H2o Kayak/Canoe Hoist
H2o Kayak/Canoe Hoist Review
The H2o Kayak/Canoe Hoist arrives well packed with the contents being sturdy and of good quality.
You get two options for mounting the hoist brackets – either attach it to exposed ceiling joists or to a flat ceiling, all fixings are included, however if your ceiling is concrete you will need Rawl bolts which you will have to purchase separately.
I have exposed joists in my garage so I used this option (both are fully explained in the instructions). I added two extra noggins as the main joists run opposite to the way I wanted the yak to be lifted and the main joists are to wide for the brackets.
It was easy to attach the brackets with the bolts provided.
When it comes rigging the pulley’s the instructions advise a youtube tutorial which is very easy to follow:-
The double pulley (the one that operates the hoist) has a ‘clutch’ which when locked in place stops the hoist dropping back down.There is a cleat provided for securing the rope when the Kayak is lifted.
Once installed I first tried the Galaxy Cruz which the hoist handled easily, keep both ropes together when hoisting the Kayak and it will lifted horizontally.
I then tried my OK Prowler Elite 4.1, again it was easy to lift
I found the hoist to be of good sturdy construction and easy enough to install and operate, great for anyone who struggles to lift their kayak.
Once hoisted to the top the kayaks hung down 40 inches, which in my garage was to low. This is not a problem if you have a high ceiling. You could of course use shorter straps or mount the brackets close to the wall and hoist the yak ‘side on’ next to the wall.
A great piece of kit which in the right building will save space and make short work of lifting your kayak.