Several times throughout the year we are asked to design a special Trolley to accommodate a different type of craft.
The Image below shows a trolley just finished for a VIRUS BOAT made in France. The keel line meant we had to drop in a centre section to allow the hull to sit on the Trolley pads. The width is much greater than the Sea Kayak Trolley, the pads are much wider and the axle is 80cm.
Another Trolley we were asked to design this year was two to fit a Deep V Hulled Catamaran.
The two sailors were going to the Scottish islands on a sailing and camping trip and required two Trolleys, so they could haul it up the beach in the evening away from the tides. Here is the result which worked for them. Very strong and lightweight, easy to stow away.
I was asked to come up with a design for a girl a keen Sea Kayaker with a disability. The design had to be able to convert from a Sea Kayak Trolley with an extension for her to sit on, to be pulled down to her kayak. It comes apart very easily with a couple of thumb screws, the design allows it to come apart and fit through the hatch and stow away in the compartment.
The final bespoke model, we changed the foot rest and made it smaller. The wee wheel at the rear is off the ground and stops the Buggy from tipping backwards. The whole unit comes apart with four hand wheels, the front section comes apart when the pins for the wheels are removed, no screws or bolts. Jane on final fitting test and please note the Buggy is short enough for her to sit on it and not too long for going into a sea kayak when dismantled. Not shown is the harness for Chris to get her down to the sea. Now she has the freedom to get over a long beach when the tide is out, all be it she still needs (a pack horse) to get her to the water.
Now fully tested, finished and ready to go, in use most days, as she and her partner are very keen sea paddlers. The kayak is taken on the trolley to the waters edge, the trolley is brought back and the extension fitted to get her down to the sea. It comes with a harness which he uses to get her down to her kayak and back to the car after a days paddling. The images show it is short enough to fit into a kayak. If anyone is interested we can make another as we are keen to offer sea kayaking to all.
Here are some images of Niall Skinners new Gas Assisted Kayak Loader. It's very easy to use and removes the need to buy cross bars, quiet while travelling no rattles and hardly any wind noise and easy to fit. It can be ordered with different strengths of gas struts depending on how many kayaks and other factors. There is no need to strain yourself as the Gas Struts do the lifting and a light push puts it back into place to lock it. It cannot go twisted when pushing it back in and I have found it a delight to use. This is indeed an amazing piece of kit well engineered by an engineering designer and sea kayaker. Niall has a high van and loads four boats at a time on his own! Niall's website is www.outsideengineering.co.uk