Rhino Rack Side Boat Loader
The Rhino Rack Side Boat Loader is a revolutionary product designed to take the back breaking work out of lifting your small boat on and off your vehicle's roof.
The side boat loader is the perfect solution for carrying a boat while towing a trailer. With simple one man operation you can easily winch your boat up & down from your vehicle with a battery powered cordless drill (18 volt drill recommended).
The side boat loader can be used on a range of vehicles including 4WD's, Low roof camper vans and station wagons.
Take the hassle and pain out of loading your with the Rhino Rack Side Boat Loader.
Available in two different models: driver side and passenger side.
Use an 18V hand drill for effortless loading.
Can be fitted to crossbars 49" and up.
Works best with boats up to 12 ft. long.
Maximum weight capacity 176 lbs (80 kg).
The side boat loader is recommended for roof racks with gutter or track mounts.
NOTE: Fits Rhino Vortex and Heavy Duty crossbars. Additional adapter needed to mount to Thule and Yakima bars (sold separately). Cannot be fitted to OEM/factory crossbars.
The basic principle is in dragging the boat up two ramps set at approx. a 50 degree angle to the ground and over the top of the vehicle by means of a 40/1 worm drive gear which turns the winding roller. Ropes are attached to the far side of the boat. Two shorter gunnel ropes are also attached to the near side. When lifting commences, the boat is flipped over and then slides up in the inverted position.
Unloading is the opposite to the loading procedure. The worm gear is put into reverse mode and a short amount of slack is generated in the winding lines. With the boat resting on very slippery main support bar, one hand is used to gently push the boat approx. 100mm until the gunnel goes over the curve of the upper ramp. From then on gravity takes over. Depending on the angle of the ramps, the boat may need some assistance in its final reverse flip back down to the ground if it does not have the sufficient weight in the keel in relation to the boat angle. Continue unwinding the lifting lines to develop another 16 inches (400 mm) of slack. Then by hand gently push the boat over. The boat will then continue lowering by itself to its final resting position right way up on the ground.
The key requirement in loading and unloading is that the vehicle must be on level ground as the ramp structure and main support crossbars are extremely slippery. If it is not level, the boat will slew around somewhat and vehicle damage may result. A second person should be used in adverse conditions to stabilise and stop any forward or rear excessive slippage.
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