Mailport: July 2011
Flip It Wheels
For the last five years, I have been a very happy owner of the Flip It Wheels made by Danard Marine. Due to our low tides in New England, I frequently needed to roll my 10-foot-6-inch, 120-pound inflatable over 100 yards, a good deal of it uphill. I have to haul through mud, small boulders, softball-sized mossy rocks, baseball-sized rocks, and ultimately gravel and sharp, broken shell. I have found the Flip It Wheels tires to be tough as nails.
Also, we almost always tow the inflatable, and have had no issues with leaving the wheels in the locked position. This enables us to roll up onto any beach we encounter, well above the high-tide mark. On long trips, or if rough weather is expected, the wheels just slide right out for on-board storage. Last year, through my own negligence, the tracks got damaged. When I needed replacement parts, the quick service was of the nature that Practical Sailors have come to appreciate and value over the years. In fact, Mr. Danard called me and included a set of inner tubes gratis.
Caliente, Cal 35
Practical Sailor’s test of dinghy wheels is underway, and we plan to include Danard’s product. Stay tuned for the report later this year.
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