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Old 21 December 2012, 14:03   #11
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38cm or 43cm tall. I don't know if thats big or not as I cannot get to mine right now.

It may be that image is deceiving in that wheels are 26cm dia and I know that some bigger ones are available like PacerMarines curved wheels (linked above) at 38cm.

Not sure of weight limit. 180kg seems good but I was warned to assume that only one wheel would be taking the weight so should use a 60% (not sure why not 50%) formula which gives 108Kg - the unladen weight of the boat + engine is just over 80kg.
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Old 21 December 2012, 15:00   #12
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Forgot to say that I was particularly interested on how far an engine in normal vertical position would be off the ground - if at all. It looks pretty close with these wheels - maybe 2"

How close is engine to ground with other types of wheels - presumably you would wheel in raised position?
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Old 21 December 2012, 16:04   #13
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My wheels, in the down position, are deeper than the engine skeg, which means I can lower them in deep water and motor in to the slip with confidence that I will not ground out.

Perfect I think.
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Old 22 December 2012, 05:35   #14
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Thanks I had not thought about that circumstance - I had assumed that engine would be in shallow drive/up by that point but I can see engine down being more useful.

By the diagram, wheels would be 298mm below transom but don't have enough info to confirm how far engine would be below transom. Theoretically, if engine fitted perfectly, I should get 50mm clearance but that depends on height of transom.
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Those solutions seller ones looks very smart. Thank you for posting them up, think we may get a pair. Have been looking for some for a while but as we carry our 2.6m folded up on the deck most are too large to be practical in that situation. That they can be left on and still fit in the bag is a massive bonus. Only worry is robustness when being pulled over heavy ground?
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Old 23 December 2012, 20:13   #16
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"When folded in a bag, presumably the removable ones are needed but not sure of safety of the studs on the transom just where the cones of the tube fold into."

The Beachmaster wheels are excellent, well made and light weight. Don't worry about the studs on the transom; they don't stick out that far but just to be on the safe side I cover them with walking cane rubber tips.
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Old 24 December 2012, 04:00   #17
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The problem with the beachmaster wheels is that compared with solutions seller (130) option they are twice the price (approx 250 or more with customs handling charge) and simply not as elegant as a solution. Maybe next time I visit NZ I will get some, but shipping and VAT just make purchase of these in UK a non option when there are so many other options (like PacerMarine wheels) that match that beachmaster ease of use but still do not appear to match the ease and simplicity of the solutions seller ones that remain on the boat in the bag.

Trouble with solutions seller wheels is that they are so new there is no track record/reviews to make one confident to purchase.

Hopefully there will be options to see at the London Boat Show
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They do look neat, but maybe a bit on the flimsy side compared to Beachmaster which are beautifully made and pretty much bomb proof. I may get a set in the New Year anyway to see what they are like.
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Never underestimate how important it is for launching wheels to be of a very sturdy design if you want them to be beach launching wheels. The forces that are applied to the launching wheel apparatus can be tremendous if the boat is being pulled over less than perfectly smooth terrain.

Many launching wheels on the market are only meant to be used with very light SIBs and on concrete or paved ramps only. The solutions sellers wheels appear to fall in this category.

The beach master wheels design is very impressive and it is very easy to see why they are double the price of the solutions sellers wheels. It is much less costly to do something right the first time than to do it wrong, and then have to re-do it the right way.
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Many launching wheels on the market are only meant to be used with very light SIBs and on concrete or paved ramps only. The solutions sellers wheels appear to fall in this category..
We have a 2.6m & 3.3 2/ which we fold up onboard our rib. I think these wheels will be more than capable of supporting it while being pulled up any beach, perhaps you've got to be a little gentler with them than you would the beachmaster but the pay off is being able to leave them in the bag when rolled up.
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