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Project by DustyMark posted 05-16-2021 04:16 AM 733 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lots of Utility

My wife and I are getting into kayak fishing and we purchased her a plastic fishing kayak this spring. The boat weighs 86 pounds bare and about 120 pounds partially configured. That’s a lot of boat for her to lift one end, so I searched the internet for ideas and found a primitive version of this on You Tube for a kayak storage cart. We transport our kayaks in the bed of the truck with a tailgate extender. I made the cart just a bit higher than the tailgate and the boat slides right in.

Her boat has a tunnel hull and I built guides, centered on the tunnels, that ensure the boat doesn’t fall off the side of the cart during loading. 4” casters from Northern Tool roll smoothly in the garage and on our concrete driveway.

The cart is 7’ long and 36” wide. The bottom shelf has enough storage to hold all of our fishing gear to include a cooler, two electric motors, two batteries, and all of our tackle boxes. Storing it on the cart helps us not forget anything when we load up. I installed a plywood shelf on the top of my box to provide lots of secure storage inside my topper. This is a game changer!

Construction Method

I’ve built many storage shelves using this method. It’s relatively fast and quite strong. The corner posts are pine 1×4’s glued and screwed to an L-profile. 1×4’s are glued and screwed to connect the posts. 3/4” plywood is glued and screwed to the top and bottom. I added an extra plywood cleat along the bottom ends to provide a thicker surface for the lag bolts that hold the casters.

Conclusion

I made this project in one day and am quite pleased with how it turned out. This enhances storage of my fishing gear in the third stall of my garage. That’s where all my outdoor toys are crammed!

-- Mark, Minnesota





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recycle1943

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#1 posted 05-16-2021 10:21 AM

Mark, that is a great idea and a great helper not to mention a ton of fun fishing. btw – you didn’t say where your prey resides

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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DustyMark

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#2 posted 05-16-2021 02:24 PM

Thanks!

I caught this 8-pound northern yesterday in south St. Louis County in MN on fishing opener. You’re right, fishing is a lot of fun.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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woodbutcherbynight

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#3 posted 05-16-2021 02:48 PM

Pretty slick idea. As for the fishing thing, I gave up when they told me it was illegal to use a grenade.

It appears Pot Luck fishing is banned.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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doubleDD

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#4 posted 05-16-2021 03:13 PM

A launch pad for the car, super idea. Great thinking. Sure looks to make things easier.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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recycle1943

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#5 posted 05-16-2021 03:57 PM


Thanks!

I caught this 8-pound northern yesterday in south St. Louis County in MN on fishing opener. You re right, fishing is a lot of fun.

- DustyMark

On a good day, that 8 lb’er could drag you and your kayak around a little bit – nice catch
my biggest pike was here in Ohio 39” 11 lbs standing on the creek bank

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Gary

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#6 posted 05-16-2021 04:30 PM

Nice work.
Can you say a bit more about the carpeted? wedge holding the kayak in the bed?

-- Gary, Florida

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DustyMark

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#7 posted 05-16-2021 05:28 PM

Gary:
The kayak cradle on the tailgate extender cross piece was a “mind-bender” of a project. Both kayaks are too wide to lay flat in the truck bed, so I rest my kayak at an angle to fit both. The top of the cradle surface is a compound angle since the boat has a rocker and chines in its cross section. I built templates for the front and back of the cradle from cardboard and then made plywood faces that were joined by solid wood edges thick enough to allow a bevelled cut. I used a carbide attachment on my angle grinder to finish the shaping of the resting surface of the cradle. The bottom solid wood spacer rests on the top of the tailgate extender cross piece. The plywood sides extend to the bottom of the cross piece and 3/8” bolts, driven through both the cross piece and the cradle, tighten the cradle in place.

I cut the tip of my finger on the bandsaw when making this cut since I decided it was a good idea (not) to adjust the angle of the table surface in the middle of the cut. That required four stitches to sew my finger tip closed. Lesson learned, but the cradle works great…

Mark

-- Mark, Minnesota

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DustyMark

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#8 posted 05-16-2021 05:35 PM

Dick:
Yep, I was about 10 yards from where I started by the time I netted the fish. I had 50-pound braid and a 40-pound flourocarbon leader, so I was able to horse it in with only a few runs. It was pretty fiesty as I removed the hook and stuffed it in the cooler. 39” is a nice pike!

Mark

-- Mark, Minnesota

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ronstar

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#9 posted 05-17-2021 01:36 AM

Excellent!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 05-17-2021 06:21 PM

I love it. Mobile carts to move around big things are so very handy in the shop or garage!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Gary

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#11 posted 05-20-2021 09:07 PM

Thanks for the details Mark; I can see one of these in our future for the Tribe 13.5 tandem and smaller single.

-- Gary, Florida

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DustyMark

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#12 posted 05-21-2021 02:25 AM

Came back from a camping/fishing trip tonight and loaded everything back on the cart. We’re less likely to forget something the next time we go out. We caught a couple of northerns and a couple of bass yesterday. We kept one of the northerns and fried it for a late dinner in the camper!

-- Mark, Minnesota

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