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Old 22 February 2009, 20:45   #1
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Folding Launching Trolley

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New member so go easy ;-)

I'm after one of the above so that I can dismantle/collapse it and take it with me when I go camping. I already tow a camping trailer which carries my SIB/camping gear and the car is full of kids so there's no room in there

I do have a set of the dinghy dolly wheels attached, but one access road to a slipway I use is particularly stony/bumpy and they sometimes struggle over there and I just feel that this "may" be a better option for me. A road trailer is out of the question due to storage and as I say - I'm towing a trailer already.

My SIB weighs in at around 58kg and the outboard (Tohatsu 15hp 4 stroke) is 51kg. I've done a lot of searching recently into these and the carrying capacity can vary depending on which site you read on from 90kg to 120kg for what appears to be the same trolley.

Does anyone know or can anyone give me some advice on whether there's one of these out there that will cope with my setup, and a good reliable site to buy from please.

Cheers all...1st post out of the way!
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Old 22 February 2009, 20:57   #2
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Hello - sounds like a nice SIB setup.

You say you have a set of dolly wheels attached - what sort? Hard plastic ones - or big proper tyres?
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Old 23 February 2009, 04:08   #3
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Hi codprawn,

They are the hard plastic ones...I went for these because when folded up they would not interfere with the position of my rod holders on the transom.

I bought the setup new in September, and used it on a camping trip the day after. It's not been used since, but, having taken 3 of us to carry it down a small rock face while supporting the motor near the tents it seemed a better idea to add the wheels and go the long way around next time

This summer, I'd like to get the full use out of it.
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Old 23 February 2009, 09:51   #4
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That is why you are having problems - they are totally crap - especially over anything other than dead smooth ground.

You really NEED the proper transom mounted ones - they make all the difference!!!

I am sure with a bit of fiddling you could probably fit the rod holders as well - maybe even weld a stainless tube to the transom wheel bracket or even cable ties and a plastic tube.
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Old 23 February 2009, 10:05   #5
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I knew you were going to say that

Do you know if a folding trolley would be capable of sorting me out? I don't really want to go replacing those wheels at the moment as I imagine it'll be a nightmare filling and re-drilling holes to suit?

Although I really wish I'd have got the others - at least they would clip off once underway.

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I/m sure something like this :

http://www.ambrowtrailers.co.uk/inde...category_id=19

would handle it.

I've got the plastic ones with a very small SIB . 2.5m / 2.5HP ( that I only ever use on tarmac) and they really really dont work well on anything other than this.

I only got those as they can be folded insider the SIB & still it goes in its bag & on the deck of the boat with no problem.
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Cheers guys...I've bit the bullet and gone for these instead:-
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Much better - have you ordered them yet?
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I have mate yes...from the company that supplied my boat - seamark marine (excel inflatables).

dreading installing them though - I'm nervous incase I screw it up. Which bolts do you recommend? The Cheese headed ones, Nylock nut and dome cap to finish off inside the transom?
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I have always gone for nuts on the outside- keeps the inside smooth so that you dont shed blood on a regular basis.
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I have always gone for nuts on the outside- keeps the inside smooth so that you dont shed blood on a regular basis.
Gets my vote.

I would go for pan head / cheese head / cap head bolts with head on the inside, with penny washers under the bolt head to spread the load on the transom.

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Old 23 February 2009, 17:03   #12
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Thanks again fellas! A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing as they say, so I appreciate gaining a lot of knowledge from the experts like yourselves.

A couple more things that you could give some advice on -

1. I've read all the debates over 4200 and 5200 and out of the two I thought I'd go down the 4200 route...but...how about if I throw Sikaflex 291 into the pit too? Would you go with the 3m product or the Sika? Or are they pretty much the same?

2. Epoxy paint to the exposed core prior to fitting bolts - what product? There's so many.

I'll let you know how it goes once I get fired up to do it.
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Sikaflex 291 is perfect. You can get it in a small tube too, so not a lot of wastage.
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With regards point 2, I'd simply put a dob of Sikaflex in the holes prior to putting the bolts in. Wiggle the bolt around once its in the hole to spread the Sikaflex around. That should do fine.
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