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Submitted: Monday, May 03, 2004 at 10:00
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We have a 12' alum. dinghy that we want to take on top of the Nissan Patrol - as both of us are in our 60s we want something easy and reliable.

What are the best boat loaders on the market - a number of people we've spoken too said the Rhinos are a bit light and bend when loading - and cost pretty high. Are there any other makes/models and if so cost and recomendations.

All advise much appreciated as we're looking at leaving in October towing a 21' caravan
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Reply By: Member - George (WA) - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 10:54

Monday, May 03, 2004 at 10:54
I have had a Rhino boat loader for 3 years, never had a problem and I find them easy to use.
Not sure what they mean by "a bit light and bend" I never had that problem with my 12 foot aluminium dingy.
Cost me $1900 supplied and fitted, bet investment I made.
I can load and lower the boat by myself which would otherwise take 4 men to do.
I have noticed that other boat loaders have come on the market but I still think the Rhino is the best.
Good luck
Cheers
George
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Follow Up By: Member - Brett H (QLD) - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 18:36

Monday, May 03, 2004 at 18:36
What is the maximum weight a Rhino can load?
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Reply By: 90s_owner - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 19:22

Monday, May 03, 2004 at 19:22
Bill n Di,
Have a look at this loader,
Freestyle
Saw them at the Rosehill 4b show in Sydney. Seems to be simple and easy - $660 from memory
Glenn
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Reply By: Robert from Sandy Hollow Machining - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 21:38

Monday, May 03, 2004 at 21:38
I have a Sampson boat loader which is verry strong and reliable and only $975 .Made at Pimlico near Ballina northern NSW deffinately worth a look
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Follow Up By: Robert from Sandy Hollow Machining - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 21:21

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 21:21
The Sampson uses a 3.1 winch and also plenty of room for a mesh basket between cross members
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Follow Up By: Bill n Di - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 09:56

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 09:56
Sandy do they have a website/email address please?
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Reply By: Bill n Di - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 09:27

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 09:27
Thanks for the replies - do any have storage space / a roof rack area to put ropes/fuels tank etc?
Do they use a winch or do you have some sort of lifting mechanisim?

This is all new to us so appreciate your patience!

Bill n Di

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Reply By: Robert from Sandy Hollow Machining - Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 19:42

Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 19:42
The Sampson Boat Loader contact details are 0266834761 (keith)
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