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Offline John Gibson

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Kayak Loaders for Hobbits (DIY)
« on: March 29, 2011, 05:55:37 PM »
Materials used:
24x48" sheet of 7 ply plywood (home depot)
1 48" 2x2 (home depot)
one 13 inch boat roller (princess auto)
1  36 inch 1/2 threaded dowel (princess auto)
Nuts, washers, (princess auto)
some Hi-density foam (knee pad cut up) (princess auto)
2 spacers (princess auto)
some household goop (canadian tire)

Total cost was around $50 for all the materials...

i got the idea from another kayaking site.. cant recall which one.
pretty simple really... as you see......
this really makes it easy for someone vertically challenged or weaker upper body to put a big kayak up on a roof with not much strength at all.

all in total, it took me about 1.5 hours... not including the time it took for the glue to dry.
i made some mistakes on it, but its still very solid.
I doubled up the plywood to ensure it wont break on me. 
I cut it to match my factory racks, but i can cut it again to match a new one.. which is my next project.
Hell of a lot cheaper then anything else out there for loading a kayak lol

one thing i did with mine was goop/glue the nuts so they wont come loose.  i made sure to pre-drill my holes too, i didnt want to split the wood.
I also added spacers in the holes i drilled for the dowel, this way i wont grind down the wood after many uses... this should give it a longer life.
I made it so it'll straddle my kayak foam racks, and so i can use it if i get a different rig (Malone Seawings are in my future).

All in all, this thing is super solid..
I had made one out of PVC before, and it basically fell apart on me after the 2nd time...











« Last Edit: March 30, 2011, 04:58:44 AM by ouird »


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Re: Kayak Loaders for Hobits (DIY)
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2011, 06:02:54 PM »
Lets see some pics of it in action then John

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Re: Kayak Loaders for Hobits (DIY)
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2011, 12:22:40 AM »
Definitely show us how you have this working as I'm too dumb to figure it out  ??? Is it to give you a start at the back of the vehicle?
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Re: Kayak Loaders for Hobits (DIY)
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2011, 04:50:33 AM »
Yeah it would be.
the cuts i made at the front slide onto the rails of my roof rack, and rest there.  the back end (with the blue foam) rests on the back of the truck roof.  i put foam on it to avoid scratching on the vehicle of course. 
the plan is to set the bow of the boat on the roller, then Lift up the stearn, and push the boat up onto the rack.


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Re: Kayak Loaders for Hobbits (DIY)
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2011, 04:22:15 PM »


    Very interesting device... ::)  nice job Ouird  ;)



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Re: Kayak Loaders for Hobbits (DIY)
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2011, 11:08:32 PM »
Home made "holy rollers" almost like Yakima  ;)

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Re: Kayak Loaders for Hobbits (DIY)
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2011, 06:08:30 PM »
here is a Video of me loading my Kayak with my Hobbit roller :D

Kayak Loader for SUV`s. Hobbit Roller In Use.

Thanks for helping me Film this Jeff!!


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Re: Kayak Loaders for Hobbits (DIY)
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2011, 08:07:02 PM »
Thats great, much trouble getting it down?

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Re: Kayak Loaders for Hobbits (DIY)
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2011, 08:17:13 PM »
its easier to get down, then it is to get up to be honest.


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Re: Kayak Loaders for Hobbits (DIY)
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2011, 08:59:03 PM »
It takes a brave man to go on a public forum and state you have a hard time getting it up ..... ;D
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