Preview: Small Boat Dolly

May 1, 2012

Maynard Bray

Here’s an idea for moving small boats around the dooryard using a wheeled dolly—one that I bought at Home Depot for $49, then modified as shown to support a boat. The big job is in grinding off about 2/3rd of the heel plate so it clears the boat. (It’s hardened steel, so forget the hacksaw; it will strip the teeth right off in the first dozen passes.)

homemade small boat dolly

Building a Homemade Small Boat Dolly

A short length of 2x4 placed crosswise near the wheels (hard against what’s left of the heel plate) carries most of the weight, and built up from that cross-piece are the cradle arms that hold the boat more or less upright. The boat’s keel nestles in the space between he arms.

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