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Old 13 April 2017, 17:16   #1
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Launching wheels

Can anyone recommend a set of launching wheels for a Ribeye 4m aluminium rib with a 20 HP and what I need to install them? Total weight is around 120kg

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Old 14 April 2017, 01:34   #2
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Sorry guys - see it's been done to death! Will do my research!
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Yes chatted about loads but hardly ever on a Ribeye**. Just note if there is any shaping on the transom (different to the SIB flat wood) that determines the most suitable wheel types.

Most important is you choice as to flip up or removable type. It's a personal thing and we started with removable then had flip up for several years but are now settled back to the removable Zodiac HD type.

**I did wonder what small RIB you had... do report on how you find it on the water when you get out.
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Thanks David - I'm guessing flip up are more inconvenient as you dont have to store them in the boat or car? The issue with the Ribeye is: a) the transom is aluminium and I'm not sure how easy that is to drill b) there's about a 10mm lip where the hull is welded to the transom.

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I guess you mean the flip ups are more convenient?? Yes they are if the property or car you launch from is too far to walk back to with the removable types. Also if you ever use transom wheels at your destination.

We never pull out on wheels at our destination... and either the car or cottage is within a minute of our launch site so no trouble to walk them back once removed. Given those circumstances having that extra weight of flip ups sticking up on the transom when on the water isn't worth it.

Other folks use is quite different though where flip ups are ideal.

Re the lip I'd just get hardwood blocks of a minimum thickness to stop the leg fouling the lip.
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Whatever you do don't get the little waveline plastic ones. Stones get jammed in them and they stop turning
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Good point about weight hadn't thought of that. Will head down to Ron Hale tomorrow and pick some up. Definitely won't get the little plastic ones, they look OK for a carpark but not any serious maritime environment!
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Oh yes and drilling the alloy will be easy... but others may advise better than me if there is any corrosion issue with alloy hull and stainless bolts... you may need insulating washers??
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. but others may advise better than me if there is any corrosion issue with alloy hull and stainless bolts...

There is. You don't really want the two touching at all in a sea water environment.
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Re the lip I'd just get hardwood blocks of a minimum thickness to stop the leg fouling the lip.
Or perhaps even better a lump of HDPE (chopping board?) which then needs no TLC.

Can you get transom wheels to cope with 120kg?
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