ABS/PVC Rails on Wheeleez Beach Cart to Fit Native Slayer Propel E-mail
Written by Benjamin Yu   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 22:51

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So one of the things I disliked about my Slayer Propel is that the hull is shaped in a way that it does not fit well on a Standard Wheeleez Beach Cart. If you use the standard cart, the Slayer just sits on top of it and has a tendency to roll one way or the other and could potentially fall off in transit.

So I took a little while today to rectify that by installing ABS "rails" onto the Wheeleez so that it would fit better. It was fairly easy to do and took about $25 worth of materials. This modification will probably work on any type of kayak cart that is similar in shape to a Wheeleez.

Parts List (all from Lowe's):
-3" Black ABS Pipe - 2' pre-cut sections from Lowes. PVC would probably work as well but I like ABS a little bit better for strength - approx $8 each x 2
-Universal Clevis Pin - 1/4 x 2" - these Clevis pins have multiple holes in them which are really helpful - ~$1.87 each x 4
-Pins (2 pack) - $1 each x 2 packs
-Nylon washers (2 pack) - $.50 each x 2
-1/4" washers - had some lying around

Tools:
-Drill
-1/4" drill bit

Step 1:
Purchase 3" ABS pipes - I purchased 2 foot precut sections for about $8 each. I could have bought a bigger piece and cut myself but didn't want to spend the time to do so. Flip kayak over and lay down the pipes and position where I wanted them to be.

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Step 2:
Place wheeleez cart on the kayak over the pipes and position.

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Drill holes into the cart and down into the ABS.

Step 4:
Here's where you have some options. I originally was planning to go with 1/4-20 stainless steel bolts and wingnuts, but I ended up going with 1/4" Clevis pins. The reason I went with the Clevis pins is that it will be easier to remove the rails from the cart if I want to use the cart for a different kayak. I used a washer inside of the pvc to make sure the clevis wouldn't push through. Nice thing about 3" pipe is I can actually get my hands inside of it. Then I put a nylon washer underneath the ABS and went through the drilled hole of the Wheeleez. Here's a few pics to explain:

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Step 5:
Place kayak on cart and test.

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Success! I walked the kayak around the block in my neighborhood and it worked really well on the cart modification. No swaying or tipping that I had experienced prior to installing the rails, and the rails are easily removable by pulling out the pin, so it can fit my other non-channel hulled kayaks. I might end up putting some sort of plug on the ABS just to keep the sharp edges off it but I haven't gotten to that point yet.


 

benjamin yu

Benjamin Yu is a member of the Native Watercraft Pro Staff hailing out of Northern California. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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