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  • #31
    Originally posted by jsonn View Post
    This is what I got for my 15 footer https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I also got some launch wheels from ebay that were surprisingly good quality. Only problem is the transom is so narrow that when the wheels are in the upright position after launch you can barely steer without the motor hitting the wheels. I have just been pulling the wheels off in the water and storing them up front. The hard part is putting the wheels back on while you're on the water so you can just roll it out onto the beach. It is a real PITA. So, just make sure to mount the wheels as far out as possible. I could've gone out maybe an extra inch on either side but I don't know how much of a difference that would've made. Hopefully it works a little better for you.
    Had the same problem with launch wheels in the way of the motor limiting steering. I made some "half way up" brackets from aluminum bar stock and clevis pins. Keeps the wheels below the head of the outboard and allows you to keep the wheels on the transom. Someday I'll learn to post better pics!

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Lowrider View Post
      Kaboat ships from Miami on 15 April...3rd coat of paint on the frame a couple hours ago...ready to deal with cosmetics.
      Awesome, just in time for the lakes to thaw! I'm cosmetically flawed but make it through life OK, should be the same for your kaboat.

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      • #33
        Wheels? I donít understand the need for them.
        I launch at remote launches so myself and my partner just grab a rope and haul down to water. Then we mount the outboard. Then we load our stuff. Then we launch. The boat is easily manageable with two people and when Iíve done it solo, I went through same process. Just sweated a little bit more.

        Even if if I was using a paved launch, Iím not sure I see an advantage of using wheels.
        What purpose do they serve?

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        • #34
          Can't comment from experience but I think the wheels reduce sweat and I'll probably do a fair amount solo trips. I love my cargo Esquif but I can't easily launch or recover alone even when I use the stupid canoe wheels that never track where want them to go...hoping these wheels will make it a lot more fun with the little 13' Kaboat which is one of the reasons I bought it...now... how to cope with old, slow and ugly.

          #2 son caught 14 Rainbows in the 16" range and released all but two, one for him and one for Mick his 100 lb Lab and loose fish retriever. Mick loves sushi.
          Somewhere along the way I have lost the ability to act politically correct. If you should find it, please feel free to keep it.

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          • #35
            I put wheels on a 15' Kaboat because I do some portages, and where it is difficult to launch alone or even with two people. I found that it is fairly easy to haul it around alone, but better with two especially in loose gravel or sand, even with the motor mounted, which is 80#. The balance is right if I put the bow on my head and grab the ropes; can even go up hill. I changed the hard wheels to pneumatic that go over rocks easier.
            Last year I learned the hard way though that raising the motor and going over rough trail can damage the lift mechanism on it. I'll try a support of some kind to prevent that.
            RandyS

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            • #36
              Thanks for that input guys. I always take my motor off when portaging. But itís something to think about. I also donít portages very much. Lol
              and if there is the possibility of a lot of dragging I take a buddy.
              Wheels can be useful.

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              • #37
                I forgot to mention one other thing about wheels. If I am going a moderate distance without the motor on it, I put the wheels straight up, flip the kaboat upside down, and put the bow on my head. That changes the balance and makes it much easier for one person to move it.
                I tried to upload a picture but for some reason it was rotated 90 degrees.
                RandyS

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                • #38
                  Here's a pic of what I came up with:



                  I put a threaded rod thru a piece of aluminum tubing with lock-nuts to make an axle. All fabbed in the Fairbanks Walmart parking lot :think:I used the wheels from my game cart. A ratchet strap keeps it in place. I mainly use them to get it up/down using ramps but it's also better than dragging the boat to the waters edge.

                  PS: I got 7 1/2' Cataract oars. I plan to test them out on some II+ rapids this spring. Will try to get some video of the results.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Yukon Cornelius View Post
                    Wheels? I donít understand the need for them.
                    I launch at remote launches so myself and my partner just grab a rope and haul down to water. Then we mount the outboard. Then we load our stuff. Then we launch. The boat is easily manageable with two people and when Iíve done it solo, I went through same process. Just sweated a little bit more.

