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 Post subject: Carts
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 8:33 pm 
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On my commercial Paddleboy cart the outermost width is 66 cm (26"), with hull-bearing or bag-bearing saddle 35 cm (14") above the ground (keel sits lower, 13" from the ground), and it is still not enough stabile on less-than-perfect terrains like old bumpy asphalt, dock gangways etc, when rolling the boat with superstructures like attached deck bag and some gear piled carelessly on the seat. I didn't try rolling it through bus or train doors, but it is narrow enough for other pedestrian gates and turnstiles.

My home-made convertible cart has same height, but the outermost width only 50 cm (20"). It is stabile enough for empty boat on slightly bumpy urban terrrains, but needs a bit of care with empty boat on wilderness terrains or with 2 bags on less-than-perfect urban terrains. It wouldn't be practical to make width less than 50 cm, and I'm thiking of making it wider than 50 cm.

Klepper Foldy is the only commercial convertible cart, but it looks too bulky for using in single kayaks on multiday trips. For open-deck boats like Puffin and on day-paddling with minimum gear it could work. What is the outermost width of this Foldy? (the height is probably close to 13" or 14").

PS: Paddleboy Yedo cart is shown on the last photo here (wheels are 12" * 2.5" from Northern Tool): http://foldingkayaks.org/gallery/album81 . It works as a boat cart better than a luggage cart. Lighter and more compact than "Foldy", wheels are with bearings, but it can't handle steep hills or curbs with 2 bags.

Home-made cart is shown there, I've opened a new album for this contraption, and will post updates later: http://foldingkayaks.org/gallery/album81


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 Post subject: Klepper Foldy
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 3:47 pm 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 1:59 am 
Thanks. The problem with buses (and may be some urban trains) is probably the hand-rail in the middle of the doorway. Feathercraft Kahuna is heavier than Puffin, and with overnight gear and food it's over 60 lbs, so I can't drag it up stairs on the cart from low platform. Ironically, this makes the doorway width less important, as I have to bring the FC bag in separately from the cart, and the bag is about 50 cm wide - doesn't create any problems.


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