Is there a definitive answer to this question? To me, it seems to come down to Beachmaster or Danard. Both have superior design and manufacture to others as far as I can see.
Beachmaster has the best website and the wheels look great. There is no doubt at all how they work
. The Danard, I assume can be removed, but even after corresponding with the website, I am no wiser as to how easy or hard they are to remove.
The Beachmaster wheels look far less dorky and stow nicely, but are only 10.5 by 3.5 inches The Danards are 16 x 4 if I have this right.
On the rocky beaches of the Gulf Islands and San Juans, I wonder if the difference in diameter matters. Smaller wheels might not ride over gaps as well as larger diameters. 3.5 vs, 4 inches in width is not likely to be significant IMO.
The Danards also lift
the stern higher allowing the outboard
to remain down right up until the bow hits bottom whereas the Beachmaster may require the outboard
to operate in shallow water
position. My Nissan
9.8 does not seem to have a shallow water
However, a higher stern approaching a beach means the bow will be deeper in the water and thus the dink will be hitting bottom farther from the beach and I'll be having to roll up my trousers farther, so is this an advantage?
My 42-foot sailboat is used in charter
and at times the dink is stowed inverted on the foredeck. From what I can see, the Beachmaster wheels would not be a problem except maybe clearing the lifelines
when being hoisted over them by the spinnaker halyard
. It appears they would not contact the deck
while inverted on deck
, or scuff the deck in the stowing process.
With Beachmaster there is nothing to drop overboard
, lose, or stow separately.
So, I'm inclined towards the Beachmaster wheels although if I never had to stow the dinghy, I'd probably close the Danards.