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Old 14 May 2012, 12:29   #1
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Launch Wheels for 4.3 Quicksilver

Just purchased a 2nd hand 4.3 quicksilver and looking for launch wheels, Going to use my existing Suzuki DT30 looking for something with fair size wheels for use on a soft sand beach.
I have been using a Gemini ex military on a trailer which is a much studier boat but far too heavy to hand launch and takes a lot of room on camping trip.
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Old 14 May 2012, 15:24   #2
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hi, just wondering what your doing with the gemini?
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Old 14 May 2012, 17:02   #3
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Think I will keep it atm and see how the QS performs. To be honest quite attached to it, it is old but a great boat!... not ideal for a camping trip .
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As far as I know there are no commercially available folding wheel setups that will roll across a soft sand beach for a boat your size. I looked hard too. I made my own set which is what you are probably going to have to do, or have someone else do for you.

Even then you are going to want to put your boat on a diet. I just switched to a smaller removable fuel tank, that went from an 11 gallon US tank to a 6.5 gallon US tank. Made my anchor setup removable and am working on having all my electronics including the battery, mounted in a tower, become removable with a handle.

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Thanks for this certainly look the business and may be a route I may have to take if there there is nothing else out there suitable?
Would welcome any feed back from anyone for off the shelf set ups ?
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Thes will take up to 200kg
Lg Folding Launching Wheels Boat Rib Inflatable FOLD UP | eBay
I have used them in the past work very well, there where some ratted up to 260kg too
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Thes will take up to 200kg
Lg Folding Launching Wheels Boat Rib Inflatable FOLD UP | eBay
I have used them in the past work very well, there where some ratted up to 260kg too
Did you beach launch over soft sand? What boat and motor combo?

My boat weighs over 500 lbs (226kg) when ready to launch and our sand is soft. From what I learned about launching our two kayaks using similar tires to what is mentioned in the ebay link, is that they sink under 100 lbs of weight. Kayak was wheeled across beach with dive gear. It would take too much force to move a loaded boat over soft sand with a tire that skinny. I paid $187 us dollars (146 euro's) just for the 19 inch (49cm) Wheelez tires I used. Then another $150 us dollars (117 euro's) for raw stainless material, and the necessary stainless hardware. I wish there would have been a cheaper option that functioned just as well. Alas I could not find one, and I searched hard. Funny thing was I showed up at a customers house and he had an almost similar set of wheels made using lawn mower tires. Unfortunately the lawn mower wheels will rust, and they are heavy. I didn't want that much weight hanging off the transom.

I couldn't locate the 260kg rated wheel set.
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Well if they sink get the spindle extended & fit double wheels to each still muck cheaper!
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