“Molly Kayak Cart” review by Maineboatman@cox.net
Everything is a trade-off
ACK’s description says "Larger sit-on-tops may not fit the Molly very well." That is clearly stated & is true for our two Wilderness Tarpon 160i kayaks.
a. The cart sags with our 65lb boat weight, making the two wheels camber in the top 1/3 of the wheels, which then are in contact with the cart frame.
b. The strap that hooks on the cockpit rim is not long enough to get to the Tarpon 16’s center hatch at the seat. This is the correct spot however for securing this model kayak.
c. The strap holes in the cart frame are round & the flat straps are in constant friction when adjusting the straps on our kayaks.
d. The V shape does not fit the bow (or stern) of the Tarpon 16’s well.
BTW: Our kayaks are sit on top Tarpon 160i’s, 16 feet long, 65 lbs empty (like I go empty, NOT!), 28” beam, fine entry lines. We named ours;
Mine: Yellow Submarine
YES, I do recommend this cart, as everything is a trade-off. I like this cart! Purchased Sept. 8, 2008 from ACK.
Recommendations for the “Molly Kayak Cart” purchaser.
a. I marked where the wheels rubbed the Molly’s frame & cut the plastic out. I used a heat knife; you might use a hacksaw (an inexpensive tool, +/- $5, if you do not have one) as the fine teeth will provide a smoother cut. Remove as little as possible to retain the cart’s structural support. Fine sandpaper your cuts to remove the burr.
b. I replaced the strap with one long enough to work on our boats. Hardware & Home Depot type stores have strap by the foot. In retrospect I would have gotten a contrasting color rather than black as this would visually identify the different straps by function. A
nicely made plastic triangle fitting on the Molly takes the strap threaded through, & using the hook provided (also well made) to hook on the rim of my amidships hatch. Snug-up rather than TIGHTEN this strap as you do not want to scar or deform your hatch rim. This hook is simply providing a leverage point, so placement rather than tightness, is important & will most likely vary from boat to boat.
c. Live with it. At this point it is not enough of an annoyance to use the heat knife to make 2 horizontal openings in the cart frame. It is hard to pull the straps while lifting the boat’s bow up for final fitting at each use. I’m hoping I will find the sweet spot, then I will put a little painter’s tape on the straps so they remain adjusted at the cart frame pass-through.
The V-shape issue is not resolved. I thought I might cut a foam kayak roof-pad (dense foam) to fit the V & lightly glue it to the Molly frame. I will wait to locate the aforementioned sweet spot before trying this & will only DAB small glue spots on the frame so this can by removed if it does not work as I envision.
My notes after several uses:
Lightweight, is bright yellow (don’t trip over it when preparing to launch), compact, does not fold, spindle or mutilate so it is always ready, good fittings of sturdy plastic (no rust & less weight), easy to put on & take off, hose off or dunk in the river to remove sand, mud etc. before putting in boat or vehicles, I took the risk our boats would overpower this cart & with the above modifications I am VERY happy to own this cart. I would buy one again in an instant.