PKC - PVC Kayak Cart

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After looking around quite a bit, here is a PVC Kayak Cart I made from various different designs I found online to suit my needs. Thanks to all who helped (whether you realized it or not) . 
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Step 1: Parts List.

Parts List (all ¾” PVC unless noted):

Top Half:
4 – 90-degree elbow fittings.
2 – 45-degree elbow fittings.
6 – T fittings (4 are optional).
8 – 2” pieces PVC “pipe” spacers (for front & back).
4 – 6” pieces PVC pipe (for sides).
2 – 13” pieces PVC insulating foam for PVC, I used 1” for 1 ¼” pipe not ¾” as it fits WAY better over fittings.
8 – zip ties, non-locking.

Bottom Half:
3 – T fittings
1 – 90-degree elbow fitting (optional for stand).
2 – closed end caps (I used hex sided).
2 – 4 ½” PVC pipe (Horizontal rails).
3 – 4” PVC pipe (Vertical pieces), (1 optional for stand).

2 – Wheels from a golf bag cart.
4 – Large washers big enough to fit over your axle of choice.
2 – Cotter pins.
1 – 21 ¼” Hollow Axle. Outside measured ½” which is the diameter needed for the wheels.

Tools used:
- Hacksaw and Miter Box
- Rubber Mallet
- Medium sized Visegrips
- Bench Vise (for cutting and drilling axle)
- Electric drill
barrettat16 months ago
great idea. tried to use this for my canoe but it wasn't strong enough
darrennie (author)  barrettat16 months ago
That's Interesting, I have used the cart on my single wood kayak which is 45lbs and my sisters 100lb Libra XT Double. When I was making the cart I tried standing on it many times to see how strong it was (I'm 220lbs). All I can suggest is maybe glue the pvc joints or if it's the wheels/axle (I also felt the wheels were the weak spot) upgrade to some pnuematic tires.
gnach1 year ago
Excellent job! Looks just like the one sitting somewhere in my garage. Let me add a couple of recommendations:
1) PVC is strong, the glue joints aren't. Drill a small pilot hole and run a small screw to each joint, two are better.
2) Add a nylon web strap, with a snap buckle, to tie down the boat.
Finally, I used the handle on the front of my boat to pull the rig.

Happy paddling!
darrennie (author)  gnach1 year ago
Thanks gnach for the tip,
I have been pondering "glue vs screws" for awhile . For the moment friction seems to be more than enough.
As for the strap, nothing beats nylon (imho) .
Now off to build a bike trailer for those longer trips. 8D
Wow! I don't know where gnach got the idea that PVC glue joints aren't strong but he couldn't be more wrong. If you don't believe me, try to pull one apart. If properly prepped, they are just like any other glue joints, actually stronger than the materials being bonded. Not only do you NOT need the screws, the pilot holes will give you a weak point that can cause the PVC to crack and fail, especially being used in a vibrating application like this.
darrennie (author)  boatingman6 months ago
That was my general feeling towards glue. I really think prepping is the key as is using the right glue (speaking from experience on that one).

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