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Kayak Hoists and Effect on Boat

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I did a search, and found a few different threads regarding kayak hoists.  I'm looking to get my 12.5' Fish N Dive off the garage floor for the winter, and found a few different places that sell hoists for that purpose.  We have 2x12's in the garage here, and its a really high ceiling, so I'm fairly certain that with big enough lag boats, I can get it up and out of the way securely.  I was looking at a Gear UP UP and Away system rated at 120lbs at Dicks sporting goods, as we have them local here.



 



The real question I have, and what I couldn't find in a search, was how bad this will be on my boat?  I saw one post that said to put the straps as close to 1/3 of the way from the front and back as possible, and use as wide of straps as possible.  Should I expect any warpage or undue stresses that I should be worried about if I'm able to achieve this?  Thank you all in advance for your replies, I'm new to my boat, and don't want to shorten it's life anymore than necessary.


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I purchased 2 kayak hoists from Dicks alittle over a year ago. I don't remember what the name was, but I paid $29.99 apiece for them. They come with 2" wide straps, and a fairly simple pulley systems. What I did was found the center of my Hobie , and measured 2 foot to the left, put a strap, then measured 2 foot to the right from center, and put the other strap.... I guess thats 1/4 from front to back. No warpage that I can see



 


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I use a rope cleat on the back wall, a double pulley over the rope cleat in the ceiling and then hooks where the supports on the kayak go. One rope through the double pulley on each side to each hook. Get 4 single pulleys and one hangs on the hook and one on the sting to attach to the kayak and tie the end of the rope to the same hook. Use rope or webbing to hang from the pulleys.

 

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I use this setup

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I support all kayaks from the bottoms about 1/4 of the way in on each side. No warp-age at all. My garage has a nice 6/12 pitch and a nice roof ridge vent too, so it breathes hot air out well.

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Thanks all, I appreciate the feedback before going out and getting a hoist system.  I'm also looking at the possibility of putting up a small lean-to extension and rack off the side of the shed out back, but I figured inside would keep it from dry-rotting more.  The ceiling has the most available space left for storage in here.


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Originally Posted by 2dogs View Post

The instructions with my Hobie said to store it upside down or on it's side. I would assume that would apply to hanging also.



That makes a lot of sense, everywhere I've read said to store or transport yak's on their sides.  I think that coupled with the easier loading and multiple per roof potential yields a strong point for the J-style roof racks for my van for next year.


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That makes a lot of sense, everywhere I've read said to store or transport yak's on their sides.  I think that coupled with the easier loading and multiple per roof potential yields a strong point for the J-style roof racks for my van for next year.

 

My brother stored an ABS plastic canoe hanging right side up. He had two straps under it about 1/3 from each end. Screwed it up to the point of junk. If you sat on the seat it would roll over and toss you in. It must have rounded the bottom or something.

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I have a sling setup like ArcheryRob (nice diagram) and use pool noodles for extra padding on the the 2 loops that hold the boat. So far so good no issues after 3 years and its nice to have it out of the way. All parts purchased at Home Cheapo. Good luck... Tony

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