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Car Top Kayak loader / hoist for Tandem Island for large SUV / 4WD

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Published on Jun 29, 2013

This is the first real trial of the prototype kayak loader with my own Tandem Island. The hoist "A frame" was at slightly too high an angle (I used the green straps to tie down the Kayak and so they were no longer of the exact length) hence I needed to stand next to the car and push the kayak out slightly to help it clear the side mirror. When it was almost down I was able to position the cart in the scupper holes and carefully lower the kayak down onto it.

The loading onto the car is a 4 step process.
1. Raise the island to above the roof bar height.
2. Pull out the sliding support bars to temporarily hold the kayak.
3. Fold down the "A" frame hoist. (A key benefit of this design is that the hoist does not raise the height of the vehicle. The A frame folds down between the standard Thule cross bars.
4. Slide the kayak across onto the roof bars, tie down and slide the support bars back into their tubes.
See also:
Prototype testing with the help of David from Rod Bendings Inverloch as shown in the videos below.
Part 1: http://youtu.be/Fq5TOANS7Wc
Part 2: http://youtu.be/HUQPRSrf2wE
Part 3: http://youtu.be/A3-AuJg1-uQ

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