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Tug-Kenny

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Boat Transport Trolley
« on: April 27, 2008, 09:49:43 PM »


Here's a subject not covered much. 

Has anyone built a trolley to convey their craft to the lake.  ;D

I have just spent two days building mine to transport my Boston Typhoon. This came about because I weighed her after the testing tank setting up to the waterline and balancing the sideways tilt fully loaded.

The total weight is now 3 stones, (or 42 pounds) and I nearly fell into the pond by lifting her out.  The pond is a recent acquisition from Wilkinsons and is featured in the 'Bargains' section.

The trolley comprises a set of Golf trolley wheels and handle, fitted onto a wooden board. Atop this is a standard boat cradle, glued and screwed down. It has it's first coat of paint and when finished, will be padded out to accommodate the boat. I have prevented tipping sideways by struts above the wheels. I don't want it to fall over on the corners.  ;)  I know it looks a long beast but the boat is 5 foot long anyhow. The handle folds back and the wheels tuck under the carriage, so it fits into the car with the boat.

Let's see your inventions.  :)

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Re: Boat Transport Trolley
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2008, 06:27:15 AM »

Very smart, Ken. It looks very manoeuvrable.

This topic was covered some time ago on the Forum but deserves airing as new ideas are always welcome.

As well as transporting to the waters edge, for large craft a solution is needed to helping with taking the weight when launching and recovering.

Come on Mayhemmers, let's have your latest brain waves.

Roger in France.
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Re: Boat Transport Trolley
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2008, 06:43:59 AM »

Yes Mayhemmers

Lets have some ideas for dealing with drop keeled boats as well.

Transportation, and launch and recovery
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Re: Boat Transport Trolley
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2008, 11:49:52 AM »

After the Warwick Boat Show I visited the nearby Knightcote Model Boat Club and was very impressed with their launching facility.
I hope they don't mind me posting these photos.

Don B.
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Re: Boat Transport Trolley
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2008, 01:02:57 PM »

Just mine for the Tito Neri
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Roger in France

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Re: Boat Transport Trolley
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2008, 01:15:22 PM »

Yes, that's great CATENGINEMAN. Do you have any problem launching or recovering? What does your "Tito" weigh?

Still not got around to buying one!

Roger in France.
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Re: Boat Transport Tito Trolley
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2008, 01:35:48 PM »

 :)

This is my Tito Trolley....

It all fits in the boot of my Mitsubishi FTO, I do have to dismount the superstructure and clear out the coats etc.
I use the neckstrap from my radio to pull it.
All the boat cradles I have are 9" between the legs ( ;D) to sit astride it.

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Yes Roger...Very heavy!!
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Roger in France

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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2008, 02:46:47 PM »

Do you run the trolley down into the water?

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Re: Boat Transport Trolley
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2008, 03:55:13 PM »

 O0
I usually use the local pond, Basingstoke; the water is "brimming"
It can be used as a launch trolley given suitable access.
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Re: Boat Transport Trolley
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2008, 04:01:23 PM »

Yes, that's great CATENGINEMAN. Do you have any problem launching or recovering? What does your "Tito" weigh?

Roger in France.

I have modified the trolly since those pictures it now has phnewmatic tyres and I have a lift bar that hooks into the Gog eye and also the forward eye, I can then lift the tug from the water quite easily. I will get some new pictures and post them
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Re: Boat Transport Trolley
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2008, 04:41:07 PM »

As Promised
(2484) trolly all set for transport
(2486) Handle and transmitter carrier removed, this config is great for working on tug
(2487) Lift handle fitted
(2488) Display stand off trolly and lift handle
(2489) Trolly handle back in trolly
(2490) + (2491)  Lift handle stowed on display stand

As for the weight it comes in at a back breaking 23 Kilos, I have even been known to roll the trolly down the slipway and then drive the tug off and recover it the same way. still had the problem of getting it into the back of my car :-\

Note to self ask SWMBO for a lighter boat or a hyab on the back of the car {-)
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« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2008, 06:06:32 PM »

If you are after wheels, shops that sell and repair wheelchairs do not change the tyres they throw the wheels away and fit new wheels,so they get over run with wheels that are ok for trolleys,chat up your local outfit.

Len.
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« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2008, 11:06:38 PM »

I like the idea of the sideways slipway for launching ,we at goole did think of that idea for the pond as it would be in tradition of how some of the boats built at goole were launched ,but as the pond is only 18" deep (council regulations for health and safety) then the launching ramp would be really long or really steep and require an electric winch to operate the latter .we are still thinking of the idea of a crane of the type that is used on a boat (cant think of the name at the moment) the bent bar type with a pulley on the end and a cable winch, as there are some members who have difficulty getting back up from a launch never mind getting down there in the first place .
But back the the topic ,here is my boat transport when the weather gets better as the pond is only about half a mile from my house ,not sure about a launch though  O0 .

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Re: Boat Transport Trolley
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2008, 11:34:46 PM »

Sampson post or davit ? is that what you are thinking of?

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« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2008, 07:53:48 AM »

Thats the thing ,yes  with a bearing at the base so it can be swung out over the water and the boat held on a sling with a frame above to keep the slings away from the delicate areas .
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« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2008, 08:02:44 AM »

catengineman,

Clearly well thought out and well engineered, well done. I bet you get requests to go into production.

I have never seen a lifting device which uses the boats own attachment points before.

For a club I would have thought a crane was easy and desirable, particularly where the pond edges are shallow.

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« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2008, 04:04:33 PM »

I could go into production  {-)

Lifting models with ropes or wires you would need 'spreader beams' and there would have to be two drop ropes so that the vessel being lifted did not swing with the rope/wire twist.

Then there is the hull shape's to think about  but nothing is impossible. :)
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« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2008, 04:36:04 PM »

Is it only me that cant see portside's photograph ? :-\
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« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2008, 05:06:08 PM »

Is it only me that cant see portside's photograph ? :-\

Nope I can't see it either.

Len. :(
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« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2008, 05:22:09 PM »

Is it only me that cant see portside's photograph ? :-\

Nope I can't see it either.

Len. :(

Same here cant see the picture!
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« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2008, 05:49:27 PM »

Don't worry i cant see it either ,loaded the photo up to photobucket and then posted it on here ,then i decided to sort my albums out and broke the link  :embarrassed: oops !.
So when i noticed what had happend i tried to correct it before anyone (Richard) notices, too late ??? .
So here it is again.

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« Reply #21 on: April 29, 2008, 05:58:22 PM »

Neat, so who do you get to peddle the bike ?  :-\
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« Reply #22 on: April 29, 2008, 06:04:03 PM »

Mee  as the bike is a 23" frame and the wife is only 5'4" ;D
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« Reply #23 on: April 29, 2008, 06:34:26 PM »

Thats dedication for you  O0

Boy is that going to take a long time to get to the Mayhem Weekend {-) lets hope its not raining {-)
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Re: Boat Transport Trolley
« Reply #24 on: April 29, 2008, 06:43:23 PM »

A cheap alternative that takes around five minutes to make is to use a pair of old seatbelt straps with a spreader bar at the top.

These are looped around and under the boat and are great for most boats if access is reasonable.  Nylon braided ines are easier to make inserted through plastic tube to protect the hull.....................
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