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Old 28 May 2013, 06:01   #11
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I have made up some straps to pull my bombard 380 up the beach it has a 25 on the back and I am in my 60s I have found that if I take the tank out and the bow bag I have no trouble in towing it up the beach sometimes up to 200 yards (stives the tide go's out a long way) I fit them to the front d ring and have not had any problems at all in the past 10 years I have found that one of the most important points is to have good blow up wheels and not the solid ones. the straps are made up from some webbing from b&q with towelling around them and quick fit clips I fit them to the front d ring and then cross them over my shoulders the trick is two find the right size so that the boat is balanced when you have got the straps on some pics of the straps
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Old 28 May 2013, 07:21   #12
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I have a surplus set of Zodiac bow launching wheels / trolley that I may sell for a reasonable price. If you're interested, feel free to PM me an offer.
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Old 28 May 2013, 14:31   #13
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Old 29 May 2013, 01:15   #14
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Bow wheels are the best solution. I can move my boat around by myself, but to travel any distance with it requires multiple people. Just holding the bow up will wear a person out quickly. All of my gear (Anchor/rode, fuel tank, electronics tower) is removable, which allows me to pull 80lbs out.

Thanks for the reminder to get back to my boat tractor project...when I have the time.
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Old 06 August 2013, 15:56   #15
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Mine is a lot smaller than yours at 2.7m, but I find that removing all equipment from the SIB except the engine makes a huge difference in the man-hauling department. Even a fuel tank in the bow makes the job a lot harder. Have you tried this?
Paid particular to balance today and as you say, it makes a huge difference, to the point where, with engine on rear and tank loose at back and nothing forward, moving the boat the (approx) 100 yards was no problem.

Retrieving back across the mud and back up the slip was a slippery affair, but the weight on the bow was not an issue and apart from the slippery slope, was easy with two of us and if it was not slippery and quite so long (probably 30 yards) at end of long day, would be a one man job.
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Old 06 August 2013, 16:36   #16
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The 360FR is very light, I remember well the ease with which I could pull ours up a slip on the transom wheels single handed with 20l fuel tank near the transom and minimal kit towards the bow.

My current Honwave 3.5m weighs 60lbs more, this extra weight being the alloy floor. That extra 60lbs is enough to make me take out the fuel tank to offset.

This year on holiday we were operating from a cottage a few minutes walk from the slip along the road. I made up a bridle through the D-rings like tom72 and brought a short loop of rope through the front handle then through that we had an alloy pole about 5ft long so two folks could share the load with this extended walk. Worked really well.
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