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Looking for a solid kayak dolly to move my yak to and from my vehicle to the water. My back can't take lugging that thing anymore. Preferably one where I can put it right in the middle of my yak so the dolly takes all the weight. Also one with wheels that can handle pavement, grass, gravel, etc etc. So what are you all using for a yak dolly?

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C-tug:

 

https://www.c-tug.com/

 

Get the Double Up Bar and second set of wheels, and you won't have to lift a thing once it's on the cart.

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There's two in that link A-Jay posted. I can't tell from the photo, but I suspect he's using the steel model, which looks to be a very nice cart.  I have the aluminum one, and it's just about worthless.

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There are many great options out there for either buying

outright or DIY.

 

CTug is good, here's another one that is what I based my

DIY on. Trail Trekker:

 

http://paddlelogic.com/trailtreker-kayak-carts.html

 

They also offer a lifetime guarantee on all parts, fix or 

replace free. If I had the $ to buy one, I'd have bought

one w/o question. The CTug did not work well with my

Native Ultimate, but does with a great many yaks.

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That looks pretty cool, though I can't understand for the life of me why they don't have a clear picture of the darn thing!  And all those words on the page!  Pictures people!

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2 hours ago, J Francho said:

There's two in that link A-Jay posted. I can't tell from the photo, but I suspect he's using the steel model, which looks to be a very nice cart.  I have the aluminum one, and it's just about worthless.

Yup ~ Kicked it up a notch with extra padding on the hull supports and replaced the wheels & bearing with ones that were rated to deal with the 'tonnage' I was subjecting it to.

:smiley:

A-Jay

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Nice. Thanks boys. 

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The C-Tug looks like the way to go. Sturdy & breaks down to fit inside the kayak. Great design.

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I use the Malone kayak carrier/dolly. The wheels come off and it folds up. It has been great and it will roll on multiple surfaces. 

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11 hours ago, J Francho said:

That looks pretty cool, though I can't understand for the life of me why they don't have a clear picture of the darn thing!  And all those words on the page!  Pictures people!

Agreed. Low budget site, but quality product from 

reviews I've read over the years.

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New guy with my first post here.  I recently ordered this one from West Marine.  I have yet to use it, but from assembling it and inspecting it, I can tell you that you can't go wrong for the money.  It breaks down for easy storage.  

 

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-marine--scupper-swift-sit-on-top-kayak-dolly--16082653

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I have this one from Amazon for my canoe.  I didn't want to deal with pneumatic tires, so this was one of the few options for me.

 

Canoe/kayak dolly

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First I built one with PVC but it really didn't hold up. Ended up buying a folding aluminum style and used the straps that I used with old PVC cart. Shop around they vary in price from $50 on up. It works well over rugged terrain.

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L.L. Bean sold these years ago.  I've had mine since 2008.  It has bicycle wheels with inflatable tires.  It has a kickstand which makes it easy to put it beside your boat and lift one end of the boat and swing it onto the carrier.  Pull a couple of locking pins and the padded tubes the boat rests on can fold.  The wheels can also be folded by removing the threaded knobs that hold the wheel assembly in place.  

 

The plastic wheels are an improvement.  Though they appear to be chromed, the rims and the spokes will rust on mine.  For whatever reason the tires leak.  Maybe that's why they included a small pump that clips onto the cart.  

 

But, it does roll easily over uneven and soft ground.

 

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I resisted spending the money on a C-tug for a while but none of the cheaper ones I bought worked well or survived for long.  The C-tug is pretty great, but is a bit of a pain to use on my wide yak.  I added two ~20" webbing runners to each side, it makes it a ton easier to get the yak on the cart in the water.  I suspect a floating rope will work better and will switch to that once I get my splicing skills a bit more solid.  

 

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I use my kayak a lot, probably 6-7 days per week in the summer.  I used a C-Tug all last year and it was great.  But it was a pain to get it positioned right on steep ramps or banks, keeping the tug from tipping, getting the kayak in the right spot on it.  Easy in the parking lot, not so much at the bank.

 

I always thought the money people spent on the Boonedox Landing Gear to be insane.  I bought one this winter and now I understand.  That and the Anchor Wizard are the best money I've spent on accessories.  Worth every cent. 

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I use the Boonedox Landing Gear. I know, it makes the front end heavier but it works really well for me. I roll the yak into the water and when I'm launched I flip the wheels up. Then when I'm done I flip the wheels down and I can pull it right out of the water. A plus is that the wheels give it a bit more stability when climbing on and off.

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