Another DIY Kayak Trolley

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Another DIY Kayak Trolley

Many of you will know that I am not the greatest fan of my C-Tug ???  Partly down to some bad design features, partly because  I have rigged my PBG with motor and batteries ( so it is heavy ) and partly down to the places where I use it (step uneven river banks) All of which cause me, at best frustration and at times fits of rage as the C-Tug keeps slipping from under my BGP, spilling all its contents >:(

I have vowed on many occasions to build my own trolley and although I have seen some good examples of DIY none fulfilled all my needs.

While helping out at Llangorse a few weeks ago, I noticed how easy the dinghies were being launched and retrieved using a simple dolly……………….so I hatched a plan!

First I had a look on the internet and came across this, which I shamelessly copied ;D

diy kayak trolley

First job was to make some 12mm thick MDF templates and with the aid of a bearing guided straight cutter
in my router table

kayak trolley

I turned two black nylon chopping boards  (£2.93 each from Ikea) into  2 front braces, 2 axle braces and 4 kayak supports.

ctug kayak trolley

With a hacksaw, file and a cordless drill I  attacked 4 mts of 32mm box alli (£25)  I then bolted on the nylon parts using S/S machine screws (£4) a rubber bow stop (£3), a bicycle handle grip (£2), a couple of straps (£2) and 2 wheels that I already had, I turned it into on of these!

That was the easy part ;D  the next bit was to make it all fit into the centre hatch along with the motor battery.

The front handle folds flat.

The rear axle pivots

and the centre shaft breaks apart at two places, making the whole thing stowable

Everything, including the wheels fit inside the front hatch.

Because of the way the kayak sits on the trolley, it pretty much self centres, the strap is there just to stop it slipping off as I go up and down the step river banks. By holding the handle I can drop the wheels into the water and launch the kayak directly from it. Recovery is equally as easy.

I am not claiming this to be the ultimate kayak trolley, it is bigger, slightly heavier and takes more time to assemble than the C-Tug but the ease of use and its stability make up for its failings. As such it is far more suitable for my needs and at £42.00 its a fair bit cheaper too 😉

By | 2018-03-23T08:51:50+00:00 March 31st, 2010|Pimp My Kayak|5 Comments

About the Author:

Site Administrator Glenn Kilpatrick has a passion for all types of sea angling. Past winner of the Whitby Sea Anglers fishing club on 2 occasions, Glenn now mainly focuses on summer fishing with bass and pollack being his favoured target fish. Glenn now also prefers Kayak Fishing over any other type of Sea Fishing.


  1. gary ambrose September 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    hiya from newquay, cornwall. ive on numerous occasions had the chance to enjoy content on your website. thanks. when i saw the donate option, for the first time i felt it would be for a worthwhile cause, ie, keeping the website updated and afloat.
    the main reason for this comment is that ive read your article above, ‘another diy kayak trolley’ and am most impressed. so much so, that i’d like to email the author about having him make up the kit, with a possible length variable, and couriering? to cornwall once payment has been effected. he has the jigs, or templates, and obviously the know how. who knows, maybe some of the profit will benifit the website too.

    if you could, please have him email me at the given email address.
    many thanks

    gary ‘trippingwet’ ambrose
    hobie adventure island

    ps. on the forum, there is a section relating to adventure / tandem islands. thats where i hang out. a chap on the forums wife (based in hawaii) has been making sprayskirts for these models for the large u.s market, and it probably supplements their income nicely, so without knowing the author, feel that his dolly could appeal to the greater uk kayaking market, so…

  2. frank avey September 19, 2010 at 10:21 am - Reply

    what a tidy piece of kit ,looks very its a lot stronger than the shop bought ones,
    would do me with a bit of adapting for my inflatable dingy and outboard ,
    big fat wheels would roll over the sand great.

  3. Emma Wilbury October 3, 2010 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    This does look like a great bit of kit – great article! I’ve recently written a post on how to prepare for the perfect inflatable canoe trip on my site if anyones interested. This would be a great addition to the list!

  4. Kerry Colson June 5, 2011 at 10:10 am - Reply

    I think this trolley is brilliant. You should make and market it my friend, well done. Kerry Colson from Pembrokeshire sth west wales.

  5. black tq October 10, 2011 at 2:43 am - Reply

    we produce the kayak & canoe trolley and rack, kayak, canoe, and so on

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