Section 10 - Kayak Wheels
The one shown below is called a kayak/canoe cart and is distributed by Primex Marketing, Inc. I found them to be an excellent company to deal with. It is made of an anodized aluminum frame with pneumatic tires and comes with two straps for attaching the kayak to the unit. The wheels come off with quick release pins. This is a necessary item if the kayak launch site is a considerable walking distance from your parking area, whether you are solo diving or with another diver. It saves several trips of carrying gear back and forth. It also save wear and tear on the kayak handle mounting points if you are carrying the kayak with gear in it, which I advise against. This company also makes a version with balloon tires if you are going to use it mostly on soft sand and surfaces that will not cause a flat tire.
Fold out the stand and set the wheels on the ground at an angle adjacent to the kayak seat area. This is the balance point for my kayak with the weight of the scuba tank and weight belt on top of the tank. The angle will leave the kayak sitting straight on the frame. The positioning comes with practice.
Lift the rear of the empty kayak up and lower it centered on the frame.
Secure the kayak to the frame with the two straps that were included. At this point raise the stand.
|1. Place all your gear evenly distributed in the kayak (not setup).|
|2. Place the scuba tank in the tank well along with your weight belt.|
|3. Lift the kayak by the front handle. It should feel balanced. If so, you are ready to go. A common mistake made with these wheels is positioning them at the rear of the kayak. That puts the weight on the front handle. The wheels are designed to be at the balance point which is usually to the rear of center with a scuba tank.|
|4. I remove the kayak from the wheels before entering soft sand. I find it easier to drag the kayak across the sand than to pulling it on the wheels. Remove the tank, weight belt, and any other heavy items prior to dragging the kayak, and it will be even easier. The same applies in reverse.|
You can use a cable and lock to secure the wheels, frame, and quick release pins to a spot at the launch site. Be sure the cable will fit through the axle holes in the wheels. I use the same Kryptonite lock that I secure the kayak to the truck rack with. This saves a trip back to the vehicle.
My only negative comments regarding these wheels is having to remove and replace a tube in the event of a flat tire. A company spokesperson informed me they are not designed to be changed but replaced. The cost is minimal. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you put a self sealing product called "Slime" in both tubes right from day one. You should be able to purchase "Slime" from your local bicycle shop.