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Old 27 April 2009, 11:54   #1
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Launching Wheels

Anybody got any particular views or recommendations regarding what type or what make of launching wheels to use for a 2.9m SIB?

Been thinking about THESE purely on the basis that plastic and seawater get along just fine. Got an open mind though. Is plastic bracketry heavy duty enough for bouncing across car parks or whatever? Some of the metal ones look a bit spindly and fragile and bulky.
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Old 27 April 2009, 13:58   #2
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Can't recommend what ones to get but i would advise not to buy Plastimo launching wheels. I had two sets and the pins broke on each. Got a refund in the end.
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Hi Leapy - I used the same ones on a couple of SIBS & small ( Avon 310 RIB) with up to 8HP on the back. Fine on tarmac/ concrete & hard surfaces but struggle a lot on sand/ shingle etc.

My first pair - the plastic spindles wore out after 4 years so I replaced them with stell rod & split pins -easy job & fine after that. Then sold the boat 2 months later. Second pair on new tender fine after 18 months.

Might have some pics somewhere .....

PS - I go mine shipped form the US - exchange rate not as good now - but was a worthwhile amount cheaper
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Old 27 April 2009, 15:43   #4
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I would go for the alloy bracket ones with pump up tyres ,i got a cracking set of a certain bay site off of here, 50 odd quid now excellent across sand and shingle only 4 holes to drill into the transom ,instead of 8 with the plastic dolly wheels,plus mine males a cracking rod rest as well ,which i have adapted
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As I thought - I reckon the biggest boat you would want on these wheels ( on tarmac etc)
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Anybody got any particular views or recommendations regarding what type or what make of launching wheels to use for a 2.9m SIB?

Been thinking about THESE purely on the basis that plastic and seawater get along just fine. Got an open mind though. Is plastic bracketry heavy duty enough for bouncing across car parks or whatever? Some of the metal ones look a bit spindly and fragile and bulky.
NO NO NO!!!

I suppose they would be ok on nice mowed grass but wouldn't fancy them anywhere else.

http://shop.ebay.co.uk/?_from=R40&_t...All-Categories

There are a few on here.

Also

http://www.ronhalemarine.co.uk/super...unching_Wheels

You need the big inflatable wheels. Some are slightly bent over to the side to give added clearance.

They are a godsend.
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Old 28 April 2009, 01:31   #7
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You need the big inflatable wheels...
Thanks to everyone for their input

Codders...bear in mind I've never seen any of these wheels fitted or in action...if these wheels are 14" diameter then - from the photograph - the transom brackets must be 16" or so from the wheel centres and the fixings to the transom must be only 2" or 3" apart. That looks like a fair bit of leverage. Presumably, the brackets bolt to the transom rather than screw?

Have you used these? Are they durable?
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Hi I used these for 2 seasons on a Avon rib light and found them to be very poor quality and not very good for the job intended. They are very rigged on concrete and i found i had to pull very slowly to keep the vibration down. The raising and lowering method easally got stuck, they were hopeless on sand and you had to watch they didn,t fall apart when up. There is a s/s version with rubber wheels that are perfect, if i was any good with computers i would point you to them but wouldn,t know where to start forming a link. Hope i was of some help cheers Ian.
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Hi I used these...
Sorry - are 'these' the plastic ones?
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Yes the ones on that sib, They say they have a life time guarantee but if you use them on concrete alot they will wear out very quick.
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