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
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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.
Great idea and so very simple. As Bobbyfour suggests, using two ropes means you'll lift both ends together. Knot them together to prevent any risk of letting one go accidentally!

I did something similar on a site I'm involved with - scroll to "suspension"

vectorges8 years ago
I like the idea. What would you think about a bridle for the bow and stern, then attaching the bridles to a single hook at each end. That would save half of the pulleys and mae it lift faster. Unless you need the multiple purchase for the canoe's weight.
carlosdreyfus (author)  vectorges8 years ago
By adding more pulleys, you divide the weight, that is the weight you feel by pulling on the rope, but the length of the rope mutiplies. so less pulley mean more force to put in to the rope, so you fell it heavier at each pull. Its hard I tried to lift it with one pulley, big mistake. I like your idea of joining the hooks, maybe I could use same amount of pulley in 1 hook , but the ceiling beam, might not like it.
Adding more pulleys - that's the idea behind the canoe rescue technique known as the Z Drag. It's a good one to know in case you wrap your canoe around a rock on a river somewhere. The usual setup using two pulleys gives you a 3:1 advantage. When planning your own canoe lift, think about positioning it over your car. Then you can raise and lower it to your canoe rack on your car.
carlos33666 years ago
excellent work.
yeracs877 years ago
Did something like this years ago in our garage. Canoe hangs nice from ceiling. Problem is getting it down now. Your information is very helpful and gives me some ideas on how to hang it making it easier to get down. Thanks!!
bobbyfour8 years ago
Pretty neat idea, I did something similar in my garage. I just have four eyes attached to the ceiling, two on each side of the canoe - each about 2 feet from bow or stern. I have two long ropes tied to the eyes on one side, under the canoe like a cradle, then through the eyes on the other side, then tied off on hooks attached to each of the garage walls. A simple set-up but it allows me to raise and lower the canoe easily by myself - the trick is to keep the ropes long enough to reach them :)
crapflinger8 years ago
apart from the horrendous spelling...pretty good instructable...the illustration in step 4 is very good for clearing up any "routing" issues with the rope...and the system seems like it would "self-equalize" the load though i could see a possibility of the rope shifting and letting the boat slide out one end or the other...though that is always a possibility and isn't likely if it's loaded in a ballanced manner.. as a side must live in a rough part of town with that much razor wire in your basement (or wherever that is)...
carlosdreyfus (author)  crapflinger8 years ago
Thanks, I live in Panamá, land of the Panama Canal, and my english is only what I learn in school. can't practice often. The razor wire is because here in Panama, you have a lot of stranger trying to enter your property to rob anything for them to sell.
yeah...i reallize that this is a multinational site where everyone tries their hardest to post in english (thank god for my single language self) so i don't put too much weight on spelling (unless i know it's some english speaking which case...they should learn how to spell).. maybe your next project could be a trip line that would drop that big ass canoe on someone's head if they break in?