Canoe dollies

For Mike’s edification…

Pic of my first canoe cart. Made in a rush before a trip in (summer 2000) from scrap white oak and wheels borrowed from my Rubbermaid wheelbarrow. Held together by galvanized lag bolts and comes apart easily for storage. The large wheels really make a difference in how it takes bumps.

Next are pics of the summer of 2003 and 2004 canoe cart, (AKA MkIV). Constructed from aluminium tubing and aluminium “Kee-Klamps”. Wheels are plastic spoked and rimmed, pneumatic tires, quick release mounts. It disassembles completely. Support strut flips sideways up out of way.

In use between Elkin and Vedan Lakes, in the W. Chilcotin, B.C. Canada, summer of 2004. It is very easy to roll, blanced slightly stern heavy so that bow is pushing up slightly on one’s hand. My son can get a free ride on the 1.5 km trip back to camp (we had just made a trip between the two lakes via the little connecting stream).

  1. #1 by Old Fussbudget on July 12, 2010 - 12:04 pm

    And you call this portaging? Oh dearie dearie me…


    • #2 by albell on July 12, 2010 - 3:15 pm

      The damn thing weighs about 110 lbs!

      You New Englander should be familiar with the design. Although made on the west coast, the canoe, to my eyes anyway, looks like it was influenced by an Atkinson Traveller.


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