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Old 20 March 2010, 09:36   #1
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Launching wheels for a 3.5m Sib

Hi all, yes another Launching wheels question,lol,what would be the best,strongest set for my new project Sib ,will be quite heavy ,alloy flooring,possibly 10 or 15hp outboard?and can two people be able to handle it ,more inportantly?It is like this one,sorry no side pic's of my tatty one,lol
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Old 20 March 2010, 11:03   #2
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The ones purchased by Astra are probably as good as any.

The only difficulty may be finding room for them between elephant trunks and outboard - in this respect your SIB looks similar to mine. I have to completely take mine off when afloat to provide clearance for the outboard. The narrow track can also make life interesting on rough surfaces - the boat tends to bounce from side to side, to the point where the weight comes off one wheel and the wheel then folds up. I drop a bolt through the top of the brackets to stop them folding up before I am ready.

Depending on surface, two people should be able to handle it ok. Steep slips, soft sand and rough surfaces could be a bit of work though. There is quite a lot of nose weight on mine. For wheeling longer distances I combine the transom wheels with a C-Tug:

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...ighlight=c-tug

which makes life easier.

Cheers

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Old 20 March 2010, 11:51   #3
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The ones purchased by Astra are probably as good as any.

The only difficulty may be finding room for them between elephant trunks and outboard - in this respect your SIB looks similar to mine. I have to completely take mine off when afloat to provide clearance for the outboard. The narrow track can also make life interesting on rough surfaces - the boat tends to bounce from side to side, to the point where the weight comes off one wheel and the wheel then folds up. I drop a bolt through the top of the brackets to stop them folding up before I am ready.

Depending on surface, two people should be able to handle it ok. Steep slips, soft sand and rough surfaces could be a bit of work though. There is quite a lot of nose weight on mine. For wheeling longer distances I combine the transom wheels with a C-Tug:

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...ighlight=c-tug

which makes life easier.

Cheers

Chris
Cheers Chris ,that a bit what i thought really ,and one reason why i did not buy the wheels last week,as i would rather have another set more STRAIGHT instead of bent at that angle, i would like to set them up like i did with my small sib ,but i do have another idea and yes that is going to be a prob fitting them with the elephants tube,was thinking of removing them and filling the holes in?and may allso be altering the Bow dodger for more room when sitting at anchor?will be dragging across sand and shingle,oh well of to the gym to take an arnold schwarzenegger course,lol
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