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Old 08 October 2010, 12:41   #1
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Hi All new to this forum and boating so please bear with me!
I have recently bought a Zodiac 340 S and a Suzuki dt15 2 stroke.
With the boat I also opted for the dinghy wheels to fit to the transom so that i could drag it on my own GREAT in theory!
Having only used it two or three times to date I have found the inflateable wheels dig in anything that is not firm ie/ sand and pebbles.
Does anyone know if some sort of balloon wheels are available and if so where from. i have tried it both with and without the engine on and its as bad.
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Old 08 October 2010, 14:12   #2
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I got myself some from ebay and they are sweet on sand not like the other plastic junk launching things. Oh and welcome.
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Old 08 October 2010, 14:23   #3
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Old 09 October 2010, 03:16   #4
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Zodiac Wheels

I had ones like Astra's on a similar sized boat, and they were excellent.
The balloon ones you mention, I assume they are like the wheels on a Dyson Ball or a Ballbarrow, aren't to my mind really practical.
Years ago I had some on a very early 10' Humber Rib, and they rolled easily over almost anything, BUT I like to put my wheels down while the boat's still afloat, and these wheels were so buoyant that it was well nigh impossible.
There are also tiny wheels that fit permanently on the transom and flip up when you're afloat. Never tried them, but saw someone here at Blakeney using them and they looked to be very hard work. Just too tiny.
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Old 09 October 2010, 05:32   #5
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I have the same one as astra's as well and they are great, also sourced from ebay. Had issues with the wheel coming off the axle but sorted this out with a spilt pin, believe the design has now been changed to prevent this happening.
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Old 10 October 2010, 11:01   #6
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Thank you all for replying. It was the ones as on Dysons and bal barrows i had in mind as i suspect they would go over anything. as you say though putting them on in the water could prove to be eventful! The only thing i have thought of since is letting some air out. The tyres are rated at 30psi so thats whats in, i will try it reduced.
Thanks for your comments.
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Old 11 October 2010, 05:05   #7
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I have the same wheels that Astra shows on my FF340. They are miles better than the official Zodiac ones and the Trem ones. I have used them over sand and shingle.

I got them from Pacer Marine for 60 odd so they were cheaper than most to!
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