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#1 jkeithnb

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 12:26 PM

Just unloaded my new ride 115x off of my Forester. Dropped the bast**d - $ 297 for a tail light later ain't a happy guy. Its about 80 lbs pretty heavy to get up there alone.

 

Gurus- Can you pass on any advice? Technique?


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#2 Retroboy

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 06:13 PM

jkeith, many of us kayakers have been there (I starred a windshield carrying my 10'-er inside, bought a roof-rack immediately afterward and no issues except the usual greater wear and tear on the gravel potholey roads that get me to the best spots).

 

It kinda depends on your carrying system. I have a recreational and it's under 55 lbs and I can easily sling it into either cradle-mounts or hoop-mounts on top, but what I've seen some friends do is use a blanket over the back and slide their heavier sit-on-tops off. Not sure how well that would work with a Forester's height profile. 

 

If money's not an issue (don't we wish) or there's issues like bad backs involved, there are rackmount systems that actually lever the kayak down to waist height for you. Google on "Kayak Loader" to see some of the options.


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#3 jkeithnb

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 06:50 PM

thanks will do.


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Posted 09 April 2016 - 06:51 PM

Thanks - I'll take ya fly fishing some time if you want to learn more about it


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#5 Homebrew76

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 06:56 AM

I'm always throwing (k, don't take that literally) my 90 lb Predator on top of my Jeep Wrangler, which with the cage I have installed on it, makes it well over 6 feet high.   To make life easier, much easier, I installed the Yakima Showboat, which is a roller that can extend out past the end of the car.   You just lay the front end of the kayak up on the roller, then get behind, lift (with your legs, not your back of course!), and push.     The kayak just rolls up on top of the car!

 

Here is a great picture from the internet (child friendly Retroboy, don't worry!) showing how it works.

 

http://www.toyota-4r...0130426_029.jpg

 


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Posted 10 April 2016 - 11:42 AM

Heres another suggestion:

 

https://yak4fish.com...r-those-diyers/

 

I made this so it would actually work well on a Forester too.  


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#7 jkeithnb

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 09:11 PM

Can I have a look at it? jeez looks great


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Posted 11 April 2016 - 09:55 AM

Can I have a look at it? jeez looks great

If you scroll down on that page, there are images and instructions on how to build it


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#9 jkeithnb

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 08:20 AM

got It Thanks man!


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#10 O.S.E.

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Posted 14 April 2016 - 08:32 AM

When I first picked up my kayak a few years ago I installed the Malone SS Combo MPG113MD Carrier/Loader from Ecological in Oromocto.  It doesn't have rollers like Homebrew76's but it has a slide out that extends out past the jeep, lift the nose of the kayak up and slide it on.

As well my kayak is only 60lbs +/-, so I'm not lifting a heavy boat either.


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#11 jkeithnb

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Posted 08 May 2016 - 09:06 PM

made my own for $ 18 on the weekend - dollar store pool tubes for padding and abs 1.5 inch - seems to work pretty good so far. The yak is a heavy bugger though 80 lbs.


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