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Old 13 March 2016, 13:53   #191
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Firstrib thanks for the Rooteq trolley report in post #184 and link to the possible "improved" version... Yachtshop / Osculati Folding Outboard Trol - Brackets - Engine Accessories - Engines & Inflatables / Marine Equipment & Boat Sales

I think on smooth ground this and the Rooteq would be a good trolley but the wheels seem too close together and I could see it tipping sideways on bumps perhaps?? However Firstrib if it makes your steps might be better than it looks??

I've had a search and it seems the linked Osculati is a very similar trolley but with wood pad not plastic, larger wheels (or just different) and a different handle. Here' a scan from their brochure...
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Old 13 March 2016, 14:47   #192
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Hi Fenlander, looking at the new Osculati, it appears better than the Rooteq, improved handle and improved transom-type fixing, made of wood not plastic or unknown material in side the plastic and it doesn't restrict the transom screws in width like the plastic one on the Rooteq one does, when assembled the correct 'U' not 'n' way around. The wheels too look more substantial. They both have the same KG rating of 60KG which is under my 51KG motor. If you go over a bump, yes, I would take care, but as you say, in my small London flat with restricted width on the doors and narrow corridor, and the Ford KA boot size, either would seem a good choice.






Thank you for the gasket tips.
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As I understand it, the days of the Rooteq are numbered to what is in stock as the company has been in a patent dispute and the Osculati may be the new Rooteq.
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Old 13 March 2016, 15:08   #194
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Oh I wondered if that's what you meant... wonder how Yamaha will deal with this at they sold the Rooteq under their brand too??

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Old 13 March 2016, 15:17   #195
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Yes, I saw that Yamaha use this for their outboards.
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Old 13 March 2016, 15:22   #196
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Roofrack for the Ford KA - back on topic

Getting back to the subject of this post which has been running since I think, October, I have finally, I think (in theory anyway), cracked it with the Ford KA and bought a ROOFRACK for the folded boat here: Steel Roof Bars to fit Ford Ka 3-Door Hatchback 1996 Onwards | eBay

This will enable me to strap the boat, uninflated in it's bag (the one supplied), with a couple of simple boat straps that I already have, and free up space in the Ford KA. This is perfectly acceptable for the 1/2 mile journey to the drawdock in Fulham.

This will free up space in the boot for the motor ON the trolley and fuel tanks/wheels. With the Rooteq trolley, if the measurements of the Outboard on the trolley and the measurements form the Ford KA with seats folded down are correct (and I think they are), I will be able to load the trolley, taking the handle completely off and sliding the head on a pillow, up to the passenger seat and wheels towards the bumper, without removing the motor from the trolley. With this (and visa versa unloading), set up time and ease and strained back etc. should be much improved. I might even buy a wheel or something to strap onto the head if there is clearance for the boot.

I feel tremendous progress has been made here in ease of setup and I will be posting a picture of this when I go out on Friday (if the roofrack comes on time). The boot setup anyway, I will try even if it means making two runs.
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Perhaps the next step, eventually might be something like this on the roofbars, particularly if travelling further: Car Top Roof Box 420L Lockable Gloss Black * WEEKEND DISCOUNT * END ON MONDAY | eBay
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Old 21 March 2016, 18:32   #198
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Fulham to QEII bridge (Thames)

I just have to post some pictures of the latest adventure on Friday last week with my friend Ros who had not been out before on the boat.

It was a first with a) coming home in the dark with the navigation light pole (see picture) and experiencing London by night, more photos to follow ... and b) the new mobility scooter battery power pack with 2 cigarette lighter socket and 1 x USB for the navigation aid.

The power pack is self made and the sockets and plugs have no fuses so that the power pack runs the high pressure air pump and boat starter.
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More photos Thames at night

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Greenwich Yacht Club were very generous and allowed me to moor up for a few hours, an overnight stay is just 20 for a small boat. I stayed just a few hours for less than this.
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