How to Build a Canoe or Kayak Carrier

How to Build a Canoe or Kayak Carrier
The best way to transport a canoe or kayak is to use a specially designed carrier for your vehicle. An adequate amount of insulation or support is needed to minimize damage to your kayak or canoe during the transportation process. A simple tool such as Styrofoam tubing can do this. Once the carrier is built, you can easily take your kayak or canoe to the water and transport it back.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • 12 feet of schedule 40 PVC pipe, 1-inch
  • 5 schedule 40 T-Joints, 1-inch
  • 2 schedule 40 PVC pipe caps, 1-inch
  • Styrofoam tubing
  • Two lightweight wheels with a 34-inch axle and end caps
  • Glue
Step 1
Secure two T-joints to the ends of an 18-inch pipe using heavy-duty glue. Position the ends of the T's upward. The pipe must remain horizontal. Secure two 3-inch pipes to the ends of the T's. Glue caps on the ends of each pipe.
Step 2
Drill holes with the same thickness (width) as the axle. Allow the axle to pass through one cap, the pipe, two T's and out the other cap. Place the wheels on the axles. Secure each end with a cap.
Step 3
Glue the perpendicular ends of the axle T-joints to the two upright pipes. Position the two straight ends of the T's so they are perpendicular to the axle pipe.
Step 4
Glue three 2-foot-long pipes to the tag ends of the top T's. Position two ends toward the front of the cart and one toward the rear.
Step 5
Glue a 4-foot-long pipe into the remaining hole in the T's. Position the pipe toward the rear of the carrier. Attach the fifth T-joint to the end of the 4-foot-long handle with glue.
Step 6
Cut four 1-foot-long Styrofoam tubes. Open the Styrofoam lengthwise and extend it over the upper four pipes. This will cushion the kayak and prevent damage to the gel coat on the kayak or canoe. Secure the Styrofoam in place using zip ties.

Tips & Warnings

A hacksaw is the best tool for cutting pipe.
Secure your kayak or canoe using a set of bungee cords, which are available at camping and sporting goods stores or online.
Failure to properly secure a kayak or canoe may result in damage to your vehicle and/or kayak or canoe.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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