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Old 10-05-2007, 10:12 PM
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Levers/Pulleys/Injury Free Truck Loading/Unloading/Skeg Rash

Hobie Revolution/Mirage Drive/NO GOING BACK!

The original and very convenient Hobie quick connect wheel cart is a great concept and design but I've been slowly scuffing up and grinding down the end of the keel...
Up until a week ago I was using the Hobie quick wheels...
SOLO loading and unloading my Revo into the bed of my full size pickup was producing scuffs and unsightly skeg rash...
Parking lots, asphalt, and gravel were all part of my daily grind (not to mention some fine Columbian java!).
Probably NO BIGGIE but I like taking care of good stuff...
and probably have too much free time along with OCD & PTSD issues...
but I digress!

I had this roll-eeze cart in the garage for another boat and started playing around with wheel positioning options and came up with some interesting (to me anyway) and encouraging results...
When the strap-on ('soundz dirty) cart wheels are moved to the stern, the tongue weight obviously increases but so too does the keel clearance when raising the bow into the truck bed...
I've got a stay-put quick release strap in the truck bed to keep things from coming undone like the boat sliding off the tailgate on to the ground...see pic
I load and unload solo and I'm always looking to make the process safer and easier...
The roll-eeze cart stays on after loading until it's time to make a SPLASH...
note to self:
If boat speed is very slow despite paddalling very hard something isn't right...always remember to remove cart once in the water!
JUST KIDDING...but I digress AGAIN!...
Once off the truck...
If my boat has a long way to travel for launch I'll reposition the wheels to better center the load to take the weight off the front carry handle...

Am I the only one with skeg rash/keel grinding issues?!

Sligthtly handicapped...Moderately decorate...AF Vet with too many toyz and not enough time...
The bow can be hauled up on the tailgate (without throwing my back out or annoying my rotator cuff)...
Then the clip is attached to the front carry handle to keep the boat from sliding back or off to the side (and on my foot)...
Then the rear carry handle is used to lift/slide the boat into the bed (without any personal injury! )...
Tied in place with the wheels still firmly strapped on for a fast and easy offload to the waters edge at the launch site...
When ready to offload, I'll slide the boat back until the nose safety strap comes tight and settle the boat down on the "landing gear"...
Unhook the nose safety strap and I'm off to the races...
Remove the wheels and make a SPLASH!

I've been doing this drill all week and it's getting better each time...
Old age, skill and cunning, leverage, wheels, straps, and a loaded Revo coming soon to a beach near you!

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