Originally Posted by cmharris
The only downside for me is I can't load the boat by myself. With the storage underneath, I can't lift the bow high enough to get it started on the roller. Still working on this. I will find a solution.
If I didn't misread the issue and I understand your issue, actually you can...
I had the same problem (weight of raft) and a couple of the guys at Down River Eqt showed me an awesome technique to do it. You get a large section of webbing and tie each side to the rear of the frame. Then pull the loop *under* the boat and have it come up through the front handle and back to your winch. As you winch, the webbing underneath pulls the nose up right to the roller and up over it. Going through the handle prevents it from flipping backwards. This technique is good because all of the stress is on your frame and not on the handle or D-ring.
Works like a charm and I am able to load a fully loaded raft (a few hundred lbs I would guess) with gear/beer/etc onto the the Sawtooth trailer all by myself.
If I had a picture, I would show it... hopefully my description is enough to get you to visualize it.
If I didn't understand what you were saying, then just disregard.