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Old 20 October 2015, 04:05   #1
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Launching Wheels

Does anyone here have experience of using 'Waveline Dinghy Wheeler' launching wheels?

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They look to be just what I need but my concern is whether they give enough ground clearance. A tad under 6 inches.
I would be using them on a 2.7m slatted deck SIB with a 4HP 2 stroke mounted on it. Main place for launch would be down a concrete slipway, short section of sand/pebbles and, depending on tide, a large expanse of frim wet sand.

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Old 20 October 2015, 05:46   #2
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Forum consensus on these has always been they are a bit **** to be honest. Maybe for a short smooth glide on concrete but these type come a cropper on typical beaches, much better off with larger pneumatics or sand hopper types.
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Old 20 October 2015, 06:02   #3
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Yep as Max says....

They're noisy and plasticy... more suited to very smooth tarmac than bumpy concrete, sand, pebbles etc. Being such small diameter they tend to come to an abrupt stop if they hit the smallest undulation compared to even a smaller size rubber tyre.

Pretty well any stainless/alloy leg flip up type with pneumatic tyres would be better.
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Old 20 October 2015, 07:41   #4
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Forum consensus on these has always been they are a bit **** to be honest. Maybe for a short smooth glide on concrete but these type come a cropper on typical beaches, much better off with larger pneumatics or sand hopper types.
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Yep as Max says....

They're noisy and plasticy... more suited to very smooth tarmac than bumpy concrete, sand, pebbles etc. Being such small diameter they tend to come to an abrupt stop if they hit the smallest undulation compared to even a smaller size rubber tyre.

Pretty well any stainless/alloy leg flip up type with pneumatic tyres would be better.
Thanks Guys, I keep looking.
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As above get the longer pneumatic type. The slip you show has an abrupt shelf at the bottom and it wouldn't take much to stop those small wheels. Also the longer legs give a lot more clearance for the outboard legTrem type on my 3.5 Honwave AEClick image for larger version

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Old 21 October 2015, 14:43   #6
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I had something pretty similar on my previous boat. They were OK but not brilliant. I have pneumatic tyred wheels on detachable hinged legs on this boat and they are much easier to use. I wouldn't go back to the hard plastic ones.
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Old 21 October 2015, 16:10   #7
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Cheers guys, I like the look of these


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as they do not protrude above the transom, anyone using them here.
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Forum consensus on these has always been they are a bit **** to be honest. Maybe for a short smooth glide on concrete but these type come a cropper on typical beaches, much better off with larger pneumatics or sand hopper types.
Not in my experience.
I have them on my 2.85m Zodiac and have used them dozens of times over five years.
In Cornwall it was a 100m along an unmade road to the water, in Scotland l had to pull it up a beach, across a verge and up a gravel path to where we were staying, in Norfolk it was across a large lawn to the water, in Windermere across a car park and down the jetty, at Loch Linnhe across a large gravel car park across the hotel garden and down a jetty....etc.

At all locations the engine was installed on the transom and the wheels worked great.
An added bonus is the SIB can still be rolled up and put in its bag without having to remove the wheels.

For a larger SIB or RIB yes the bigger wheels but for a small SIB the small dolly wheels are fine.
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Yep Lightning I concur fully with your synopsis.
I think once you go much above 2.5m and 6hp you definitely need the large pneumatic wheels when going over gravel, sand and undulating surfaces.
I would use the small wheels on my Seago Eco 260 with Suzuki 2.5hp 4 stroke on the back but no way would I use them on my Honwave 3.5ae with a 20hp Tohatsu 4 stroke.
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Cheers guys, I like the look of these


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as they do not protrude above the transom, anyone using them here.
I've the same and the brackets, tubing and mechanism are of good quality however the wheel bearings are a simple ball bearing type which you'll need to pack with marine grease to make them last any length of time.
You could re-bush the wheels with plastic inserts though
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