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Old 29 June 2009, 15:59   #31
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i agree, longer the better, think your gonna have loads of fun on that boat! the more you drive it the more confident you will get in it! i didn't know anything about launching wheels on sibs, seems like a great idea. think i'll get one with wheels myself now!
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Old 29 June 2009, 16:08   #32
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Good stuff. Look forward to seeing the photos

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Old 29 June 2009, 16:20   #33
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I know I will probably get laughed at for this, but I've been looking at photos on this forum and these pneumatic launching wheels, are they not going to be overkill on a SIB under 3m with a 6hp motor on it? (total weight about 65kg)
It's unlikely that I will be launching it from anything other than a slipway. All I need is to avoid having to drag the boat along the floor. Won't the plastic type wheels do the job? How do the plastic ones differ (can't find any info or photos), do they just bolt on and stay underneath (not retractable).

Don't forget, I'm a complete novice. It's just that those pneumatic tyres look a bit big for my tiny craft!
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Old 29 June 2009, 16:48   #34
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I agree the big wheels may be a bit of overkill IF you have 3 people to help you with the boat each time. If not then they are essential. They swing up out of the way when you have launched. You only remove the leg(not bracket) when you are putting it in the bag - just one bolt so easy.

The plastic wheels are ONLY any good on firm flat hard surfaces - if you cross sand or grass or whatever they are crap. IF you stick to slipways they will be okish but the main advantage os a SIB is you can launch anywhere - why stick to a slip? Launch off a beach or even chuck it in the river or a lake.
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Old 29 June 2009, 17:18   #35
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I agree the big wheels may be a bit of overkill IF you have 3 people to help you with the boat each time. If not then they are essential. They swing up out of the way when you have launched. You only remove the leg(not bracket) when you are putting it in the bag - just one bolt so easy.

The plastic wheels are ONLY any good on firm flat hard surfaces - if you cross sand or grass or whatever they are crap. IF you stick to slipways they will be okish but the main advantage os a SIB is you can launch anywhere - why stick to a slip? Launch off a beach or even chuck it in the river or a lake.
Totaly agree ,good reply Codprawn ,id be lost with out my wheels on my SMALL sib,shingle sand ,don t matter i can launch ,them dolly wheels ain t no good on shingle and wet sand. bloody useless
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Old 29 June 2009, 17:24   #36
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The dinghy dolly wheels like these:

http://www.force4.co.uk/525/Force-4-...ampaign=pid525

do fold up, and as you have noted are much smaller and less obtrusive.

My last SIB had them, and I found them fine for slipways, tight packed gravel and grass. I never used them on loose gravel or sand, but a lot of people on here do not like them and reckon their performance on these surfaces is poor. Maybe less of an issue with a small / light setup (65kg is probably about 1/2 the weight of my old setup)?

My new SIB is a lot heavier and I have fitted pneumatic tyred transom wheels. I find they get in the way more and are more hassle to use for several reasons. Others may disagree with me

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Old 29 June 2009, 17:30   #37
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i cannot speak for all slipways but most have a few ruts and rough parts along with the normal grooves to get tyre grip then small stones and pebbles that may get washed up ,small hard plastic wheels find evey nook and cranny ,dont forget not all beaches are of the same type of sand, some firm others soft sinking sand so i would go for large wheels or pnumatic tyres if possible ,i have now made a fold up dolly for my sib using 2 pices of scaffolding poles that bolts in the middle like a T and some of those 8 inch mini motorbike wheels that kids ride illegaly on from a car boot sale since the photo was taken .though i suppose it depends on how long the slip is and how far you have to go with it .. pic of our pristine slip at teesmouth.though it is private members only,
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Old 29 June 2009, 18:01   #38
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Just to add,you may launch from a slip and land on a beach for example,the tide goes out a little way and you have sand to deal with,
im coming around to the idea of launching wheels.
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Just to add,you may launch from a slip and land on a beach for example,the tide goes out a little way and you have sand to deal with,
im coming around to the idea of launching wheels.
and its easier to move the boat up the beach out of the tide range should you want to have a walk about onshore for a while ,saves worriing about burying the anchor .then get it back down in the water in again if the tides gone back out .
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Just waiting for it to arrive now! Will post my experiences when we've been out on it.
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