So I built this kayak dolly, it’s the first one (my ‘yak is an Eddyline Fathom – I don’t have scuppers) - http://www.watermanatwork.com/KayakFishing/KayakRigging/KayakCarts/KayakCarts.htm
I found all the parts I needed down to the pneumatic tires but because I couldn’t find 5/8” lock nuts I was forced to buy 8" plastic/nylon tires with the ½” holes, 1/2 inch threaded rod and 1/2" lock nuts instead. I got everything connected together but I didn’t glue it yet because I wanted to see if it would work. Also, I haven’t installed the second set of straps that went around the PVC pipes – the only straps installed are the ones that are going through the slits on the sides. I also have the insulated foam installed to keep my yak from slipping. So I take it out to the lake yesterday and I notice the following:
- since the parking lot is rocky (little pebbles / crushed limestone) and uneven – the carts’ wheels have difficulty navigating through the landscape
- if I pull on the kayak – slippage is a huge problem but if I push it – where the cart is infront rather than behind it works a little bit better but there is still some slippage
My question to you smart paddling folks: what would you do to change it to make it better? Other than the obvious – maybe try and get pneumatic tires with ½” holes in them, glue it together, put the second set of straps on etc… what else could I do to make it better without adding anymore weight to it? I already know that I wont be able to pack/fold this thing because it wouldn’t fit in my hatch anyway.
I would appreciate any constructive advice.