Lou’s Fishing Kayak Transportation Wheel System, Pennsylvania

This is my beach wheel fabrication assembly for the W boat.
I took the idea a little further. I have pivoting telescopic support tubes which leaves entry and re-entry a little easier due to the void area for foot access. I have my crate cooler on the stern and the beach wheel assembly on the bow.

This is my beach wheel fabrication assembly for the W boat.
I took the idea a little further. I have pivoting telescopic support tubes which leaves entry and re-entry a little easier due to the void area for foot access. I have my crate cooler on the stern and the beach wheel assembly on the bow.
– Lou
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11 thoughts on “Lou’s Fishing Kayak Transportation Wheel System, Pennsylvania”

  1. Bravo on the improved beach cart.
    The telescopic wheel system is the bomb. 🙂

    Tight lines and Paddle safe all.
    Rox

  2. I like Lou’s design because it’s lightweight, portable, and does the job of beach transportation even in deep and powdery sand, over muddy sand, rocks, etc., and in the narrow and bumpy paths that lead to the beach, and from it.

  3. I like the way you put the wheel in place.
    Would you mind sharing the source of telescopic tubes with length adjustment?

    Did you make them from scratch or use something like stool legs?

    I have the same wheel already, but cannot find appropriate tubes.

    Thanks,
    Sumio

  4. Sumio,

    I actually used and old set of aluminum crutches to get started. EBay or Amazon are selling these pretty inexpensive brand new. When you get them, you’ll have to tear them apart. I didn’t use or utilize all the adjustment holes that are on these telescopic tubes. I drilled new holes in the tubes…hole for storage position and a hole for transport position. I also used only one adjusting button per side for ease of operation. I also purchased some more 3/4″ tubing at Lowe’s for the parellel pieces in the pics. Any other questions give me a shout!

  5. Hi Susanne,

    These wheels are called wheeleez, and you can order them directly from their website wheeleez.com or buy from local resellers.

    Yoav

  6. What size wheel did you pick? I’ve had a hell of a time getting the old lawn mower wheel to work cause there are times I need to roll it up a railroad track. This seems like the best solution for my application. Brilliant idea using crutches.

  7. Thanks Matt! Just so happen the crutches weren’t getting any use in my mom’s basement. So, I picked the 30cm(11.8″) beech wheel with a 3/4″ bushing option to match the tubing for my project. I think the 30cm is a good size, which is rated 121 lbs max load capacity.

  8. Lou, I just got my first Wavewalk kayak — 502, green. I have ordered that 42cm wheel and the anodized aluminum axle and am going to find crutches and model your design. Very nicely done, sir.

    Question: when the wheel is in the down position, on your design, it appears that the wheel is back far enough that the tip of the boat could potentially run aground when rolling it up a hill. Have you ever run into a situation where you wished you had mounted it farther forward, or are you still happy with placement?

    Thank you for sharing this design. It’s unique, highly functional, very creative and just plain cool. Mine won’t likely look as good, but I’m going for the same features and just want to make sure I mount it in the best spot for mobility up and down hills. The lake that inspired me to buy the W is a real bear to access and involves traversing a few inclines and declines.

    Scott Wilson

  9. I never had much of a problem Scott. There’s pretty much ground clearance with my 30cm wheel. If you go 42cm you’ll gain some more clearance. If I manage to keep it in the storage position hole with the wheel underneath, I can get the wheel closer to the front in extreme hilly situations.
    I think my original design is sufficient, but not perfect….for extreme hills that would be almost impossible to climb anyway.
    For piece of mind, to get the wheel closer to the front in a re-design, I would locate the pivoting shaft closer to the handles…then shorten the adjusting telescopic inner tubes accordingly…which would require drilling a newly positioned hole in each tube for the push buttons. (These tubes I didn’t modify at all when I tore apart the crutches).
    *The telescopic outer tubes takes 2 new holes(for ease of operation) in each about 3″ – 3 1/8″ apart to clear the nose of the boat…to go from storage position(resting on the handle rivets) to transport position. As seen in pic.

    These pictures simulate me holding the kayak on the other end. I’m about 5′ 10″ tall with arms fully extended to give you an idea of the approach angles.

    – Lou

    fishing kayak transportation wheel - top view

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    fishing kayak transportation wheel

    fishing kayak transportation wheel

  10. Lou,

    You sure make it easy to be fond of you, my friend. Those pictures and angles and your description literally perfectly answer not only my questions but others I hadn’t thought to ask. As my Scottish ancesters used to say, “Yer a good lad.”

    I’ve got the wheel and axle heading my way. I scored a brand new pair of crutches for $20 off of Craigslist that is nice, extra sturdy and rated for tall and heavy men. And now armed with your latest intelligence, I shall soon commence a concerted attempt to model your design and those upon whose yours is fashioned. (I’m sure glad you and others smarter than I am have paved the way for us non-engineer fisherman.) Actually, I am going to enlist the help of a local expert in aluminum design and manufacturing. That way, if people like it, he can make one for them, too. I’d rather just order one and have it delivered than have to go to all the effort. But in the end, I’ll only love this thing more, so I’m happy to get ‘er done.

    You, sir, are mighty kind for taking the time to answer so thoroughly. May your fishing trips be deeply fulfilling, highly successful, radiantly enjoyable and loaded with big’uns that put up good fights, test your gear to the limits and make you belly laugh at regular intervals. 🙂

    Scott Wilson

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