Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Sydney Australia
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Re: Cheap Dock Wheel?
On a few docks near me, I see that several owners have installed plastic wheels on the corners of their docks to minimize the risk any hull damage when entering or exiting their slips.
West Marine sell them for crazy money...
For me, due to prevailing winds, I don't have an issue with my dock but the round post thats between me and the next slip for tying up the stern of the boat.
At Harbor Freight, you can get a complete 10" pneumatic wheel and hub for $6.
Yes, it is black rubber and there is a chance it could leave a mark, but that would be far less than scraping down the side of the post. All I need to do is come up with a simple bracket.
Anyone done anything similar?
Just a quick thought, that pressed metal wheel that you link to would, at a guess last about 6 months in the application you propose, exposed bearings and all. Black tyre marks would be the least of your worries I would think.
I guess that there is a reason that the purpose designed units are priced as they are.
Cheers, Uncle Bob the 1st from Sydney Aust.