How to Make a Kayak Cart Out of a Golf Bag Cart
Do you own a kayak or are you thinking of buying one? You know you need to have a way to transport your kayak on your vehicle. But how will you get your kayak from the vehicle to the water and back again? That is a question most of us fail to ask until we are standing beside our boat, looking at the water from a distant parking lot. Carrying the boat is exhausting and dragging can cause serious damage. There are companies that sell carts for this purpose. A quick look online will tell you that you will spend between $50 and $250. This is a great item to add to your kayak gear. I want to share with you how I made my own kayak cart from an old golf bag pull cart and how you can do it too. Here is how to make your own kayak cart.
Obtaining an Old Golf Bag Cart
Maybe you have an old golf bag cart out in the garage or in the basement. But if not, consider going to a few second hand stores. I found mine at a Goodwill Store. When I first saw it, the price tag said $20. Well, I didn't want to pay that much, so I waited. A few weeks later, I went back. The price tag now said $1.99. That's what I was looking for. Oh, and the tag was pink, which on that particular day meant I got 50% off. You could also see if a friend or family member has an old one you could have for little or nothing at all.
Modifying Your Cart
Once you have your cart, you will need the following parts and tools to modify it into a diy kayak cart:
TOOLS AND SUPPLIES
- About two feet of one inch foam pipe insulation. This can be purchased at any hardware or home improvement store.
- Four wood screws and washers. The size is not critical. The screws just need to be long enough to go through the foam and into the plastic of the golf bag holder. The shorter the better.
- Kite string
- Two straps with cam buckles, long enough to go around your kayak and the cart's "spine".
- Utility knife
- Electric/battery powered drill
Step By Step Instructions for Making a Kayak Cart
- Cut one length of foam pipe insulation for the u-shaped platform at the bottom end of the cart "spine".
The following instructions are for the type of cart that I used. You may have to make other/different modifications depending on the style of cart you are using.
- Cut two lengths of foam pipe insulation: one for each of the two golf bag braces on the "spine" of the bag cart. Cut them about an inch longer than the brace itself.
- Attach one foam piece to the top brace. Foam pipe insulation is made with a slit running the full length of the tube. You will need to run your finger down the slit to open it up. Holding the foam tube open, place it on the top brace. Run one screw, with washer attached, through the foam and into the plastic on each side of the brace. Be careful not to tighten it so much that it rips the foam, but tight enough that the screw head dimples the foam slightly. This will keep the screw head from coming into contact with the kayak.
- Follow the procedure from step three for the bottom brace.
- Wrap the last piece of foam tubing around the u-shaped part at the end of the cart "spine".
- Wrap the kite string around each end of the foam covered u-shaped part once and tie off. Leave two inches of string off the end of your knot. Continue wrapping several times to prevent the string from cutting into the foam. Cut the string and tie that end and the two inch piece together.
- Wrap the kite string several times around the base of the u-shaped part and tie off.
- You are now ready to put the kayak on the cart.
Putting the Kayak on the Cart
Line the cart up directly behind the back end of the kayak. The handle of the cart should be the end closest to the kayak at this point. Lift the kayak and slide the cart under the back end of the kayak. Let the kayak down so that the keel fits into the u-shape. You can now let the kayak rest on the cart. Wrap the two straps around the kayak and the spine of the cart. Tighten the straps as tightly as you can get them. Look under your kayak and check the front brace. Depending on the shape of the bottom of your boat, the kayak may not be resting across the width of the brace but only in the middle. If this is the case, simply shim it with some of the leftover foam pipe insulation or some other piece of soft material. This will make the kayak much more stable in the cart.
You Are Ready to Pull your Kayak on Your New Cart
That's it. This may not make the Kayak Cart Review, but, by following these diy kayak cart plans you will be ready to pull your kayak rather than carrying or dragging it. Good luck modifying your golf bag cart to be a homemade kayak cart. If you have questions about these instructions, or suggestions for making the design better, feel free to leave them in the comment area. Good luck and happy kayaking.