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Simple but effective ingenious. I like it. Wonder how many others would purchase your invention? I haven't really looked for an off the shelf wheel; are there some? I've seen the double wheels on boats and canoes but nothing for a toon. Very nice addition.

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http://www.outdoorsportz.com/PDPBOOAC0004.html

 

http://www.flyanglersonline.com/prorevw/launchgear.html

 

There are certainly some commercial solutions... Some may even cause Ian to re-think his solution - but for a homebuild - nice work.

 

My only suggestion would be to use a baloon tire - which will assist you greatly over uneven terrain.

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Simple but effective ingenious. I like it. Wonder how many others would purchase your invention? I haven't really looked for an off the shelf wheel; are there some? I've seen the double wheels on boats and canoes but nothing for a toon. Very nice addition.

I agree with Wally.. nice job. How much? Did you "document" the build too? Would make for a great article on Flyangler.ca.
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I agree that for a quick one off it's pretty inpressive.

If you wanted to build more (to make some $) I have a few suggestions.

1. Make the C bracket that goes on the motor mount a bit wider(or use a doubel C bracket) and add a fillet from the bracket to the shaft so that it is a bit more robust. You might consider a bit steeper angle to keep the shaft shorter so it doesn't hit you in the back of the head or interfere with casting in the raised position.

2. Make the attachment to the motor mount more of a quick release

through the use of a knobs on the key nut. This would permit easy removal once the boat is in the water so you can attach a motor.

3. For non motor users, use a pin with a swing stop rather than a bolt through the bracket and shaft to permit easy adjustment. Chain the pin to the bracket so it doesn't get lost in the drink. Put a pipe cap on top of the shaft so it doesn't slide into the drink either.

4. As already suggested, use a wheel with a baloon tire (wheelbarrow style). This would mean a bit wider C bracket at the bottom. This would drive the cost up a bit as tthe wheel might be more expensive. (check Princess Auto)

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You can buy one from the fishing center for about $25.00 They bolt on to your frame. My friend bought his 2 months ago. I built one for mine. I used a small set of bike forks with wheel and tire. a grade 3 bolt, and a piece of tubing. It cost me about $4.00. It might be more if you have to buy a bike, but if you look in the right places you can probably get one for free(no, not stolen). And if you ask nice enough, i could tell you where to get one for free though, no guarantees that there are any left on any given day.

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http://www.outdoorsportz.com/PDPBOOAC0004.html

 

http://www.flyanglersonline.com/prorevw/launchgear.html

 

There are certainly some commercial solutions... Some may even cause Ian to re-think his solution - but for a homebuild - nice work.

 

My only suggestion would be to use a baloon tire - which will assist you greatly over uneven terrain.

I looked at sites for a pontoon boat wheel, but I thought It would so much cheaper to make your own, all the metal besides the nuts and bolt that connects the wheel to the part that slides up and down, for when your in the water- Was scrape metal we had on the farm, the so all together I think we paid 20ish dollars for everything.

 

Also we spraypainted almost all the metal so that way it won't rust.

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Simple but effective ingenious. I like it. Wonder how many others would purchase your invention? I haven't really looked for an off the shelf wheel; are there some? I've seen the double wheels on boats and canoes but nothing for a toon. Very nice addition.

I agree with Wally.. nice job. How much? Did you "document" the build too? Would make for a great article on Flyangler.ca.
Nope didn't document it...
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I haven't really looked for an off the shelf wheel; are there some?

My wheel came from peevey mart, along with the nuts and bolts- You could probable get them both from any hardware store, I'd imagine

 

 

I had a choice between a all terrain wheel, and the type I choice, I choice this type, because it is solid, and I will never have to check air, and I won't have to worry about hitting something it shouldn't and deflating

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Hey

 

I have the waterskeeter one ond totaly loved it. It worked without a flaw.

UUMMM well right up untill I used it when my motor and battery and the rest of my gear where loaded on. Then it totaly caved(downloading spellchecker as I type this). Wonder ifin itll help.

 

Sno

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I asked Lorne at the fishing center.... he said that is should except you may ahve to drill 1 small hole in your frame for the pin to go through... I did this on mine and just welded a sleeve into it.... you'd never know the difference....

 

 

It's definately worth looking into anyway....

 

hope that helps

 

Oh, the price is $29.95. THough if I remember correctly they give club members 10% off too.... so, approx $27.00 plus tax appr. $1.80..so under $29.00.

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It's definately worth looking into anyway....

 

Oh, the price is $29.95.  THough if I remember correctly they give club members 10% off too.... so, approx $27.00 plus tax appr. $1.80..so under $29.00.

Thanks, will be looking into adding a wheel next month. :ph34r:
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Hi,

 

Here is what a guy (I think it was Mark McMillan) from FF@ came up with.

 

http://www.colostate.edu/programs/imaging/pontoon.html

 

A pretty nice system that would be easier to balance with all the crud that someone maybe inclined to carry than a one wheel system. Around here we have a few lakes that are about a 1/4 mile from the parking area so I will probably be building a set of these in the future.

 

My best,

Don Shearer

 

PS, Yes I am still monitoring you from across the border. You really didn't think you would get rid of me that easy. Did you?

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Thats a great idea.... I think I'll make me a set this week... that will take me less that an hour.... thanks for the pics.... I see that working better than one wheel for sure....

 

thanx again...

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