Dual Kayak Portage Rig
Posted by: old_user on Jun-04-07 9:31 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Jun-04-07 9:59 PM EST --
As a kid growing up in the Arrowhead and Boundary Waters area of NE Minnesota I had many opportunities to canoe and portage using a neck yoke hoisting the canoe over my head while battling gnats and mosquitoes over distances up to 200 rods. My experience was that most portage paths were narrow, frequently rocky and steep. I find the idea of dual portage rigging set forth in captioned article of some interest, but not really very practical for most of my experiences. I cannot imagine both arms occupied balancing 2 kayaks swinging/rocking into shins and calves while the bugs are eating you alive. In addition, balancing the strength and stride differences of 2 people carrying the kayaks climbing over rocks and up hills. This may be an adequate system under some conditions, however, not the most practical idea for most situations. It appears the author and his wife were not aware and/or did not explore alternate transport systems. I would strongly suggest they research canoe and kayak carts. For example, L.L.Bean sells ( catalogue RT54853--$49)an easy to use strap and cinch light weight cart with fold down stabilizing arms that securely attaches to the stern and provides great stability. The wheels are removable and the entire cart folds inside any 8" storage hatch. You can easily tow any canoe or kayak from the bow using one arm. They also feature a heavy-duty boat cart (RT45555--$99) which is a bit heavier and uses mountain bike wheels. Similar equipment is available from other sources. I recommend cart systems if you are required to negociate multiple portages.
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