C Tug Kayak Cart E-mail
Monday, 22 November 2010 12:55

 

Cart ready to receive kayak

My buddy Ken got a C Tug and that was my first awareness of the cart. He was having trouble getting his Trident 13 to fit on one of the traditional aluminum style folding kayak carts. What attracted him to the C Tug were the large adjustable pads. When I first saw it I could see why the pads would accommodate a wide array of kayak bottoms. They function similarly to rack pads like the one’s Thule offers on their roof racks. Joey spoke with the company and I was sent one to review. The first thing you can’t help notice is the cart is predominantly plastic.  The coolest feature is it breaks down fast and assembles just as easily. On their website they say “Assembles in seconds” and they’re right. If it takes you a minute to either assemble or break down this cart you’re doing something very wrong. It will easily store in a front hatch and there’s nothing to rust which is another great feature.

 

in cart

Most of my trips at this time of year require surf launches and the cart has to be good in sand. Aired down pneumatic tires work OK but theyu're not ideal. I happen to be taking a trip to a spot where an all terrain wheel was perfect so I brought the cart along. Our trip was over by the Statue of Liberty. I was the first to arrive and while I was putting my kayak on the cart a guy offered to help me carry it to the water. I thanked him but said I needed to test the cart. Almost any cart will work in a paved parking lot but once off the pavement there were some holes and uneven terrain. Enough to give the cart a bit of a workout. The cart performed great. Next spring I’ll get a chance to use it on some trails as there are a couple spots on a local river I like to fish that require about a half mile hike down a trail.

 

all the parts

I had heard the company was coming out with a sand wheel so I gave them a call. Most people I know have need of a cart that'll function in sand. I had a nice chat with Peter, who’s in charge of North America for the company. They have a sand wheel that will be available by the end of 2010 and is pictured below. Initially it will be offered as an accessory but by late 2011 early 2012 you’ll be able to get a cart with the sand wheels instead. As you can see it's a solid wheel. The company went this route to keep the size down while still providing a lot of surface area for floatation. They’re going to send me a set when they’re available and I hope to use them at Kiptopeke this winter and give an addendum to this report. The cost of the sand wheels is $48 for the pair. Both the sand and pneumatic wheels are made in New Zealand. The company went this route because the original pneumatic wheels they were getting overseas wasn’t up to the high standard they had set for the product. So now the wheels are made in New Zealand.

 

On cart from below

So if you’re looking for a great cart that makes a lot of sense check out the C Tug. It's a very smart addition any kayak fisherman's accessories. I touched base with Ken to let him know about the sand wheels and he said when available he was putting in an order. He's very pleased with his C Tug too.

 

Sand_wheels

 

Comments  

 
+1 #1 Shipwreck 2010-11-23 07:48
Excellent!!!
 
 
+3 #2 tiderunner348 2010-11-23 12:59
I used this cart for about two years. Yes it is portable and is easy to break down. This cart is only good for hard surfaces. I wish i had saved my money and baught the roleeze cart from the start. I had allot of problems whith all the air leeking from the tire every trip. It got to the point where i didnt even bother with the cart and caried my 15 foot kayak to the water instead. In my opinion the role ezz cart is the only way to go.
 
 
0 #3 Guest 2010-11-23 13:15
Glad to hear about the new wheels. Called C-TUG and have getting me a set!
 
 
0 #4 Guest 2010-12-15 19:08
Bought one of these with my first kayak a Malibu X-Factor, best toy in the box! Great on sand, rocks any environment you can launch from.
 
 
0 #5 John Pawlak 2010-12-16 06:42
We have been using the C Tug to haul both of our fully loaded ocean fishing kayaks from the parking lot to the surf via a very sandy beach for years now. We only needed to break them down a couple of times but the ability to really saved time and space. And we did replace the straps provided with a NRS heavy duty strap - the kind we use to secure our kayaks to the truck rack for transport. And we use our gaff inserted into the hole between the wheels in place of the kickstand provided. It's not perfect out of the box but it's the best cart for the buck we have ever used.
 
 
0 #6 John Pawlak 2010-12-16 06:43
We have been using the C Tug to haul both of our fully loaded ocean fishing kayaks from the parking lot to the surf via a very sandy beach for years now. We only needed to break them down a couple of times but the ability to really saved time and space. And we did replace the straps provided with a NRS heavy duty strap - the kind we use to secure our kayaks to the truck rack for transport. And we use our gaff inserted into the hole between the wheels in place of the kickstand provided. It's not perfect out of the box but it's the best cart for the buck we have ever used.
 
