Delta 12.10. Hurricane Sojourn 135. I sometimes carry the C-Tug on a day trip if the launch is far from the parking lot and there’s no safe place to hide the C-Tug on shore. I would never consider taking the C-Tug camping. I would take up half of just about any hatch and it’s heavy. Many portages would be too rough for the C-Tug. So the circumstances when it’s useful and practical to transport the C-Tug in the hatch are limited.
I just went out for a bit to see if I could find something that I couldn’t fit it into - easily disassembled of course - I couldn’t put it into anything of mine assembled I don’t think except an open cockpit tandem and canoes. The only thing I found that I couldn’t fit it into was my NDK Greenlander with only smaller round hatch openings. What it did fit into:
Current Designs: Cypress, Suka, Extreme, Sisu LV, Sirocco, Stratus 18, Unity
Point 65 Whisky 16 Rocker
North Shore Ocean 17.6
You are also hitting on the biggest issue with the Ctug for kayak camping. It takes up a lot of room. There was once that 3 of us brought one split between the 3 of us because of a long sand portage from the sound to the beach. It turned out that on soft sand, it just sunk in too far, and we ended up carrying the first one on our shoulders with the cart still attached, and then just carried the other two. I remember it being around a half mile, so no small consideration to not use it. We tried until we were thoroughly convinced. I’ve never used it on camping trips otherwise, as it’s just too bulky and heavy. With the large tandem Unity or Passat I might, as there’s a lot more cargo space. And for singles, like in the case above, if one person was carrying the tent for 2 and the other the cart, that could work too. But my consideration would be that it has to provide a lot of utility to be worth the extra bulk and weight. And if you simply can’t carry your kayak up from the landing and/or a distance to a campsite, at least not without real injury concerns, then that’s a lot of utility. If most of the portage isn’t soft sand, I have a couple other carts that pack away with far less bulk and the wheels spin more freely and efficiently on the axles.
I am taking the risk that you consider this past paragraph “ramblings”. My reasoning for including it is that you listed your motivation, and I’m simply speaking to that with first-hand knowledge and experience, as I feel it could be a worthwhile consideration for you or others. The Ctug works well for me for a short pull across the beach to the house or car, especially with the heavy tandems. But if I’m running or walking a mile up the trail to the crab dock on the tidal creek, I use the paddlecart with wheel bearings. If I’m camping and I really need a cart, I use the paddlecart for longer portages, or a smaller stern cart for really short portages, either of which take up less space.
This is a good topic, Eric. As time progresses, please eventually list all the positive and negative replies. Over a number of years, my C-Tug has held up well - albeit, not grea in sand.
I have the Etain 17.3 composite; the C-Tug fits there fine. I’ll check my other kayaks when my next season starts.
It fit into my tsunami 145 easy with the pads and the wheels removed. Everything fit in the rear hatch. The kayak was also packed for a week long trip along gltje Rideau canal from Kingstown to Ottawa with food, clothing and camping gear.
It also fits easily into the clc chesapeak rear hatch.
I have a 12ft point 65 nemo, everything bar the wheels fits in the front hatch with room for more. Wheels go in the back hatch. In june last year I imported a thermoformed boat from china, 14ft 2", from what I can ascertain its a copy of a Delta of similar size. Far cheaper than buying a local boat of similar size.Disassembled the c tug fits completely in the bow hatch, with a ton of room left. We are about to do a 10day+ 300k unsupported trip down the murray river ( Australia) and I’m taking the tug with me
Kayak has been great, and after sales service perfect, the skeg was sticking so they sent me a new one, when that dibdnt fix the problem they slso sent a new skeg box for me to bolt in. On the down side, the ratchet system which holds the spring loaded skeg up, failed so I just added a small cam cleat. Previously the skeg was either fully up or fully down no incremental adjustment this I now have. Im about to undertake a 300k self supported 10 day+ trip