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Lythe 07-09-2018 01:49 PM

Portaging advice?
Last year I found a kayak on a remote beach. This spring it was still there, and I have some free time coming up, so I am considering portaging it out. It is a plastic sit upon kayak, and solo paddling it out on open ocean (3+ days based on ocean kayak reports I've read, this one would take longer) isn't really a safe choice. It also seemed quite heavy, though I didn't check at the time if it was just filled with water. So for a ~13 km portage, with a trail where I may be able to use a caddy for 80-90% of it, is this reasonable or am I talking crazy? The 'good' part of the trail is mostly level but with mud holes and roots, the bad parts I will be dragging it over logs, through very rough terrain and other obstacles. I quite understand that this portage will likely take 2 days. I am a backpacker and my own gear would weigh ~20lbs plus food/water.

I would also be looking at getting a kayak caddy on a budget, and am wondering if there is anything I would need to consider beyond bigger wide tires and a high load capacity.

Canoeheadted 07-10-2018 01:12 AM

A little crazy, but very doable.

I'm a fan of Swedish canoe carts.
Low centre of gravity and large diameter tires.

Though my experience is that carts only work on the most groomed trails. Think Bowron or old roads.

Bring the cart and some pulling/harness ropes.
Be prepared to throw the cart on the kayak and drag for sections.
Keep the boat on the cart empty.
Use four straps (if possible on a kayak) and your cart will never move around. Use two and you will constantly be fighting to keep the boat and cart aligned.

Pull the boat from the stern if possible, especially if the boat is long and your cart is short.
Position the cart asymmetrical (closer to the bow of the boat) so you can stand more upright (without the tail hitting the ground) as you pull on the stern of the boat going forward.
The bow rocker will allow you to stand up taller while pulling from the stern and give you more clearance through deep/rough sections with the tail of the boat.

Good luck and Thanks for picking up the garbage out there.

Lythe 07-25-2018 04:10 PM

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Definitely all good advice. 13km over land and I ended up dragging for 6 of those. While the cart was narrow enough to get through a lot of right areas it did end up very tippy.

Canoeheadted 07-26-2018 01:30 AM

Good job!

That's some nice garbage you found there.

alpalmer 08-09-2018 07:56 PM

quite the adventure and most excellent effort. Great repurposing of an abandoned boat!

tinman610 08-09-2018 09:29 PM

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I use one of these. a C-Tug.

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