Towing kayak (portaging, sort of)
Posted by: Waterbird on May-09-14 9:49 AM (EST) Category: unassigned
Does anyone have an idea for some kind of harness or other device to make towing a kayak easier?
I like to kayak camp in the off season when gates are closed on access roads. This can involve towing a loaded kayak up a steep hill 1/4 mile or more on the return trip.
I tried attaching two straps to a backpack hipbelt and clipping them to the kayak. Mixed results.
I have a C-Tug with inflatable tires mounted in the center of the kayak.
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Posted by: NateHanson on May-09-14 10:06 AM (EST)
Some PFDs have quick-release belts, to which you can attach a short tow line (usually about 6 feet). Works great for dragging a boat long distances. The strap is around your PFD, providing padding, so it doesn't cut into you.
Posted by: Waterbird on May-09-14 11:24 AM (EST)
Why didn't I think of that!
Posted by: joewildlife on May-17-14 8:37 PM (EST)
Might want to attach your double blade paddle (or just half of it) to the kayak with it extending 2 or 3 feet forward of the bow, then just hold on to that in one hand next to you as you walk... Might not be the best for pulling the kayak up a hill, but a balanced boat would be easy to move along this way on a flat road. The idea of a harness just doesn't sound like it would work very well, especially when going downhill.
Posted by: booztalkin on May-18-14 12:24 AM (EST)
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Posted by: allllchemist on Aug-03-14 6:43 PM (EST)
How about a deer pull harness...they're under $30 on Amazon...some are $8