Towing dinghy on bolt on wheels

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 14:24
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Just wondering has anybody devised a way to hook up there dinghy to the tow ball so you can tow it around (slowly) with the clip on wheels that go on the sides of small dinghys.

Ive got some (dinghy wheels) but am looking for ideas (pics) on what people have to done to connect it to car at pointy end.

Matt
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 14:33

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 14:33
Matt,

I found the clamp-on type wheels to be all but useless on anything other than flat & firm ground.
They have a tendency to twist sideways and the angled support bracket slips off the bottom chines.

I have heard that a solution is to weld a cross piece between the two wheels but this then removes their portability.

I would certainly not attempt to tow with this arrangement as the bottom of the boat would be dragging on the ground in pretty short time.

My solution was to buy a folding boat trailer and I hardly ever use the bloody clamp-on wheels any more.

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Follow Up By: Member - Matthew C - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 15:20

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 15:20
Ok

Yeah im keen to buy a folding trailer but folding cash is tight after buying everything to setup camper trailer.

For $100 i think i might give it a go ,its just to get the boat from beach to campsite at warra station.

Even with bigger wheel do think would be painful.

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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NT) - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 15:52

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 15:52
Sand Man

Forget how much I paid for my clamp on wheels for the porta a bote but like you say next to usless on anything but level ground.

Although the bote is great.

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Reply By: Member - Glenn G (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 17:27

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 17:27
Matt

A few weeks ago Lyndon from SA was making a similar project.He displayed it in a post on the forum.unsure if he plans to market it though.

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Follow Up By: Member - lyndon K (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 20:25

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 20:25
"Market it" LOL!
THe tow hitch works quite well actually, unfortunatly the wheels are usless! = Hitch no use :(
Have now decided to make a light weight trailer that will stay attached to the boat as it is pulled it up on to the roof, aprox weight 25kg.
Will look some thing like this.
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Reply By: Member - Glenn G (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 20:41

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 20:41
Lyndon

Godd to see that your weapon of mass destruction has become mass construction !

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Follow Up By: Member - lyndon K (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 10:29

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 10:29
yes, the rocket launcher has now become defunct, at least for the moment!
Now hope the NEW construction does not = the destruction of the roof and gutters of the Troopy, weight up top will now = 200kg!
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Reply By: Member - Mal and Di (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 21:23

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 21:23
I too made up a portable trailer for my Porta Bote but it is only good for very short distance on a good surface and pulling by hand. Certainly would not be any good behind a car but if the beach was close to the park it worked a treat. ie Karumba. I will attempt some photo's but past history has not been successful.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mal and Di (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 21:26

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 21:26
By the way I recommend the Porta Bote it's great.
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