Quote from Phil The problem with the air-floor Hondas is that they have two large buoyancy pads at the bottom of the transom to enable the boat to operate with the heavier 4-stroke outboards (specifically Honda of course). There is therefore no room to mount any launching wheels, permanent or otherwise. If you really don't want the hassle of a road trailer, your only real option will be one of these folding launching trolleys:
I remember when I bought my RibLite with the intention of folding it up and putting it in the car, the dealer told me 90% of people with SIBs end up trailering them around after getting bored with inflating and deflating them the whole time. I ended up buying a small Ifor Williams general purpose trailer which the Avon sits on fully inflated and leaves a handy load area underneath for all my gear.
Have no fear, you will eventually end up buying a RIB
Glad someone understands here . Thanks Phil
Well I have got a new Bravo HPP pump whith the pressure setting , it even takes the floor to full pressure . Inflating and stowing in transit is ok but on those summer evenings when I just want an hour out with the Kid on a donut its still too much of a hasle and I know I won't bother .
Iam a 15 min drive from my nearest launch site , I have a small Ifor williams trailer Phil Please post me a pic of you sib on that trailer . I had thought of using that but it looked like the draw bar was too short for a 3.8m boat .
That launching trolley is great for just that but the boat couldn't be stored on it due to lack of support .
I guess Iam looking for the perfect solution , and there isn't one (thats me iam afraid) maybe a cradle on my ifor williams trailer and a launching trolley would be the answer . Just lift the boat onto the trolley and then fit the engine --- not easy on your own possible but a struggle .
Tell me one last thing before I drive you all mad ,For shorter road journeys and storage while in regular use would it be ok to leave the engine on the transom and fuel tank in the boat etc if I used a proper trailer like the indespension or the Degraff . I would then have all the choices and maybe get the trailer on the Transit roof when there is nowhere to park or on a cross chanell ferry .
Phil you are also probably right I will end up with a proper RIB as well as the sib I have been looking for a while , at Ceasar surfcat Zapcat and small RIB.s , but first i thought i would explore the capabilities of this Little Honda as its so light and economical both to run and buy plus easy to travel with iside the van and land on all my secret little beaches and snokeling spots that your average Landlubber Emmet can't get to