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Old 20 November 2012, 11:15   #1
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Launch wheels suitability

I'm looking for some launch wheels for my new Zodiac 3.6m Fastroller.

I like the look of these. the way that that the wheels fold up flat to the transom and ease of use really appeals. But I cannot see anyone selling or using the, in the UK and wonder if there may be issues. The only reference that I have seen to them is someone on here implied that they were too big.

Not sure if fixings would interfere with the inflatable floor - I'm new to inflatables so have not really learned what is to avoid and what is ok. Not made any easier by the awful Zodiac manual.

Also, they do a alternative PU tyre. What is the advantage of that - non pneumatic? Any disadvantage?
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Old 20 November 2012, 14:08   #2
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Get the ones with a curve in the shaft so when they are up they hang back over the transom and when they are down they go under the boat supporting it. I think Pacer Marine sell them. They have big tyres which helps alot when pulling the boat over uneven ground. Avoid small wheels and overcomplicated designs if I where you. I have used this setup for the last 3 years with a Zodiac FR 3.4 and 9.8 on the back.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/INFLATABLE...item5d249de128

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lg-Folding...item5d23b5ecb2
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Old 20 November 2012, 14:47   #3
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Pacer Marine is my local and I discussing wheels with them yesterday. I have not liked any of the wheels that I have seen there but I'm not sure that I have seen the ones you link.

Still like the ones that I linked though. Don't think the wheel seems too small as they are 260mm which should be ok for my main need which is rolling 100yards from inflation point to slip across hard surface.

Will ask about the ones you mention next time I am down. I cannot work out from their image how they work.

Found the set here from your second link. Not the one you linked but not sure if same. Same size wheel as my link (but smaller than Pacer Marine one) and described as 'big ... tyre'.
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Old 20 November 2012, 15:06   #4
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From what I have seen the Beachmaster wheels are awesome. I like how quick they are to put up and down. The only downfall I can see is the cost. They do make a removable set now.
BEACHMASTER Boat Wheels

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Old 20 November 2012, 15:25   #5
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Thanks Peter. I see what you mean by price! In UK it would be even more horrendous after exchange rate conversion.

When folded in a bag, presumably the removerable ones are needed but not sure of safety of the studs on the transom just where the cones of the tube fold into.

Not sure that they are any better than the ones in my link tough. Exactly same size wheel, twice the price.
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The text on your link states "V4A Foldable aerated launching wheels for inflatable boats made of stainless steel".

How many inflatable boats are made from stainless? And why?

(OK, their English is better than wot my German be).
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Best ones i find are the ones with the curve in the shaft,so when they are down they are in under the boat,balance of the boat/motor is much better,especially over rough ground.
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From what I have seen the Beachmaster wheels are awesome. I like how quick they are to put up and down. The only downfall I can see is the cost. They do make a removable set now.
BEACHMASTER Boat Wheels

I really like this design as well - I just wish they offered a version that works with those big 19" diameter wheeleez beach wheels that you have.
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Old 21 December 2012, 13:38   #9
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I'm going to bump this thread.

Does anyone have any experience of these wheels from the German Solutions Seller company?

I've taken on board people's earlier comments and viewed some alternatives, but I really like the ergonomics of these wheels. Its still a relatively good sized wheel as I've seen bugger and much smaller and personally think the bigger wheel offers no advantage for where I will normally be launching.

I've also seen on their website a longer version for boats with a taller transom but cannot find this item right now - yes I can. This also would seem to fit my criteria if my transom is tall enough - the boat is in its bag and cannot measure right now.

My boat will be deflated and bagged on a daily basis after use and all other wheels that I have investigated or been recommended look either totally unsuitable for this or will be a nightmare to deal with when hands are cold and numb and split pins/bolts need to be removed.

Foldable launching wheels for inflatable boats made of stainless steel - YouTube


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They look good on the video:

Foldable launching wheels for inflatable boats made of stainless steel - YouTube!

Looks like you need a large transome?
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