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Old 26 May 2010, 01:00   #1
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Question re: honwave launch wheels

Hi all,

Could someone with a Honwave airdeck please answer a couple of questions regarding the launch wheels.

1) Once launched, how do you withdraw them from the water.

2) When down, do they offer protection to the engine shaft or does the shaft still protrude deeper than the wheels

Thanks in advance

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Old 26 May 2010, 06:47   #2
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Hi Jake
I have the Honwave 3.8 air deck version fitted with the Transom Wheels.
The wheels are secured in position by a pin which is simply pulled out. The wheel shaft is then rotated up or down and then re-secured by the pin.

The answer to your second question – providing the engine is tilted the shaft clears the ground with the wheels fitted.

From my experience the inner tubes fitted with these wheels are utterly crap quality. I had several punctures while pulling up slipways. I would suggest going to ebay and purchasing some mobility scooter inner tubes (same size) and better quality.
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Old 26 May 2010, 07:55   #3
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Thanks for that, much appreciated.

By the way, if you don't mind me asking, where did you get yours from?

The best price I've seen so far is about 175. Anyone know of anywhere better?

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Old 27 May 2010, 11:28   #4
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Hi Jake

I bought mine as a package with the boat so not sure of the individual price. 175 seems a bit steep.

Originally I purchased them because I intended inflating/ deflating and packing in my camping trailer. It quickly became apparent that on my own humping engines/ inflating and deflating before and after use would destroy the pleasure of the boat so I bought a trailer from Extreme Marine.

It is so easy now - in and out of the water in 5 minutes apart from a light top up on the hand pump before a day out. I still keep the wheels attached if I pull up on a beach it still has use.
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Old 28 May 2010, 08:23   #5
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Question re: honwave launch wheels

Hi Jake,

I used to have the 3.2 honwave with the extended airdeck trim tabs at the back.

The wheels you need are made by a company called TREM, think they're based in italy. mine cost me 182 bout 2 years ago. cheapest i've seen recently is pacer marine at 149.

There are 2 positioning holes in the wheel shafts.
1 for when the wheels are down as you pull the boat up/down the slipway.
As soon as you get it in the water, pull out the pins, slide out the shafts from the locators, turn the shafts/wheels upside down and rotate away from your outboard and you will see 2 other holes in the shafts, then simply put the pins back.
Can be a bit of a pain once in the water cos of the waves and also as soon as you undo the pins, the damn things start to float.

Agree with CJS bout the inner tubes they are ............ Hope this helps and good luck.
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Cheers guys, I have just bought them from pacer marine, can't wait to get them

Regarding the boat itself it stays on the trailler from March to Oct. I will always transport and launch using this. i wanted the wheels to help get to places such as st ives where the tide goes out quite a way. We also sailed from whitby to Robin Hoods bay last year and the wheels would have been perfect there, just pull it out of the water while we took on some liquid refreshment. We are going again this june and hopefully everything will come together.

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I know this is an old thread but, can anyone clarify if the launch wheels mentioned are any good? Im assuming there copycat ones because I can't find honda launch wheels for less than 190quid?
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I know this is an old thread but, can anyone clarify if the launch wheels mentioned are any good? Im assuming there copycat ones because I can't find honda launch wheels for less than 190quid?
Inflation! This topic is four years old.

Are you looking for the cranked or straight ones?
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size compatibility

Hello all of you.
I am from Belgium and new in this forum.
I just bought a second hand Suzumar 420 VIB with the same kind of air taps extending behond the transom.
They are 45 cm long.
I see that wheels kit with cranked tubes on different e-shops and I also found the instruction sheet ( very simple indded with no drawing and no informations at all about the dimensions of the tubes ).
Can someone who arleady bought that devices, tell me if the tubes are long enought to fit on my boat ?
Thanks in advance.
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