 
0 #7 Guest 2010-12-20 19:54
Ive also has some issues with the air leaking from the tyres. Instructions were mediocre, though a great product generally. I laso lost the stand (stick like) part as it must have got buried in sand on a ramp and popped out.
Pretty good overall though and wouldn't mind a set of those sand wheels.
 
 
0 #8 Guest 2010-12-24 17:51
I had one of these C-Tugs and was not impressed. The only good thing about it was it breaks down if you want to take it with you. For me it was too low to the ground,it was just as slippery as other carriers so my SOT kept sliding out of the straps and it was hard to get the straps tight enough. I used it for a wooded trail to the water and it was always coming off of the wheels. Maybe for a paved street it would be better.
 
 
+1 #9 Guest 2011-02-06 14:47
I have a 14ft. wilderness angler and was wondering if this cart will work for this kayak?
 
 
0 #10 Joey2509 2011-02-06 14:52
I think it would be fine for the WS 140
 
 
+1 #11 43downeast 2012-01-23 16:46
Used my C-TUG in some pretty rugged areas and so far now problems. Strap was odd at first but it works when set up properly. Bought the new wheels and have no complaints. Packs up really well. No complaints.
 
 
+1 #12 finboy 2012-03-01 22:19
overall the best breakdown store in hatch cart on the market not too crazy about the strap but easily modified still waiting for a miracle tire for soft deep sand that will fit onto original design or modification of the tracter hard wheel or balloon tire that would fit onto original model
 
 
0 #13 kingfisher 2012-09-11 12:02
I took my new c tug for a mile downhill rutty dirt rd with my 12'liquid logic manta ray and any slight rut it went over- 2 times. As mentioned before, the wheelez kayak-canoe cart has a much wider wheelbase and with tuff foam tires, 2 straps to hold everything tight it will not flip. While the wheelez won't break down for stowing like the c-tug, it is reliable, rolls better on hard ground and with ballon tires can't be beat on sand.
 

You must be registered to post a comment.


Login

Newsletter

Subscribe here to receive FREE email issues of Kayak Fishing Magazine.

Most Popular

Freedom Hawk 12 Review
  The company calls it the Freedom 12.  It’s the kayak I asked the company to build, sort of.  After using the 14 last winter in Texas I spoke with Dave Hadden...
Stand-N-Fish Kayak Fishing System
Stand-N-Fish has just completed the development of their exciting new, patent-pending, fishing system for kayaks. The innovative system incorporates pontoons and a leaning post in...
RTM K Largo Review
RTM Kayaks K LargoLength: 13’6” 415cmWidth: 30 ½” 78cmWeight” 55 lbs 25kgCapacity: 400 lbs 180kg   I had the opportunity to test drive the new K Largo by RTM kayaks....

Random

GTS Pro Molded Foam Kayak Seat
This thermoformed kayak seat is designed for hours of continuous paddling. The seat bottom section is an oversized, 2 inch thick EVA Comfort foam pad with a sturdy tri-laminate...
Captain Dick Stakeout Pole
THE CAPTDICK STAKEOUTPOLE IS FEATURED IN THE APRIL/MAY 2006 ISSUE OF THE "SHALLOW WATER ANGLER" MAGAZINE.  IN THE ARTICLE "KAYAKING A SIGHT BIT BETTER" AUTHOR AND KAYAK...
Malone Universal Cross Bar Roof Rack System
The NEW Universal Cross Bar is a very affordable roof rack system that fits nearly all factory installed side rails on virtually any vehicle make and model. Priced well below most...

Latest Kayak Reviews

Stealth Pro Fisha 575
 
3.0
Field and Stream Eagle Talon
 
5.0
Feelfree Moken 12.5
 
5.0
Pelican Castaway 100
 
4.0
Ascend FS10
 
4.0
Sun Dolphin Excursion 10
 
4.0
Santa Cruz Kayaks Raptor SOT
 
5.0
Old Town Predator 13
 
5.0
RTM Kayaks Tempo Angler
 
4.0
Hobie Mirage Revolution 13
 
3.0
Stealth Pro Fisha 575
 
4.0
Stealth Pro Fisha 475
 
4.0

Latest Equipment Reviews

Body Glove 3T Barefoot Max
 
5.0
Body Glove 3T Barefoot Warrior
 
5.0
Body Glove 3T Barefoot Warrior
 
3.0
Columbia Drainmaker
 
5.0
Sperry SON-R Sounder Shandal
 
4.0
Garmin VIRB Elite
 
4.0
Polaroid XS100
 
4.0
Backwater Paddles Assault Hand Paddle
 
5.0
Backwater Paddles Assault Hand Paddle
 
5.0
Stohlquist Piseas
 
4.0
Wheeleez Tuff Tire Kayak Cart
 
5.0
Boga Grip
 
4.0