I recently bought the double pack of these racks. I had them installed and both kayaks hung in under an hour. The units are very solid and I expect no problems from them, ever. I have a slanted ceiling and one side is hung 12 feet up while the other is just over 8. It is still easy to keep the kayak level, although I had to add rope because of the extra height on the one side.
The pulleys come with a catch that prevents the kayak from slipping back down as you hoist it. This is a good thing as you need to pull harder to hoist them than I expected. My fishing platform is 88 pounds, but I'm also 240 and physically fit. There are units out there that have a better mechanical advantage but they are more expensive and leave the kayak lower. If you are concerned about your strength or have a ceiling higher than my lower end, you might consider those. The instructions on how to thread the ropes to make the catch work are unclear, it took me a moment or two and one failed attempt to figure it out. It works well once it is threaded correctly. The wider straps provided are 6 feet long and not adjustable. they leave the kayak (even my over-sized one about 2 feet below the ceiling. This didn't work for me, but the adjustable ones also included hold it correctly. I am searching for new ones of those, because these are narrow and I'm concerned that they will deform the kayaks.
Overall, this is a very solid unit at a great price. There are a couple of pretty minor concerns, but I strongly recommend this for economical storage of your kayak.
Directions could be better but otherwise seems like a solid system.
I like the overall quality and strength of the rack system the best. Looks like it will last a very long time.
This kayak lift is incredibly easy to install and works very well. I installed in less than 30 minutes. My only comment is that the instructions on routing ropes could be better. I hopped on YouTube and watched a guy do it and threw the instructions away and finished roping in 3 mins. Wish hanger straps were adjustable to get more height off ground but I just looped it on itself and works great. Awesome product for the price! Now I have more garage to junk up!
This is a very useful product. There is ease of installation. It is sturdy and easy to use. I installed two sets for two kayaks. By suspending the kayaks from the ceiling in the garage, I was able to free up floor space.
I installed my hoists yesterday, with just a minor hiccup of how the rope goes through pulley system, it all went smooth. The price is great, and the product overall is of very good quality. I am a new customer, but with quick shipping and great customer service, I will definitely be a returning one
Although the lift is rated up to 100 lbs. it works best for items under 50 lbs. I have a 65 lb. kayak and it is a effort heavy to lift it with this unit. I intend to modify it with a more commercial (more expensive) hoist.
Installed my hoist today. Simple to install but as other comments have been made, the rope assembly is a little confusing at first. Major downfall I have, is the straps to secure the kayak. I have a 11ft Perception. The straps kept sliding to the front and back of the kayak causing the straps to lengthen as it was hoisted up and eventually sliding off. I set the pulley mounts 7ft apart; considering the size of my kayak, but they may have worked better at 6ft or less. To prevent damage to my boat I used a set of ratchet tie downs instead of the provided straps and everything seems to be working great. Kayak has been in the air for 12hrs now and no sign of any issues
I purchased two of your Kayak ceiling mounts. I was very impressed by the ease of installation. Anyone able to look at a picture can easily install them. I was lucky enough to stumble upon your YouTube video on running the rope through the pulleys. That was a very good find, and made it even easier! Thank you!
Entire ceiling mount package was well thought out and had ever thing required to complete the job. Brackets and pulleys were constructed well for the price. System installed and worked very good.
Once I found the rafters behind a finished ceiling installation was a breeze. Would like to have raised my kayak higher, but I'm not tall so it's not too bad. Another pulley to run to the wall at the ceiling would have been nice to get the pull rope out of the way.
Good value, quick shipment. Originally bought one for two SUPs, about 40 lbs. each. It worked okay, but between the SUPs being a bit awkward to handle and the combined weight requiring some effort to raise I decided to buy a second one. Using the individual lifts makes it quite easy to raise the SUPs up and out of the way.
I was very impressed not only with the how quickly the racks arrived but how easy they were to install. Within an half hour I had both kayaks up and stored in my garage. Would recommend Discount Ramps and the racks to anyone.
Very pleased in every way. No issues with the order, order was processed and shipped in a quick manner, Great price for the quality of the product. Easy to install and great way to generate more garage space. Highly recommended!
The hoist works great. Easy installation and very sturdy.
Easy installation. Easy to use. What else can you ask for!? Sooooo happy to have the floor of my garage back!
Product is easy to install, easy to set up, and easy to hang Kayak. You can't beat the price from the bigger stores and quality is amazing.
