Moving small boat around on land ...
- A great way to make small boats easier for one person to handle on land is to
make them into push/pull carts ...
Simply install a PVC pipe straight through the hull from one side to the
other, usually just above the floor in the middle of the boat is a good
location. This is the only permanent modification to the boat. Make sure
the pipe is straight when you epoxy/glass it into place, and cut it off flush
with the outside of the hull so it doesn't drag in the water when you're
using the boat.
Then get yourself a couple of utility (wheelbarrow) wheels and a steel shaft
that fits inside both the wheels and the pipe. The steel shaft will be the
axle so it needs to be a foot or so longer than the installed PVC pipe, then
it will stick out the ends of the pipe enough for the wheels to slide onto
Now all you need is a way to hold the wheels onto the ends of the axle (big
washers and trailer hitch safety pins work well) and viola -- your boat has
become a cart that's easy to push or pull around on land!
Yes this adds a small amount of weight to the boat itself, but a short piece
of PVC pipe and a bit of extra glass/epoxy don't weigh very much -- and you
do not have to take the axle and wheels with you on the boat (unless you want
to of course).
Sometimes it's not so bad to have a boat that's a bit heavier than you might
like it. Heavier often means stronger, and that's a good thing. Besides,
there are other ways of moving small boats around on land rather than
carrying them, and this is one of my favorites ... :)
> I'm not sure how much mine weighs, but it's heavier than it looks. I
> added a foredeck and some foam floatation, and used fir for the
> framing lumber. Using cedar would reduce the weight by several
> pounds, I believe. With the boat upside down and holding the
> gunwales at the balance point, I can press it over my head and hold
> it long enough to carry it a short distance and horse it onto the
> tailgate of my pickup, but it's an awkward process. It's very easily
> handled if you have a helper. If I had to guess, I'd say it weighs
> between 60 and 70 pounds. My Michalak Robote, much longer at 14' but
> using cedar for all the framing, is about the same chore to carry.