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DIY Canoe / Kayak loading aids
« on: December 26, 2015, 06:06:51 PM »
Found this link and wanted to share with the River rats.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Kayak-Car-Topping-Helper-because-They-Can-Be-Heavy/
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Re: DIY Canoe / Kayak loading aids
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2015, 06:12:53 PM »
Pretty good idea!

I just drive under and lower it down onto the trailer.

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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2015, 06:24:07 PM »
That is pretty cool Ron. I made a similar one using a set of suction cups from Harbor Freight. The only problem I had with the setup I made was that I thought it put too much pressure on the back of my car window, so I went with a commercial version from Yakima that had a roller mounted to the roof racks that extended beyond my back window. Much more expensive though.

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Re: DIY Canoe / Kayak loading aids
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2015, 10:13:11 AM »
Quality only stings ONCE, Yak!  8)
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2015, 02:45:57 PM »
Quality only stings ONCE, Yak!  8)

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Re: DIY Canoe / Kayak loading aids
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2015, 03:26:27 PM »
Several friends have roof-mounted kayak carriers where the front is a cradle and the rear has rollers.  You load the kayak from the rear of the vehicle by pushing it along the roller until the bow seats on the cradle in front.

I'm not a particularly large guy and carrying a kayak is a labor for me.  So if I ever get a kayak of my own I will probably need a carrier with rollers to help me get the boat onto the roof.

I have also seen a kayak rack that extends a carrier out and down from the side.  After loading, the carrier swings up onto the roof.  I think that is very cool.  But it is probably more hardware than I want on top of my vehicle.

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