I am in the market for a portage cart that will allow me to move my Mad River Explorer 16'. Many of my paddles are solo and it is difficult to pack my boat by myself. Most of my launches are from a boat ramp, so a "cross country" portage is rare. Also, I might become even more lazy, will it work on a 12' Tsunami?
Would appreciate some feedback and advice!
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Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jun-23-13 10:27 AM (EST)
Wat Guideboatguy said...|
Posted by: FatElmo on Jun-23-13 11:41 AM (EST)
The right cart|
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Jun-23-13 7:39 PM (EST)
FE is pointing you toward the right cart. Its been sold in many versions over the last 30 years starting as the Swedish Boat Cart. The LL Bean version has a nice flat prop to keep the cart upright and from rolling away while you place the canoe or kayak or lumber on it. I have an earlier version and it has a simple kickstand that folds down for loading: not nearly as nice as the flat bar. Mine has almost 100 miles on it carrying everything from 35# Kevlar boats with gear to a 100+lb Grumman War Canoe.
center mount carts are easiest to|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-23-13 8:09 PM (EST)
handle.. end mounts still have you holding almost all the weight on the other end.
Light duty and cheap|
Posted by: pgeorg on Jun-24-13 7:30 AM (EST)
If you're mainly going to be on smooth surfaces you can get by with the cheaper one shown in the link below. It comes with small tires ( 12" ) and they will hang up on roots and rocks if you take it on a trail. All of them need to be securely fastened for trail towing.
LL Bean boat cart|
Posted by: plainsman on Jun-24-13 4:04 PM (EST)
I have the same cart that Fat Elmo linked. I bought mine from LL Bean also, paid a few dollars more than other places, but you get Bean's lifetime warranty. I've been using it for a year and it works great. I live about 200 yards from a boat dock, so that's mainly how mine gets used. Just load up the gear and the 3 year old kiddo and wheel it all down to the lake. I use a bike lock and lock the cart to a power pole near the dock.
Posted by: rblturtle on Jun-25-13 8:06 AM (EST)
I have used 2 borrowed centermount carts and had trouble with both. I was difficult to make them stay securly in place particularly on anything but smooth going. Even when secure they balked at tree roots ect. They would have been great on roads or paved paehs,but I don't canoe where carrys are like that.I bought an end mount one with tall fattish tires and it does fine in the rough. You do have to support one end of the canoe,but I carry the heavy stuff in a backpack and put the rest in the end the cart is on. I also use a shoulder strap fastened to the front end so my arms arn't supporting the weight.
Posted by: sissy103 on Jun-25-13 3:08 PM (EST)
works for me:
Posted by: rebrumley on Jun-26-13 10:34 AM (EST)
Great advice and I shall begin my search.