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Old 15 July 2013, 05:31   #1
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Launching wheels

Am I using these incorrectly? I lift the dinghy to raise or lower them while the wheels are still aground.Is it usual to deploy or raise them on the water when the depth is greater before coming ashore or after launching without the need to lift the dinghy so saving my back if I get a heavier engine.
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Old 15 July 2013, 06:43   #2
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what type/make of launch wheels?
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Old 15 July 2013, 07:50   #3
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Sounds the same as mine. Once in the water and deep enough I lift them up.
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Old 15 July 2013, 13:53   #4
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what type/make of launch wheels?
No maker's name.They swing up and down on a pivot and are locked by a spring loaded bar.Tried today to put one down while afloat. Wasn't expecting the buoyancy to clamp them to the transom when they went over centre. Nearly hurt my finger.When down the spring would be immersed in salt water so corrode quickly I fear..
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Not the same as mine then. No spring only 1 bolt on a long elongated hole
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Mine require a 3/4 throttle burst to get them to pop up after launching. I release the pin, turn the tiller and apply power doing one at a time. Getting them back under either requires jumping in the water and forcing them back under (Easy enough when scuba diving as I already have my drysuit on), or I built a pulley rig to pull them back under when needed. Since my wheels protect my motor, if I am beach launching they are always down coming and going from shore.

I would do the same on a smaller boat and imagine the smaller wheels would be fairly easy to get back underneath.
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