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How to choose a kayak cart

Kayaking is a fun thing to do, right? But carrying it into the water could be overwhelming sometimes. Precisely when it’s a heavy kayak or an expensive fishing kayak under 1000 bucks that you don’t want to get harmed by any means! That’s when you need a good kayak cart in charge to take care of the whole transporting operation.

Kayak carts are cool gadgets specially designed to attach the kayak on it and take it’s weight while rolling. Essentially, the morphology of a kayak cart is a frame with two wheels, and there are several types of different kayaks to choose.

Choosing a kayak cart is not a daunting task at all, it’s super easy. But anything without a study could be a mistake. So here in this article, we’re gonna share our knowledge about how to choose a kayak cart. So, without further ado Let’s get started.

Types of Cart Attachment Mechanism

When it comes to choosing a kayak cart, the very first thing you need to look at is how the cart attaches the kayak. Depending on your comfort and preference, you should pick the cart from existing styles.

Tail Dragger style

I call it tail dragger style cart cause this particular cart goes to the end of your kayak and attach it there. The Brightside of this style is the excellent maneuverability you get from it. Also, the easy attachment of kayak could be the reason for your choice for this tail dragger style.

Now here’s an issue that could make you take a backstep from the tail dragger style. When you’re strapping your kayak on the back, you have to pick up the body from the bow and you’re actually carrying all the weight. It could be a damn tiring walk with it, right! So yeah, what’s your cup of tea, maneuverability or ease in carrying?

Scupper hole style

This style is only for your sit-on-top fishing kayaks where there are scupper holes in the boat. The weight distribution depends on where the scupper holes are placed in the kayak. If it positioned in the middle, consider yourself lucky!

The reason why I like this scupper hole style cart is a strong attachment. Once the kayak is secured with the kayak, there’s no chance of unhooking the kayak.

Platform cart style

These are my all-time favorite styles, the platform cart or cradle cart. Undoubtedly it’s the best option you got. There are a bunch of bright sides of these kayak carts that you’re gonna love.

1st of all, you can place your kayak anywhere you want. The best position is the middle part of the kayak, it’s much easier to carry the kayak when the cart is actually holding most of the weight.

Loading and unloading are almost effortless with platform carts. Here’s another great thing about this one, you don’t need to off-load any of the stuff from the kayak for setting up in the cart while it need to be done in a scrapper hole style cart.

Types of Cart Wheels

Imagine you’re taking your kayak, ready to hit the water with all the fishing gears and suddenly the cartwheel got stuck or blown away! Terrible right? The purpose of owning a kayak cart is to transport your kayak and that’s when the cartwheel takes major concern. Basically there are three types of wheels.

Plastic wheels

If you wanna spend less on a kayak cart, these are the options for you. With a satisfying cheaper price, the plastic wheels have also its downside. On a flat surface, it will make the job done perfectly. But in case it’s uneven terrain or sand, the plastic wheel will be so annoying.

Rubber wheels

Rubbers are a much better option in terms of stability, durability and user experience. Flat road or uneven terrain, it will be a smooth crossover. With a better price, some of them offer a puncture-proof rubber tire.

Inflatable wheels

Inflatables are rocking the markets now and it will be also a good choice for any kind of road situation. If you want the best from it, go for a permanently inflated with the polyurethane which will be puncture-proof and superb on road.

Types of Straps

I would say that straps are not really a big deal. Almost all the kayak cart comes with an adequate amount of straps to attach the kayak. If not, a simple strap will be just fine if it’s a lightweight kayak. Get some ratchet straps or bungee cording for securing the kayak perfectly.

Built-quality/ frame material

Built-quality of any product gives us a rough idea about the longevity of the product and so does kayak cart frame materials. Of course, you will get what you pay for but always try to invest in a quality product so that it can turn into a lifetime investment.

Plastic frame

Not my cup of tea! They are fragile and won’t withstand after a dirty blow. If it’s a special reinforced plastic, the case would be different then. But otherwise, it’s best to avoid cheap quality plastics.

Stainless-steel frame

If you’re looking for a tough nut to crack, stainless-steel framed carts are what you looking for. Extremely robust and durable, and the best part is it’s corrosion-resistant. Kayaking is a water activity where the cart will be in much contact with water. So having a corrosion-resistant cart by your side will be nice.

Here’s an issue about these frames, they are heavy! So if you have the low muscle power, it might be overwhelming for you.

Aluminum frames

If you ask me which one I prefer, I would go with the aluminum-framed kayak carts. Possibly these are the best choices you have on the market. They are not only tough and durable but also lightweight. That might be the reason you wanna afford it.

Another type is the composite frame which is a blend of some materials like plastic, aluminum, etc. it’s also gonna be a good choice.


You should look for a cart that is adjustable and foldable. Many kayak carts have the possibility of adjusting the width to allow different vessels to be mounted. This is a great solution if you’ll be using it for different kayaks. Also, it’s very useful if the cart can be folded and broken down for easier storage in your car or kayak when on water.

Finally, the weight capacity is also important. Some kayaks (tandems for example) weight more, and you should also count on the equipment you are taking with you. Some people even use a single cart to transport two kayaks. This is why the best kayak dolly needs to endure everything without breaking and usually, the maximum weight supported ranges from 100 to 300 lbs, depending on the product.

Final words

So yeah, that’s quite everything about a kayak cart. Kayak cart is a kind of a lifetime investment, so better spending on a good one. Hope this blog will help you buy the best kayak cart and make your kayaking journey smoother. Have a blast!

Nicholi Wyto

Hey I'm Nicholi Wyto is a professional sports fisherman and hunter, love to enjoy spending time in Michigan’s rugged northern forests. I love to explore my experience and help others who are interested in fishing and hunting.

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