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Step 1: Materials and Tools
You will need several feet of 1" nylon webbing, length determined by your particular boat; several feet of 1/4" bungee cord, depending on your boat; four bungee cord hooks.
TOOLS: hacksaw to cut the axle; drafting aid to transfer shape of boat to wood dolly body (alternate: cut and try using cardboard and scissors); coping saw or bandsaw; drill and bit extender for drilling hole for axle through wood body (alternate: attach axle to bottom of wood body using large staples or put nails or screws through axle into wood body).
Step 2: Shape the Wood Body
The hardest task is to drill hole for axle through wood body. I used drill press, wood bit and bit extender. It should work just as well to attach the axle to the bottom edge of the body using large staples or by drilling four holes through the axle and driving nails or screws through the axle and into the wood body.
Another way to attach the wheels without drilling a long hole through the wood body is to use two lag bolts. Choose bolts whose diameter is a fit for the hole through the wheel and are long enough that the wheel can run on unthreaded metal at the head end. Predrill a pilot hole for each bolt into the wood body, use a washer on each side of the wheel, drive the bolt into the driled hole.
Step 3: Attach Padding and Straps
Cut a length of 1" nylon webbing that will snub the dolly onto the nose of the boat, with enough extra length to allow sewing across the webbing to create two loops that will accept the hooks of bungee cord. Position the loops where bungee cords can run from the loops to hookable spots on the boat. Attach the webbing to the dolly body using screws and washers, folding the webbing over itself at the attachment points.
Cut two lenths of 1/4" bungee cord and attach hooks to both ends of each, adjusting lengths so cords can hook to boat and dolly webbing to secure dolly firmly to the boat. I used hook points that were built into my Mirage by the manufacturer (see photo).
I always remove the dolly from the boat when it is not in use so that it will not distort the shape of the rotomolded plastic boat.
Photo shows Mirage about to merge with the misty morning margins of the marshes. See Instructables "No-Pour Concrete Boat Ramp" and "Hobie Mirage propulsor slot plug."