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Old 10 April 2011, 12:10   #11
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How about drilling slightly oversize holes for the bolts. Sealing the holes on the inside with epoxy then drilling to the correct diameter for the bolts you will be using. Then install stainless steel t nuts on the inside of the transom. I have used this method for mounting other accessories and tacked the t nut down with a little epoxy to keep it from coming off when removing the bolts. When you install the wheels a bolt with a rubber washer seals the holes. When the wheels are removed a shorter bolt with washer seals the holes without extending past the transom inside the boat or you could install the t nut in a slightly counter sunk hole in the transom and then seal with epoxy obviating the need for the sealing washer. If you dont want to use as many bolts go with a larger size. Just a suggestion.

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I'm thinking slots in the bracket and threaded inserts (probably not tee nuts though) in the transom with dome headed bolts. The bolts stay in place all the time and will only need a couple of turns each with an allan key to fit or remove the wheels.
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OK, this is the latest plan.

Slots in the mounting bracket, as per prairie tuber's drawing. M8 stainless threaded inserts in the transom - something like this with some sikaflex or resin to make sure that damp doesn't get into the transom. Then M8 stainless button head bolts to fix the wheels to the transom.

Are inserts a sensible way to go? Or do I really need to bolt through the transom? I could take a similar approach, but using some threaded stainless tube instead with short button head bolts on the inside to keep things tidy.

Any thoughts?
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Old 14 April 2011, 07:07   #14
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Go through the transom, essential. Make life easy, drill the transom, properly seal the wood to prevent water ingress, use bolts or screws with heads easy to hold, use penny washers and wingnuts inside. If you want to use the boat without the wheels just slip the bolts through the holes and spin on the wingnuts. Easy.
Stop fekkin about JK.
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JK, just a thought, you might want to swat up on drillin oles...

Whooooosh........
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Stop fekkin about JK.
I'd rather do a bit more fekkin about at this stage, to avoid fekkin about every time I use the boat!

As far as I am concerned, the key to getting the most out of an inflatable is to make life easy - hence the airdeck, high speed inflator, easily manageable 2 stroke engine. I'd like attaching and removing the wheels to be as near to effortless as possible, otherwise I may as well stick with the standard Zodiac wheels which work perfectly well but aren't as convenient as they might be. I definitely don't want a load of wing nuts on the inside of the transom either.

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JK, just a thought, you might want to swat up on drillin oles...
Oh, don't worry. I'll be getting someone else to do that!
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I'd rather do a bit more fekkin about at this stage, to avoid fekkin about every time I use the boat!

As far as I am concerned, the key to getting the most out of an inflatable is to make life easy -
Absolutely, that's why I suggested a simple bolt and wingnut. Simplicity being the essence of good design. No tools required. Only one hole to line up to get the bolt in instead of faffin about trying to align four of them while someone else holds the boat high enough for you to faff. Been there, done it. It'll be them wingnuts not bling enough, admit it...
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I don't really do bling, but I certainly don't like the idea of lots of sticky out bits on the inside of the transom waiting to open up my leg.

No need for anyone to lift the boat at all as the wheels can be attached before it's inflated. And that's made even easier if it can all be done from the outside of the transom.
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Old 15 April 2011, 07:42   #19
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Ha ha,but if you are a fisherman like me ,i do this with my transom wheels,wheels are different,they just bolt off,and then i cover the transom with a couple of bags to stop tubes getting punctured which one has,doh,been repaired tho,some picks
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Mounting BeachMasters

I know this is an old thread but I was looking for a way to make the wheels removable for my Avon sib when I found out that Beachmasters now have quick release wheels listed on their website. Anyone tried them yet?
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