I have an idea!

Discussion in 'Sunfish Talk' started by George Hart, Feb 28, 2016.

  1. Thomas Wilson

    Thomas Wilson New Member

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    I built a duplicate of your cartop carrier (4" thin walled PVC, 80" top segments ziplocked to my Jetta Sportwagon roof rack). However, I now realize you are a bigger stronger lad than me, as I struggled to get the bow positioned on the yoke for the final push upward (I'm a 5'10", 190 lb, 64 year old, reluctant to begin a weight lifting regime). A larger friend stopped by and helped me out this one time, so everything else is fine. Perhaps with practice, I could do it.

    Do you have any tips on how you positioned the bow upon the yoke solo (not shown in your video)? A longer yoke that extends all the way back to the ground (a smaller incline) would no doubt help, but then I would have a much longer carrier to carry.
     
  2. George Hart

    George Hart homeless

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    Let me say while I can still press the bow up onto the yoke, it is not easy and usually my Wife will not let me do it by myself. But with that said I always do the loading and unloading on a grassy area. I like to use the "Gudgeon" if that is the right term for the bracket that holds the rudder, to dig into the grass as I lift the bow or in the reverse. I set the stern in line with the back of the car and set the bow to be a foot or two forward of the bumper, at an angle. Then press the bow up and get under it, and then lay it over onto the yoke. Once in the yoke I move to the stern and wrestle with lifting it up and forward. I found going up is pretty easy once I have the stern at my waist. The yoke and tubing prevent the boat from skidding one side or the other! Coming off I have found using a hook to grab the "Gudgeon" is very helpful to pulling it off, as my car is tall and I am only about 5' 8 or 9".
     
  3. Thomas Wilson

    Thomas Wilson New Member

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    Only ziplocks attach the PVC to the roof-rack; so not strong enough most likely so a winch would end up snapping/fracturing/breaking the assembly at your X. Perhaps attaching the mini-winch to a roof-rack crossbar (I have one on my Thule rack), but then you have the winch attaching/removing time involved and the crossbar could also be bent.
     
  4. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    (I accomplished the following idea with a heavy load of galvanized steel mesh—successfully loading it up on my truck's rack). :cool:

    OK...You've devised a wheel for the gudgeon. Tail Wheel | SailingForums.com

    As none of us are getting younger, how about tying a two-foot bowline knot through the bow handle—making an effective "bridle", to put any bow handle stress in sheer? Lean the boat against the yoke, tie the other end 6-feet up a tree, and back the car up s-l-o-w-l-y. You'll need a "arresting line" at the gudgeon to keep the boat from skidding too far forward.

    (In case anything goes wrong, be sure to put your wife at the wheel). ;)
     
  5. Thomas Wilson

    Thomas Wilson New Member

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    After loading/unloading several times in the boat ramp asphalt parking lot with your rig design, and a small caster dolly found placed where the stern touched down to protect the gudgeons, I found the process just too unwieldy for my physique (I tended to lose control at the angled lean position and the bow scraped my car's hatch). I also saw that my hull was getting gouged by the seams on the pvc yoke as well as by the injection molded nipples of the pvc. More power to you George, but I splurged and bought a RightOn trailer and Dynamic dolly combo.
     
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