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Old 03 April 2013, 16:40   #41
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Looking forward to hearing first thoughts on build quality etc.
Went and picked them up today, they were delivered to the office yesterday. Very impressed with the build quality, they look absolutely excellent. All stainless, including all nuts and bolts which you can sometimes expect to be mild then create big rust stains. So hopefully none of those

Little bit worried that the bolts are not going to be long enough for the transom... I went for the max (50mm) option on them but that may not be long enough according to anchorhandler's pic, should have checked last time I was over there! The wheel bit is spring loaded meaning that if you hit a bump on land they wont pop up and if you hit a bump on water they wont fall out and down.

Any other questions don't hesitate to ask, I will do a little video when they're fitted.
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Old 04 April 2013, 03:07   #42
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Thanks. That's really useful. I do have few quick questions...

I had realised that there was a spring from the install diagrams and have slight concern over the longevity of this.

1. Is the spring stainless steel and in your opinion, up to the long term job?
2. If I can't wash the boat down after every run, do you think that mud may ingress in the spring mechanism and when dry, cause it to seize?

I see you went for the solid tyres over pneumatic.

3. Do they still feel soft/rubber like a pneumatic tyre and not going to make the hard plastic sounding noise when run over brick paving?
4. Is there any squidge in the tyre that would make it better over soft surface?

Finally, I realise that you may have issue with length of bolts through transom.

5. If my transom is about 25mm thick, is there anything (dome of nut etc) to stop me going slightly over long (30mm) on the bolt length rather than risking being slightly too short and going with 25mm length.

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Old 04 April 2013, 11:12   #43
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1. Only time will tell with that to be honest really. It's only a smallish diameter spring but it isn't being stretched a whole lot relative to its length so I can't see it wearing out very quickly, depends how much you use them I suppose! Can't see it very well, but yes, it does look stainless like the rest, I would be very surprised if it wasn't.
2. Doubt it, our sib is washed down once a year but I can't see it being an issue. Just brush it off with a brush once it's dried when you get home if you're really worried.
3. Definitely not going to make the hard plastic noise, think they were the best option because there will be no risk of puncture and the colour scheme matched the boat better!
4. Yes there is a little bit of squidge, it isn't hard plastic at all. Feels quite durable though.
5 I reckon you're best off just getting the 25mm one, the gap between the front plate and the rear rubber seal is exactly 50mm on ours, before you loosen the nut from max which it clearly would be when fitted.

I am a little worried about the length of the bolts but we will have to see how it goes, I'll offer it up in two weeks time and see if it's going to fit. We have always glanced at launching wheels in chandlers but could never find a set that fitted our needs... Either they were useless little hard plastic things which would a) break and b) be useless or the big metal pneumatic ones which would be a pain to remove each time now we mainly use the cadet as a tender to the RIB. These ones really are well built and fit the bill.

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Was it pictures from Zodiac Cadet transom thickness where you got >50mm thick transom? If so, looks to be <25mm in which hopefully would allow you to trim the bolts to length and recut the thread if needed with a die (from tap and die set).
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Was it pictures from Zodiac Cadet transom thickness where you got >50mm thick transom? If so, looks to be <25mm in which hopefully would allow you to trim the bolts to length and recut the thread if needed with a die (from tap and die set).
Sorry I don't understand what you mean? Our bolts are about 55mm but if the transom is 50mm then it's going to be just....not sure grinding down to 25mm is going to be in order!
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You mentioned above that you got transom dimensions from anchor handler. I tracked what I think was that post down (linked in my above post) and his images show transom thickness approx 23mm if I am not mistaken, ie 50mm bolts are way too long.
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You mentioned above that you got transom dimensions from anchor handler. I tracked what I think was that post down (linked in my above post) and his images show transom thickness approx 23mm if I am not mistaken, ie 50mm bolts are way too long.


You're right. I thought that his measurements were in inches when they are actually cm! Stupid french.....

Well looks as if I'll be testing out the returns policy next week then.....
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You're right. I thought that his measurements were in inches when they are actually cm! Stupid boy.....
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Don't you have hacksaws in France?
They were only tapped to a certain length and we don't have any means to retap, not least because it's stainless. More bad news though, I sent back the whole assembly but they only sent the brackets!!
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Omitting the mixup over transom thickness and incorrect return, would you still recommend these wheels?

I'm hopefully in a position to buy these now and they are the last significant* purchase that I need to make before being good to go.

* insurance and harbour fees excluded.
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