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CKA's Gear Spot => General Kayak Modifications => Topic started by: Terrannator on February 27, 2015, 05:28:14 pm


Title: DIY Kayak Cart
Post by: Terrannator on February 27, 2015, 05:28:14 pm
Hey Everyone,  I've been doing research on kayak carts in the past few days.  I have a ride 115 and the last year was a struggle lugging it around solo due to its heavy weight and me being 5'8'', 150lbs.  After the research, the trail trekker looks most appealing to me. The videos show it tackling some pretty intense terrain without tipping the kayak and not having the strap that comes loose on other kayaks.  I was wondering if anyone has any experience with this cart, and what pros and cons are of the cart.  After looking at buying it I wasn't impressed with the $170 price tag for the maximus to fit my ride 115 and am thinking about building one similar to it instead (I'm a cheap university student).  Not sure if anyone has made one similar to it but I'd be thankful for any advice in which carts perform well.  Thanks
http://www.paddlelogic.com/trailtreker-kayak-carts.html (http://www.paddlelogic.com/trailtreker-kayak-carts.html)
Title: Re: DIY Kayak Cart
Post by: Mtmouse on February 27, 2015, 07:09:47 pm
I used this one on my OK Big Game II. Always did the job for me.

http://www.amazon.com/Outsunny-Portable-Canoe-Carrier-Transport/dp/B00GWU2PD2/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1425081968&sr=8-13&keywords=kayak+cart (http://www.amazon.com/Outsunny-Portable-Canoe-Carrier-Transport/dp/B00GWU2PD2/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1425081968&sr=8-13&keywords=kayak+cart)

You can upgrade to this one for a few more dollars.

http://www.amazon.com/Shoreline-Marine-Aluminum-Canoe-Carrier/dp/B0086T6D2Q/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1425081968&sr=8-7&keywords=kayak+cart (http://www.amazon.com/Shoreline-Marine-Aluminum-Canoe-Carrier/dp/B0086T6D2Q/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1425081968&sr=8-7&keywords=kayak+cart)

These wheels may be a little better on sand.

http://www.amazon.com/TMS-CART-CANOE-KAYAK-KY001-Carrier-Transport/dp/B00823FSRC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1425081968&sr=8-3&keywords=kayak+cart (http://www.amazon.com/TMS-CART-CANOE-KAYAK-KY001-Carrier-Transport/dp/B00823FSRC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1425081968&sr=8-3&keywords=kayak+cart)
Title: Re: DIY Kayak Cart
Post by: Wayne on February 27, 2015, 08:11:10 pm
Hi Terrannator,

I made a end-cart like the one you mentioned from Paddle Logic for much the same reason. To buy it and get it shipped to me, pay duty, exchange, and perhaps brokerage = forget it. I use it on my native and have found it to be excellent. You carry more weight with the wheels on the end (not sure if that's a deal breaker with the Ride), but it is usually compensated by the fact that you can easily slip the cart underneath and have it secured in seconds. Also, it is MUCH more stable because the wheels are wider apart than on a typical cart, allowing you to roll your rig to the water with much less chance of tipping over. If that has ever happened to you, you know how frustrating that is.

I used to have a link to a DIY thread on it, but it looks like the photos are gone. Here is one like it on another thread - just scroll down a bit:

http://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/117287-won-a-fishing-kayak-finally-joining-the-addiction/ (http://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/117287-won-a-fishing-kayak-finally-joining-the-addiction/)

And here are the tubeless wheels I have on it from the unholy MEC. Sorry if people still have a problem with them, I just don't know where else you can get these:

http://www.mec.ca/product/5018-990/primex-tuff-tire-replacement/?q=tuff%2Btire (http://www.mec.ca/product/5018-990/primex-tuff-tire-replacement/?q=tuff%2Btire)

and the pins:
http://www.mec.ca/product/5027-990/primex-quick-clip-pin-2-pk/?q=replacement%2Bpin (http://www.mec.ca/product/5027-990/primex-quick-clip-pin-2-pk/?q=replacement%2Bpin)

The length of the axle and placement of the PVC spacers would be a little different for the Ride, but nothing you couldn't figure out. You just make a hole through the heater hose to pit the axle through. I have used just a regular hollow steel axle to this point. Obviously it rusts a little, but really no big deal. Saltwater would be a completely different story.

Like the guy says, it's the best he's used. You can even get the wheels to turn a little by twisting the kayak believe it or not.

Hope this helps.

Wayne
Title: Re: DIY Kayak Cart
Post by: Terrannator on February 27, 2015, 08:57:17 pm
Thanks a ton!  I'm wondering what you used to prevent the wheels from sliding inward and to prevent the center roller from moving around.  Is there just pvc on the rod spacing things out and holding them in place? Thanks
Title: Re: DIY Kayak Cart
Post by: Wayne on February 28, 2015, 10:33:38 am
Thanks a ton!  I'm wondering what you used to prevent the wheels from sliding inward and to prevent the center roller from moving around.  Is there just PVC on the rod spacing things out and holding them in place? Thanks

You're welcome and that's exactly it, you got it :)

I forgot to mention the PEX tubing that is pushed inside of the heater hose to help it retain its shape and make it more rigid. It's the smaller stuff, 1/2" ID. It stops short of the axle on both sides so you only have the heater hose attached to the axle itself.

For the one I made for a Native Ultimate, the axle is approx 28" without washers between the retaining pin and wheel. The PVC pipe sections on the outside between the wheel and hose are 4". I started with shorter ones, but had trouble with the wheel rubbing the hose.
The rubber bow roller was drilled out a bit for the axle. And the hose length that seems to work for my rig is about 53", but please play around with your setup before cutting.

The hose may put a little black on your boat, but it's no big deal.

The crocuses are flowering outside so I have to go tie some flies quick - way behind!! Post your build if you make one and if anyone knows a source for stainless 3/4" OD piping, let us know.

Wayne