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Cheap and easy one person kayak loader

Postby Snappayak » Fri Jul 31, 2009 10:34 pm

I was mucking around with expandable tent stakes trying to build a system to load my kayak without help from anyone else and came across this idea from another website - which I've now lost. So..firstly thanks to the genius I've copied. Secondly, thought it might be useful for somebody else struggling with a heavy yak who doesn't want to shell out big bucks for the fancy loading accessories. You need 2 expandable tent stakes with eyes and one with a pin - about $12.50 each at my local hardware shop. Next a bag of heavy duty cable ties and (if you wish) some foam for cushioning the yak. Assume you've already gone into hock for the roof racks. I've mounted one stake on each rack to extend on different sides of the car so I can load or unload on each side. If you know you only ever want to unload on one side then just mount one. Pics should be self explanatory. I'm happy cause theres fewer scratches on the car and the yak, my back doesn't hurt as much, I don't have to wait for my wife's help everytime I want to load or unload the yak, I don't have to pay her chiropractor bills and it JUST WORKS!!
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Closed slide-out arm showing safety strap for use when travelling

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Rod extended

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Rod extended with upright support. When on sand I place a board or similar under it.

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Load rear of kayak onto extended pole.

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Load bow onto front of car. Walk to the back and lift the rear onto the back roof rack (sorry only 5 photos allowed!)
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Re: Cheap and easy one person kayak loader

Postby craig51063 » Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:09 pm

your right Cheap and easy :D

well done
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Re: Cheap and easy one person kayak loader

Postby Ifishtwo » Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:12 am

Yes, have seen this on another web site also.
Cheap, simple and easy to set up and it definitely saves your back. Well done.
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Re: Cheap and easy one person kayak loader

Postby maccayak » Sat Aug 01, 2009 1:09 pm

If you take the black end caps off the roof racks, does the pipe fit inside the racks?

I have got similar looking roof racks.

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Re: Cheap and easy one person kayak loader

Postby Snappayak » Sat Aug 01, 2009 5:30 pm

In reply re: the pro angler - don't know that craft or how heavy it is but my Pelagic is a big mutha and weighs about 28kgs. No probs!! Also, re: taking the end caps off - that's where I started from - bent a few hollow tubes, explored getting more solid rod to put in the end caps but it looked like I was going to start bending the aluminium of the rack or having to go overkill on a heavy steel or alloy rod. Really did a Homer Simpson "doh!!" when I saw this - very quick and supports much more weight.
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Re: Cheap and easy one person kayak loader

Postby Ozplanman » Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:14 pm

bloody good thinking! Bringing someone else's idea to a new audience is a good thing, good that you acknowledged the source though!

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Re: Cheap and easy one person kayak loader

Postby Dodge » Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:57 pm

maccayak wrote:If you take the black end caps off the roof racks, does the pipe fit inside the racks?

I have got similar looking roof racks.


Geoff my one uses the existing rack bar section, although it is capped with a length of flat aluminium viewtopic.php?f=12&t=2798
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Re: Cheap and easy one person kayak loader

Postby maccayak » Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:38 pm

Thanks Dodge,

You are good. I have the same van and same roof racks!

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Re: Cheap and easy one person kayak loader

Postby mattmoki » Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:00 pm

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Hi Dodge - thanks for the idea - I set mine up a bit differently because I load my 'yak stern forward (heavy end forward) onto a falcon wagon. It works well and my chiropractor mate was very impressed. Cheers Matt ps these pix are out of sequence but you get the idea! :-)
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Re: Cheap and easy one person kayak loader

Postby Nasman » Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:38 pm

Sounds like a great plan anyone can set up. One question though. Hard to see from the photo but are you relying on the cable ties to support the horizontal pole? If so, isn't this risky?

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Re: Cheap and easy one person kayak loader

Postby mattmoki » Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:28 pm

Hi Nasman - yes, am using lots of heavy-duty cable ties. i hope it's not risky .. what do you think could be the risky bit? (serious question - I don't want to drop my kayak!).

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Re: Cheap and easy one person kayak loader

Postby Nasman » Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:47 pm

Seriously. I would rather hear from an engineer or something. I just want to know if it would continue to hold over time or what can be done to avoid any risks. Not smart enough to answer the question myself I am afraid.

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Re: Cheap and easy one person kayak loader

Postby mattmoki » Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:56 pm

ok,no worries. They are well strong enough .. but I wonder about them perishing under UV. Time will tell. Very cheap to replace as a precaution though. cheers, matt
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Re: Cheap and easy one person kayak loader

Postby OBee » Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:38 pm

Got me an idea, instead of the vertical being ground-supported why not swing open the door and be door-supported?
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Re: Cheap and easy one person kayak loader

Postby AdrianP » Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:43 pm

I have a similar setup. The large cable ties (not the $2 shop specials) are generally UV stable but check the packet.

There is actually very little weight on the bar if you use the support pole. With the yak on the bar with the other end on the ground or being held by you then only half its weight is on the bar (say 15kg). This is then spread between the support and the length tied to the rack. Each of the ties is sharing the load. It's even less because if the racks are like the ones in photos then the tent pole is tucked in between the supports and the bar. The ties are keeping it in place rather than being stressed vertically.

I'm convinced :D (even if others are not)

On another note, I've used a pool noodle to cover mine (extra points for innovative use of a pool noodle in DIY projects) but the friction between the yak and the noodle as you swivel the front around is quite high (the Outfitter is 32kg). I intend to give the bare tube a try next time to see how that goes.

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