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Kayak Loader

Postby Fredo55 » Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:17 pm

Hi guys,

This may be of interest to someone - it's my solution (just one of the many on the forum) to loading and transporting my heavy Hobie Outback (I should've bought a light blue one ;-)). I will add that I did not invent this idea, but simply adapted it to suit my needs. Full credit goes to the original inventor. It's a rotating loader, and also a rear support (see photos). I figured if you're going to make a rotating loader, it might as well double as a rear roof rack support.

The advantage of this is the ease of access to the rear of the truck when loading and unloading, and only having to lift half the weight of the kayak at a time. Once the back is loaded, the front of the kayak can be lifted and rotated onto the front roof rack, again only lifting half of the weight. With the kayak loaded, the rotator can be locked in the forward position and then acts as a rear support roof rack. Having the trolley in the kayak while it's upside down makes it easier to load on and off, and lessens the chance of damage to the kayak while it's on the ground. The whole support locates in the towbar and can be quickly fitted or removed with one pin (Hayman Reese towbar).

It's fairly heavy duty and I don't see any problems with strength or durability, even though it was made very cheaply with materials I had on hand.

Fredo :D
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Re: Kayak Loader

Postby bilby » Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:37 pm

Nice work mate, i've never thought of putting my trolley in the scuppers while i unload the yak. Great stuff.
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Re: Kayak Loader

Postby breamfish » Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:01 pm

Nice that looks good a great easy way to load the and unload the yak :D
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Re: Kayak Loader

Postby Zonbie » Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:10 pm

2 x excellent ideas.

I am going to unashamedly copy both of them. ;-)

Thanks for sharing, and well done.
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Re: Kayak Loader

Postby alcbb » Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:10 am

im going to do exactly this for getting the "yet to arrive" tempo on my patrol.

how do you think i will go with another foot of height to lift it up using your method?
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Re: Kayak Loader

Postby solatree » Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:20 am

Hey Fredo ....well done.....very neat ! :)
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Re: Kayak Loader

Postby YakCult » Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:25 am

A nice job, Fredo - well done mate! :)
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Re: Kayak Loader

Postby Fredo55 » Tue Dec 29, 2009 8:05 pm

Gents - Thanks for your kind remarks. I've only used the loader a couple of times so far and it's been a winner, far easier than anything else I've tried. Without the loader the outback is heavy and awkward to lift on in one go by yourself.

alcbb - I think you could make it work, it would certainly help if you are tall. My little ute suits my short assed... err.. err make that vertically challenged statue. Good luck with it.

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Re: Kayak Loader

Postby alcbb » Tue Dec 29, 2009 8:12 pm

im 180cm so not that short but not super tall either, best get the welder out :)
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Re: Kayak Loader

Postby squidlips » Wed Dec 30, 2009 2:08 pm

That is a great idea! Now all I need is the Hobie... Obviously Santa isn't real otherwise I would have got two for Christmas with all the wishing I've done!!! :lol:
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