How to use my Coastal Boat Trolley correctly

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If you’re looking for a durable, all-terrain slip or boat trolley for your coastal boat, canoe, or kayak, you’ll usually find the same products. At least many of them have the same or similar design. If you like, take a look at our shop. There are 3 different models in green and red colors. These trolleys can carry 60 or more than 80 kg. So, enough for a coastal solo or a coastal double. These innovative carts are designed to last and “work” in various terrains. But how to use my Coastal Boat Trolley correctly?

These trolleys are made of corrosion-resistant plastics, some are in stainless steels. They are designed for long life and can be used in saltwater as well as in fresh water. This trolley requires no tools for assembly and can be put together in seconds.

Whether used on the beach, in grass, or on paths: How do I use my boat trolley correctly

Coastal Boat Trolley
Trolley below stretcher, Credit Rowing in Europe

The best position of the boat trolley depends on various factors, including the type of boat, the terrain over which you are transporting it, and your personal preferences. Here are some general guidelines of how do I use my boat trolley correctly:

  • Even weight distribution: Place the trolley so that the weight of the boat is evenly distributed. This helps to keep the boat stable and ensures better maneuverability during transport. We tend to secure the trolley under the footrest. So in the rear third of the boat. Our goal is to protect the fin and not to have too much weight in the arms at the front. If you have uneven terrain you might want to mount the Trolley just next to your fin.
  • Accessibility: Make sure the trolley is positioned so that you can easily attach and remove it. This usually means placing it near or just before the center of the boat, where you can easily access it.
  • Durability: Make sure the trolley is securely attached to the boat and does not slip or come loose during transport. Regularly check the straps or attachment points to ensure they are safe and stable.
  • Terrain type: Depending on the terrain you are transporting the boat over, the ideal position of the trolley may vary. On flat terrain, you may be able to place the trolley further forward or backward on the boat, while on uneven or difficult terrain, you may prefer a more central position to maximize stability.
  • Consideration of accessories: When placing the trolley, also consider any accessories such as oars or paddles. Make sure they are not blocked or damaged by the trolley and that you can still easily access them when needed during transport.
Trolley in the center:Credit: Erster Coastal Ruderklub Hamburg

Such a boat trolley is a versatile and easy-to-use device that can help you transport your coastal boat to the water. Here are the basic steps to use your trolley:

  • Assembly: Start by assembling the trolley according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This usually involves attaching the wheels to the axles and attaching the handle. You can download it in our shop.
  • Preparing the boat: Make sure your solo or double is prepared for transport. Place your boat on the trolley.
  • Position it as described above so that it is safe and stable and well balanced.
  • Adjustment of the straps: Adjust to boat. Make sure to place the oars only after the boat is fixed with the straps.
  • Transport to the water: Pull the trolley with your boat to the water. Use the boat rope at the bow.
  • Inserting the boat into the water: When you reach the water, you can pull the boat and trolley to the edge of the water. Then loosen the straps and gently lift your boat into the water. Watch your fin.
  • Removing the boat from the trolley: Once your boat is in the water, pull the trolley back. Place it on the beach or pathway. Do not leave it in the water. Depending on the waves, the trolley becomes “independent”.
  • Cleaning and storage: Get rid of the salty water. Rinse the trolley with clear water after use to remove any dirt or salt. Store it in a dry place, preferably in an upright position, to extend its lifespan.
  • Try it: Take your trolley with you. In the boat and enjoy touring along the coast. Stop, whenever you like and have yout trolley with you. It easily fits in the stern of yourr solo. Hier a picture from our Hamburg friends.
Boat Trolley in your solo. Credit ECRC Hamburg

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