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Old 04 March 2016, 07:20   #21
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unfortunately my hike is down a very curvy road!
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Old 04 March 2016, 16:17   #22
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Appreciate the heads up on the lightweight nature of the Rooteq. The outboard dealer didn't have one to show me and I'd had a feeling this might be the case so wouldn't order unseen.
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Old 04 March 2016, 17:38   #23
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After suffering slipped discs in my neck, I gave up pulling a heavily loaded Sib through shingle and sand on it's transom wheels.
Now I enlist 4x4 to do the donkey work.
I carry my Sib on a trailer permanently, so I reverse the rig up to the waters edge.
Roll the sib on it's transom wheels into the water off of the trailer.
Likewise the sib only rolls a couple of feet on its transom wheels from the water - back onto the trailer.
I use a 3 tonne winch to do the hard work of retrieving the Sib now😊.
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Old 04 March 2016, 18:55   #24
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How far do you move your SIB on transom wheels?

You need one of these ...

http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/te...hrough-8932736

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Old 04 March 2016, 19:06   #25
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Lol😂

Those little scooter wheels are definetly going to get stuck in the soft sand though!
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Old 12 March 2016, 14:48   #26
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I've found it very tough pulling my sib up shingle beaches (worst one is my most local launch on the Isle of Sheppy) there's been times that I really didn't think I'd make it to the top of the slip and was so very grateful of a passer by offering a hand (I quite often go out on my own with it). I keep wondering whether there is someway to lift the front and tie a rope to the back of my van and pull it up that way (wouldn't want to drag it up, bow on the ground for obvious reasons).

On flat ground it moves quite easily with launch wheels, I only move it short distances though.
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Old 13 March 2016, 04:33   #27
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I've found it very tough pulling my sib up shingle beaches (worst one is my most local launch on the Isle of Sheppy) there's been times that I really didn't think I'd make it to the top of the slip and was so very grateful of a passer by offering a hand (I quite often go out on my own with it). I keep wondering whether there is someway to lift the front and tie a rope to the back of my van and pull it up that way (wouldn't want to drag it up, bow on the ground for obvious reasons).

On flat ground it moves quite easily with launch wheels, I only move it short distances though.
I'm sure there is, I'd just be wary, if a wheel digs into a hole in the shingle a van has the potential to cause a lot of damage.

Perhaps a pulley?

There will be a size of shingle relative to the wheel and weight where it will definitely be easier to roll it with inflatable rollers as Gurnard does.
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Old 13 March 2016, 06:12   #28
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We pull ours about 300 metres through these dunes, soft sand and over grass to and from beach fully loaded on this launch trolley and dolly. I think it would put too much stress on the bow fittings if we regularly pulled it through this terrain on only transom wheels and dolly.
Tend to only use transom wheels for launching/recovery when the surf is up!!
This set up works best for us as boat is left on trolley inflated (at half pressure) and covered over the summer.
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Chipko,

Noticed you use these wheels Metal Caravan Trailer Dolly Mover - H-Duty Black - For Boat - Jet Ski - Utility | eBay in your pic for moving the bow. I've just bought the same ones - could you provide a bit of info how you've modified them to fit?? More pics would be great!
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I used to just pull the sib along the road, about 400yds, then across the beach just using launch wheels. But they took a battering,




because to make it easy to pull or push it along I had to put as much weight over the wheels as possible.
In the end I made a trolley from parts of a garden cart and some square aluminium.

Now my mate who is cracking on a bit can maneuver it by himself.



Once down the beach we just take it off the trolley and launch using the launching wheels. I pull the trolley up to the hightide mark and secure it ready for when we return.
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Chipko,

Noticed you use these wheels Metal Caravan Trailer Dolly Mover - H-Duty Black - For Boat - Jet Ski - Utility | eBay in your pic for moving the bow. I've just bought the same ones - could you provide a bit of info how you've modified them to fit?? More pics would be great!

Hi Adam,
I didn't need to modify the dolly as my sib usually lives on a launching trolley with a tow hitch which drops straight on the dolly's tow ball.
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I did however modify it to carry an outboard but leaving the tow ball exposed so it can be used to pull boat or outboard (not at the same time).
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However, it could also be easily modified to support and pull boat by the bow while on transom wheels. I would look at adding a carpeted circular board about 300mm dia. cupped over tow ball and free to articulate. Hook the bow ring onto this and I think I would add a rope/strap to both towing d-rings on either side to take the pulling force off the bow fitting.
Good luck.
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