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Old 30 May 2015, 15:24   #1
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Hi everyone. I've just bought a 2002 Bombard Aerotec with a 2002 15hp short shaft Mariner 2 stroke. I've bought it to use next week on holiday as I don't currently have a RIB.
Anyway long story short I took it out tonight for a quick run on Loch Lomond and I was so surprised at how good it was. I was going to stick a Mariner 25 on it that I've got but to be honest it was great with the 15.
The whole boat and engine could just about pass for brand new. The previous owner reckoned it has only covered 15 hrs max.
The only thing it didn't come with were launch wheels and I'd like a set before next week. Where can these be bought for a decent price?

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Old 30 May 2015, 15:51   #2
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Great sounding set up
For my tuppence worth, buy cheap,buy twice, personally I would go for the best you can get, nothing makes you look more like an idiot on launch or recovery than a cheap set of wheels
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Old 30 May 2015, 16:48   #3
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Old 31 May 2015, 01:19   #4
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Glad you like your new boat, sounds like a good buy.
Although ridiculously overpriced I would recommend the Zodiac Z61110 wheels. These bolt directly onto the pre-drilled holes at the top and s.s. buttons pre-mounted on the bottom of the transom. They are not folding but can be re-fixed to the transom when under way.
Never come across any heavily discounted, but can be found at;
http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...d=171273397245

http://www.ronhalemarine.co.uk/super..._Wheels_Futura
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Old 31 May 2015, 02:57   #5
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Thanks for the advice gents. The zodiac ones look like the business however they are expensive for what you are actually getting. Think I will hold off from buying and use the boat next week in the marina I'm staying at and the boat can sit on a berth.
If I decide to keep it I will bite the bullet and get a pair of the zodiac ones.
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Old 31 May 2015, 04:29   #6
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That Zodiac price is indeed ridiculous for what you get. You can make a superb set of transom wheels better than most on the market for 40 so so. I had some Bombard ones with my Aerotec but didn't like the design and bulk so sold them on here so you can get them second hand occasionally. I've used the same build pattern for years copying thos on my first SIB, will post some pics later.
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Old 31 May 2015, 04:32   #7
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I've had two pairs of those full size 250 Zodiac ones on different SIBs over many years and they're really good with large tyres and very strong legs. If you want that type they are fair value at the 100ish used price but the new price is hard to pay. We always removed and walked them back to the car after launch as it wasn't our habit to visit anywhere mid trip where we needed to "wheel" the boat right out.

I never liked them fitted upside down in the boating position as they were quite cumbersome. Also you have to be fanatical about not dropping the cranked top bolt into the water as you fit/remove during launch/recovery as it isn't retained in any way.

We have now moved onto the Trem flip up type (they are the ones sold as Honda that Paddlers has) which are proving more useful overall at less than half the new price of the Zodiac ones.

Not sure if they have long enough legs for the Aerotec though??
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Old 31 May 2015, 11:19   #8
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Hector - posted a new topic here if of interest.

Making your own SIB transom wheels
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Old 31 May 2015, 12:13   #9
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+1 for the Trem. Bought mine from Marine scene for around 140 and highly recommend them.

Ive got the same set up as you and pull my boat around 150m from car park to beach, into the water, push down the wheels to unlock and they flip up and lock into position out of the way.
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Old 01 June 2015, 00:01   #10
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Thanks to everyone for the advice.
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