Originally Posted by mixyblob
What I find hard to understand is..... If you Google "transom wheels" you get hundreds of results of UK suppliers but if you Google "inflatable boat rollers" it comes up with one UK supplier...force 4!
It would appear they are not very popular in this country for some reason and to be honest, until I joined this forum, I had never seen or heard of them.
Rubix cubes and skateboards were all the rage at one time..but seldom seen now. I loved flaired jeans as a teenager ..but when cotton became very expensive..manufacturers stopped making flairs because they used more material.
I put transom wheels in the same boat... as a fashion accessory ... why produce and sell roller boats for 40 quid when you can produce and sell transom wheels for £150.
I can buy two wheels the same as transom wheels for £30 quid out of screwfix.. so someone is making £100 for bending up the supports ... its robbery but folk are happy to pay it... most SIBers do.. not realising its like some hidden Tax on their purchase ?
Although why people are happy going to sea without an Aux engine for the sake of easy shore manoeuvrability ..is beyond me.
Thats my opinion anyhoo.. anyone can disagree if they like.
Im happy with roller boats.. but I come from a background of heavy hardshell dinghies and boats..so tend to do things more traditionally..ie knowing tides and when to land..or to anchor and how best to do it. How to navigate with map and compass. Many of these skills are lost to the convenience of things like transom wheels and GPS etc Not that there is anything wrong with that..but there is nothing wrong with the older ways either :-D
But perhaps I should start swimming before I sink like a stone... cos the times they are a changing.
I looked on u tube..and found this guy..he only has one roller.. but it got his heavy tri maran onto the beach. He would have found transom wheels as useful as I do.