Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Help me make a kayak cart
Old 01-22-2009, 03:08 PM   #1
Moderator Emeritus
Martha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: minnesota
Posts: 13,212
Help me make a kayak cart

I recently bought an inflatable kayak and I also have a composite kayak. I would like a lightweight two wheeled cart to drag them down to the water. Either kayak can be carried, but the composite is a bit heavy (I often just drag it) and the inflatable is too big and bulky for me to carry when inflated and really shouldn't be dragged.

Buying a cart looks too expensive. Simple, and light weight is best. One that breaks down so I can stash it in the yaks is best. Cheap is best. A couple of wheels, something for the back of the yak to sit on above the wheels, and some straps.

I am not an engineer. Help me design a cart. Please?
__________________

__________________
.


No more lawyer stuff, no more political stuff, so no more CYA

Martha is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-22-2009, 03:20 PM   #2
Administrator
Janet H's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 4,956
Are you sure you can build one more cheaply than you can buy? Amazon has one listed for 60 bucks w/free shipping. I suppose if you started with the wheels from your neighbors lawn mower it would a head start on savings...

Amazon.com: Pacific Outdoors Kayak and Canoe Carrier: Sports & Outdoors

Paddleboy Designs Molly Kayak Cart: Carts and Carriers at L.L.Bean
__________________

__________________
E-R.org Custom Google Search | You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. (Robin Williams)
Janet H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2009, 03:40 PM   #3
Moderator Emeritus
Martha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: minnesota
Posts: 13,212
Maybe not, but for some reason $60 seemed kind of expensive. I was thinking some kind of milk crate (have) or pvc (have some), and cheap wheel contraption.
__________________
.


No more lawyer stuff, no more political stuff, so no more CYA

Martha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2009, 04:41 PM   #4
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: near L.A.
Posts: 173
Home made PVC kayak cart

kayakcart.html

or google pvc kayak dolly

I was going build one myself but the last kayak I bought on craigslist came with one.
__________________
ER_Hopeful is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2009, 05:19 PM   #5
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Houston
Posts: 2,155
Martha,

Have you tried your local craigslist? Sometime you can pick up a good used one for less than the cost of building one yourself.

Sam
__________________
Sam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2009, 05:27 PM   #6
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,197
Here's the canoe "cart" I made years ago. Used training wheels and scrap lumber. Zero cost. It slides onto one end, and attaches with a bungee. Works fine.



__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2009, 05:33 PM   #7
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 125
Here's another:

Duckworks Magazine - An Easy Canoe/Kayak Cart
__________________
deepc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2009, 05:37 PM   #8
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Pasadena CA
Posts: 2,695
TAl's is good from the cheap perspective. There are issues other than price. I have one I bought for @$60 and it straps on under the kayak, I have dual wheels which help in sand. But the nice thing is that I can disassemble it and it will fit in the kayak and go with me.
So the questions are how much do you want to spend, how heavy will the total weight be, do you expect to encounter sand or soft mud? If you expect sand or soft mud you need balloon type tires. One easy way to go for price and weight is to buy a cheap used golf cart and strap the boat & bags on.
__________________
T.S. Eliot:
Old men ought to be explorers
yakers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2009, 07:24 PM   #9
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
haha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Hooverville
Posts: 22,384
Quote:
Originally Posted by Martha View Post
Maybe not, but for some reason $60 seemed kind of expensive. I was thinking some kind of milk crate (have) or pvc (have some), and cheap wheel contraption.
There isn't much you can make cheaper than $60. Buy the cart already!

ha
__________________
"As a general rule, the more dangerous or inappropriate a conversation, the more interesting it is."-Scott Adams
haha is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2009, 07:43 PM   #10
Moderator Emeritus
Martha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: minnesota
Posts: 13,212
Al, I love your cart. Cheap and easy enough for me to make, if I can scare up some wheels. (Old golf cart idea is good--dang I through the one old one we had away.) The training wheels are fab. However, Yakers has a point, those wheels aren't going through sand.
__________________
.


No more lawyer stuff, no more political stuff, so no more CYA

Martha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2009, 08:20 PM   #11
Moderator
Sarah in SC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 13,456
My dad tried to build three of them, all unsuccessful in one way or another, and finally I bought him a really nice one from LL Bean for $60 a few years ago for Christmas.
When is your birthday? Get Greg to buy it for you already. It is nicely made and lightweight.

Stowaway Kayak and Canoe Cart: Carts and Carriers at L.L.Bean
__________________
“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching.”
Gerard Arthur Way

Sarah in SC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2009, 10:05 PM   #12
Moderator Emeritus
Martha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: minnesota
Posts: 13,212
Okay, damnit, I bought the $60 one from Amazon. it looks like it will break down easy to store in the boats plus the tires are at least of moderate size.
__________________
.


No more lawyer stuff, no more political stuff, so no more CYA

Martha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2009, 07:36 AM   #13
Administrator
W2R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 38,852
Quote:
Originally Posted by Martha View Post
Okay, damnit, I bought the $60 one from Amazon. it looks like it will break down easy to store in the boats plus the tires are at least of moderate size.
I really think that was the smart decision, even though it may not have been what you initially wanted to do. It looks like it will probably suit your needs and really, $60 is not much these days.

Heck, a few months ago I spent more than that filling the tank of my Solara.
__________________
Already we are boldly launched upon the deep; but soon we shall be lost in its unshored, harbourless immensities.

- - H. Melville, 1851
W2R is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2009, 10:50 AM   #14
Moderator Emeritus
Martha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: minnesota
Posts: 13,212
Thanks for the reminder W2R. I have been at home so much that I have only filled my gas (diesel) tank twice since last September so I can just look at it as a saved tank of gas.

My timing was good, they are now $70 on Amazon.
__________________
.


No more lawyer stuff, no more political stuff, so no more CYA

Martha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2009, 01:46 PM   #15
Moderator
Sarah in SC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 13,456
I sure hope you like it after we were all clamoring for you to get it!
__________________
“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching.”
Gerard Arthur Way

Sarah in SC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2009, 06:23 PM   #16
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Free To Canoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Cooksburg,PA
Posts: 1,738
Quote:
Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
Here's the canoe "cart" I made years ago. Used training wheels and scrap lumber. Zero cost. It slides onto one end, and attaches with a bungee. Works fine.



I like the cart T Al.
I was thinking of making one last year. Finally dicided to buy. Being able to get the balloon tires for cheap was the issue that caused me capitulation. Bought mine from REI for less than $100.

Free
__________________

__________________
Free To Canoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Kayak advice please BUM Other topics 16 09-03-2007 07:17 AM
Grocery store cart Rant.... mickeyd Other topics 15 07-04-2007 05:13 PM
To Succeed You Need A Kayak yakers Other topics 0 03-08-2006 08:36 PM
Bicycle-Kayak yakers Other topics 9 10-27-2004 07:21 PM
Best kayak for fishing oldcrowcall Life after FIRE 21 07-21-2004 03:11 PM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:01 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.