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.
We recommend the pump adaptor which is necessary for filling these rollers.
If there is any doubt about the durability of the beach rollers, let me put those doubts to rest.
Two rollers served as fenders for my 17 foot boat during Hurricane Michael, protecting it from dock damage. Winds were very high, and nearby boats were heavily damaged or sunk. I can't recommend them highly enough after testing them in extreme conditions.
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.
Hi Chuck and Sandra,
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.
Frank and Julie
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
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!
The versatile Beach Rollers continue to surprise us. In addition to being used as rollers to move small boats up and down the beach, they are regularly used as fenders, and frequently used as supplemental flotation. Recently we even heard of someone using them between cockpit seats as filler cushions for an inflated berth. Now comes this photo from Steve Haines who says that in addition to serving as fenders and saving his boat during a hurricane (he says they never lost air after 9 months in the water and growing barnacles), a friend borrowed them to stabilize a canoe for his 6-year-old son to play with.
We have seen these beach rollers put to a lot of different uses - not just rollers, but fenders, outriggers, flotation, jacks, but the one used as a whisker pole below is a first.
I will use the D-Rings to help lead the lines I need to use around the beach rollers so that I can pull deflated rollers into place under my boat while still on the water. It's fun, especially in a breeze. Later, at lower tide, I inflate them as much as I can.
The boat -- an 18' Swampscott Dory -- goes up on rocky sand in the area below the house we rent near Wooden Boat in Brooklin Maine. The house is great, the beach is trouble. Last summer I had only two rollers, but I recently bought a third.