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Garage Hoist System for Canoe Storage

Discussion in 'Strippers, Stitch-n-Glue, and Other Wood Composite' started by RoadRunner, Jan 2, 2016.

  1. RoadRunner

    RoadRunner Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    I know people make these themselves, but I'd like to know about dependable systems I could buy off the shelf. Anyone have any recommendations?
  2. millie_sass

    millie_sass Canoe anybody?

    I like the two Cabela hoists that are in my garage. They are sturdy; easy to install and use.
    Item number: IK-021624

    They sometimes are on sale for ~$50
  3. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Trailers are good...
  4. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    Top of the line - Harkin

    and don't buy a low capacity cheap one, think x-bay and bikes. :)

  5. Todd Bradshaw

    Todd Bradshaw Sailmaker

  6. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    Harken IS the best.

    Before I knew of Harken and was on a very limited canoe and canoe accessory budget, I bought 6 "cheap" bicycle/canoe hoists for the price of one Harken on eBay.
    The cheapies have worked famously with no issues for the 10 years of service!! They look like the Cabelas hoist.
  7. OP

    RoadRunner Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

  8. millie_sass

    millie_sass Canoe anybody?

    Well, my Cabela hoist (see my post from 2 Jan 2016) is causing me a little problem. The rope has been slipping off the pulley "wheel" and then it locks up because the rope is around the axle. It's hard to get the rope back onto the pulley wheel since it usually gets stuck high up. So far I have managed, but know that I need some better solution. This happens with my heaviest canoe -- 16-foot ~80 pounds. And it happens because there is just a single pulley at either end of the canoe, and that pulley ends up tilting just enough to let the rope slip off the "wheel".
    I talked with my WCHA Three Rivers Chapter folks, and they have suggested using a rope with a larger diameter (thinking maybe the rope has stretched over time) . I could do that, but then I recalled this thread and people posting about Harken Hoists.
    How does one decide the correct Harken Hoist to order? The Cabela option one was easy - there was only one option! But if I am going to spend the price of a Harken, I'd like to make sure that I am ordering the right one.

    Can somebody post pictures of their Harken units please and offer suggestions for the right model to get for my heavy canoe.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2020
  9. Andy Hutyera

    Andy Hutyera The Red Canoe Guy - Life Member


    They are rated by weight capacity but there are several choices in each weight range. Within each weight range there is a choice of models depending on how high you need to raise your canoe. The least expensive one goes 10 feet which should be plenty for your application. You likely need the 25 -90 lb. model.
  10. Rob Stevens

    Rob Stevens Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

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