Joined: Mar. 2006
||Posted: Mar. 03 2006,23:19
Hello FLYC fans!
Capn Jimbo asked me to drop by and share some of the rigging solutions I used in getting my O.K. Sidekick ready to fish. These solutions may not work for everyone but some of you may find some inspiration in what I've done.
I fish mostly inshore estuary and dive and fish nearshore hardbottom reefs on Florida's Gulf coast. For my types of fishing I wanted rod holders, fish finder, GPS, anchor trolley, and a kayak cart to portage the loaded boat.
After researching lots of internet sites I was inspired and was able to adapt some of the webs most inovative ideas to my needs. The best place to start is probably an overview of the rigged and ready boat
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This kayak comes equiped with a child seat on the front deck. I removed that seat and added aditional deck loops for lots of bungee coverage. I also added a 6 inch hatch in the front deck area to create access to the open space under the front deck.
Time to dive into the projects. First things first. Let's get the boat to the water.
Here's a kayak cart that's made from 1-1/4 " PVC pipe components and salvaged golf club hand cart wheels.
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Cost for the PVC pipe and fittings was $15. The PVC Parts list for a cart like mine would include: 5- 1.25" pvc end caps, 4- 1.25" pvc "T"s, 1- 1.25" x 1" pvc "T" (kick stand/ frame connection), 1- 1" pvc end cap, 12" of 1" pvc pipe (kick stand), about 6 feet of 1.25" pvc pipe. A suitable set of wheels can be had for free by dumpster diving or for a few bucks from retail sources. Total cost for this cart was $25. and I paid for my wheels.
The components are cemented together with PVC cement at the connections you don't want to take apart for storage. Used golf club hand carts (wheels) can be found at thrift stores and garage sales, usually for less than ten bucks. Bearingless wheels from lawn mowers, lawn spreaders, or children's riding toys will also work over firmer ground. This PVC cart is extremely strong built this way. You can put the boat on the cart in a position that will balance the load and make pulling it effortless. The cart comes apart for storage. The wide wheels go through soft beach sand pretty well. We built a cart for both of our boats. An aluminum rod from Home Depot can be used for an axel if the gulf cart you canabolize doesn't have a one piece axel.
One note about designing your PVC cart to fit your boat, keep your cart frame design as compact as you can. Small, compact designs are more rigid and much stronger than larger designs.
Almost all the launch sites we use are rugged, user created access points or sandy, muddy trails with roots and rocks. We've beat the tar out of our carts on that terrain and the compact, rigid design of our carts has been perfect for that kind of abuse...