Sunfish dolly

Discussion in 'Sunfish Talk' started by sosopix, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. sosopix

    sosopix New Member

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    See a used laser dolly for sale here at half the price of a new one - would this work for a sunfish too?
     
  2. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    For those needing a dolly to be used on a smooth surface (concrete, wood), Harbor Freight is advertising (locally) an "extended" Columbus Day Sale of a "Moving Dolly" for $8 that could be modified or used "as-is". It is carpeted, and has four caster-type wheels whose cost normally exceeds this entire dolly.
     
  3. beldar boathead

    beldar boathead Well-Known Member

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    Hi, is the Laser dolly a Seitech? If so it will work as is, although you can (or at least used to be able to before Laser Perf stopped supplying many parts) but a Sunfish shaped nose piece. The back of a Laser dolly is wider than a Sunfiah one but that makes no difference. It it's another brand of dolly I assume it'll work but don't know.

    Unless your beach or lawn is made of smooth wood or concrete I cannot see how an $8 Harbor Freight dolly will be of any benefit.
     
  4. mixmkr

    mixmkr Active Member

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    The harbor freight dollys are junk. I bought one for my shop and it didn't roll on my wood floors. Total garbage. The wheels just lock up. Although harbor freight might have some useful things...like cheap sockets or whatever, I pretty much find their stuff to be a waste of money. Don't even think about their power tools.
     
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  5. Webfoot1

    Webfoot1 Active Member

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    But Harbor Freight is selling 10 in. Pneumatic Tires with White Hubs for $6.00. Can't get a better start to making
    a dolly than that. For that price you could double up the wheels on each side for sand flotation.
     
  6. mixmkr

    mixmkr Active Member

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    like I said...some stuff from Harbor Freight can be useful. I've looked at those tires as well. That said, I've bought clips and their LED flashlights, etc. However, I've seen their power buffer/sanders stop when pressed against the intended object to sand or polish, heat guns last a day or so..... etc "buy cheap, buy twice"
     
  7. beldar boathead

    beldar boathead Well-Known Member

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    They may be ok for fresh water but definitely not for salt!!
     
  8. Alan S. Glos

    Alan S. Glos Active Member

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    For the most part, Harbor Freight has cheap, functional tools and hardware. The tools are often 1/3rd the price of name brand tools (Stanley, Makita, B&D etc.) but for some applications they work fine (and you get the little LED flashlight for free - I have a bunch of them in my shop, house and cars.) The HF mail order boat trailers are pretty good owing, I believe, to the fact that they have to pass muster with the US Dept. of Transportation standards. I would not want to tow one to Alaska, but I have a friend who towed one from here in Central NY to Maine and was pleased with how it performed.

    Alan Glos
     
  9. Webfoot1

    Webfoot1 Active Member

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    Had one and worked well for a Sunfish and light aluminum boat. Only drawback is single leaf springs
    kind of bouncy for rough roads or RR tracks. Would do better if 8 inch tires were swapped for 12 inch
    but for pulling down the highway or paved roads works just fine.

    HF professional Spray Gun worked well for about 50 bucks, had luck with pneumatic finish nail gun. I think
    finding good power tools is going to require going above todays consumer grade stuff.
     
  10. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    Speaking of sockets, I had been buying multiple sockets sets with ratchet, ratchet wheel, adapter, extension, and a metal case—complete—for $3 each. :) Made in India, the kits had sockets in both ¼" and ½" sizes. The smaller sized sockets were handy for spacers on bolts. ;) Can't say I broke any of 'em. :)

    In defense of HF: I remember ordering a 4" grinder, and it came with replacement brushes! (But it's still running with the old brushes and original grinding wheel). Years later, the same grinder—with the same price—doesn't come with a grinding wheel, so you're rewarded with having to buy a set of four at another $7 dollars. :mad: Their saber saws don't come with even one blade. :(

    Back when HF shipped everything from California—and had no outlet stores—their prices and quality wasn't awful. Now that my restorations of old cars is history, a lot of my power tool purchases from 35 years ago are selling on Craigslist for about what I had paid for them. (So I'm happy). :)
     
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  11. eseibel67

    eseibel67 New Member

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    Seems impossible, especially with several layers of profit for the distribution. I paid $80.00 for a single 3/8" Mac ratchet 30 years ago. It's on it's 3rd or 4th set of gears and I use it almost every day. I expect that it will last my remaining days.

    Now to get closer to the topic at hand - I bought a new Dynamic Sunfish dolly a couple of weeks ago. Put it together and used it just to wheel the boat to it's winter storage location, haven't actually used it to launch in water. But I will say the quality of the materials is very good, even the plastic joints seem to be very robust.
     
