one man canoe loader
Posted by: everglades on Dec-12-09 10:35 PM (EST) Category: Canoes
Hello everybody, first time here. I have a 17ft,80# alumacraft canoe and a 5ft 100# wife I almost killed trying to load the behemoth onto my Toyota Sienna mini-van. I've been able to find on the web only 2 methods of loading. The backload hitch mounted swivel t-bar and the Yakima side mount. The Yakima sounds like the more hassle free but for the life of me I don't see how it can handle my size canoe (38"s wide) without serious demolition to the vehicle. Any suggestions and recommendations short of a smaller lighter craft?
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Posted by: leighrobin on Dec-13-09 7:24 AM (EST)
a yakima roof rack above the cab of our truck along with a t bar mounted to the back. i help my man get the thing to the truck and with balancing onto the t bar. he takes it from there. it's great. two of our trucks have shells on the back and one is open bed. this will work good on all of them.
Posted by: Beaverjack on Dec-13-09 8:33 AM (EST)
that the problem is a combination of a tall vehicle and a heavy boat. I also paddle with my wife. Over the years, I learned that she is the only permanent piece of the puzzle. I still own tall vehicles, but my boats have gotten increasingly lighter. The perfect canoe friendly vehicle is probably something like a Subaru Outback. We have a Ford Escape that's not too bad, but the key is to be able to get it up myself, with the wife just guiding one end. Another option is one of those light trailers.
everglades , the swiveling T-bar ....|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Dec-13-09 10:03 AM (EST)
Posted by: guideboatguy on Dec-13-09 8:14 PM (EST)
one man canoe loader|
Posted by: charlindabob on Dec-13-09 10:00 PM (EST)
I used two of the, I guess you would call them gutter mount bars which consisted of a pipe with the two mounting brackets. I found pipe that would slide inside these two bars and cut the pipe to about an inch longer than the bracket bars. I then drilled a hole through both when they were about even to keep the inserted bar in place when traveling. When you want to load the canoe, slide the one bar out far enough and prop the canoe on it and then lift the canoe while your wife pulls the other bar out underneath the canoe. Then slide the canoe into place, slide the inner bars back inside and pin in place. Tie her down and your off.
Thank you from Everglades|
Posted by: everglades on Dec-14-09 12:39 AM (EST)
Thanks for the time and effort to my query on one man boat loaders. I think my best option is the t-bar swivel. My canoe has quite a pronounced rise on both ends making it quite difficult to load upside down via a rear load bar. Found this out the hard way on my last minivan. Which brings to mind the question what are the cons of loading a canoe right side up?
the Reese loader which we have ......|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Dec-14-09 6:46 PM (EST)
Posted by: guideboatguy on Dec-14-09 7:54 PM (EST)
Posted by: Mattt on Dec-16-09 9:28 AM (EST)
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Posted by: fatelmo on Dec-16-09 9:34 AM (EST)
maybe this may help........|
Posted by: trout on Dec-16-09 5:31 PM (EST)
rotating rear T-bar|
Posted by: sloopsailor on Dec-16-09 8:31 PM (EST)
A rotating T in the hitch plug. You put one end of the canoe on it, bungee it down. Pick up the other end and walk it around, place on top of the vehicle. I made one for my old pickup truck. Worked like a charm.
Maine Roll ON - Unfortunately|
Posted by: wccanoe on Dec-16-09 8:42 PM (EST)
The Cat's Meow is the Maine Roll-On. Unfortunately, you can't have one, because like anything else that REALLY works, they no longer make these!!!!
Posted by: ewschill on Dec-16-09 8:45 PM (EST)
Might consider the Kari-Tek "Easy Load Roof Rack" system. Popular overseas and now available here in the U.S.