Enclosed is a my impressions on towing a ~2,500 lbs boat with my stock 2002 CRV. The intent of this thread is to provide my justification for exceeding the to capacity and share my experiences with towing a 2009 Bayliner 175.
The Boat to tow a 2009 Bayliner.... The boat was selected because:
1. Seats 7
2. fits in my garage (overall length = 20 foot 1 inch)
3. Can tow with the CR-V
The Boat + trailer + 20 gal of gas = ~2,400 lbs. So, why did I think I can tow with the CRV? Well as others have stated, the 2002 CRV spec's for other countries indicate the max tow rating at 3,000 lbs. I have driven many miles and although you can feel the trailer, I have never felt underpowered and/or in danger while towing the boat. The brakes handle the stopping fine, although I should get trailer brakes as, Overtons sells a bolt on trailer braking kit for ~$450.
in garage ~4 inch clearance to door
alpha drive down, ~4 inch clearance
wheel skates to move boat by hand for storage
offset view in garage