  12. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    Macs are great tools :) I have a few. I found a Blackhawk wrench recently—another quality manufacturer. But once you've got one Snap-On tool, the rest appear 2nd-best. :cool: Blue Point is their non-warranty "sub-brand". Most Craftsman hand tools were made by S-K, as were Husky, of Home Depot "fame". The reason I mention all this, is that even Snap-On is now made in China! :(

    Here's a photo of that $3 ratchet set from Harbor Freight. The earliest sets had a "spin disc" made of chromed steel. This set's got one in plastic. The empty space is for a nut driver, which is located somewhere else in my shop. :confused: Because the bed for the sockets is made of flimsy plastic, the sockets pictured are in no particular order.

    It's made in Sri Lanka. (An island which I think separated from India a few decades ago).

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  13. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    Just one more thing before returning to Sunfish dollies. Something we home-owners always use.

    I think I paid less than $10 recently for this DeWalt drill-bit set and index. Yes, it is made in China. :oops:

    The bits are Titanium-plated against wear: but it's the index that is remarkable, as it has a tilt-out feature that holds the drill bit firmly. (So it—or they—can't fall out all at once). :confused: The drill bit marked as "1" is tilted, but firmly held, and can be removed readily. :cool: The bright yellow color makes spotting it on the work bench easy. The case latches firmly.

    All but the smallest bits are milled so they can't slip or spin in the chuck. On all but the smallest bits, the tips are ground smaller to minimize "walking" of the bit. The shank of the largest bit ("2") is cut down to fit a 3/8ths chuck.

    I mention this, because of all the drill bits and indexes I've owned, this one I always keep handy. :)

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  14. signal charlie

    signal charlie Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Sosopix don't know if you got the dolly, but it should work.

    Also for those interested I believe that Dynamic Dollies can provide parts that would adapt/repair a Seitech as needed. We have bought several Dynamic Dollies, love em, and also can sell them with free shipping if you can't find one other places.
     
  15. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    View attachment 21516

    HF has this socket-set on sale for $9.99. (Veterans Day Sale).
    They've added a 1/4" ratchet wrench, so it's still a good deal.
    :)
     
  16. South Tower Demon

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    The Harbor Freight 600# capacity boat trailer is certainly inexpensive at $399, but looks to be all steel, I fear it would rust the moment it approached salt water...

    Transport your 12 to 14 ft. boat safely and easily with this purpose-built boat trailer. Lightweight with 8 in. diameter wheels and tires for easy maneuverability when you launch. Large rear signals for high visibility.
    • For boats 12 to 14 ft. long
    • 8 in. diameter wheels and tires
    • Large rear signal lights are easy to connect to your vehicle’s tail lights
    • Lightweight for easy maneuverability
    • An additional lift-gate charge may apply.
    Per the manual, the bunks appear to be adjustable enough to set a proper width for a 'fish...
    http://manuals.harborfreight.com/manuals/62000-62999/62668.pdf

    600 lbs. Capacity Boat Trailer[​IMG]
     
  17. Wavedancer

    Wavedancer Upside down? Staff Member

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    This thread is (mostly) about dollies, not trailers...
     
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  18. South Tower Demon

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    Yeah, sorry... I get that, but I too am looking for a short distance transport solution, and have debated adding a trailer hitch coupler to a Dynamic or Seitech dolly; but then that gets one to debating whether an inexpensive trailer is a better solution. It does seem that both a dolly AND a RightOn® trailer are overkill for my needs. So, I was just tossing it out there to see if anyone had opinions as to the corrosive resistance of the HF small boat trailer in salt water use. Sorry if it seemed like thread-jacking.
     
  19. Wavedancer

    Wavedancer Upside down? Staff Member

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    No worries!
    That trailer will be (a bit) awkward when used as a (hand) dolly. But it can serve as such.
    Are you also going to pull the trailer behind your car? Then one might want to remove a spring, if possible, to make for a softer ride.
    Long-term storage on a trailer with those bunks may be painful to your Sunfish because the hull is not well supported.
     
  20. South Tower Demon

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    I will be cartopping the 'fish from SF up to Bodega Bay where it will remain in our garage. From the Bodega home it is about a 4 minute drive to the boat ramp at the harbor, (there is a fairly steep hill with a pretty tight switchback between home and the launch spot.) I'm thinking towed dolly, (or trailer if I must), rather than cartopping, to make it easier to single-hand the boat to and from.

    I'm hoping local law enforcement will forgive me for towing a dolly on the back road at 5mph, given perhaps bicycle LED flashers and a reflective slow moving vehicle triangle.

    Perhaps down-the-line I can work out something with one of the marinas to stow the hull on site with them somewhere for a reasonable price. The easier I can make this process, the more I will SAIL!!!

    I'm shying away from that, or any, trailer as it becomes a storage issue, and I'm also concerned about rust in the marine environment. Good point on the hull support and bunks; I suspect you could set the bunks wide and use slings in lieu of resting directly on the bunks. But regardless, without some grading and pad construction, we have no where to park the trailer with the hull on it.
     

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