I made a beach cart for the dory today. Got it done before it got too late – and had time to run over to the beach to try it out. I’m very happy to report that it worked great, and I finally have a way to launch a boat (besides my kayaks) at my local beach. This will most probably change my way of boating from now on. See, we live very close to Lake Erie, but all the launch ramps around here charge $10 a day to launch. So I have been mostly driving 40 minutes to an inland lake instead. Now I can get on the water much quicker, spend less on gas money, etc.
I had trouble swallowing the cost of the Wheeleez boat cart, although it looks great, and is better in ways, I’m sure, than my homemade cart. But this one costs me nothing but some time today, and some scraps of materials I had lying around. The power wheels Jeep came out of the trash and the wheels are kind of the right thing. They are wide — like 7 inches or so and about 14 inches tall.
To load the boat I just push the cart up behind the trailer, slide the boat back onto the cart and strap it to the cart, grab the bow breasthook, and I’m off to the water. The cart fit nicely tied in upside down on the front thwart while I was out rowing today. It is easy enough to lift the boat up by the stern and set it on the cart to strap it back down when it’s time to head back to the car. Soooooo happy with this setup. 🙂
The dory really handled the small 1 foot waves and the jetski and powerboat chop today admirably. She rides the waves like a duck, and at no time did I feel the slightest bit uneasy rowing around out there today. Powerboat waves in the 2 to 3 foot range, I’d guess. I wanted to keep it simple today so I left the sail rig in the van, Just rowed around for an hour or so a did some fishing too. No fish to report today. I stayed in close – maybe 1/4 to 1/2 mile out. Great day.