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Old 19 July 2009, 09:03   #1
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How to install wheels?

I've bought some plastic "dinghy Dolly" wheels for my Zodiac 285. (now don't laugh, these will be fine for where we launch)
There's no instructions at all with them. How near to the bottom of the transom should I fit them....as near as possible? The bottom couple of inches has the hull material glued to it on both the outside and inside of the boat. If I install them above this they will only just be low enough to work. Other items like the drain valve are screwed/drilled into this lower part.
I was thinking about an inch from the bottom of the transom? That would make the lower holes about an inch and a half up.
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Old 19 July 2009, 09:15   #2
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What happens if you want to launch somewhere else though???
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Old 19 July 2009, 09:34   #3
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Before you start drilling, I'd think long and hard about your choice of the plastic wheels. They really are mean't for a showroom floor and nothing else.

They really are that useless. Do you still have the receipt?
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Before you start drilling, I'd think long and hard about your choice of the plastic wheels. They really are mean't for a showroom floor and nothing else.

They really are that useless. Do you still have the receipt?
Totaly agree there ,plastic rubbish,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,plus you will be drilling 8 holes in the transom instead of 4 ,well some dolly wheels have 4 holes in each bracket
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The dealer sent us both types of wheels to try. I realise the pneumatic wheels are better but it's only a little 2.8m SIB with a 6hp engine. Weighs about 60kg all up. We can carry it easily using the handles on each side of the boat, with the engine on. The big pneumatic wheels look like overkill! And he said the Zodiac ones were small!
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Overkill is a good thing.
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Old 19 July 2009, 10:34   #7
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Lightning - I have had the plastic dinghy dolley wheels on my last 2 sibs & a small RIb (Avon 310). If you only want to use them on hard 'stuff' - concrete & tarmac you will be fine . I'll find some pics of how mine are fixed - first 2 used bolts through the transome , but now are just screwed on . Used ONLY on tarmac 100yards to the slip & back each time.

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edit - photos now added 0f the RIB & current SIB - just make sure there is a decent amount of sealant between the wheel & transom - it will squeeze out everywhere - but better to much than too little !

Not sure why there is such a hatred on here for them - horses for courses & all that ! I know I'll never want to launch off gravel / sand etc - so I'd rather have these , small, light , discrete jobs than big old tractor tyres hanging off the back , or have to drag the SIB up concrete etc to a car.

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Overkill is a good thing.
Not always .........
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Not sure why there is such a hatred on here for them - horses for courses & all that ! I know I'll never want to launch off gravel / sand etc - so I'd rather have these , small, light , discrete jobs than big old tractor tyres hanging off the back , or have to drag the SIB up concrete etc to a car.
I'm with Blackroady on this - the little dinghy dolly wheels worked fine on my old SIB, and whilst the pneumatic ones on my new SIB may be better on a loose surface, for everything else they are more hassle.

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...the pneumatic ones...are more hassle
Another Iconic Topic

4 Stroke v 2 Stroke
Rib Eye v All else

and now...Pneumatic v Solid launching wheels

Great stuff guys

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