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I've posted several times about ways to eliminate the need for overhead lifting, normally by modifying one's roof rack to allow the boat to be leaned against the rack and slid onto the roof. Major roof-rack modifications are beyond what a lot of people will consider or are capable of, but on many cars, a pretty easy alternative is to lay a bath mat on either the trunk or rear window (depending on if it's a sedan or hatchback), get one end of the boat up onto that mat, and push the boat up. I've heard of people doing it from the front as well, putting one mat on the front edge of the hood and another on the windshield. Either way, there's no need to lift the boat over your head. All the true "overhead" lifting involves only a very tiny fraction of the boat's weight. And lifting one end of the boat high enough to get it onto the bath mat can be done when carrying the full weight of the boat, but with your hands at waist level where the load is easy to carry (one end of the boat aims up, the other aims down).
By the way, the reason for using a bath mat rather than regular carpet is that the rubber backing keeps it from slipping on your car.
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