My favorite boat is a new model tarpon 160. it is a joy in the water and a total BEAST out. 16'; 80+ lbs.
i usually transport it in the bed of my P/U with an extender. Launching is easy from a ramp,just back up and push.
Getting it back in on a ramp is another story.
I have been thinking about mounting a small winch at the cab end of the bed to help get it loaded and it would also help to secure it.
Any thoughts? One of mine was a small electric winch mounted to the bed .
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Posted by: JerrySmith on Nov-09-13 5:58 PM (EST)
The winch might work well, but you may want to mount it somewhere near the rear of the bed, which would allow you to guide the bow of the kayak up and on to the rear roller/support.
Posted by: JerrySmith on Nov-10-13 9:11 PM (EST)
My suggestion, relative to the winch, was poorly worded (Sorry). I envisioned mounting it near the rear bumper and running the line up towards the cab and through a pulley.
How I would load it:|
Posted by: Jackl on Nov-09-13 6:36 PM (EST)
Put the tailgate down, back the truck up on the side of the boat but very close to it, with the tailgate about just about six inches back from the boats bow.
I agree with Jack|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Nov-09-13 7:25 PM (EST)
GBG,I like your pulley ideas. I'll have |
Posted by: string on Nov-09-13 10:56 PM (EST)
to work on that.
More on pulleys|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Nov-10-13 11:07 AM (EST)
If your pickup's cargo box is open (no cap, no tonneau cover or whatever those things are called), you could mount a tall stake or boom to one of the stake pockets so that the lifting point is a few feet higher than the floor. You could even mount a horizontal beam a few feet higher than the rear of the box, carried on the rear pair of stake pockets, so that the boat could be more centered within the box as it's lifted. Or, you could do the same with a single boom, built to angle toward center from one rear corner of the box. Any of these things could be ready to use just by dropping them into a stake pocket, or pair of pockets, and be just as easy to remove.
Posted by: taj on Nov-11-13 12:39 PM (EST)
I have a small block and tackle made with nylon strap that was designed to hang game from a tree for cleaning. It could probably be used as a winch to drag a boat. Keep an old piece of cardboard around to slide the lower end across. Saves scratches and wear, and reduces friction.
Posted by: redmond on Nov-10-13 8:45 AM (EST)
a strong, beautiful, young blonde who wants to go paddling with you???
Get a trailer.|
Posted by: magooch on Nov-10-13 11:26 AM (EST)
I did and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Posted by: Cliffjrs on Nov-11-13 10:59 AM (EST)
Whatever which way strikes your fancy, I'd think a trailer roller mounted at the top of the tailgate (farthest point back when down) would help.