Introduction: Canoe/Kayak Lifting Configuration
Lifting config to elevate the canoe/kayak from the floor to the ceiling. Made out of some pulley and rope. also hooks to the ceiling
Step 1: Materials
I sat down and drawed a cofiguration to lift the canoe from the flor, it consisted in a simple pulley array about 11 pulleys and rope. Some flat rope to go arround the canoe and some rings to fix the pulley to the rope
I used a couple of strong magnets from some hard drives as a stud finder, since my ceiling beams are made out of galvanised Zinc or some galvanised iron.
Then tap 2 holes large enogh let throug a 1/2" toggle bolt anchor to the othe side. Distance between holes, in my case about 2 feet apart, since thats the width of the canoe in that point
12 - small pulleys 30-50 pounds
4 - 1/4" x 2" long Closed loop bolts
4 - 1/2" toggle anchor for 1/4" bolts
25 mts of high strenght, little elasticity rope, (1/4" diametre I used)
Lots of Hard drive magnets.
1 - 1/2" drill bit
5 to 6 foots of flat rope, it was from some rack tensing strings.
In material y spent about 15 to 20$ I already had the ropes , only bought the pulleys, hooks and molleys.
Step 2: Anchor
For me this point is important, since my canoe weigthed about 100 pounds, it was important that the anchors suported about 25 pounds each.
It you have a concrete ceiling in your garage, you can use expandable anchors that can hold a lot of weight.
Step 3: Insert Hook and Pulleys
Once the hooks are in place, put 2 pulleys per hook, so the rope can go in, down, then up and out.
I use close hooks, then with a bench, I bended them so it will make 1 spiral loop, just by opening the hook.
Step 4: Threat the Rope in the Pulleys
Make the rope go into the pulleys as shown in this array.
At the end the rope goes to the las hook, since it doesnt make any movement, its only an anchor point.
Some one have to lift with you the other side, or in my case the tail, since the pulley sistem tends to retrieve the rope from the firth part of the array, maybe I could divide the pulley array in two sections so the tail and the front will raise at the same speed.
This was just and idea that came to me one sunday, and the next i was building it.
Thanks for your coments.
Step 5: Conclusion
So thats it.
Thanks for reading and comments.