getting two Thule Outriggers. Pull the front one out fully, rest the bow on it. Pull the back one out about halfway, pick up the stern end and lift it up and over onto the rear outrigger. Don't let go, and test and make sure it's balanced before you move (with my boats 13' and under this is not hard). This does not require you to lift your boat over your car, which is typically the hard part (the reach). Plus, you're only lifting half of the boat at a time.
Next, I have a small step stool that I use for reach. I just pick up the whole boat by the coaming, flop it into the J cradles. It's not hard to do because at this point the boat is already at height, and only a foot away at most from the cradles. It's only a lateral move.
Of course, if you need to finesse it into the cradles one end at a time, that's not hard either from this position (this is what my wife does).
Kayak & Canoe Outriggers
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