When you live 4 blocks away from the beach and you like to fish, snorkel, spearfish and boat around, the perfect toy is an Ocean Kayak Malibu Two. Samantha and I got our kayak 8 months ago and we have had so much fun with it. We have been exploring little islands and new beaches, going fishing in the morning and many other activities.
The only inconvenience about having a double kayak is the space since it is very big and it’s a bit difficult moving it from one place to another. We have a sedan, a Daewoo cielo 1997 with a 4×4 spirit and we used to put the kayak on top of the roof and tie it down with some straps. But honestly it requires at least two people, the kayak by itself weighs like 70 pounds.
Here in Costa Rica, electronics are much more expensive than the United States and this goes for tools and toys. Our kayak costs $609 online and here it can be up to $1100, with all the same accessories.
The main idea was to buy a cart for the kayak so we would just have to push the kayak to the beach. I looked up the cost of some carts which was around $200 in stores here in Costa Rica and an average of $100 online like this Sea to Summit cart. Buying it online and shipping it to Costa Rica would end up costing nearly $200 with the shipping and taxes.
Due to the limited budget we had to come with a plan b (which is very common for a Costa Rican). Build it yourself!
After seeing the one they sell in stores and online, I decided that PVC was going to be my main material. The hard part was going to be finding the wheels. I went to the local hardware store and found the perfect wheels until I saw the price at $42 per wheel.
Again the plans changed. I was driving in the way home when I saw a guy riding a bike pulling a wagon full of random junk and saw wheels that might work. I stopped the guy and he told me that he was bringing to the junk yard.
I went to the junk yard and a very nice guy call “Cobra” found me 4 beautiful plastic wheels. He charged me $4 for all four wheels! Way better than the $160 for 4 wheels at the hardware store.
Then I bought a 1 1/4 inch PVC tube 6 standard T for each cart, some screws, nuts, washers, and PVC glue. I paid $34.80 for everything I needed and plus the $4 for the wheels, my total investment was $38.80.
Here is a little DIY picture tutorial of how I built my Kayak Cart. It’s a great and not too difficult project for DIY-ers and it doesn’t have to be a kayak to carry.
How I built my Ocean Kayak Malibu Two Cart
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