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Old 10 June 2021, 05:33   #1
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Homemade front dolly for my Elling

Its taken a bit longer than I had hoped to get from design to finish using all sorts of bits and bobs from the garage & garden, the idea was for it to cost very little because i'm a cheapskate.
An old fishermans tackle box trolley supplied part of the telescopic handle & 2 chunky wheels & tyres. Some 20mm galvanised conduit formed the bend up to the stainless handle. The U shaped tube with downward sets was originally a screw on the wall garden hose holder, a bit of angle iron holding those bits together was from a scrap sofa. The axle and vertical are more parts of an old table I made my engine dolly from.
I will probably cover the silver pipe and the U shape with pipe insulation to protect the boat from damage but I was careful not to have any sharp parts close to the top anyway. That part swivels or rather the wheels do to allow for easy turning.

Its made so it can be stripped down to pack away in a small space easy. The handle 2 parts unscrews from the vertical with thumbscrews, One more bold and the top under boat section detaches. The wheels remove easy and are interchangeable with some smaller lighter wheels for concrete rather than beach work.
I spent about £10 and used up lots of odd bits from my workshop hoarding box. No matter how I present these pics, ribnet insists that that they are shown upside down!


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Here with the smaller wheels fitted.
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Old 10 June 2021, 05:43   #2
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Looking good

The pictures posted certainly provided some neck exercise, got rid of all those cricks!
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Old 10 June 2021, 05:58   #3
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Looking good

The pictures posted certainly provided some neck exercise, got rid of all those cricks!

I just tried the "other channel" and same happens there, so it must be me! I even inverted one to see what happened when uploaded and still it was upside down.
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Old 10 June 2021, 07:32   #4
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Nice one Oldman2 it looks well made have you tried it out yet
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Old 10 June 2021, 07:46   #5
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Nice one Oldman2 it looks well made have you tried it out yet

Ive wheeled it round the garden If you mean the boat, then no I'm waiting for a blue moon acendant in the third quarter. No really I must get it wet very soon.
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Old 10 June 2021, 13:01   #6
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In the next day or so will be taking my KB350 out on the river now it has got Spanish registered so looking forward seeing how my swivel seat is, plus if it is easier with the new 14in wheels launching and retrieving the boat
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Old 10 June 2021, 13:10   #7
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Whichever way you look at it (?!) that's another cracking bit of fabrication.
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Old 11 June 2021, 03:02   #8
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Looks beefy now with the foam insulation fitted & the lighter smaller wheels!

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Old 11 June 2021, 03:17   #9
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No neck exercises this morning

It really does look the part.
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Old 14 June 2021, 10:24   #10
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I put the trolley & dolly on a blogger page for anyone who is passing by
Nothing pro about my web content, but its there unlike facebook which is a continual moving feast.


Mike's workshop fixing & fettling
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Old 10 September 2021, 05:35   #11
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Ive done a small update here https://mikefettles.blogspot.com/202...ing-kb350.html

This is it.
it was recently mentioned to me that when on your own its very hard pulling the dinghy up a concrete slip, so I wondered if I could somehow use the car to very slowly tow the boat up. Now I don't have a tow bar fitted but that shouldnt stop me should it!I found the 2 rear most cargo tie down points in my car and using them and a ratchet strap I made an internal tow point to fix the dolly handle to. I think I should call it a trolley now



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By undoing the quick fix telescopic handle and reversing the handle end so the bend kicks down instead of upwards I can get a good secure fix to the car to gently pull the dinghy on its transom wheels up to level ground to pack away.


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When I do this for real I will use the rug under the handle to protect the bumper, just in case. The tie down of the handle will be with more subtle means should it be suitable for continual use, I have some spare eye bolts, one through the handle center would do the job securely.
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Ahh the old upward curve reversal trick... great idea.
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You're a creative genius oldman2
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When I do this for real I will use the rug under the handle to protect the bumper, just in case. The tie down of the handle will be with more subtle means should it be suitable for continual use, I have some spare eye bolts, one through the handle center would do the job securely.
I really like your trolley!

Just be careful not to rip those tie down points out of the car! When you tie a tight rope between two points and pull at a 90 degree angle in the middle you get massive leverage. You can pull a car out of a ditch by yourself using that technique (with a long rope with no stretch and a fixed point). At least in theory. Making a V out of the blue line will bring the leverage down. Or tie a stick to the tie downs and tie the handle to the middle of the stick? If the stick breaks it's less of an issue.
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Old 05 October 2021, 15:10   #15
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Itíll definitely work, we used to tow a fireball dinghy to the sailing club with one of us sitting in the boot of a Morris minor holding on to the launching trolley
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Old 05 October 2021, 15:56   #16
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I'm glad you like the trolley, I have moved on a bit since the blue rope


I found that the tailgate lock staple is just right to attach to.


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It is obvious that you pay attention to detail. Keep up the fine work!
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