Kenneth W. Barrett
Item arrived timely and is as described. A bit of a hassle with assembly
instructions for the straps, but it all worked out. My only complaint is
that the straps are slightly short for my kayak and I had to get other
straps in order to strap the kayak on properly. I am happy with the
purchase and would recommend this product -with longer straps.
Absolutely great! Easy to assemble and disassemble. Light weight
and fits in the hatch of my Feel free kayak.
I have had a few different carts including one that rusted pretty fast.
This one from what I have seen so far is made way better then the
others I have owned and it won't rust which is a big plus. I actually
use it for a hobie pro angler by adding PVC to it and it works perfect.
This cart is heavy duty and made to last.
Mountain kind rods
This cart is great. Super fast setup, but the straps can be a bit
confusing to setup so watch a YouTube video. It also comes apart very
fast and can be stored inside most kayaks. Great product I expect to
get years of use out of. Best part...it is really no more expensive than
standard cart but is a much better design!
I don't use my tug very often, but when I do, it does the job very well.
It tracks well and fits into the front compartment of my Feelfree Lure
11.5. I didn't want to lose the back storage with a scupper Mount.
Love this thing, superior to any of the other carts I've tried. The ability
to shove it in a bulkhead and go was a major selling point to me.
Watch those fingers those, the first time I put it together I smashed
my fingers pretty good. Also, when shopping this, it looked in all the
pictures like the wheels were plastic, was quite delighted when I
discovered they were rubber. Maybe I just didn't read the desc well
Not likeing it! On the one hand its sturdier than it looks. On the other
hand, the kickstand doesn't work (too flimsy), unable to keep it tight
enough against the yak and it flops forward, if the straps get wet the
buckle pops open. Honestly, I wish I had built my own cart instead of
spending $139 on this.
Great cart for my Slayer propel 13, other carts havent worked so well with the hull shape and rudder. this cart stays secure in rough terain.
Save yourself the hassle. The c tug has got to be the worst cart there
is. The kickstand always loosens no matter how many times I tighten
it. And if you are not willing to push the c tug will slide out the back
while pulling..this product is JUNK DO NOT BUY A C TUG
i have used this several times. have not had any problems with it.. i put it on while the slayer 10 propel is in the water and then pull it out with out any trouble.. i am really glad i got it.. would recommend this to any body looking for a cart.. it breaks down and goes together quickly.. you do need to watch the videos on how to put the straps together, after that it is really easy to use. and it is very secured, yak does not shift around..
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
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
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.