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 Post subject: Hobie wheels
PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 11:13 am 
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I hardly use my wheels because prior to getting in the water, the kayak has to be tipped over on its side to get the wheels off and everything falls out. Of course, everything could be taken out just prior to the tip and then reloaded, but that's an awful lot of work. Is there another way to do it? Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie wheels
PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 2:10 pm 
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I just lift the kayak and let the cart be the only thing that falls off. As regards putting the wheels back on after a day of fishing, I usually carry the mirage drive, cooler up from the landing/trailer since I will be taking them off anyway.


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie wheels
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 4:53 am 
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Face,

As previously posted, lift the back of the yak and the wheels will fall out.
Getting them back in for the trip back to the car is different. Where possible, I leave the yak in the water and submerge the wheels to reinstall them.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie wheels
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:11 am 
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And put them on before or during unloading from your vehicle.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie wheels
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:28 am 
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Careful with the "lift up" trick though, I did that once and my wheels rolled right down the boat ramp and into the water. Had to go for a swim!


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie wheels
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:14 pm 
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smallfri wrote:
Careful with the "lift up" trick though, I did that once and my wheels rolled right down the boat ramp and into the water. Had to go for a swim!



:oops: Been there done that :oops:


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie wheels
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:24 pm 
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I leave the wheels on until I'm in the water. The wheels float, so you won't lose them. I usually wade in with the boat and remove them before I hop in, but if I'm launching from a floating dock, I can also remove them when I'm seated in the boat. I also re-install them before I drag the boat out. I carry my wheels with me though, so if you don't carry them with you then I guess this method isn't an option :( .

Keith


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie wheels
PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:02 am 
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Hi Face,
I leave the wheels on until i'm in the water, then reach under & pull them
out, no need to tip the kayak.
On return, I remove one wheel ( turn the hub knob 1/4 turn and they slide off)
this makes it easier to refit the wheel frame into the kayak, then just clip the remaining wheel on.
this has been by far the best way I've found.

Cheers,

Montedane.


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie wheels
PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:23 am 
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Tie a four-foot piece of light cord to the wheel frame and a loop on the end. Slip the loop over your wrist and you won't lose the wheels when you do the pick up at launch. Or tie a carabiner to the cord and clip that to the side rails.

At landing, I'll be unloading everything anyway, so I don't mind much that things slide to the low side when I tip my Prangler up to re-install the wheels.

As soon as I find a way to haul that beast up a steep ramp without risking a cardiac arrest, I'll have the thing licked!

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie wheels
PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:21 pm 
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Tie a four-foot piece of light cord to the wheel frame and a loop on the end. Slip the loop over your wrist and you won't lose the wheels when you do the pick up at launch. Or tie a carabiner to the cord and clip that to the side rails.


Hand to face...why didn't I think of that!


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie wheels
PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:20 pm 
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I like to leave the wheels on all the way into the water. Usually I take them off at a floating dock before getting in. However, I have taken them off on the water after realizing why the kayak is being such a dog :oops:. It was pretty easy to do from the seat.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie wheels
PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:49 pm 
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Which tires do you have on the cart? If they are the beach tires, they would be difficult to remove/install while the kayak is in the water???


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie wheels
PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:21 pm 
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Lots of good ideas, thanks. :D


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