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- Bedworth, United Kingdom
- T5 Beach
This looks very ingenious, would be interested in a video or a demo sometime of how you load if you ever have a chance. I am not quite grasping how this works from looking at the pictures.Having now used it a few times I thought I could share the kayak load assist device I’ve made and have been using.
Where the van is parked I can’t load from the tailgate (house is in the way) and loading from the nearside is awkward as well. That leaves loading on the awning side and there was no way I was going to be able to safely lift the kayak 2m+ onto roofbars. So I have made some extra supports that get the boat half way up and alongside the van. Once at a better height (and standing on some steps) I can then lift the final bit onto the bars & hull supports.
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The vertical bars are made from wood, garage hooks are bolted to the vertical bars and at the top is a piece of bent aluminium that fixes to the slot in the roof bars using T fittings. Simple blocks of foam sit against the side windows. If I’m using the bars on the nearside it sits closer to the van sides as the awning isn’t in the way so the foam blocks can be turned to reduce their depth.
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I may well change the hooks for either smaller ones or some form of fold down bar. The upturned end of the existing hook is awkward to lift the boat over and when removed the whole arrangement takes up quite a bit of space on the rear multiflex board.