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Old 14 May 2016, 16:49   #51
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So assembled the dolly. Had to file a couple of holes out to get the bolts to line up but fine at the price. Definitely too big for my purpose so axle and handle will be cut down.

Surprised how well it sits crudely hooked under the bow handle. However this only gives me about 4" ground clearance so I need to end up with the bow held about 4"-6" higher.

If the images bring any further thoughts to mind apart from Jeff's and Chipko's be interested to hear them.

Whatever raises the height of the dolly-bow interface needs to easily come off for car transport.
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Old 14 May 2016, 17:20   #52
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So assembled the dolly. Had to file a couple of holes out to get the bolts to line up but fine at the price. Definitely too big for my purpose so axle and handle will be cut down.

Surprised how well it sits crudely hooked under the bow handle. However this only gives me about 4" ground clearance so I need to end up with the bow held about 4"-6" higher.

If the images bring any further thoughts to mind apart from Jeff's and Chipko's be interested to hear them.

Whatever raises the height of the dolly-bow interface needs to easily come off for car transport.
7/8" Long Ball Hitch Pin - 50MM 1250KG Trailer Tractor Towing Hitch Universal | eBay

How about this to give you the exta height, will stress the fram more but recon it will work 👍
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Old 15 May 2016, 11:50   #53
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Interesting idea/link Nick thanks. I've made up a "replica" of where that would bring me and the height is perfect. The more I think about it for our use I'd like to try and replicate my hand in the way it pulls the bow handle... in the same way the highly expensive Zodiac bow dolly does.

So I may get a length of M20 threaded bar and nuts to replicate the height of that extended ball which just leaves me the "hand" to find which can can go on top of the bar.

The blocks are setting the dolly at the height I'd pull it.
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Old 15 May 2016, 12:00   #54
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Jeff like these... yes I could see several on a bar doing the job... thanks??

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Funny you should mention that Karman I have a plan to strengthen it but I have to keep it folding. Going to put on a larger thicker pad and upgrade the pivot bolts.
That's um the large ones I have some on my small fenders just hook them through the life line on the boat at the double eyelets saves tieing on.

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Fenlander,

Here's my solution using the exact same (unmodified) dolly you have:

- Nylon strap (garish orange optional) between the 2 front D rings.
- Fabric/carpet/curtain (I used curtain but your preference may dictate otherwise) over the tow ball. I secured using a zip-tie. Other methods would be equally good.
- Plonk bow of boat onto tow ball and hook under the nylon strap.
- Tow.

It works a charm. I can easily tow my outfit (boat+outboard+fuel+gear etc) over half a mile singlehandedly almost effortlessly as all the weight is borne by the wheels. The ground clearance is pretty good too. My only slight concern was wear to the pvc where the towball is in contact/rubbing during turns etc, however I have been keeping a very close eye on it and having used it many times already there is absolutely no rubbing/damage apparent at all. If it starts to look like it might be doing some harm I will glue a small rectangular repair patch where it makes contact to protect the fabric of the boat (I may do this anyway as a precaution). The beauty of it is you can adjust the length of the nylon so the bow is supported by the tow ball wherever you wish it to be.

Hopefully the pictures clarify my poor description.
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As an addendum, I originally tried hooking the towball onto the front ring as you are but found that it kept slipping to one side or the other and making the bow rather unstable/wanting to fall over. On the honwave it also looked like it was putting an awful lot of strain on the pvc/patch where the handle is attached as it was forcing it upwards beyond where it wanted to be. Admittedly, on your rig it doesn't look quite as awkward.
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Old 15 May 2016, 13:37   #57
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Cheers Adam. That gave me the enthuiasm to rough rig how you have it and I have to say instant result. Easy to move and turns corners well.

The way it sits under the Aerotec would probably encourage me to go at least part way to a similar idea to Chipko's stool seat with a boss under to take the ball. But just trying it with the existing ball and rope through the D-rings has moved my ideas forward thanks.
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Old 04 June 2016, 13:16   #58
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Progress has been a bit slow as I'm considering swapping to a different sort of transom wheel with a longer leg which might change things re the height of the trolley arrangement. I've some alternatives arriving before too long and then I'll decide finally on how the trolley holds the bow.

However I have modded the size of the trolley as I'd planned as it was too large and gangly for our needs.

First as the wheels were too far apart to pass though a doorway I found it was possible to grind off the collars (just tacked on washers) so the wheel hubs could slide right up to the A-frame. Then I cut off the excess "axle" each side and re-drilled the holes for split pins/R-clips.

This has lost 6" of the width so it will pass through a door now and is still wide enough to be very stable.

This is how it was as supplied...
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Old 04 June 2016, 13:22   #59
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I also found the handle was longer than I needed and by chance the way it was made there was a section that could be removed to lose 10". It's the U-shaped part on the ground in these images of the finished job. It only needed one extra hole drilling to shorten like this.
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How far do you move your SIB on transom wheels?

As number one son has been abroad this year and off to Uni next, I'm finding most of the pulling and shoving the sibs across the site, through the dunes etc. is now down to yours truly.
So to make boating life a little less stressful I've replaced him with one of these. 😀
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