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  No need to lift a boat
  Posted by: Celia on Apr-01-13 12:51 PM (EST)

This is a common misconception when people come from rec boats, because they are commonly lifted. But there is no need to actually carry the full weight of a boat if you are willing to invest in a bit of equipment and allocate more time to load and offload the boat.

Get a cart for the distance from car to the water. Lots of kayak carts out there from cheapo to really fancy, big wheels for sand or not, foldable etc. That's easy to solve.

For the car itself, you slide the boat off (and on). You can put a towel or a blanket on the ground to protect the boat hull. To protect the car you can hang towels off the back rack, and/or get creative with long ropes to hold it even even as it goes up or down (I have done that at times) or invest in something like the Amagansett Roll-Loader. This device works for me to handle 55 pound 17 ft plus boats alone when needed. It has gone up in price since we got ours, but if the current one broke down I'd get another in a heartbeat. It just makes things that easy.

Note that you are now talking about boats with rigging like perimeter line, so you have ways to hold onto and control the boat as it slides up or down that are not present in a rec boat.

I have carried these boats occasionally. But I have gotten to the point of age where I am no longer willing to risk my back if I can spend an extra 10 minutes per boat and do it without hurting something. We all get there.

 Great Products from the Buyers' Guide:

The Kayak Wing

Kayak/Canoe Ergometer


Paddle Floats

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