This is my third Harken lift system. They work great. I like the fact
the kayak/canoe is snug to the ceiling. Best lift system I have seen.
The product works but the directions are absolutely horrible.
I ordered this product to hang my kayak in the garage. Measuring for
proper clearance and lift distance was probably the most difficult part--
read and understand the directions before you start. The distance of
mounting from the wall and this relationship to the distance from floor
to ceiling is important. I have a tall garage so measuring for
placement was a bit difficult. Once I decided to stop being stubborn
and ask my wife to hold one end of the tape to measure it was easy.
This lift worked great and after a bit of strap/knot adjustment my
kayak is 5 or 6" from the ceiling, allowing plenty of clearance for the
garage door. I ordered a second one for my canoe and the installation
only took a couple of hours. Quality seems good--much better than
the inexpensive bike hoists that I have purchased in the past. The
pulleys were smaller than I had anticipated but work well. The rope is
much better quality than other systems that I have seen. I wish a
cleat had been included for hanging the rope but otherwise the
system is great. Another thing to note--you will spend an additional
$20-30 on lag bolts, washers, wood and cleats--the cleats are optional
but what else are you going to do with the rope?
John E S.
This is a quality lifting device. It safely and easily lifts my 60 to 70 lb
kayaks. It is a bit pricey but in this use you get what you pay for and
is well worth the extra dollars
Two of us installed this and it
took us about 3 hrs, we did
have a ceiling light in the area
we were concerned with and are
lowering the boat into a truck
bed rather than onto a car (the
car being taller). That made
some of the measurements a
little more critical. The
instructions were decent but not
great. Works perfect! I have
been using it at least once a
week for the last 2 months.
Does exactly what it advertises.
I would recommend it and I
would buy it again.
Kayak lift kit. Arrived as
It's a great way to get the kayak up out of the way in
the garage. The only problem I found with it is that the
metal snap buckles don't have any kind of fabric cover
to protect the hull finish. Once I hoist the kayak off the
car, I turn it upside down in the hoist straps for storage
upside down, and the buckles ride along the hull. So far
I haven't noticed any scratches, but it would be a nice
extra touch to prevent scratches on the hull by the
Very happy with the lift
system. Instructions were
easy to follow and it functions
well. The only reservation I
have is the durability of the
buckles on the straps but only
time will tell.
I was able to install the Harken
lift system easily in a couple of
hours. I installed two 2x6 boards
to mount the Harken hardware to as
I had to go across joists. The
instructions described the
alternate method I needed to use
because of the joist running cross-
ways and were very clear about
Im lifing a 60 pound, 13 foot Hobie
Kayak. To raise, you simply pull
down on the line that runs through
the main pulley system mounted on a
wall about 10 feet from the center
collector pulley directly above the
boat. Four lines then attach
through 4 pulleys to detachable
straps that run under the boat -
front and back. All lines pull
smoothly and evenly and the boat
comes up like magic. A clamp cleat
keeps the boat from lowering again.
To lower, move the line to 45
degrees out from the wall and pull
gently, releasing the cleat. Then
gently lower the boat to your car
rack or the floor.
A very well thought out system.
Good quality hardware and lines.
Worth the price.
Very impressive system for
storing the kayak. Expensive,
but extremely well made.
Lowering the system when there
is no load is difficult. I
generally attach weights to
the straps otherwise you have
to pull it down and my garage
has high ceilings.
This lift works great. It is a
little complicated to install
and adjust but not too
difficult. We have a garage
with a low roof and very
little clearance between the
hanging kayak and the opened
garage door. This made
adjusting the lift system
tough since we have so little
clearance. Eventually it
thank you Joe! I consider
myself quite handy then read
your review. My time was
better spent on the water
kayaking than trying to find
the parts and create a system
better than this. I mounted
two of these to a pair of six
foot boards on my ceiling
anchored with 4 self drilling
lag bolts with large head
flange no washers needed per
board to hold 2 kayaks
totalling over 120#.