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Old 15 September 2012, 12:12   #1
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ProShore 2.9 flooring

This is probable a silly question but i'm going for it. Have just bought a used inflatable and with the 4 floor panels in place it is too heavy for me to lift to where I want to launch it. Does anyone know if the boards add to rigidity and are vital or if it can be used without them?
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Old 15 September 2012, 12:20   #2
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The floor panels are important

People on here fit two wheels on the transom and move the boat about like a trolley - if you fit the appropriate type for your launch site - you'll get on fine. Post a pic of the boat and describe the launch site and we'll keep you right.

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Thanks for the response. I am able to fit wheels for launching elsewhere but the problem is that the path to where I want to launch is only about 2.5 - 3 foot wide which means I have to carry the sib on its side. I reckon I could just manage it without the boards in but as I am no longer a spring chicken, the extra weight is just that bit too much.
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That snookers the wheels so...

Well, my first thought would be to buy a portable battery powered pump and walk the bits down to the water in stages (or on a sack truck with balloon wheels) and then inflate the boat. It's a lot of walking/work though...

My 2.7m has an airdeck (which weighs next to nothing) and I certainly wouldn't want to be carrying her anywhere. Removing the floor might not solve the problem anyway.

FYI, the floor provides rigidity for the boat, hold the keel in place (providing some directional control) and stops you falling through the single skinned floor. Not using it would (IMO) be an epic disaster
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Hi ...
as you are having to have the boat up on its side ... why not consider portage wheels they use for canoes ...
something like Canoe / Kayak Trolley / Cart with seat. Fold away folding - pneumatic wheels | eBay should be ideal for your needs ... maybe a strap up and over to ensure it stays in place ...
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Hi ...
as you are having to have the boat up on its side ... why not consider portage wheels they use for canoes ...
something like Canoe / Kayak Trolley / Cart with seat. Fold away folding - pneumatic wheels | eBay should be ideal for your needs ... maybe a strap up and over to ensure it stays in place ...

Just about to suggest the same
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I acquired a bread truck (The ones supermarkets use to move bread around on) and adapted this for kit movements. With a small adaption of an upright for stability this would work. It's 4 wheels on a basic frame.

As would a lost trolley from B+Q as used for timber movements
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Thanks for the feedback/sugestions - I was talking to a friend last night who also suggested a bread truck. As luck would have it he has one and is going to let me try it. Being new to this, I did not know about the Kayak trolley but it looks good and will be looking into it. WillK suggested taking it in sections to the beach before assembly. This was my original intention but someone with the same boat told me that it would not work as to get the boards in place I would need a firm flat surface to work on and that the sand would be too uneven - would you chaps agree or not?
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Thanks for the feedback/sugestions - I was talking to a friend last night who also suggested a bread truck. As luck would have it he has one and is going to let me try it. Being new to this, I did not know about the Kayak trolley but it looks good and will be looking into it. WillK suggested taking it in sections to the beach before assembly. This was my original intention but someone with the same boat told me that it would not work as to get the boards in place I would need a firm flat surface to work on and that the sand would be too uneven - would you chaps agree or not?
Assembly,s down on the beach very quickly become a PITA.The Bread Trolly sounds like it might work,low COG,only problem might be sizes of wheels!
This might be more adaptable if you go the Kayak T route.
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