Also your boat looks totally badass on that dolly. It makes me genuinely jealous whenever I see it. Our dollies endeavor to define the barest of bare bones requirements for the sake of affordability. So they have a functional elegance somewhat akin to a bayonet or a wrench. However, there's no question there are countless tranches of quality to be explored higher up the spectrum.When I bought my UFO from Fulcrum Speedworks, I knew that the dolly that they supplied (identical in concept if not identical in form) to the Rocket dolly would not work for my location. We have a rocky shoreline and despite my continual efforts to remove larger rocks, there is a continual need for me to haul it up and over rough terrain. So I contacted Dave and Dynamic and had them substitute a heavy-duty Dynamic dolly at extra cost. It is really well built, but it's big (big beach wheels), heavy, and pricey. However, it lets me use my boat on the shore in front of my house. I've used UFOs at other locations that enjoy firm sand beaches or paved ramps and the dolly supplied with the boat is terrific, it works perfectly. It is much easier to store ashore when you head out and to take with you when travelling. Light and compact. Its a great product for many applications, not the right one for others.
Fancy dolly builder wouldn't let that happen. Their subsistence is based on protecting their resellers and that means protecting retail pricing.Boat Builder F bought handled dollies at wholesale and then subtracted the cost of theirs and had a "add $300 for scitech dolly" or whateve
Lots of likes. Nothing to complain about sailing. My only dislike is I launch from a dock which is about 14" off the water and when I roll the boat in, (Have a roller mounted for ease of launch and retrieval works great.) the transom goes under water and I end up with a cockpit full of water.Do any of the existing Rocket owners have updates on their likes/dislikes of the Rocket? Sailing experiences, etc.? I am getting very close to ordering a Rocket...just reaching out for some last minute opinions! Thanks!
What if you launch it bow first?Lots of likes. Nothing to complain about sailing. My only dislike is I launch from a dock which is about 14" off the water and when I roll the boat in, (Have a roller mounted for ease of launch and retrieval works great.) the transom goes under water and I end up with a cockpit full of water.
Yes we do do that some times. Dock is setup with two rollers on either side so depending on the wind we can launch either way. But in general it is easiest to launch with bow facing the wind as you would imagine.What if you launch it bow first?
I have a degree in aerospace engineering. You're overthinking this.The whole "trailer/car-top) is an ongoing topic for many - this being different than former because the weight puts it easily in the cap-top (roof rack capacity). It's really more a matter of proper setup roof racks for long distance, etc.
One can probably find all kinds of old threads on the subject- like at 80 mph we need to think about the lifting forces and other variables. Maybe one of you engineers will work that out. It might be that an air dam above the car windshield helps.
Noise can be an issue with car-topping (racks, tie-downs, etc.) - sometimes you just have to experiment to get the best system. There are some low-priced Kayak foam wedges and rack fittings which might be modified. A "bunk" setup might be good also, as you could have a rack that was 10 feet long or so instead of just the 4 feet between the roof rack rails.
I was a rigger of heavy stuff for many years - and have moved many a mattress and boat without incident.I have a degree in aerospace engineering. You're overthinking this.
The key to secure car-topping, or trailering for that matter, is to ratchet that bitch down gudentoit, then pluck the straps a couple times (we wanna hear something like a nice middle-A note with a short duration). Grab the boat and try to shake it around, it shouldn't shift around at all. If you're shaking hard enough, the car or trailer will move on its suspension a little. Next, and this is the most important step, loudly proclaim "Yeeaahh, that's not goin' anywhere!" Lastly, you wanna give the boat a nice firm open handed slap, as if to say "Job well done!"