Polyvinyl chloride pipes, or PVC pipes, are cheap, durable materials for building your own kayak accessories. Apart from PVC pipes and elbow joints, you need PVC glue and primer, a pipe cutter, duct tape and PVC cement to build kayak accessories. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can even try building a PVC kayak.
A passionate kayaker eventually needs adequate storage for a growing number of boats. You can stack them one on top of the other in a kayak storage rack built of PVC pipe and elbow fittings. If you keep the rack outdoors, protect your kayaks from sun and rain by adding a roof. Drape a tarp over the PVC frame and secure it with cords.
A dolly helps you haul a kayak to and from the water. Build one from PVC plastic tubing, two wheels and other materials available from hardware stores or home centres. Choose the right wheels for the terrain you usually travel. For example, use beach wheels if you cart your kayak through soft sand.
For the experienced do-it-yourself craftsman, the ultimate PVC kayak idea is to create your own boat. You need materials like elbow fittings, PVC clamps, large PVC pipes, duct tape, PVC cement, rope and heavy-duty tarp. Craft your kayak with care. Be sure to allow enough drying time for the cement. A caveat: don’t expect your homemade craft to be as durable as commercial kayaks, so test your new kayak in safe waters.
Fishermen can make a fishing crate that serves as a holder for fishing rods, tackle and other small gear. You can use an ordinary plastic crate from a home accessories or hardware store. Secure PVC pipes to its corners to serve as rod holders, add insulation to the bottom of the crate for bait and attach it to your kayak with nylon straps and buckles.
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