Build Your Own Canoe Dolly

DIY PVC Canoe Dolly

A day on the water in a canoe is a day well spent.

The cool breeze on your face, the water rushing below you, the effortless feeling of floating along surrounded by the sweet sounds of chirping birds and fish flittering to and fro in the water is enough to make you want to grab your canoeing gear and head right out the door.

Ironically, the only thing that is stopping you from escaping into paradise is almost always the canoe itself. Weighing anywhere from 60 to 120 lbs., getting the vessel in and out of your vehicle, then into the water, without experiencing a few sharp back and leg pains is an exercise in futility! Sadly the thought of canoeing leaves a lot of us to simply giving up and just staying home and watching TV all day instead of making a new, cherished memory with your family.

Lucky for you (and the rest of us), our customer Alexander Karmanov was generous enough to share his inventive method for building your own canoe dolly. Made from our own PVC pipe and fittings, this canoe dolly easily attaches underneath your canoe and literally rolls the vessel from Point A to Point B without putting any undue strain on your body. Best of all, the PVC parts, and attached bicycle tires, make the finished project a low-cost, lightweight and easy-to-handle-and-store item you'll use for years and years to come.

DIY PVC Canoe Dolly Diagram

Alexander started his project with a plan. Here is the break down of the fittings and pipe that he used in the project.

Materials List

  • 2 x 26-inch Bicycle Wheels
  • 4 x wheel brackets
  • 8 x 10-24 bolts and nuts to attach the wheel brackets.
  • 12 x PVC 25-6 Furniture Grade Snap Fittings
  • 4 x PVC 10-6 Furniture Grade Snap Fittings
  • 2 x PVC 20-6 Furniture Grade Snap Fittings
  • 6 x PVC 15-6 Furniture Grade Snap Fittings
  • 8 x PVC 55-6 Furniture Grade Snap Fittings
  • 8 x 17.5" of 1" PVC Pipe
  • 16 x 2" of 1" PVC Pipe
  • 4 x 25" of 1" PVC Pipe
  • 5 x 19.5" of 1" PVC Pipe
  • 2 x 4.5" of 1" PVC Pipe (Varies on Wheel Width)
  • 2 x 4" of 1" PVC Pipe (Varies on Wheel Width)
  • Pipe foam

Tips

We recommend that you get your PVC in full lenghts and then cut it to fit on site. This will be important for the sections that strattle the wheel.

Instructions

Outside Wheel Support (2x)

1. Insert two pieces of 17.5" pipe into both sides of one PVC 15-6 elbow fitting.

2. Secure one PVC 55-6 fittings on each exposed end of the pipe.

3. Use two 2" PVC pipe pieces to fasten the PVC 25-6 fittings into each end of the PVC 55-6 fittings.

4. Slide one 25" piece of pipe into each exposed end of the PVC 25-6 fittings.

Inside Wheel Support (2x)

1. Insert two pieces of 17.5" pipe into both sides of one PVC 20-6 elbow fitting.

2. Secure one PVC 55-6 fittings on each exposed end of the pipe.

3. Use two 2" PVC pipe pieces to fasten the PVC 25-6 fittings into each end of the PVC 55-6 fittings.

4. Slide two 10-6 Slip Tees onto each 25" pipe. Slide one 25" piece of pipe into each exposed end of the PVC 25-6 fittings.

Secure Connect the Inner Frame

Using three of the 19.5" sections of PVC, connect the two inside wheel supports together. One in the 20-6 fitting and the other two in the slip tees.

DIY PVC Canoe Dolly - Construction

Build Outer Connector Bars (2x)

1. Secure one 19.5" pipes bettween two PVC 25-6 fittings.

2. The pieces of pipe that get connected to the outside of the PVC 25-6s depends on the the size of your wheels. In Alexander's version, they were 4" on one side and 4.5" on the other. You need to leave enough pipe to straddle the wheel. This is where cutting PVC on site would be very helpful.

3. Connect the 15-6 elbows to the ends of the pieces that you just added.

4. Add one pieces of 2" PVC to the open ends of each fitting facing the cart.

DIY PVC Canoe Dolly - Construction

Connect the Cart

Now you should be able to connect the entire cart together.

Drill holes about 1 inch under the bottom of the PVC 15-6 and PVC 20-6 fittings large enough to use the NUT 10-24 to secure each piece to the hub of the bicycle tires.

DIY PVC Canoe Dolly - Secure Hub

We recommend that you protect your DIY canoe dolly with PVC pipe hollow foam tubes to ensure minimal damage to the unit while you are transporting your canoe. These can be attached with tie wraps.

The Canoe Dolly is Complete

DIY PVC Canoe Dolly - Secure Hub

DIY PVC Canoe Dolly - Secure Hub

Your canoe dolly is now ready to be used. Use bungy cords to attach the canoe to the dolly and Viola! You're ready to get on the water!

DIY PVC Canoe Dolly - Secure Hub

Many thanks to Alexander for sharing his design. Need additional help building your own canoe dolly? We have all of the PVC pipe and fittings you need to construct the piece. Contact our Design Team today for free assistance on designing and constructing your own piece based on Alexander's specifications.

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