Canoe or kayak carts make it easier to move boats to and from vehicles and into and out of water. Many canoes and kayaks weigh a lot, and for many boaters, using a cart is the only way to maneuver a boat alone. There are several carts available on the market for moving canoes and kayaks, but it is possible to construct a cart from some easily obtained materials.
Things You'll Need
- Empty plastic milk crate
- Drill and bits (3/4" and 1/8")
- 1/2 " metal rod
- 1" PVC pipe caps
- 1/2" fender washers
- Retaining clips
- Self stick foam pipe wrap
- Tires (pneumatic or solid)
Locate the center point along the plastic support strip on the lower side of the milk crate without hand holds. Drill a 3/4 inch hole and repeat for the opposite side.
Determine the center point of both PVC pipe end caps and drill a 3/4" hole. These will be used as spacers for the wheels.
Mark a center point on both ends of the metal rod about 1 inch from the ends. Drill a 1/8" hole at each end which will allow a retaining clip to be inserted.
Insert the rod through the holes drilled in the bottom of the milk crate. Place a PVC end cap on both ends with the solid end facing out.
Slide fender washers on both ends next to the PVC caps and put wheels on both sides. Complete the wheel assembly with a fender washer on the outside of both wheels and secure with retaining clips.
Remove a v shaped section above the handles on both sides of the crate. Apply foam pipe wrap to the top of the crate and down into the v shaped cut.
Tips & Warnings
- Use pipe wrap with peel-and-stick adhesive tape.
- Set the hull of the canoe or kayak in the "V"-shaped groove.
- Strap the boat down with a bungee or shock cord to hold in place.
- Use caution when using saws to cut plastic or metal.
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