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    Question Canoe Dolly

    Anyone have plans for a canoe dolly to be used on portages? I've looked online and only see the finished products for sale. They look like they are constructed easily, but since I'm not a very good fabricator, I'd need directions to put one together. I'd appreciate your input.

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    I built one for a phisically challenged friend a couple years ago for his kayack. The frame was pretty simple small tubesteel and I did it so to split in half for storage inside the boat after the portage.
    In laymans terms it was half of a u with a small wheel on each side and when he sleeved them togather at the bottom and then he set the stern on it. At the top of each was a rope attachment for pulling the boat, which in turn put tension on the dolly which helped hold it togather
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    Hmm...when I google "build your own kayak cart" it comes up with lots of sites for how to built one. Maybe change your search string.

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    Smile AK Ray

    Changed my search to your reccomendation and got LOTS of plans now. Thanks for the tip. Seems I never put enough information in the search string. I appreciate the help. Now I have something else to do in the winter this year.

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    Mike, you probably already know this but you can't use a cart in the Swan Lake & Swanson River lakes canoe systems. No wheeled vehicles (& a cart is one) in the wilderness areas.
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    Default Vance

    YIKES! No I didn't know that. I always had a lighter canoe and didn't even think of a dolly for it. Now that I have a heavier one, it's tough to portage by myself. Now what will I do??? Guess I'll have to take the wife along to carry the canoe...........Or get a lighter one for myself. Thanks for the tip. I wouldn't even have known where to look for that regulation, and wouldn't have considered a dolly a wheeled vehicle. Thanks.

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    Default sterlingmike

    How about setting the end on a skid made of U.H.M.W. plastic and pull that, vision like an old runner sled, no wheels needed
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    Smile ironartist

    I might give that a try, also. Could just drag the canoe, too. Seems like I'd do a lot more damage to the trail that way, rather than with a dolly. But I guess that's why I'm not making the rules. I'll start the wife on a training regimen so she can lift that fiberglass monster. Just have to cut out the solo trips I guess.

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    I built a cart out of white PVC. I think it cost $60 to $70. I got everything from Home Depot or Lowe's can't remember. I just did a search for "PVC canoe cart" and then looked through images. I went with 12" tires and it rolls really nice.

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    Default akbigfish

    Thanks. The plans I found online also used PVC. Think I'll make one this winter. I can use it other places besides the Swanson.

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    I would like to
    Hear the reviews on the cart when you test it out

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