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Old 22 May 2013, 14:51   #61
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Just rolled the boat up into its bag. Wheels didn't seem to add any noticeable bulk nor look as if they will damage tubes

The only slight negative may be that the centre of gravity of the bag has shifted, making it want to be carried on one side. But that may have been caused by packing the oars and seat in the bag. Just a minor niggle if it is one and only a problem when it took us by surprise lifting off the ground and then having to roll it over when putting it on a bench.
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Old 22 May 2013, 15:12   #62
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Fitted mine last week, I mounted them about 20mm lower than the installation instructions show. The bracket is flush with the bottom of the transom. This does give extra clearance between the wheels and bottom of the boat. My Honda 2hp Skeg does not contact the ground in the lowered position. The wheels appear robust and well made. I have the covers fitted to the tyres and the boat still fits in its bag. I will be trying them out in anger next month when I go on holiday.
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Looks good

Going to fit mine next week with a liberal amount of sikaflex added into the mix!
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What size drill bit did you use? Is 8mm fine despite the thickness?
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What size drill bit did you use? Is 8mm fine despite the thickness?
I used a pilot drill first to make a small hole, then with the 8mm drill I drilled a few mm in on one side (to prevent any break out) then from the other side went straight through with the 8mm wood drill.
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I used a pilot drill first to make a small hole, then with the 8mm drill I drilled a few mm in on one side (to prevent any break out) then from the other side went straight through with the 8mm wood drill.
Ok good idea, I will do that then.
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Took boat on maiden voyage this morning and found a problem with the wheels

Because you don't take them off and clutter up the inside of the boat, or they are not big and ugly and stick up above the transom, its all too easy to forget that you have not raised them up if anyone has seen the episode, all I can say is Mythbusted

Other than that minor hiccup, they were great although the boat still needed quite some lifting at the front for the 100 meters to the slip. May need to come up with a dolly to take some of the weight off the front.

I earlier made a comment about weight of wheels potentially putting bag off balance. Well, our attempt today we left out the bench seat and no problems with bag being out of balance so I think I can say that the wheels add no noticeable bulk or weight to the bag.

It may just be a lowly sib, but put it attracted a fair bit of attention and I think admiration for its ease of launch and recovery by hand. So much so that someone who saw us launch waited till our return to ask us questions on the wheels he was so impressed.
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Wheels also coped with pulling across the mud of the riverbed as tide was below level of slip when we returned.

Do need to find a way of pulling boat the 100+ meters to/from deflation point. Thinking of either dolly wheel or harness.

Another minor negative. Having spent best past of 3 hours motoring and floating up river with the tide accompanies with masses of floating reeds and seaweed, at slow speed or when drifting the space between wheel and back of transom can collect the reeds.
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Each of the bolts has two washers on my new wheels. Can't see these anywhere in the instructions. I think it would not help the waterproofing to have them either side of the transom surely?

Fitting on thursday.
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Just use the single washer between nut and the plate on the inside of the transom.

I didn't use any sikaflex as I believe that the gasket is more than up to the job of sealing water out and the holes are way above the waterline.
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