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Well, Hello, Dolly

Any recommendations for a dinghy dolly? I basically need something to carry a 3-foot by 2-foot by 2-foot box that is an inflatable dinghy.
If I'm feeling creative, I might just build one myself. If not, I'd like to fall back on picking up whatever's good on the market.
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How much does this box weigh? Less than 50 lbs probably......I would think one of the fold up carts would work just fine. If it were me moving it from car to boat, I have a "ball cart" ie a tree ball dolly with BIG tires on it, to mover 1000-1500 lbs trees around when my 763 bobcat will not get to where I need to go with said LARGE tree!. I also own an appliance cart. Neither of which is compact when not in use. I'm thinking Home Depot has some smaller collapsable carts for about $20-30, and I am thinking WM has something that is more collapsable yet made of plastic vs metal for the other options I have mentioned.

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Why don't you find one of those aluminum bicycle trailers on which the cloth surround is worn out (or the kids are too big...). Strip off the cloth and you can use the surround as a trailer...modify it with tin shears, pliers and a file.

On some of those trailers, the wheels come off and the frame folds flat for hanging on a wall.
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Thanks for the great ideas! The "package" weighs around 80 lbs. or so. Time for me to start googling these options.
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I went to west marines site, and put in carts, and got IIRC 8-10 items. The one I linked was one of about 3-4 items that would work for what I picture you need. The others included a typical dock cart I see at marina's all over here in puget sound.

While I like playing and building, I do this for work, making something that someone else has already invented the proverbial wheel, why spend my time making, when I can buy, and enjoy more of my leisure time actually sailing or otherwise!

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That folding "dock cart" for 60 bucks would probably work, and it folds up into a relatively small size.
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Hmmmm..... Or half that price at Lowes: http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...03A&lpage=none
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They look to be the same thing, just different part #'s for ea store. so I would go with the lowes one personally!

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Another idea is to get dolly wheels that mount to the dinghy and flip down, so that you don't have to deflate the dolly when you need to move it. These are used quite a bit to protect inflatable dinghies from being dragged over rocks, gravel, sand, etc. Their also probably a lot more useful when cruising and store in far less space.
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