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Old 03 February 2011, 09:07   #11
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I emailed Beachmaster and got a very quick reply. They quoted me 38 to ship them to the UK by "trackable courier air freight" which doesn't sound too bad. After duty, VAT and handling I reckon you'd be looking at 230 or 240 all in.

Much as I like the look of them they're not for me though as they are designed to be permanently moouted on the transom which is not really what I want. On the other hand, for a big SIB (or a small RIB) on a trailer I reckon they'd be perfect.
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Old 04 February 2011, 09:58   #12
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I'm not sure either would have enough clearance if you've got speed tubes sticking down underneath.

I really want removable wheels anyway, just rang Ron Hale but turns out they have wednesday afternoons off As well as stocking the Zodiac wheels, they have a similar looking set rated for 230kg and half the price

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Hard to say with out seeing them in person, but based on the images, 230 kg seem pretty optimistic for those (esp. if on rough terrain).
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The Milpro guys at Avon have 3 new FC's arriving next week so they're going look at them to check if my transom is drilled to suit any of the Zodiac wheels.

If it is then using the correct wheels is probably the sensible option.

If not then I'll use the detachable up-n-over wheels from Ron Hale
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The Milpro guys at Avon have 3 new FC's arriving next week so they're going look at them to check if my transom is drilled to suit any of the Zodiac wheels.

If it is then using the correct wheels is probably the sensible option.

If not then I'll use the detachable up-n-over wheels from Ron Hale
What outboard will you be putting on the back? A bare bones FC 470 weighs ~ 150 Kg . If using a 50 hp 2 stroke carbie that's another 70-80 kg, if a 50 hp DI thohatsu ~ 90kg ETEC ~110g. Add on for the accssories that are a PITA to add & remove with each launch. The transom wheels will probably take about 80% of the total weight. You may wish to have a 3rd wheel to support the portion of weight at the bow (which @ 20% of the total will still be significant).

Again based on my personal experiences using the zodiac launching wheels, I wouldn't recommend them for anything other than paved ramps (where you could much more easily use a trailer).
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I've never been convinced of the 146kg book weight of the FC, empty I could pick the back end up with 2 fingers and the hard deck can't be more than 60kg? I can carry the floor in it's bag on my own but only just.

I'm using a 50hp carbed 2 stroke, iirc it's 90kg. I've based my calcs on the wheels taking all the weight of the motor and half of the boat. I reckon if they're rated for 150kg or above then I should be ok for the amount they'll get used.

The wheels I'll probably end up with are rated to 230kg which should be plenty.
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I emailed Beachmaster and got a very quick reply. They quoted me 38 to ship them to the UK by "trackable courier air freight" which doesn't sound too bad. After duty, VAT and handling I reckon you'd be looking at 230 or 240 all in.

Much as I like the look of them they're not for me though as they are designed to be permanently moouted on the transom which is not really what I want. On the other hand, for a big SIB (or a small RIB) on a trailer I reckon they'd be perfect.
I am tempted to order a set, wonder if we could get a deal for a few of them all sent at once?

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I'd like to see the Beachmaster system set up to accomodate the 49cm wheeleez rim & tire combo:

http://www.wheeleez.com/beach-wheels-polyurethane.php
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I'd like to see the Beachmaster system set up to accomodate the 49cm wheeleez rim & tire combo:

http://www.wheeleez.com/beach-wheels-polyurethane.php
Funny as last weekend I started to build the legs and axles for my Wheeleez setup going onto my Zodiac MKII Futura 4.2m with a 40hp 2 stroke. I bought the 19" (49cm) wheels ($189 US off Ebay) which have a 265# rating (US ya know!) and my boat weighs somewhere around 500# minus trailer I figure. Anything less than the biggest Wheeleez tyres (For you European RIB.net friends) would just sink in our soft sand and pea gravel.

I purchased $100 in stainless material to build the legs out of. Trying to make sure they are beefy enough to hold up to rough surface launching conditions. My goal is to be able to launch over local beaches and even one of our favorite dive sites (Point Lobos State Park) when the tides are unfavorable and the ramp is mostly high and dry. It is probably going to be a couple of weeks before they are done, and then the next boat project starts...slings so I can launch at even more places
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Funny as last weekend I started to build the legs and axles for my Wheeleez setup going onto my Zodiac MKII Futura 4.2m with a 40hp 2 stroke. I bought the 19" (49cm) wheels ($189 US off Ebay) which have a 265# rating (US ya know!) and my boat weighs somewhere around 500# minus trailer I figure. Anything less than the biggest Wheeleez tyres (For you European RIB.net friends) would just sink in our soft sand and pea gravel.

I purchased $100 in stainless material to build the legs out of. Trying to make sure they are beefy enough to hold up to rough surface launching conditions. My goal is to be able to launch over local beaches and even one of our favorite dive sites (Point Lobos State Park) when the tides are unfavorable and the ramp is mostly high and dry. It is probably going to be a couple of weeks before they are done, and then the next boat project starts...slings so I can launch at even more places
Please take lots of photos of this project and post them up here! I'm very interested in seeing how this turns out!
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