How To Make Kayak Wheels

Learning how to make kayak wheels can expand the uses of your kayak and make it much easier to load/unload your kayak on the water. The kayak wheels this article will discuss will be removable, so you won’t have to worry about trying to balance yourself in a kayak that’s weighed down by wheels! Making your own set of kayak wheels is easy to do with a little time and patience. If you’re ready to tackle this task, than take a look at this list of items that you’ll need to accomplish your task.

To build your own set of kayak wheels, you’ll need the following items:

  • Treated lumber
  • Marine carpeting
  • Saw
  • Tape measure
  • Electric drill
  • Screws
  • Axle with wheels
  • Plastic hooks
  • Straps
  1. Build your frame. The first step to building your own set of kayak wheels is to measure the length and width of your kayak. Take these measurements and use them to cut-out a plank of water-treated lumber. Make sure that you use water-treated lumber, since it will stand up to the elements much better than lumber that isn’t treated. Cover the top and sides of your wooden plank with marine carpeting. This carpeting will make it much easier to slide your kayak on and off your wheels.
  2. Install your wheels. The next step to building your kayak wheels is installing the axles to the bottom of your wooden plank. You should use two sets of axles with tires for this project to help the balance of your wheels. When installing these axles, use your electric drill with screws. Make sure that these wheels are spaced evenly apart and will keep your kayak balanced during transportation.
  3. Finishing touches. The final steps to building your own kayak wheels begins by installing plastic hooks on each side of your kayak wheels. These hooks should be big enough to successfully hold the ends of your straps. It's recommended that you use at least two to three straps, possibly more depending on the size of your kayak. After you’ve installed your hooks, run your straps over your kayak and tighten them down.

With this system, you’ll be able to easily transport your kayak from one location to another without the hassle of trying to drag it around. These wheels are excellent if you’re using your kayak to launch in areas that don’t have a boat launch. This system is also great if you are transporting your kayak a long distance by foot. After you’ve completed these steps, you’ll have your very own set of kayak wheels that are removable and extremely convenient, enjoy!

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