                    Even if if I was using a paved launch, Iím not sure I see an advantage of using wheels.
                    What purpose do they serve?
                    My main reason for getting them was to quickly launch/recover when I am in Seward and the water is a little choppy. Putting an 85# motor on while standing in 2 feet of water and waves are hitting you and the boat is not a good time. Even with the pain of having to remove them in the water I still use them to launch even on flat water. Itís a whole lot easier to mount the motor at an ergonomic height with the wheels down then roll the boat rather than heaving the motor around by hand up to the boat in the water.
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                    • #40
                      It's here! Outer box a shambles but no apparent damage to the boat or contents. First thing I noticed was a stamp saying " made in Viet Nam" not Taiwan or Korea as some of the other folks reflected. Now , I have a number of reasons to not be happy about that but I'm willing to give it a fair chance. Pump, oars, rope and one seat appeared to be fine too. Just as I was getting ready to remove the boat I got a text from my plumbing inspector saying "call me". Well apparently I put vent on the wrong side of the floor drain...change it and send him a pic and he won't fail me...good guy for sure. Well that's a 2 hour round trip, half hour to move vent and I got back home too tired to screw with the boat...chapter 2 tomorrow.
                      Somewhere along the way I have lost the ability to act politically correct. If you should find it, please feel free to keep it.

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Lowrider View Post
                        It's here!
                        Nice! When mine came the plastic "seat to tube strap" things were broken on two of the seats, but i wasn't planning on using them anyway.

                        I'll have to see where mine was built, hope yours is well built and that boatstogo doesn't run into a supply problem.

                        Looking forward to updates!

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                        • #42
                          I unfolded the boat this morning and found 4 out of 5 bladders held air just fine. The left rear valve was loose and leaked faster than I could pump the manual pump. I sent an email to Boatstogo and got a prompt reply with instructions on how to tighten the valve which I followed and now it doesn't leak at all. Good service from them and Eliot in particular.

                          I set my frame I built on the boat and it looks like it will work just as I planned. I set my Merc 3.3 hp on the transom and I can see where there could be some conflict with the 9.9hp on there with the wheels installed. Not sure yet but the 3.3 may clear the wheels with them up. The 55 ft lbs trolling motor will work just fine but looks like I need a stable spot for the battery. Any suggestions on how to install the battery?

                          I'm busy working on my new house but will get this thing wet soon.
                          Somewhere along the way I have lost the ability to act politically correct. If you should find it, please feel free to keep it.

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                          • #43
                            Are you running all three motors at once?
                            What speeds you hoping to get?
                            Distance? Iíd personally leave the trolling motor off. 3.3 will be slow. That 9.9 would be all you need with oats or that 3.3 and the oars.

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by Lowrider View Post
                              Any suggestions on how to install the battery?
                              Dang I need to learn how to post pictures! OK, I'm using Coleman Xtreme coolers for my seats, they fit pretty nice between the tubes. (I know they're not $350 coolers and I am suitably ashamed, they only keep ice cold for the first 4 days of my one day trips instead of 5 days of my one day trips). The battery goes in one of the seat/coolers, with a wood "thing" built to fill the empty cooler floor space to keep the battery from sliding around within the cooler. Drilled holes in the cup holder divots in the top of the cooler for battery cables to come out of, one cup divot hole positive, one negative. My trolling motor has alligator clips vs. a plug. When trolling, I just connect the 'gator clips to the end of the battery cables that come out of the cup holders.

                              I rigged up a trolling motor mount on my rowing frame, so the troller sits off to the side of the tubes vs. transom and having to take motors on and off.

                              Glad the valve was fixable and hope the whole thang works great and guessing the 9.9 will be the way to go.

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                              • #45
                                Number 2 son has my 12' Duraboat with the 9.9 and I will see it again when the snow flies.
                                Somewhere along the way I have lost the ability to act politically correct. If you should find it, please feel free to keep it.

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