How to Make A Simple Kayak Cart

Planning for an outing to water but don’t have anyone with you to drag your kayak to the launching point is really a difficult task! You can get injured or the kayak can be damaged.

Believe me! I had gone through all these and realize a kayak cart can turn the whole process much easier and allow you to move the kayak without being injured.

So I started to search on the internet and found a lot of professional companies are making some quality carts, but I wasn’t ready to deal out the price they were asking for. Next, I search for some DIY video of how to make kayak cart and found a couple of good videos. I took notes from these, head to the local hardware store, gather the necessaries and made my very own kayak cart.

I’m sharing the process I follow for those who are going through the situation like me and want to make the car by own.

Things you need:

  • A measuring Tape;
  • A Marker;
  • Box Knife;
  • A Hackshaw;
  • A Hand Drill;
  • 3/8-inch Bit;
  • 1 Foam Pool Noodle;
  • Two 7-inch Lawnmower Wheels;
  • 1 Nylon Strap;
  • 3/8-inch Diameter Steel Rod of 36-inch Length and 4 Nuts & Washers;
  • Two 1-inch PVC End Cap;
  • Four 1-inch PVC Pipe T Connectors;
  • 7 ft. of 1-inch Diameter PVC Pipe;



First of all measure and mark your PVC pipe and make the frame of the cart. Then cut it into 1 piece: 18- inch, 4 pieces: 8- inch and 2pieces: 9- inch.


Second step is to glue each edge of the 18- inch PVC T- joint and push them firmly together. Now at the opposite edge of the T-joint, glue the two 3-inch pieces. Then glue one 9- inch piece into the vertical section of every T-joint.


Cover the open ends of the two 3- inch pieces with the caps. In this step, you need to be careful about keeping the hole straight & parallel to the PVC pipe.


On the top of every 9- inch piece, glue a T- joint and rotate all joints. This will help them to stand perpendicularly to the main T-joint crossbar. Then glue every 8- inch section into the edge of the upper T- Joints.


Now into the 3/ 8 hole of those caps, insert the steel rod and tighten a bolt on each edge to secure it on the place. Next place one washer, then wheel and then the other washer. Finally, use a bolt to secure the wheel.


In this step, you need to cut the foam noodle you have, into four 8- inch pieces. Make sure to cut them lengthwise downward one side in a straight strip. Place a slice of foam noodle over every four upper 8- inch support turning the cut facing towards the ground. And secure them by using a plastic zip tie on both edges of each noodle.


Now all you need to place your kayak on the pads & secure it in place using the nylon strap. Remember, tighten the kayak properly will ensure to not fall off the cart while going down on the path.

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After completing my cart I can say that making a kayak cart is so easy and less expensive. Moreover, making a cart by me was so much fun and I customized it however I want! So if you want to make one, all you need to follow those simple steps and you will have one of the best kayak cart.

Last Updated on January 2, 2021 by Leo Evans

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