several years ago, I blogged about the Sunfish PVC dolly that I built for moving around my Sunfish. I later drew up plans for building the dolly, and posted them here for free!
I have since then built a handle out of PVC that attaches to the axle of the PVC dolly, and makes it a little easier to pull the dolly with a Sunfish on it, particularly if you are trying to drag it through sand. the handle lets you pull on the dolly, instead of just pulling on the Sunfish bow handle, and having your Sunfish slide off the dolly and fall onto the beach (speaking from personal experience here…). here is a picture of my Minifish sitting on the PVC dolly with the PVC handle.
I’ve had requests for details on the handle, so sketched up the approximate size and layout that I used. it requires an additional approx 20 lineal feet of 1 1/4″ PVC pipe and a handful of PVC pipe fittings.
for my version of the handle, I used a reducer tee at the axle of the Sunfish dolly – so my handle swivels (the reducer tee had a larger diameter size at the “arms” of the tee so it is larger than the 1 1/4″ pipe at the dolly axle). if you are building a dolly from scratch, you could consider just gluing the handle at that location.
at the upper part of the handle where you pull the dolly, I added a PVC tee and a PVC plug. I screwed an eyelet into the plug, and you can use a carabiner or short length of rope to attach to the bow handle on your Sunfish. full disclosure: I’m not sure it is necessary or even really helps any! I did also add a couple pieces of pipe insulation on the parts of the PVC dolly handle that will rub against the boat gunwales.
if any of you would like to create your own dolly out of PVC, the dimensions should give you a pretty good head start (download a copy of the .pdf plan here). and here is a drawing for the handle (download a copy of the PVC dolly handle drawing .pdf here).
so there you have it: a bit more detail on my Sunfish PVC dolly and its new handle option. if you have any more specific questions, please feel free to post it in the comments below, or you can send me an email: my2fish -at- gmail.com
best of luck, and let me know any comments or questions!