Very reasonably priced product, clear installation instructions, shipped very quickly and product of a high quality and ease of use. I would recommend positively to anyone with this need.
Th hoist was easy to install despite the lack of detailed instructions on how to feed the ropes. The straps where longer than I expected but I found a way to lift the kayak close to the ceiling anyway. It does a great job of lifting the kayak and holds it securely up in the air.
Directions could use more details on installing the rope!
Thank you to the people who go to the trouble of putting it on youtube. It really was a god send for us. Once the stringing of the rope was accomplished the rest was a piece of cake.
I am 69 years old and I had no problem installing to a 12" ceiling or raising or lowering the kayak ( weighs 55 lbs and I had life jackets, paddle, seat and cart attached to test weight limit. All went well and I just ordered a second one.
We are new to kayaking, but we knew we needed a good way to store our brand new kayaks in our small garage. This hoist system is great. The only reason I didn't give the product 5 stars is the poor instructional pamphlet. The instructions are available on YouTube, however; a video makes it easy to figure our.
product shipped and delivered quickly. installation easy, works well. even a you-tube video that leads you thru snaking the ropes. would recommend
Attached easily in my garage and makes things easy to access.
Works perfectly for my kayak! Makes my life much easier.
I was looking for a storage solution which would get my kayak off the floor and make it easier to load on the roof of my Jeep - this did the trick. While the directions had a minor glitch in drilling hole sizes, the product is excellent. It was straightforward to install and easy to operate with one person. I would highly recommend this product.
I received the kit yesterday and installed today. My Kayak fits perfect in it and the kit was very easy to install
Product is well built, great installation instructions, and easy to install
Needed to get our Kayak out off the shed and in a more convenient location. Now it's above the truck bed and can be easily lowered.
We just installed two of these in our garage to store our kayaks. They are fairly easy to install. Make sure you use long lag bolts in the 2x4 for strong support. The pulley system does a great job of hoisting up and down the kayaks. We can now lower the kayaks into the back of our truck and off we go.
Easy to use and well made product that does the job, and comes with all the hardware. Shipping was exceptionally fast. My only complaint are the instructions for roping the pulleys is impossible to follow, and the diagrams are useless. However, there's a great YouTube video that makes it quick and simple, and is easy to find. Very quick and easy install once you've seen the video. Five stars for the product.
An excellent product and exactly what I was looking for to solve my storage needs, and at a reasonable price. Thank you so very much. Simple installation, as well.
I agree with Jeremy. The diagram for routing the rope through the braking mechanism could use some refining. Instructions also indicated that there was enough rope included to space the pulleys _____ apart. Oops! Minor glitches for an otherwise wonderful product. Ease of installation and ease of use as advertised. Very good quality at a good price.
It's pretty good. Saves a lot of space in my garage so now my mom can put her car in the garage too! Thanks Discount Ramps!
I purchased my first ceiling mount lift several months ago for my kayak. The lift work perfectly. Since that time I purchased a Jeep with a hardtop. I used two of the ceiling mount lifts to raise the hardtop off the Jeep. I had to make some modifications to the straps but it works better than any of the other ceiling lifts designed for this purpose. After showing my neighbor how I lifted my kayak and Jeep hardtop, they purchased the unit for himself. Great product for the price.
Easy to install, works as described. This is easy for one person to operate. I received the product before I was even ready to install it. The shipping is fast and reasonably priced. This company is great to work with and I will purchase from them again. I will be ordering another one in the near future.
We recently moved into a townhouse with a very high-ceilinged garage, and no outdoor storage option for my 16 ft Old Town canoe. Internet searching found this hoist. It arrived promptly, and, enlisting my brother with his 10 foot stepladder, we mounted the brackets on a 10 foot 2x4 which we lag screwed to the ceiling joists. Threading the pulleys was a breeze, though if I had one quibble, a more close-up and detailed illustration of the braking mechanism would be nice.
My son bought a 16 ft canoe and wanted to store it in my 3 car garage for the winter. Since the floors and the walls were already full your easy to install canoe storage hoist made use of untapped ceiling space. The instructions were straight forward and easy to understand. I would recommend this hoist to anyone looking to make the most of their storage space.
I read many reviews on how to store kayaks to prevent damage and this product offers that option. Wall racks take up valuable space while this item allows storage above vehicle in garage. Definitely recommend this item.