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 This winter I'm trying to build the kayak cart in this video.  So far I'm 2/3's done.  Anybody out there ever build this or other kayak carts?  

 

 The guy in the video made his cart for his Ride 135.  I'm using the exact design but my kayak is a Ride 115.  I don't really want to pull my kayak out of the shed to measure it till spring time.  I'm hoping it will still work good on my kayak.  I read on the Wilderness Systems site that the Ride 115 is actually one inch wider than the 135.  Anyway, if this cart is too small all I would have to do is cut another piece of superstrut/unistrut and buy another axle rod (around eight dollars).  Then again, I might pull my kayak out and do some measuring before I start doing some cutting of the axle rod.   

 

 

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Cabela's has a kayak carrier on sale right now, Regular $120 for $49.99

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I thought about Palmettokayak's design, but 

I ended up building one more similar to the 

TrailTrekker. If I had the money, I'd buy one of 

his without question. They float, they disassemble

easily, pack into your yak, etc.

 

I built mine on a similar principle using washer hose

from Home Depot, some 1/2" zinc coated rod for the

axle, some 12" tires via Northern Tool, as well as a

V for the hull of my boat at Northern Tool that slides 

onto the axle. Have some 1/2" PVC that covers the 

axle.

 

Works like a champ.

 

Kayak Cart 1

 

Kayak Cart 2

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Cabela's has a kayak carrier on sale right now, Regular $120 for $49.99

 

<<Scoffs!>>

No self-respecting kayak angler would buy something outright when they could tinker around in the garage and make it on their own!

 

I'm just kidding. That IS a pretty good deal.  :smile10:

 

Honestly though, if I need some special bit of kayak accessory goodness, before I just buy something I'll frequently see if I can build it myself. Sometimes I still end up buying something after-market, but I still get the satisfaction of knowing I was able to develop a solution on my own. Other times, what I make on my own turns out to suit my specific needs so perfectly, I decide that I can't better it with anything I can find pre-manufactured. LOVE the feeling I get when that happens! 

 

If you're going to go to the trouble to build one though, it's probably worth going to the trouble to pull your yak out and measure it. "Measure twice; cut once"  :Victory:

 

~Denny

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I'm a technician by trade. I often will build what I need from what I can find around my shop. I have some friends who are intelligent, and very, very good fishermen but are mechanically inept. They would not even consider trying to build ANYTHING from scratch. My post about buying a kayak carrier from Cabela's is for them. Although, if they bought one, they'd call me to put it together for them.

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 That cart I'm building is slowly coming together.  I think I need one more small piece and I'l be ready to put it all together.  It should be a nice and solid cart.  I figure the best thing about this is that if it breaks or something falls apart I will be able to easily fix it since I built it in the first place. 

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 Just would like to share my weekend project. I decided to build a cart for my kayak and ended up building two of them. First one was a trailtrekker copy from http://www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/topic/477653-kayak-cart-crate-mod/ Most everything is similar except for that I used a 45 degree angle pvc fitting (took some time and muscle to put the hose through that, used soap lol) with eye bolt instead of a ring to strap it down for the purpose of flex wear and tear over time, we'll see how it works out. Also the post called for an aluminum axle which I tried at first but for my kayak the weight made it bend considerably and didn't work right, I replaced it with a steel axle and works great and not much more weight. Cost for this project was around $50 bucks.

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 Next is a copy from a post from http://palmettokayakfishing.blogspot.com/2011/04/diy-bulletproof-kayak-cart-build.html only difference here is I painted mine with black hammered color spray paint and looks amazing. If you decide to build this one do take note from that posting that the outer lock washer and nut are meant to be hand tightened so it can be taking apart in the field easy. Some people complained that the wheels wouldn't turn and that is because they tightened them down too much. Cost for this project was around $35 bucks. Both of these seem to work great so far with my WS Ride115x.

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