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Old 25-05-2016, 20:34   #1
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Fitting wheels to inflatable dinghy: storage?

I have a new inflatable dinghy and a standard set of wheels which I have not yet installed. I am wondering if I install the wheels it might be much harder to roll up and make compact. Am I concerned about nothing? Does it make much difference?

The dinghy is 2.5 metres, airdeck, I need to carry it rolled up and as small as possible. Possibly I may have to forgo the wheels to keep it easy to roll up. However, with large tides and long stretches of hard damp sand to drag the dinghy up and down, I am thinking there must be a better way.

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Re: Fitting wheels to inflatable dinghy: storage?

Some friends of mine who closed the loop recently and have started around again just put wheels on their dinghy. They are kicking themselves for not doing it sooner.
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Would it not depend on how easy the wheels are to remove?
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Old 26-05-2016, 01:17   #4
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Would it not depend on how easy the wheels are to remove?
Stu, the wheels are the standard three-position plastic/nylon ones which can only be detached if one has a screwdriver. So, not easy to remove. I double checked just in case I missed a release catch or something.

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These come off easily
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Paul, those are interesting wheels.

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Stu, the wheels are the standard three-position plastic/nylon ones which can only be detached if one has a screwdriver. So, not easy to remove. I double checked just in case I missed a release catch or something.

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Can you drill through and tap a thread in the transom for small round head bolts inserted from the inside and fasten the wheel brackets on with wing nut so that they are readily removed to roll up and store the dingy.
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Raymond, after looking at the wheel system which Paul L gave a link to, I have been wondering about putting these wheels on a slide and the slide mount on the transom. So, your suggestion sounds good to me. Simpler than trying to mount brackets.

If I did use bolts and wing nuts I would (a) take spare wing nuts : ( and (b) have two little wooden covers which when the wheels are off can slip over the protruding bolts in the transom. The cover will take a small bit of space but nothing like the whole wheel system and I can roll up the dinghy without worrying about chafing from the protruding bolts.

Thank you. Interesting idea.

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Re: Fitting wheels to inflatable dinghy: storage?

Use a piece of Aluminum Box Beam a Strut for each wheel's "Leg". One which fits snugly inside of a piece of aluminum U-channel. Which will be bolted to the dink's transom, on each side. One piece per wheel.

In the center of the sections of U-Channel, use a pivot pin which has ball detents at either end, as well as holes for ring pins. So that it's easy to remove the wheels, sans tools, whenever you like.

And near the top & bottom of the U-Channel, drill holes for similar pins. Along with holes in the wheel struts, which line up with them. So that then, you can easily lock the wheels in the Up or Down positions, via pins similar to those which the wheels hinge upon.

Also, in addition to coating, or anodizing the aluminum, be sure to ease all of it's edges. To minimize maiming yourself on sharp corners & such.




There are other options as well, besides wheels, proper. That'll also do the job.
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If the wheels you bought are the small ones about 5" in diameter - get rid of them now. They are too small to work in sand and will just dig into the sand and increase the drag, at least with any small RIB. (They are intended for boat ramps.)

The best wheels are 4" wide, although for a roll-up the 2-1/2" ones should serve. They should be about 10" in diameter in order to roll over small stones and uneven surfaces. For tidal areas they are invaluable for the long haul up the beach. Hollow plastic wheels (no rubber tires) work fine on sand but tires are better for rocky beaches.

I have a set of these on my RIB: Transom Wheel Set — Easy Launch (Mine are an earlier version with a clever mechanism for deploying, no longer available.) They are incredibly sturdy (much more so than any others I have seen) but are probably overkill for a rollup. I highly recommend them for RIBs.

I am forgetting the manufacturer's name, but the most popular wheels a couple of decades ago used plastic wheels whose (half unsupported) hub would crack and break. Many were seen held together with hose clamps. Avoid.

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I have a new inflatable dinghy and a standard set of wheels which I have not yet installed. I am wondering if I install the wheels it might be much harder to roll up and make compact. Am I concerned about nothing? Does it make much difference?

The dinghy is 2.5 metres, airdeck, I need to carry it rolled up and as small as possible. Possibly I may have to forgo the wheels to keep it easy to roll up. However, with large tides and long stretches of hard damp sand to drag the dinghy up and down, I am thinking there must be a better way.

Any thoughts?

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I use a set of. canoe wheels, all you have to do is extend the straps for the
Wider inflatable or dinghy. They work great and you can get a decent pair
for about $50 bucks!
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I have those and they work well, but recently I noticed something I never thought of before, if there is surf, you have to get it moving immediately.

We have all stood in the surf and as the water goes out it eats the sand out from under your foot.
Well it does that with dinghy wheels too, and first wave that goes out the wheels are now in a hole that I'm not strong enough to push the dink out of.
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I have those and they work well, but recently I noticed something I never thought of before, if there is surf, you have to get it moving immediately.

We have all stood in the surf and as the water goes out it eats the sand out from under your foot.
Well it does that with dinghy wheels too, and first wave that goes out the wheels are now in a hole that I'm not strong enough to push the dink out of.
True, any surf exit is always exciting and as they say time-sensitive. The Danard wheels are larger than many so they are easier to use in the sand when it isn't hard packed.
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The Beachmaster Dinghy wheels go on/off in seconds.
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Gosh, now I have a whole range of ideas to think about.

Thank you folks, most illuminating.

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