For those of you that have to travel a distance from your vehicle to your launch point, you know it can be a real pain in the butt!
After having to drag or lift my kayak to the water, plus take a few more trips of grabbing my gear and loading it all up, I’d had about enough. Exerting that much-needed energy and sweat in this hot Florida climate, just to launch, just wasn’t cutting it. I wanted to have a way to load it all up with little effort, roll my kayak to the water’s edge and get on the water as quickly as possible.
I started searching the internet and started checking out professionally made kayak carts. I saw ones that would fit inside the scupper holes, ones that you could just rest your kayak on, metal material, carbon fiber material, big wheels, big prices. There are a lot of different companies that make some quality carts, but I wasn’t ready to shell out the prices that they were asking for.
My next option was to turn to the website we have all come to love (YouTube), to see what other people like me were building. With a few clicks I saw a smorgasbord of kayaking options: carts made to roll behind bicycles, weed-wacker trolling motors, homemade sails and canopies that would fit in pole holders, and suction cup vehicle mounting options. It’s endless the possibilities out there.
I found a couple good videos of the cart that I thought would work best for my kayak. I took some notes and went to the local hardware store to start putting together my homemade cart. Posted below is the closest video to what I did with my particular cart:
I measured out the width of my kayak and cut the pvcs to sit in the bottom of the ‘yak snugly. Everything seemed to look great, until I ran a couple test runs through some rougher terrain (other than my garage floor). It turns out that my designed cart had a higher center of gravity than what I thought, and with every little bump, I would have to save it from tipping over. My patience grew thin after a couple trips, resulting in taking it apart and hacking away some pvc. The final product turned out nearly half the height, which definitely helped with stability.
After all the hardware, tires and miscellaneous pieces, my cost was around $30. So I guess there was a decent savings compared to buying a professional one at $60 plus. But hey, I can call it my own and it adds to the fun of the endless world of customizing your kayak.
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