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Old 05 March 2013, 00:02   #1
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Best beach launch setup.

Hey guys, got a nice little Zodiac Futura concept (14ft long). Has a Nissan 40hp on the back. I was wondering if you could post up your transom mounted beach launch wheel setup. Mine is very difficult to install/remove. Hoping to get some ideas. Thanks!

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Old 05 March 2013, 15:46   #2
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Since your boat is a SIB this thread belongs here Inflatable boats - RIBnet Forums

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This thread might shed some insight of what you will be faced with.
Launching wheels/soft sand

Your boat is lighter than mine, but not by much. It takes 4-5 strong people to get it back up a Greater Bay Area California beach.

Since sand here is soft, if not round pea gravel, I built a set stainless legs and use 19" Wheeleez tires. They float over the sand with zero issues and are designed to carry 265#'s each. I figure my boat going into the water is pushing just over 500#'s. For coming out of the water I can remove my anchor crate @ 25#'s, the electronics tower for another 35#'s, and the fuel tank for another 20-45# drop in weight. I am in process of taking an electric mobility scooter and using the drive motors, controller, etc, then I bought atv tires, to drive my boat up and down the beach. It just is too much to handle on our beaches for a couple of divers.

You can not buy wheels rated to carry around 500#'s commercially, at least I didn't find any and I tried. It probably would have cost me less than building a set.

Mine do fold up and down easy enough and they come off quickly, but I leave the brackets in place. Well usually I am wearing a drysuit and just jump in the water to push them back under the boat before hitting the beach. If I don't want to get in the water I built a pulley system to block and tackle them under the boat.

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