I'm looking into kayak carts and noticed there are two basic types - ones which have pins that protrude through the hull using the scupper holes, and others which provide more of a base that the kayak sits on.

At first glance the pin type seems like it would be a better choice because of the positive connection to the hull, and maybe without requiring straps.

But I've never used either type of cart and wonder if there are other pros/cons of each design that should be considered? For instance, the pin type might require elevating the hull a lot more than the other type.. etc.

Sit-on-top type:

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Pin type:

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    If you kayak does not have scupper holes, the cons are self evident. I am not sure this is a good question, They are designed for different applications. – James Jenkins Mar 20 at 16:04
  • @JamesJenkins granted, your stuck if you don't have the holes. But I could imagine all sorts of reasons people would have preferences based on terrain, how many boats to transport, potential wear & tear issues, cost, etc. I don't have personal experience so I'm hoping other people will add theirs. – UuDdLrLrSs Mar 20 at 16:06
  • Also see 'Problem three" in this answer – James Jenkins Mar 20 at 16:06
  • @JamesJenkins thanks, that's a good point. BTW, awesome post! :) I actually happened to meet someone doing a long bike/kayak tour once but didn't take much note of her particular equipment (kickasstrips.com/2014/06/…) – UuDdLrLrSs Mar 20 at 16:11

There's a fairly short answer:

  • The first type is suitable for all craft, including open canoes, sea kayaks and other general touring boats, playboats, in fact just about anything with a relatively wide flat hull.
  • The second type is suitable for a fairly narrow range of "sit on top" craft that have suitable drain holes in the hull, though for those craft it will give a more positive engagement.

The latter may be the better purchase if you both have a suitable craft and you're intending to tow behind a bicycle. Though the former is more versatile if you're planning to upgrade in the future or try other types of paddlesports. If the trolley is just for hauling the boat from the car to the water, and you have a suitable craft for either, then it probably makes very little difference which you choose.

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