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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 1:42 am 
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After recently buying a new Hobie AI, I had to find a way to protect the rudder assembly when loading the kayak on the top deck of my trailer.
I was racking my brain to try and come up with something simple and easy to use. I took my inspiration from a triangle shaped trolley for a Raptor kayak.
Using bits and pieces I had laying around. ----- The triangle section from the top of an old stepper machine --- the V section from an old bike rack --- a rubber wheel from old boat trailer --- and a bit of bungee. This is the final result.
The rubber wheel at the bottom is fixed so the kayak doesn't slip backwards. The rudder and stern don't contact the ground at all when lifting the front of the kayak.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 3:35 am 
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Great work. :D
Looks like a bought one.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:23 am 
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That right there is brilliant!

Gonna try to do similar using an old pair of crutches, love this board


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:13 am 
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Hogman:
I think you have just invented a new type of kayak cart. If you install wheels that roll but are lockable (with a pin thru the hub) it can be dual purpose. I think it would be way easier to install than a scupper cart. Just slip it on the back of the boat at waters edge, pick the bow up and walk the kayak to the car. Then lock the wheels and lift the bow onto the roof rack.
The unit could be left on the kayak during transport ( you can't do that with any other scupper cart).
An optional plastic skid pad could be added to drag across soft sand.
Would be great on any of the lighter kayaks like the Revolutions ( or any other brand of small singles).
On bigger kayaks like the oasis or TI kayak ( without AMA's) a second unit could be slipped over the bow.
If the foam were removed in the center the unit and replaced with strap material the unit could be flipped over ( so the wheels point up) and stored upside down with the center strap trapped under the rudder gudgeon and tilting forward. Should still be enough room for the twist and stow rudder to operate.
Pretty cool
Bob


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:03 am 
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Such a cart already exists and was, in fact, among the very first style of kayak cart dating from the mid to late 1990s. Because they support the yak from one end, it leaves a good amount of weight on the other end (the yakker) and so they're not as popular as they were early on.

Nice job on this one. It's tailor made for the purpose of keeping the stern off the pavement during loading. Nice job.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:07 am 
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Darn


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:20 am 
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Here's one I made back in the 90's for my Trinity Bay Mallard:

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A buddy made one for his Pungo. These were shorter yaks (10' to 11') and sit insides so you could stand the weight on the other end for short pulls. You just slipped them over one end of the kayak and lifted the other end. They just wedge in place and stay put fairly well. Note that these also broke down for transport inside the yaks. Later we went to scupper carts, gave up on them because they're all made upside down, and fashioned the self centering, reverse scupper carts we use today.

But, getting back to the original poster's effort, what he has is perfect for loading. I like the fact that the "wheels" are locked so the cart won't roll backwards as you're trying to load the boat. Very nice accessory. Nicely made, too.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:24 am 
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This is too cool! When I got my first Hobie Mirage years ago I tried to think of something on wheels to use for the exact same reason. I never could come up with anything except a low sort of "dolly." Your invention is ever so much better and smaller for transporting, too. Nice work!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:02 am 
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Great little invention there Hogman. It's an annoying problem and you've come up with a simple and effective solution. Great work.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:14 pm 
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A much better design than mine.
I have to remove the rudder pin although I need to do that to store in the garage.
Very innovative and well done.
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