Built to last, the C-TUG Kayak Cart is made of non-corroding engineering polymers, with stainless steel reinforced axles, and tough puncture free rubber tires. Unlike any other cart in the paddle sport arena today the C-TUG continues to amaze sport enthusiast with its rugged appeal, incredible strength and satisfying good looks. This cart is designed for all terrains to get you paddling in places you never dreamed of. The C-TUG Kayak Cart requires no tools and assembles in seconds and also dismantles in seconds, allowing you to stow it in your canoe or kayak hatch to take to your next destination.
|Weight:||10 lb / 4.54 kg|
|Capacity:||300 lb / 136.08 kg|
The key to using the C-Tug is to watch the videos, how to put it together and how to use the straps. I put my Jackson Big Tuna on the C-Tug and it hauls the 14ft, 90-110lb kayak with no problem. I've pulled it through grass, dirt, wet and dry sand, even into the water to launch. A must have accessory for any kayak angler or someone going out solo.
Austin Kayak customer service is as always...top notch. This cart is robust and I feel will hold up well. It tracks easily and I have tested it out by jumping it over curbs....rocks and so on. The instructions for how to strap to the kayak have been upgraded on a video....one needs to watch the video or you will not be able to tighten the straps enough to keep kayak on the cart. While this cart will probably work out OK for me it does not really fit the hull of the new Big Game Prowler II. I had a friend who offered to let me try his C- Tug cart to make sure it fit. I wish I had tried it first. This is a good cart but one does need to make sure it fits the hull of the kayak you own.
the slayer propel 10 was a little to wide for me to grab across the top to carry. and carrying it side ways was awkward.. I watch a lot of the vids on the ACK web site, you tube links and choose this as my carrier. it works great. over tree ruts , bumpy ground.. the kayak did not come loose at all.. I did have to watch the instruction vid on how to put the strap system together,, not hard , but it would have taken a lot longer to figure it out, and then it may not have preformed as well.. the last segment of the video made all the difference.. easy to put together and it stores in the hull.. nice , very nice.. thank you ACK for your links and videos that you have on the products that you carry.. now off to the fish finder section .. I have spent many ,many hours on your site putting my shopping list together , along with the ideas that I have gotten from your site, and the reviews..
The C-Tug is a good / fair cart for the Native Propel 13 kayak. What I want in a cart - easy to setup, breakdown, use and be able to handle my fully loaded Propel 13 in the MIDDLE so I have a balance point and not have to lift too much weight. Easy to set up - takes about 30 seconds (once you have the straps rigged initially), breakdown is even faster. Wheels and pads / straps will fit in the front compartment of the Propel 13. I do NOT break the two-piece frame down as it releases the kickstand and I don't want that small part to be lost. The two-piece frame goes into the rear compartment. The kickstand MUST be tightened upon arrival - if not, it WILL fall over. I tightened my about 1/4 - 1/2 turn and it works fine. Straps will NOT hold my Propel 13 in the center of the kayak. Two reasons, the first being that the pads will only contact a small area of the hull of the Propel in the middle - they will not rotate to get more contact area. You cannot 'reverse' the pads on the carrier to get more contact area because then the straps positioned incorrectly. If you move the C-Tug farther to the forward, or rear of the yak, you will have more luck using the C-Tug BUT you'll be lifting more weight. The C-Tug in the center of a loaded Propel 13 will not last long because of insufficient contact area. The second issue is that the straps are hard to get really tight because it's a simply 'pull and press down' locking assembly. I have incorporated a ratchet latch on my C-Tug straps and it did not work when the cart was in the mid-position of my Propel 13 (loaded). Unloaded, it works fine, but the extra weight of the cooler and the propulsion unit causes the C-Tug to twist out from under the yak and it will fall off to the side. It's embarassing and a bear to get back on with a loaded yak. For short trips with a loaded yak, the C-Tug is good for the Propel 13 if you want to lift the weight. For longer trips with a loaded Propel 13, you'll need to move it forward or aft to get a better seating surface and grip. If its dry, the straps MAY hold on (I installed them in accordance with the instructions using the upgraded C-Tug strap retainers), but if the tug / straps / yak are wet - you'll probably have some slipping if you are mounting a Propel 13. Recommended upgrades for the C-Tug 1. List yaks it works with (not very well with the Propel 13) 2. Put a ratcheting latch / strap tightener assembly of some sort. The Propel 13 is not a good candidate for this cart. 3. Use a softer rubber mounting surface on the C-Tug pads - the hard plastic slips too easily. I'm going to try putting soft rubber insulation on the pads in the hopes it will grip better. This would help ALL kayaks using the C-Tug 4. Consider a larger degree of rotation on the contact pads of the C-Tug to be able to incorporate 'twin-V' or 'semi-catamaran' style hulls for the C-Tug. This will necessitate a change in the strap arrangment but I have several ideas about that. In summary - it's a 5-star tug / cart for most yaks, it's a 3-star tug for the Propel 13 and that's after modifications to the straps. It will work on a large fishing kayak (300-pound capacity - I think fishing kayaks were considered), but needs improvement to be able to truly take weight off the kayak handler and put it on the cart where it belongs.