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Old 08-09-2011   #1
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Garage Pulley System for Kayaks or Rocket Box

I'm starting to run out of garage space, but have a lot of vertical room. Can anyone point me in the right direction of how to make an inexpensive pulley system to hold up some light stuff (thule rocket box, maybe a kayak)?

What are good places to buy cheap but not shitty rope, and pulleys? How would you design it?

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Old 08-09-2011   #2
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Found this:


My dad used the harken hoist system and it is sweet.

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Old 08-09-2011   #3
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This is awesome! And very helpful. Thanks
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Old 08-09-2011   #4
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I use a bike hoist that I bought at Home Despot. It works perfectly for about $20.
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Old 08-09-2011   #5
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Yeah, not sure you're going to rig up something with rope and d-rings + pulleys any cheaper than: Amazon.com: Racor PBH-1R Ceiling-Mounted Bike Lift: Home Improvement + your existing cam straps.
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Old 08-09-2011   #6
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come on, you call yourself a boater!?! just ghetto rig that shit!!!
cam straps and a few i-bolts in the ceiling and your good to go.
used to have a 16 ft udisco slung from my moms garage ceiling like that (rope instead of cams tho). worked great

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Old 08-09-2011   #7
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Eye bolts and webbing/rope with a trucker's hitch on the bow and stern seems like the most basic option. Proceed to the kayak hoist system above if you need to move an economy-size sedan.
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Old 08-09-2011   #8
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You gotta see my hoist system. 12' frame, dryboxes, coolers, pontoons, etc. Harbor freight electric hoist. Ill post pics tomorrow
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Old 08-10-2011   #9
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I built my hoist systems with parts from Home Depot. My first kayak hoist used pulleys, eye bolts, and rope, but not in a block and tackle configuration (1x). It was harder to hoist the kayak than I expected due to the friction on the ropes.

My next two hoists used a 2x block and tackle configuration much like the one shown in that krabach link posted earlier. Rather than use a Prusik knot to tie it off, I mounted one of the forked anchors (forgot the name) like they use on sail boats and flag poles - I just figure 8 the rope around the anchor a few times. Works great.

For my oaring frames I used to use a geared hand winch (like on the front of a boat trailer). It was a pain to crank up, and it would not lift straight so I had to keep shifting the load.

I have replaced the winch with some eye bolts and four 1" cam straps - the kind that have a carabiner at one end. I hook up one end and pull down on the two straps to lift the frame. I then hook up the other end and hoist it up. You need to be careful so it doesn't swing away from you, but I can now easily hang the frame by myself. Lowering it is even easier.
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I was going to also say grab one of the $20 bike hoisting kits at a home improvement store. I think I've even seen them at Target and Walmart.

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