How To Build A Kayak Dolly

If you're an avid paddler tired of struggling to get your kayak to the water, you may be wondering how to build a kayak dolly. You can build a kayak dolly fairly cheaply, using materials you can easily purchase at your local hardware store. The only part of the dolly that you may wish to shop around for is the wheels, so that you get the right wheels for the type of terrain you'll be traveling on most often.

You will need:

  • Measuring tape
  • One 10' length of half-inch-diameter PVC pipe
  • Hacksaw
  • One 3' length of 3/8" threaded steel rod
  • Six 1/2" PVC "T" joints
  • Hollow foam pool noodle
  • Kayak wheels
  • Two 3/8" wing nuts


  1. Build the axle for the dolly. Measure your kayak width and use the hacksaw to measure PVC pipe to that width. Run a piece of threaded rod through the pipe. This is your axle rod. Attach t-joints to either end of PVC pipe. Top of t-joints should line up with axle and the bottom of the t-joints should face up.
  2. Build a base. Cut another piece of PVC pipe the same length as first. Attach two more t-joints to the t-joints in step one. The side of the second t-joint should connect to the bottom of the first t-joint. Attach the second piece of PVC pipe between the two new t-joints so that you now have two pieces of PVC pipe running parallel.
  3. Make a cradle for your kayak dolly. Measure and cut four lengths of PVC pipe, each four inches long. Take two pieces of pipe and attach to either end of another t-joint so that the pipe is extending the ends of the “t” to make one top bar. Repeat so you have a second top bar. Cut a pool noodle so that the pieces slip over each of the four pieces of PVC pipe attached to a t-joint. This will help to cushion the kayak so you won't scrape it. Attach the top bars to the base by joining the bottom of the t-joint on the top bar to the remaining free ends of the t-joint in step two.
  4. Attach the wheels. Slide the wheel onto the threaded rod on the axle and secure the wheel in place using a wing nut. Repeat this on the other side of the axle.
  5. Attach the kayak to the dolly. Rest the kayak so that the hull is down and laying on the top bars. Run tie-down straps around the kayak and top bars so that the kayak stays in place on the dolly.


  • Choose large, pneumatic wheels for traveling on sand.
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