Just the way we roll – how to use our Kayak/Canoe Carts with your boat

13 thoughts on “Just the way we roll – how to use our Kayak/Canoe Carts with your boat”

  1. Nice videos. Wish you had the directions in the box though. The salesperson who helped me took those rings (that keep the wheels away from the metal notches) off and I think she threw them out. Said I didn’t need them… Great. We didn’t know they were the buffer between the metal notches and the wheels.
    Too bad.

  2. I purchased a small cart for my 9 ft kayak. As far as I can tell, I’m doing everything correctly. But when I attempt to roll the cart/kayak over an obstacle, such as a curb, the cart collapses itself. What am I doing wrong?

    1. G’Day Jeffrey

      If the Small Cart is secured correctly to your kayak with the supplied strap, it should not collapse when the wheels roll over an obstacle. There’s a blog post with some video which shows how a kayak should be attached to the cart here: https://askbaz.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/just-the-way-we-roll-%E2%80%93-how-to-use-our-kayakcanoe-carts-with-your-boat/
      If you’re still having issues, please shoot a couple of images of the kayak mounted on the Cart and email them to us at info@seatosummit.com – please put ‘Mounting a kayak on the Kayak Cart’ in the subject line.



  3. I purchased one of these large carts last spring from Kittery Trading Post and put my small dinghy that weighs 150lbs on it this weekend. The tube collapsed almost immediately when I rolled it across my lawn. Is it warranteed for life and should I return it to them for a replacement? Thanks, Bill

    1. G’Day Bill

      Sorry to learn that you’ve had a less-than-ideal experience with the Large Canoe Cart (and sorry for any delay in posting this answer – we’ve had some technical issues with the blog).

      The maximum load for which the Canoe Cart is designed is 70kg / 154lbs. Your dinghy is therefore very close to the load limit; it would only take a small bump to take its 150lbs static weight and turn it into a dynamic load of the mass of the boat multiplied by the acceleration of the drop.

      Additionally, a dingy may have a strake or keel running the length of the hull; this would concentrate the mass of the boat (plus any acceleration) into a very small point which could lead to the tube failing.

      A failure of this kind would not be covered by the warranty; more importantly, a replacement Cart would in all likelihood suffer the same fate.

      We could suggest alternative ways of transporting your dinghy; please drop us a line at marketing@seatosummit.com and put ‘Dinghy trnasport’ in the subject line.



  4. Hi I have had the sit on top cart for about 3 years now, unfortunately the valve one of the inner tubes has literally separated from the tube. Please advise what can be done, as thi is a defect rather than a puncture through wear and tear. The wheels have never been off, so the valves always faced inwards.

    I tried looking for replacement parts but cannot find your spares webpage.


    1. G’Day Stuart

      Sorry to learn that you’ve experienced a failure of the valve on the inner tube of your Sit-on-Top Cart.

      We actually keep an extensive range of spare parts and – given that this is a warranty issue – we would be happy to ship you an inner tube, free of charge (assuming you live in the US or Canada)

      Please email us at info@seatosummit.com and put “Sit-on-Top Cart – inner tube” in the subject line.

      Let us know your full shipping address and a daytime phone number; we’ll be happy to take care of you.



      1. Oh my gosh, I have recently had the same thing happen to my medium cart where the tube valve separated from the tube itself. Can I please get a new tube? I have not been able to locate a local retailer that sells such a small one.

      2. G’Day Sherry

        Sorry to learn that you’ve experienced a problem with the inner tube of your Medium Canoe Cart.

        Please know that all Sea to Summit products are warrantied for the useful life of the product (to the original purchaser) against manufacturing and material defects; and we would regard a valve failure on an inner tube as the latter.

        If you are located in North America or Australia, it will be a simple matter to ship you a replacement tube from our extensive stock of spare parts – we would do this free of charge. There’s no need for a consumer to have to purchase a spare part to resolve a warranty issue.

        Just drop us an email at warranty@seatosummit.com and put ‘Medium Canoe Cart – replacement tube’ in the subject line. Please attach an image of the deflated tube, and let us know your shipping address (not a PO Box) / a daytime phone number and there and when the Cart was purchased.



    1. G’Day Elizabeth

      Thanks for taking the time to write to us about the correct Cart for your canoe.

      The size of cart needed is a function of the width of the boat and the type of terrain/distance to be covered. If you plan to use your cart primarily for short distance transportation on easy terrain, such as a couple of hundred yards from your vehicle to the water on paved surfaces, the width of the cart is not as important as if you’re expecting to be transporting your boat across longer distances and more difficult terrain.

      As a rule of thumb, the width of the load platform of the cart multiplied by two will give you the maximum width of the boat it can be used with. The 11” (Small) Kayak Cart will work well for boats with hulls up to 22” – 24”, the 14” (Medium) Canoe Cart will work well for boats with hulls up to 28” – 30”.

      The Cart can always be mounted farther towards the stern of a craft where the hull is narrower; however, this requires the user to carry more weight than if the Cart is secured farther forward.

      As far as the ideal mounting point is concerned, using a hatch or deck lines as a point to secure the tie-down strap will prevent the Cart from sliding backwards.

      All Sea to Summit Carts have a maximum load of 70Kg / 154lbs, so weight will not be a factor.

      If you would like additional details, drop us an email at info@seatosummit.com and put ‘Canoe Cart for 16’ 6” Canoe’ in the subject line.



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