I’m on my 4th year of kayak angling. As I currently paddle one of the heaviest fishing boats on the market I am officially on my 3rd and Final Kayak Cart! Thank you, C-Tug Kayak Cart, for entering my life, what a relief!
Gear reviews are meant to be opinionated and honest, so here are my thoughts.
Cart#1 – Malone Xpress Scupper Kayak Cart
Pros – Lightweight, collapsible, puncture proof wheels
Cons – So lightweight that is doesn’t withstand heavier angling kayaks (I bent mine bad). Scupper cart so it can potentially do damage to your boat. Width adjustment mechanism very weak. Difficult to load fully rigged up boat without 2 people.
Cart#2 – DIY Aluminum Scupper Cart
Pros – Rolls like a dream with bearing type wheels, Very Strong!
Cons – Heavy, like carrying around an extra 10lb anchor just for fun... Not collapsible. Air filled tires.
Cart#3 – C-Tug Kayak Cart
Pros – Lightweight. Collapsible. Flat hull pads to adjust to multiple type boat hull contours. Puncture proof tires with options for sand specific tires. Stand alone feature with kickstand to aid in self loading
Cons – Strap to secure cart to boat can be cumbersome sometimes.
To me, the C-Tug is the ultimate in kayak carts on the market. I not only use it for my Jackson Big Tuna, but for my SUP as well. It is truly a “one cart for all” in my opinion!
More information can be found at: https://aqoutdoors.com/products/c-tugboatcart-1
A couple of tips based on things that I’ve observed since I’ve had the C-Tug Kayak Cart;
- Keep the wheel hubs free of any debris before mounting onto the spindles, it will roll with great ease when clean of sand or dirt.
- When loading you fully rigged out boat onto the cart for transporting, place the cart beside your boat at an angle, not parallel. This will aid in getting the cart straight under the hull of the boat for tracking purposes. I usually lift at the stern, and the bow is my pivot point on the ground.
- Learn your boats’ best balance point for weightless transportation. Do some trails with your boat on the cart completely unloaded and then loaded to learn the best positioning of your cart. Once you have found the right balance point, it should be very manageable to lift and pull your boat with minimal effort.
- Don’t be afraid to take the cart with you on the water. Use the strap to secure it, or your deck bungies, or even break it down and store inside your hull. You never know when you may need it, and it beats hiding it in the trees or walking it back to your vehicle.
Look Forward to seeing you out there!
Check them out at: https://aqoutdoors.com/products/c-tugboatcart-1
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