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Old 28 December 2013, 15:49   #1
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I am looking at options of launching my Avon 340 rover rib with a 60kg outboard. I current.y have it on a road trailer and to launch by hand it is quite difficult. I only need to pull it 50m max from storage to the slip, would some sort of a transom set of wheels do the trick or will this be too much weight? I have looked at various launching trailer options but too much to choose from.

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Old 29 December 2013, 03:28   #2
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What is the total weight? Also is the area you will be wheeling the boat around paved, dirt, or sand?
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Old 29 December 2013, 04:22   #3
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I think I'd be tempted to look at a lightweight launching trolley as used on dingy's - Launching trolley for Pico sailing dinghy | eBay

You'll need to adjust the way the boat sits on but should work easily enough.
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I used to have transom mounted launching wheels on a 4.2m SIB with a 25hp Merc on the transom. The SIB was a Quicksilver HD, reasonably heavy old thing. At a guess the motor was about 50kg. To be honest it was not something that you would want to take for a longish stroll, if you get my drift
The issue was that the load was unbalanced, very nose heavy. With a shorter SIB you may be better off.
I also found that with the wheels hinged up, they generally got in the way, and looked naff when underway.
You may be OK over 50 metres with a good set of transom wheels, but if it was me, like Treerat, I would try to find a launching trolley or similar that puts the wheels closer to the CoG, and leaves those round rubbery things on dry land.
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Old 29 December 2013, 07:12   #5
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Hi

I am looking at options of launching my Avon 340 rover rib with a 60kg outboard. I current.y have it on a road trailer and to launch by hand it is quite difficult. I only need to pull it 50m max from storage to the slip, would some sort of a transom set of wheels do the trick or will this be too much weight? I have looked at various launching trailer options but too much to choose from.

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Here is my Rover with a 15hp Mariner. I have drop down wheels called "dinghy dollies". These are great provided you do not have to run over very rough ground. On a flat surface the boat is very balanced and you can push a good distance. One caution - I originally mounted them too close together - but you do have a limit due to the Vee in the stern.
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Old 29 December 2013, 17:05   #6
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Thanks for the advice the pico trailer option looks good.
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Old 30 December 2013, 10:53   #7
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I use launch wheels on my 3.4m Zodiac Fastroller, and pull it 400 to 500 yards (depending on state of tide) to the launch site. With the engine up and everything in the stern, it helps enormously with the centre of gravity, so much so, even my 70 year old mate can pull it along.
I know, I'm a slave driver.

When we reach the waterside it's 2 minutes to rearrange the gear, then we're good to go.
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Old 06 January 2014, 05:09   #8
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I have purchased a set if god beachmaster wheels from NZ, planning to install this weekend. They look very well manufactured, solid, sturdy etc and expect they will last. Www.beachmaster.co.nz will post pics once completed the install...
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