Kayak Hoist

by  Sontax

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buckles opened before kayak…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 12/27/2023

buckles opened before kayak was even fully hoisted sending my $2000 kayak crashing to the concrete floor in my garage. Thankfully my kayak is ok but do not under any circumstance but this hoist. My kayak weighs 45 pounds which is way under the 100 pounds the box says it can support yet the buckles failed almost instantly. The rope is not of good quality either. I don’t usually write such totally negative reviews but this is a very bad product.


One of the buckles kept…

Submitted by: paddler764163 on 4/30/2020
One of the buckles kept unbuckling causing our kayak to fall to the ground.

Truly terrible instructions.…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 1/30/2020

Truly terrible instructions. The recommended distance between straps was too long for my kayak's length and the straps keep slipping off - don't feel comfortable leaving it hanging on there at all. Also, I got this because I thought it would at least lift the kayak above my car in a pretty normal-sized garage - nope!! Kayak is at eye-level and scrapes the surface of my sedan. Totally useless.


This is a basic kayak hoist…

Submitted by: jamoaque on 7/28/2015
This is a basic kayak hoist to increase the effective amount of storage space in your shed or garage, if your ceiling is high enough. (It can be used for a bike too.) Easy to understand, easy to install, easy to use, and you can install it regardless of which direction your ceiling studs run. It was very inexpensive, especially when on sale at Menards. I felt their recommendation of how far apart to install the two pulleys based on the kayak length would have been a little farther apart than I would do. So I installed my pulleys a little closer than they said, and afterward, I see I could have installed them a little closer yet.

One potential improvement: this thing hangs your boat down lower than I expected (about 34” from ceiling to the bottom of the hanging kayak). So with my 9.5-foot garage ceiling and my 6'3" height, there are only a few inches of clearance over my head. The main reason is that their straps that go around each end of the boat are so long they could go around something humongous. So for a sleek Pamlico 145T tandem kayak, I could tighten up the straps as far as they go, and there was still noticeably more strap length than I needed. This allows it to hang down about 6-8" further than if I could tight the straps more. They could also likely cut out a couple more inches of length in their hook system.

I may add a hook into the ceiling at each end of the boat, come up w/ some kind of a chain or rope, and once I have it hoisted into place to be stored, I would run those "safety ropes" at each end around the ceiling hook and through the kayak handle. That way if anything on the pulley system ever gives out, the kayak should still be caught by those additional hooks/ropes.