Homemade Kayak Cart Plans

Homemade Kayak Cart Plans
If you are heading out on the water without someone to help portage your kayak, it can be a difficult task to get your kayak from the car to the launch point by yourself. A kayak cart can make this undertaking much easier, allowing you to move your kayak without injuring yourself. However, store bought kayak carts can be pricey--$100 or more. But with some time, and a little effort, you can make your own homemade kayak cart for about $30 using supplies that you can purchase at your local hardware store.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • 7 ft of 1-inch diameter PVC pipe
  • 4 1-inch PVC pipe T connectors
  • 2 1-inch PVC end caps
  • 36-inch length of 3/8-inch diameter steel rod and four nuts and washers
  • 1 bottle of PVC glue
  • 1 nylon strap
  • Two 7-inch lawnmower wheels
  • 1 foam pool noodle
  • Hand drill
  • 3/8-inch bit
  • 8 plastic zip ties
  • Hacksaw
  • Measuring tape
  • Marker
  • Box knife
Step 1
Mark on the PVC pipe, using the tape measure and marker, where each cut will be made. Cut the PVC pipe with the saw, into one 18-inch piece, two 3-inch pieces, two 9-inch pieces, and four 8-inch pieces. These will become the frame of the cart.
Step 2
Glue one PVC T-joint to each end of the 18-inch piece. Push firmly together. Glue the two 3-inch pieces to the opposite end of each T-joint. Glue one 9-inch piece into the vertical section of each T-joint.
Step 3
Glue the caps on the open end of the 3-inch pieces to cover the ends. Drill a 3/8-inch hole in the center of each end cap. Be careful to make sure that the hole is straight and parallel to the PVC pipe.
Step 4
Glue a T-joint to the top of each 9-inch piece. Rotate these joints so they are perpendicular to the original T-joints of the crossbar. Glue each 8-inch section into the ends of the upper T-joints.
Step 5
Insert the steel rod into the 3/8 hole of the caps. Tighten a bolt on each end to secure the rod in place. Place the washer on next, then the wheel, then another washer. Secure the wheel using a bolt. This will force the rod to stay tight, but the wheels will be able to spin.
Step 6
Cut the foam noodle into four 8-inch pieces. Cut each piece lengthwise down one side in a straight slice. Slide a piece of foam noodle over each of the four upper 8-inch supports. Turn the foam noodle so the cut is facing the ground. Secure into place using a plastic zip tie on both ends of each foam noodle.
Step 7
Place kayak on the foam pads and secure into place using a nylon strap. Tighten the kayak enough so it will not fall off the cart while going down the path.

Tips & Warnings

Make sure that when you cut the PVC pipe, the cuts are vertical and not at an angle.
Be careful when using the saw to the cut the PVC pipe.

Article Written By Casey Knopik

Casey Knopik grew up in the foothills of Mount Rainier and currently resides in the Seattle, Wash. area. He graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in journalism. Knopik has written for "The Easterner," "Sports Northwest Magazine" and many local newspapers. His articles appear on Trails.com.

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