Gear Chariot A small craft trailer for canoes and kayaks
With gasoline at $3 a gallon, The Sportsrig Deluxe is a trailer that is ready for its closeup. Towing your boats behind your vehicle, rather than strapped to its roof, is guaranteed to lower your fuel consumption, especially on the highway. At 200 pounds, the Deluxe is light enough for four-cylinder cars to tow, yet its tough motorcycle suspension and 18-inches of clearance handle mild off-road conditions with ease. Certified welder Ken Adkinson hand-builds all his patented Sportsrig models in Morro Bay, California, from steel, rather than less durable aluminum, then gives the trailers a powder and clearcoat finish for rust-proofing. The 22-inch motorcycle wheels also absorb interstate speeds and add style. Four crossbars accept most Yakima or Thule rack accessories and carry up to 450 pounds, while the folding tongue can prop the trailer on end for easy storage. Customize your rig for longer boats with three extended tongue options.