The stainless M6/M8 channel nuts arrived and I hunted up some larger stronger square washers so it's all stainless materials now with the aluminium bar. I ordered the channel nuts through an electrical wholesaler as they are a Unistrut/Ezystrut accessory. The original channel nuts (zinc) were showing signs of rust (at top of pic).
I also sourced a better fitting for the boathook. This doesn't twist when you move the handle.
I also added some 50mm webbing and a quick release clip to hold the cart
securely to the hull.
If you need front hatch space you can store the cradle on the rear deck once the wheels/axles are removed and stored in the front hatch.
has now become my favourite for moving the TI
. It supports the hull well, breaks down quickly and is so easy to fit when retrieving the TI
. Just slide it under and strap it.
So much better than the scupper cart
Did I say that?!
This hasn't been a cheap mod. The Hobie cradles are $240/pair (though that's a much better price then the $420 I paid for exactly the same cradles when I first got the TI
The cost breakdown is roughly as follows:
Rhino bar 1m $25
Channel nuts 11@ $4 = $44
M6 Collared Eye bolts 4@ $5 = $20
16mm SS axles $12
Other stainless fittings/bolts/washers etc $30
HD foam wheels $60.
So all up over $300 in materials. It was easy to assemble though, as it all just bolts together, so no welding necessary.
I'm sure Hobie are missing a marketing opportunity by not providing a more portable and convenient dolly cart
for the TI