and roof-rackers and covers such points as the general duty to make loads and projections safe, insurance, length, width, height and weight restrictions, trailer fittings, lighting, and using a boat trailer on the road. At the back of the booklet is a summary of the trailer regulations applying in European countries, which has been supplied to the RYA by the Automobile Association.

If you have any queries on the towing regulations in Europe, please contact the AA directly. Its contact details are:

The Automobile Association
Contact Centre
Carr Ellison House
William Armstrong Drive

Tel:  0870 600 0371 
Fax: 0191 235 5111

Trailer sailors should also refer to the sections on Registration and Insurance as these will also apply to them.

If, after having read through this section, you have any queries please do contact the Legal Team Tel:  0844 5569519  Email:

Related Downloads 
Trailing and Roof Racking the Rules and Regulations




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