How to Build a Kayak Cart

How to Build a Kayak Cart
Moving your kayak from your vehicle to the water can present a challenge. A kayak cart provides an easy transport option, but commercial versions can be expensive. If you're short on cash, build your own using materials you can procure from your local hardware store. In no time at all, you'll be rolling your kayak along on a simple carrier.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Measuring tape
  • One ten-foot length of half-inch-diameter PVC pipe
  • Hacksaw
  • One three-foot length of three-eighths-inch threaded steel rod
  • Six half-inch PVC T joints
  • Hollow foam pool noodle
  • Kayak wheels
  • Four three-eights-inch wing nuts
Step 1
Build the axle for your kayak cart. Measure the width of your kayak, then cut a piece of PVC pipe to that size with a hacksaw. Run a threaded rod, which will become your axle rod, through the PVC pipe. Attach a T joint to either end of the PVC pipe so that the top of the T-joints run along the axle and the bottoms face up.
Step 2
Build a base for the axle. Cut a second piece of PVC pipe to the width of your kayak. Attach this pipe to the first pipe so that it runs parallel: Attach two T joints to the T joints from Step 1 so that the side of the second T joint connects to the bottom of the first T joint. The bottoms of the second two T-joints should face each other. Then simply attach the second piece of PVC pipe between the two t-joints.
Step 3
Make top bars for your kayak to rest on. Cut four pieces of PVC pipe, each about four inches in length. Attach two pieces of pipe to a T-joint so that the two pieces of pipe connects to either end of the top of the T. This will become one top bar. Repeat this process so that you have two top bars. Slit and cut up a hollow foam pool noodle so that the pieces slip over each of the two top bars, providing padding so that you won't scrape up your kayak. Attach these top bars to the base of your kayak via the T joints attached to the PVC pipe in Step 2.
Step 4
Attach wheels to your kayak; use pneumatic wheels for sandy terrain. Buy wheels at a kayak supply store, or look for a plastic or hard rubber wheel at your local hardware store. The size of the wheel will depend on the size of your kayak, although ten-inch wheels are common. To attach the wheels, simply slide the wheel over the threaded rod of the axle and use a wing nut to secure the wheel in place.
Step 5
Lay your kayak on the cart with the hull down, resting on the top bars. To prevent the kayak from shifting, run tie-down straps under the kayak, around the top bars and back over the kayak so that it stays in place.

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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