How Do You Build a Kayak Pulley?

Kayaking is a fun and adventurous water activity that many people enjoy. However, transporting a kayak from one place to another can be quite challenging.

If you have limited space or are unable to lift your kayak onto your car’s roof, a pulley system can make things much easier. In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to build a kayak pulley system.

Materials Required

To build a kayak pulley system, you will need the following materials:

  • Two pulleys
  • One rope or cord (at least 30 feet long)
  • Two carabiners
  • One cleat or hook
  • A drill with bits
  • A screwdriver
  • A measuring tape
  • An anchor bolt (if needed)

The Steps to Follow

Step #1: Measure the Distance Between the Anchor Point and the Kayak Storage Area

The first step in building a kayak pulley system is to measure the distance between the anchor point where you’ll attach one end of the rope and where you plan to store your kayak. Be sure to measure twice and write down the measurement.

Step #2: Install the Anchor Bolt (If Needed)

If your anchor point is not secure, such as when it’s attached to drywall or plasterboard, install an anchor bolt for added security. Drill a hole into the wall using an appropriate-sized drill bit for your chosen anchor bolt. Insert the bolt into the hole and use a screwdriver to twist it until it’s tight.

Step #3: Attach One Pulley to Your Anchor Point

Attach one of your pulleys to the anchor point using a carabiner. Make sure the pulley is secure and can spin freely.

Step #4: Thread the Rope Through the Pulleys

Take your rope and thread it through both pulleys, starting from the pulley attached to your anchor point and threading it through the second pulley. Make sure the rope is not twisted.

Step #5: Attach the Second Pulley to Your Kayak Storage Area

Attach your second pulley to where you plan to store your kayak using a carabiner. Make sure it’s secure and can spin freely.

Step #6: Attach a Cleat or Hook to Your Kayak Storage Area

Attach a cleat or hook to your kayak storage area using screws and a screwdriver. You’ll use this device to tie off the rope when you’re finished hoisting your kayak.

Step #7: Tie Off Your Rope

Tie off your rope on the cleat or hook when you’re finished hoisting your kayak into place. Make sure it’s tied securely so that it doesn’t slip.

The Benefits of Using a Kayak Pulley System

Using a kayak pulley system has numerous benefits, including:

  • Easier transportation of kayaks from one place to another.
  • Saves space by allowing you to store your kayak overhead.
  • Prevents damage to kayaks caused by improper storage.
  • Makes loading and unloading kayaks safer and less physically demanding.

The Bottom Line

Building a kayak pulley system is easy if you follow these steps carefully. By doing so, you’ll have an easier time transporting, storing, and maintaining your kayak. Plus, your arms will thank you for making kayaking a more comfortable and enjoyable experience.

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Emma Gibson