I usually launch from a nearby boat ramp. This is about a 4 block walk from the house. Once I'm at the launch, I step the mast and finish rigging. I walk it into the water with amas out (sharks not such a problem in the waters I usually sail). If the ramp is busy, I just walk off the grass nearby Once it's floating in the water, drop in the daggerboard, and reach under to pull the wheels. They're the basic Hobie non-pneumatic dolly wheels, but they still float. Yes, I do get wet, but I'm going to get wet sailing the AI anyway.
I've never admitted it before, but like Pirate, I too have sailed away without remembering to pull the dolly out.
For some reason she doesn't sail so well that way.
When coming back in, just do it in reverse. One tip though, I find it a lot easier to put the dolly wheels back in while the amas are extended. If the amas are folded in then I have to reach that much further in to get the dolly lined up with the scupper holes.
If wet clothes for the drive home is a problem, I've found some brands of pants & shirts that are quick drying. They have them in both long & short pant versions, usually with a few extra cargo pockets. By the time I've unrigged and am starting to walk back to the house, they're almost completely dry. Don't know the brands, but check your local outdoor supply store.
- Jim L