Brands:Brand: Great Working Tools
Looking for a quick and easy way to store your kayak or canoe and save space in the garage? This heavy duty, ceiling-mounted hoist system is the perfect way to store your kayak or canoe overhead, keeping it out of the way when not being used, yet quickly and easily accessible when you want to hit the water. Our smooth double-pulley system and easy to use straps make lifting and storing a kayak easy and trouble free. This ceiling mounted hoist system is better than simple overhead hooks because you don't have to lift your kayak off the ground. The rope and pulley system does the heavy lifting for you and holds up to 125 lbs. Our deluxe strap design eliminates awkward hooks while protecting your kayak, and the safe, locking mechanism prevents accidental release. Easily mounted in your garage on ceilings up to 12 feet. Hoists are also a great way to store your ladders and bikes. Can be mounted directly to ceiling joists or to a 2 x 4 and then mounted to joists. Includes all mounting hardware.
Pros: Sturdy construction of metal parts. Works well with lifting the kayak.
This is my first kayak lift. It was fairly easy to install though the directions were not that good. If you have just a little mechanical aptitude, you'll figure it out. What surprised me is how hard it is to actually lift the kayak. Granted, I'm 60 years old but I'm not weak. The fishing kayak weighs about 100 pounds. I have to wear padded gloves or the ropes dig into my skin and it hurts like hades but I guess that's not the lifts fault. Just don't buy it thinking it'll be a breeze to lift up. Also, other reviews mentioned the screw heads used for the rope tie off bracket breaking off. Mine did the same thing. It's best to just toss the ones that come in the box and buy some decent ones. If not, you're going to be using a pair of plyers to remove the screw shank when the heads break off. Also, your attachment point for the brackets needs to be 10 feet high at least. I have mine mounted on a cross beam that is 8 feet off the ground and the kayak, when fully lifted, is no more than 5 1/2 feet or maybe 6 feet off the ground.
If you have a straightforward install, these will work as supplied. Be prepared to give it some thought though. If your storage space has high or low ceilings or rafters, expect getting creative.
My Kayak is 11'-6" long and the straps also slid right off the ends. My solution was to tie a rope between the hooks slightly shorter than the distance between the two pulleys to keep the straps from sliding out the ends of the kayak. Speaking of the straps, they are just looped at the ends and are not adjustable like the directions state. Also, the extra parts mentioned above I believe may have been for an older design. I think those are rollers for the brake (why 4 though?) I'm talking about the 4 sleeved screws/nuts. They have no purpose for this unit that I can tell as the two rollers by the brake are already there and press fit. And as mentioned, the directions are confusing. The black and white close-up photos of the brake assembly are almost useless. A diagram or three here would help immensely. I got lucky and assembled it correctly the first time. But, it was with a lot of head scratching and spent a lot of time as well. Also, the two brackets you bolt to the joists are NOT able to screw in (perpendicularly or parallel) as the directions state. So, I had to add a few stub/boards to each joist to accommodate the 5" bracket(s) to place them perpendicularly to the joists. All in all I was able to make it work given these minor challenges. But, those brackets and the lack of being able to adjust the straps as mentioned added considerable time to the project that should have maybe taken an hour or two. The rope also I bet will need to be replaced soon with some nylon rope as this cotton rope will probably not weather well outside. I have my kayak hanging from the joists under an upper deck for the winter. All in all I think I have to give the quality of the product a thumbs up, but a thumbs down for poor instructions.
I bought this to store my 10' kayak out of the way and also so I could just lower it onto the roof of my car without having to lift it by hand. I found the directions to be a bit confusing. The parts were not identified, just numbered, but in the instructions they were identified by name so it wasn't clear which was which. Also, some of the parts were not used so I don't know what they were for. The directions recommended installing the pulleys 6' apart but with my kayak being only 10' long the straps just slid right off the ends of the kayak. I had to connect the straps together under the kayak like a cradle and then it worked fine.