Well the Chokoloskee Boondoggle is history, and documented in the fishing logs and videos. I'm sure that we will be seeing other reports from the Boondoggle in the form of product reviews. This is one on the kayak dolly that I purchased for this event.
Surfing the world wide net for a dolly to move my kayak from the campsite to the landing for the Boondoggle revealed a lot of choices. There are dollies that go through the scupper holes, ones that the kayak edges through an opening, and dollies that the kayak sits on top of from manufactured to homemade designs. I opted to purchase one, as I felt that this would be easier for me.
I settled on a type of dolly that the kayak sits on top and is secured with a strap. This type of dolly came well recommended by fellow YakAnglers. My choice came from discountramps.com, where they offered the KC-Dolly “Canoe and Kayak Dolly”. It is made with aluminum tube construction, which will not rust, and includes a one-year manufacturer’s warranty against defects.
The dolly cart is designed to hold a boat by the hull in a V-shaped cradle with two 5-1/4" foam bumpers on each arm. The cradle arms are connected together with a 13" nylon strap to prevent the cradle from opening too far. This unit features a 7-1/2" high spring-loaded stand that keeps the dolly cart propped up onshore for quick loading out of the water. Large 9-1/2" diameter pneumatic tires provide stable support on uneven terrain, which is especially useful in sandy areas. For convenience, the KC-Dolly unit folds to a compact 26"W x 16-1/2"H for storage between uses. I did notice that I was unable to store my dolly in the large hatch opening of my Jackson “Cuda”. For the trip down to Chokoloskee, the dolly did not take up much space in the truck when the wheels were off and the frame was folded flat.
Since many canoes and kayaks have different shapes and configurations, best placement is up to your judgment after some experimentation. I initially had the dolly too far back under the Cuda, and it would rock or tilt when trying to secure with the strap. As the weekend came to an end I had figured out the proper location for handling the Cuda.
I was very surprised that the dolly managed to not only assist in transporting my Cuda to the landing area, but it did it with the kayak loaded down with four rods, a full crate, and miscellaneous other options (somewhere around additional 40 lbs.)
I would highly recommend the KC-Dolly to anyone looking for this type of kayak transportation. The price is about $55 plus shipping. For me this is a great deal, and I’m sure glad that I got it in time for the Boondoggle.