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Jet Ski FAQ’s

Which unit would be best for my PWC?
We offer two different styles of dolly. The Tiger Tote and Ski Buggy are what are called a “float on” dolly. These work best in calm water situations because the dolly must be partially under water in order to float or pull the PWC on to it. They work very well where there is a lift, davits or a hoist being used. They allow for easy transport from a dock or seawall to a more secure location. The Bigfoot dollies utilize a winch that simplifies launching and loading in any condition and any surface. When the winch is engaged it pulls the Bigfoot back under the PWC while the watercraft moves up on to the dolly at the same time. This can be done with little to no water under the PWC as the winch does all the work.

Do I need two or four  or 6 wheels?
As a general rule the Tiger Tote will handle up to about 500 lbs. The Ski Buggy can go up to 900 lbs. On the other hand our Bigfoot 2 wheel will accommodate up to 700 lbs. The 4 wheel Bigfoot will handle an impressive 1000 lbs. The Bigfoot 6 wheel will support up to 1500 lb. The 6 wheel is suggested when the PWC overall length exceeds 10.5′ long, as some of the new PWC do. Check your owners manual to determine the dry weight of the PWC and then add a little more for gas and gear. Also keep in mind what type of surface you are moving over. Two wheels might be less money but your back will thank you for choosing the dolly which is best suited to your situation.

What is the difference between the standard support bunks and the new exclusive roller rails?

Our standard support rails are 2″ square military grade aluminium tube that has been designed with a 30 degree down angle at the rear of the rail. The bunk is the covered with a super slick yet durable UHMW. This combination makes loading the PWC very easy. However in response to customer request we have designed a better way to easy up your jet ski. Again the rear of the bunks are angled which makes it easier to get the boat started up and onto the dolly. Then the 3″ poly rollers take over to make it the easiest and smoothest transition of any beach dolly on the market. There is absolutely no way to scratch or damage the hull.

What are the heavy duty bushings?

Our wheels have replaceable knockout bushings. The standard bushing is of a glass filled nylon that works well, but will need replacement when used frequently. In order to have a more durable option we have worked with a leading plastics supplier to develop a composite bushing that works as a direct replacement. They have a lubricating property that will not expire for the life of the bushing. They simply last much longer.Especially recommended when towing the PWC or if used in commercial applications

Can I tow it behind a car?
Yes, but with one important note, only at walking speed! These are not made for “over the road” towing. The rims are a nylon composite using a 1” shaft. Excess speed causes heat to build up and can cause wheel bushing failure. We offer a coupler kit which can be hooked to a quad, ATV, garden tractor, golf cart or other vehicle which allows movement at no greater than 5 mph. If you are going to tow the Bigfoot we also recommend the heavy duty bearings.

How easy is it to use?
Good question. The dollies are all made to perform under the weight and conditions described. There are however certain factors that may or may not help the individual situation. Can one person expect to move a 900 lb. PWC in soft sand alone? No. And any other manufacturer that tells you that you can is not being truthful. Now that might cost us a sale here and there but we are interested only in making the customer happy. That being said it is important to understand that certain realities may dictate a different strategy. Weight, surface, grade, distance to move, and available manpower will all affect how easy it will be to move the watercraft and whether or not a dolly purchase is right for you. We have been presented with many unique situations over the years so don’t be afraid to describe your application. We may be able to make a suggestion on how to make it easier.

Florida Sailcraft – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
We manufacture and carry Beach Carts, Beach Wheels, Dollies, Jet Ski Beach Trailers, Balloon Tires for Sand, Big Foot Trailers, Cat Trax Catamaran Beach Wheels that fit Wave Runner by Yamaha, Sea-Doo by Bombardier, Jet Ski by Kawasaki, any personal watercraft, Hobie Cat, Nacra, any beach cat. Also carry tires and wheels that will fit to existing Wheeleez, Aquacart, KG Ind. beach dollies.

Florida Sailcraft was formed in 1982 with the purpose of developing a simple, effective solution to move beach catamarans over unimproved surfaces i.e. soft sand. First developed was a dolly with hard plastic wheel called the TigerTrax. We then later introduced a model which featured a 21” diameter balloon tire which rolled easily over any surface. We named it, simply, the CatTrax. Virtually maintenance free, lightweight, and incredibly durable it quickly became the standard beach dolly for shoreline launching and loading and it continues as such today. They are without question the most popular beach dolly on the market and favorite of beach cat sailors everywhere. We can attest to the fact that some of those over 20 year old original beach wheels are still being used today. We are the only company to offer 3 different models to address individual applications.

In 1994 we began to tackle the same issues specifically for the jet-ski market. The Bigfoot PWC tote was introduced and once again became the standard to which all others have been compared. With its huge balloon tires, lightweight aluminum construction, and quick assembly it opens access to places where no boat ramp exists. Again we are the only company to offer a range of products designed to suit the need of the individual.

At the heart of our product line is a 21” diameter x 12” wide balloon tire also known as sand tire, beach wheel, or fat tire. It is used on our catamaran, small boat, and jet-ski dollies. It is a 2 ply design which allows it to flex depending on weight or tire pressure. The ability to adjust shape is what allows it to move easily over any surface.

You will find our products throughout the world. Our customer base ranges wide, including lifeguard services, search and rescue, military, rental concessions, cruise lines, resorts, etc. That our products find their way into such commercial usage is the true testament of their durability.

We continue to review and refine our performance capabilities as conditions demand. All of our products have been designed and tested to function in the worst environment of salt, sand, and sun. As such you will find our carts and dollies to be of superior construction. All our manufacturing is done here in South Florida, which is to mean they are made in America.