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Old 06 June 2020, 08:53   #1
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Hi members ,looking at the above launching wheels ,has anyone got experience of these , thanks
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Old 06 June 2020, 09:32   #2
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Not great unless they are much larger than the typical wheel of this type sold at general chandlers?

These sort of wheel are fine for wheeling a light SIB on smooth concrete a few yards but pretty useless on anything rough or resembling a beach.
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Old 06 June 2020, 11:11   #3
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I've got a pair on my ZAR mini (2.5M) - very lightweight, say 60kg with motor. Work well on flat surfaces and firm sand, not great if rocky or soft sand.

I find them fiddly to install/remove - but, might be my skills!

Flip up nicely when underway and easy to deploy.
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Old 06 June 2020, 11:37   #4
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I had something very similar on my last SIB. The pneumatic tyres on long hinged legs on my current SIB are immeasurably better. However, if you're only rolling the boat a short distance on a good surface, they will work, and they won't be as "in the way" as the ones on long legs.
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Old 06 June 2020, 12:15   #5
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Old 06 June 2020, 12:35   #6
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Yep the wheels themselves are a much larger diameter than the little plastic ones we usually grumble about Max... but I'd still be wary their plastic construction could break and is unforgiving on bumps and kerbs etc unless like monkey they are on a very very light outfit.
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Old 06 June 2020, 15:12   #7
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Fitted these to my sib that i recently sold. They are very sturdy and easy to fold up and down. However they were a mightmare launching on a rocky lake district shore. They are also pretty fat so when upright they were almost touching my 15hp outboards and stopped its turning space for anything more than a gentle ark. Ended up having to take them out and put them back in once in the water which water which was fiddly. Well built though.

Upgraded to a honwave last week with the pneumatic wheels.
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