Aere Beach Rollers
2000 lbs. capacity
9 inches x 60 inches
weight 3-1/2 lbs.
We looked at two different brands of beach rollers at the last Everglades Challenge. One was pretty flimsy and was made with plain vinyl sheeting like a swimming pool toy. Those might work for a while but they would not last - especially in our hot Texas sun. The other one - the Aere brand roller offered here - was more expensive but also head and shoulders higher in quality. These rollers are made with vinyl coated Nylon fabric and rated to hold 2000 pounds! The construction methods are like those you would lee on a large, inflatable raft. Here is the company's description:
"Large air valve for quick inflation and deflation. Use them to roll your boat to or from the water, over sand, mud, or even rocks. These make the job of getting your boat onto the shore much easier and faster. Needs only a small space to store. Currently available in yellow only."
One of the things I saw on the Everglades Challenge was that guys were using the rollers as extra flotation after they launched their boats.
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|Bellows pump - shown here with pump adaptor attached.
||Notice the heavy seams and the quality valve. A quarter turn removes the valve cover for filling or deflating.
||Twist and turn the knob to hold the valve open or closed. Push the spring loaded valve to open it temporarily.
||This shows the optional pump adaptor (lower right) which twists onto the valve and holds it open.
||The adaptor fit our battery powered pump so seems to be a standard size. It is approximately 13/16" in diameter.
||The roller fills in seconds and the spring loaded valve closes as soon as the adaptor is removed. The rollers can be filled without the adaptor by rotating the valve knob open; blowing the roller full; then rotating the valve closed. But this is much easier with the adaptor.
||The other end of the roller has a very heavy loop that is welded onto the roller.
The June issue of Small Boats Monthly went live today and I wanted to make sure you saw my From the Editor piece:
The beach rollers are great. I've got a small d-cell powered air pump that blows them up in about 30 seconds each, although it doesn't have the power to get them really tight. But Gary and I still managed to pull Oaracle out of the water using nothing but muscle power. We turned it around and put a roller under the bow and got it launched the same way. Takes some oomph but it's still the quickest the boat as been beach launched. So nice not to have the boat fall off the rollers as it does with fenders. (Did the testing at Lake Hall -- wonder if I'll ever go there without thinking about helping Mike Monies launch the second Laguna there in 2010 prior to the EC.) This week will rig the lines to lash the rollers along the cabin topsides -- much better floatation than the fenders! Will be trying inflation with an old foot pump from an inflatable boat.
I rowed out to Snake Island yesterday with my dog, Lucky to collect some interesting pieces of drift wood for my oil pastel projects. We arrived on the island with with tide going out. I brought my two inflatable boat rollers to help me move my boat back down to the water. after the tide had receded. This helped prevent the bottom of the boat from being scratched and gouged from the rocks and shells on the beach. I actually brought the two rollers out to the island uninflated. I used a battery operated air pump to inflate them. They worked flawlessly!
This is a short(really short) video of the boat being moved using the rollers . .
Very excited to receive Gloria's three beach rollers and swaging tool today. They arrived in perfect condition. The rollers are far better quality than I expected and will be perfect for landing her on our shores at Lake Macquarie (New South Wales, Australia). Again, thankyou for your assistance.
Julie and I finished the Watertribe North Carolina Challenge!
The Aires rollers were fantastic. We got a number of admiring comments from the other challengers. The roller diameter is small enough to keep the boat from tipping and the material is not stretchy so they stayed inflated, even with 800-900lbs of boat sitting on top. At night the boat was stable and level. In the morning the boat rolled down to the water like it was on rails.
Hi Chuck -
Thanks for the Beach Rollers. I have yet to use them for beaching but that will come soon enough.
Meanwhile, my First Mate Mary sewed up some 1" webbing to make two joined loops (about 27" circumference each, both identical) that fit around the slightly inflated roller. Then, after inflating, the roller can be hung from deck cleats to make fine side fenders for raft-ups and difficult docks.
Two five foot rollers give ultimate protection on one side of the 12' SCAMP.
In the photo showing a roller hung in the aft position, the trailer vertical guide bunk is interfering with the hang.
I'll probably end up buying a third one for beach work. Thanks again…
SCAMP #11, "Noddy"
Port Ludlow, WA
A Village in the Woods, by the Bay
The dinghy rollers I got from duckworks are fantastic - much better than the vinyl one's I used to have. I'm looking forward to trying them out on the beach in Sept.
Frank San Miguel