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Old 27 May 2013, 03:54   #1
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'Carrying' Zodiac FR at bow

Even though my Zodiac 3.6m Fastroller has transom wheels fitted, pulling/pushing it the >~100m requires quite an effort that at my age, takes it out of me, especially after pulling it up the ramp.

The front of the FR is fitted with a bow handle like this... Ron Hale Marine Ltd - Zodiac Cadet Bow Handle It also has two D rings fitted further beneath for towing.

Is this carry handle going to be man enough carrying the weight of the boat? The manual does say, not for towing - use D rings instead.

What do other people do when moving their boats over more than a few tens of yards? Does anyone use a harness (attached to the D rings) or have made a dolly wheel to rest the keel on and take the weight of the boat?

I realise that this is launch trolley territory, but this is not an option - boat is mm perfect getting it past bollards and trailers/trollys are against lease of where we stay and enforced.
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Old 27 May 2013, 04:47   #2
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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?

I suspect that the towing referred to is "behind another craft" towing.
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Old 27 May 2013, 05:25   #3
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make a small frame (wood would do) to go under the bow/keel area , cover top of frame with carpet and fix wheels of choice, weight now relieved from handle, job done.
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The only time I have seen these handles get damaged is when they have been overstressed by a winch or used to drag it behind a car !

I know you cant have trailers, but surely you could use a folding launching trolley just to move it, you can then fold it up and store it in the boat out of the way ?
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I drag my 3.8 fast roller with the bow handle, it's heavy, especially dragging up a slipway or on wet sand. I doubt I could pull the handle off if I tried. It is "much" lighter at the bow when the outboard is NOT tilted
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If fabric which holds handle ring in place is quite thin, it could be ruptured if used for other purposes than lifting front bow. For towing use exclusively side d'rings. If in neede to carry the boat could use side handles, or one man using front handle, other lifting both end cones or middle lower transom. And of course, completely dry & empty.

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Old 27 May 2013, 13:10   #7
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make a small frame (wood would do) to go under the bow/keel area , cover top of frame with carpet and fix wheels of choice, weight now relieved from handle, job done.
Thats similar to what I am thinking of for the dolly wheel. I was thinking of using a cut down skateboard but not sure if its going to work as its going to need to be steerable plus skateboard wheels are quite small for going over cobbled kerbs.

Another thought is a kayak trolley.

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It is "much" lighter at the bow when the outboard is NOT tilted
Thats useful to know. I do need to tip the outboard to keep the skeg off the ground but will see about tilting the outboard less.
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A three foot long bit of 4"x2" with blocks screwed on top to hull profile, carpet to protect. 4" or 6" wheels/casters with blow up tyres fixed to the underside. a fixed ratchet strap could be used to hold it in place if needed.

this would be stable, support the hull and take the load. larger blow up tyres travel better over uneven ground. this would comply with the criteria given and be easy to store.

send the cheque for design royalties to PO BOX 123...........
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This would make life easier Zodiac Marine - Accessories - Bow launching wheels
I drag my BOMBARD AEROTECH 38O with a YAMAHA 15 up the hill to my house which is 200 odd metres by using the same bow handle
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Old 28 May 2013, 05:10   #10
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Thanks for that. They look perfect althoughI think the price would hurt.

Does you boat have a similar plastic bow handle as the fastroller?
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