DIY Kayak Cart

Some of the places I like to fish are a good bit off the road, so I have to carry my kayak a good ways. I’ve wanted a kayak cart for a while, so today I figured, why not try to make one?

I don’t know how well this will hold up in the long run, I’ll update after I’ve used it a bit, but it lasted a few trips around the yard just fine.

I wanted something that wouldn’t take up much room in my car, so I figured, just screw some training wheels onto a block of wood, then use the tie down straps from my car carrier to strap the kayak to the wood.

That didn’t work, because it just kept flopping over. I needed some arms to go down the hull of the kayak to keep it in place, but I didn’t want to add some permanently because then it would take up a lot more room. So, I figured, I need my paddles whenever I go… why not use those?

So I drilled some holes in the wood, and my paddles just slide into the holes. Viola!

I ended up cutting an old patio porch railing spindle in half, and screwed the training wheels onto that, then screwed those onto the block of wood. That way, I am not relying on screws going into the end grain of a chunk of wood.

When my daughter gets older and isn’t using her balance bike any more, I’ll steal those wheels and use them instead, because they are a good bit bigger. But for now – this works just fine.

UPDATE: It doesn’t work. The wheels are much too small, and strapping it down is a pain. If I have to carry it any sort of distance, it’s easier to just balance the kayak on my head and carry my gear.

Sept. 10, 2019


One response to “DIY Kayak Cart”

  1. […] propel it forward and guide it through the water, so why not use those two paddles as part of the DIY kayak cart frame? That is the ingenious idea this DIY’er came up with and now he shares his building plans […]

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