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Submitted: 08-29-2005 by tumbl
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I also just got my Hullavator, and I'm thrilled I can get out on the water by myself. Here are my thoughts on it:

Pros

  • solo loading is possible
  • cradle unit detaches and attaches easily, so no locking has been required
  • securely holds my boat regardless of distance

    Cons

  • the lower cradle has scratched up my boat minorly during loading
  • locking in the down position is not great, but this problem was solved for my by pushing the top of the cradle in to engage the locking mechanism
  • craftsmanship isn't great, but it does the job for me
  • sits off over the edge a bit much, but it hasn't caused any problems for me thus far. (and with it sitting so far out, getting in and out of the car can be a head hazard sometimes)
  • the attachment bracket took some ingenuity and muscle on my Yakima bars, especially with a fairing on my front bars

    So all in all it's a great idea, as with new product it has some kinks that I hope Thule will improve on and sort out with defects for existing owners.

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