The best boat ramp in my area has roughly 50 metres (55 yards) of sand to cross.
Beach wheels here are $450 and my boat (H-14) is worth $800. I've waited for a year for second hand set to pop up but no luck yet. I'm also not the type who would build my own.
I'm at cross roads here. I'm bored of sailing the local lagoon (no beach wheels needed there) so I need to graduate to the harbour or I'm going to lose interest fast.
My boat is old, so if I do start sailing the harbour and I like it I'll probably buy new wheels and probably buy a new boat too.
If I find the harbour a crowded headache then I'll probably take a break from sailing. I don't want to risk wasting money on beach wheels if it turns out the harbour is a crowded nightmare.
So is it ok to drag my late 70's hulls a few times, back and forth, over 50 yards for a season (max 10 times a year maybe). Or will I ruin them quickly? Either way I'm going to sell the boat after this season either for a newer one or for a new past time.
Other than leaking, what's a sign that your hulls can't take any more abuse?