Learning how to build a kayak carrier can expand the uses of your kayak whether you’re transporting it or taking it out on the water. A kayak carrier is fairly easy to make with a little planning, patience, and time. If you think you’re ready to build your very own kayak carrier, take a look at the following list of items that you’ll need to complete your project.
To build a kayak carrier, you’ll need the following items:
- Water-treated wood
- Velcro straps
- Construct your base. The first step to building a kayak carrier begins by measuring the width of your kayak. The best area to measure the width will be the area where your kayak carrier will be resting under your kayak. For example, if you’re using your kayak carrier for fishing or boating purposes, you should place your carrier near the back of your kayak. If your kayak carrier will be used for transportation purposes, place your carrier in the middle/widest spot of your kayak for balance purposes. Once you’ve measured the width of your kayak, use these measurements to build the wooden base for your kayak. Make sure to use treated lumber for this project to protect your kayak carrier.
- Install your tires. The next step to building your kayak carrier will be using a drill to install your carrier’s axle(s). You should install your axle on the middle of your carrier for support purposes. If you choose to install two sets of axles/tires, then install these axles on opposing ends of your kayak carrier. Once your axle is installed to the bottom of your kayak carrier, place the tires on your axle and check to make sure that your kayak carrier is well-balanced.
- Finishing touches. To begin the final step of building your kayak carrier, place your kayak gently onto your carrier. With the help of a buddy supporting your kayak, run straps over the top of your kayak and connect them to your strap hooks on the side of your kayak carrier. You should use at least two straps on opposing ends of your carrier for balancing. If your kayak carrier is slightly larger than others, you may also consider using more than two straps. Make sure that your strap hooks are big enough to adequately hold your straps without the possibility of one of the straps coming loose.
As we mentioned earlier, a kayak carrier can be used for a wide-variety of uses. If you’re using your carrier to transport your kayak to the water, make sure that it has all of the proper documentation that a trailer in your area would require. If you’re not using it for these purposes, a kayak carrier is an excellent tool to use to preserve the value and stability of your kayak. Once your carrier is constructed, make sure to use it and enjoy it as much as possible.