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Old 30 December 2008, 07:49   #1
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Transom wheels - pneumatic or sandhopper?

I'm currently looking at getting some transom wheels for my new SIB.

I suspect I am going to have to remove them rather than flip them up due to space between elephant trunks etc on the transom. I'd also prefer to remove them to keep the boat looking 'original'.

I was looking at pneumatic tyred wheels like these:



but have also seen what are described as sandhopper wheels, like this:



which as well as being cheaper are (allegedly) better on sand (hence the name) and will presumably be easier to deploy due to less positive buoyancy.

Does anyone have any experience of these type of wheels?

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Old 30 December 2008, 08:06   #2
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I would have thought which ever has the greater surface area would be best?
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Old 30 December 2008, 09:38   #3
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I have the pneumatic tyres fitted to mine.

They are cranked slightly to give clearance. The bigger the diameter tyres the better. on sand obviously the wider the wheel/tyre the better.

Maybe on sand the solid one would be slightly better but I am sure if you deflate the other ones slightly they would be just as good - on other surfaces the inflatable ones would be far better.

i agree the solid ones would be easier to deploy when in the water but why would you need to do that? Just as easy to lift the engine last minute and drift in.

I wouldn't be without my launching wheels - they are a godsend and swing up out of the way no probs.
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rolling resistance

It all depends on the launch surface and boat weight. Beach launching my boat with a trailer and a 4wd pickup has really shown me that the rolling resistance on soft surfaces is a big issue. A soft underinflated tire will roll much easier on sand than a hard one. Letting a lot of the air out of my truck and trailer tires does increase the footprint, but it is the decreased rolling resistance that makes it cruise over the sand rather than dig in. I would never get my rig out with fully inflated tires. With similar footprints I would go for the pnuematic tire if beach launching. I gave away my hard plastic tire sea kayak dolly and bought one with spongy big tires, it doesn't drag furoughs into the beach like the original. Just my experience for whatever that's worth!
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I have both wheels.........

...........and would for sure strongly advise that you should go with the pnumatic tyres. Whilst the solid ones run great on hard compressed sand, I find them terrible through soft sugar sand, so much so that I have to get friends and family to pull me through the same however, with the pnumatic tyres it is far easier.

Personaly I remove the whole launching leg and wheel before I enter the water as the sib looks terrible with the legs sticking up.

Perhaps more importantly, you should take great care of the engine as the previous owner of my sib had incurred a number of chips on the engine cowling due to the engine hitting the SS legs.

Just my opinion based on experience.
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I have the pneumatic tyres fitted to mine.

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Just bought a new pair off Ebay 75 delivered, look the same as yours except for the colour!!!!!!
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Thats a great price!!!
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ive had both and pneumatic the only way,
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Just bought a new pair off Ebay 75 delivered, look the same as yours except for the colour!!!!!!
There are sets similar to those,,,,,,,,,,,,for 45 pound on e bay now,,,,,,,,,,,,i paid 75 for them 2 xmas s ago,,,,,,,,, doh
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WHATTTT I thought i got a good deal. Where are these 45 jobs? does that inc shipping
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