Car top Tinnie and Boat Loader

Submitted: Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 17:03
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Hi Explorozites

I have been thinking about how to carry a Boat on top of my Landcruiser. I have an ARB steel roof rack on my 100 series and I was thinking of just putting some steel bars across the top of that and putting a boat onto that. Cheap and nasty but I am concerned that Jen might not have the grunt to lift it onto the car while I am cleaning the fish...... how hard are the to lift onto a Landcruiser with ARB roof rack plus another bar on top .....getting a little high

Second is a boat loader and Dian from W.A. has emailed me some photos of her groovy boat loader so I could go with that and sell my ARB roof rack though the Trader section of Exploroz of course - have free ad to use!

Have read about other boat loaders - freestyle and Rhino but quite a few dollars and I am a Scot. Putting a boat on a camper is not an option.

Cheers

Andrew
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Reply By: Tripp'n Around - Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 17:14

Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 17:14
Hi Andrew

LOL.......Who says you're going to catch any fish and if Jen would even consider hoisting the tinny up on the racks for you?

Shame on you...... :)

CYa
Tripp'n
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Follow Up By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 17:31

Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 17:31
hahaha - yes never catch any fish and Jen is short for Jenolikovich and she is huge - 6ft 8 and built like a gorilla - but cuter!! hahaha
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 17:05

Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 17:05
You nasty bugga....consider yourself kicked in the groin for that disbaraging remark about your missus (5'4" and about , hmmmmmm 50kg). Now that should be worth a free EO coffee next time I'm in Melbourne, eh Jen??? LOLOLOL
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Follow Up By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 17:44

Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 17:44
I reckon I will even give you lunch!!!

I had not read my lovely husbands post until I received your response!!! A gorilla hey.... just wait til he gets home!!LOL

Jen
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Reply By: Leroy - Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 17:42

Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 17:42
Hi Andrew,

I took a boat to the Cape last year and I used it heaps but I did take note that you could hire boats and nice new looking ones with 40hp's on the back near Bamaga and also smaller tinnies at Weipa. I would always take a boat for the big trips as i like to use one when ever I can.
Depending on the hull, the weights can vary quite a lot. I picked a Stacer because it was 74kg, had high sides and was 3.5m. My partener and I could just manage it lifting it onto the racks. I still think we could of lifted it onto a cruiser. Just make sure you have tabs on the ends of your bars to stop the boat sliding off the side.

Leroy
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Reply By: Peter - Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 19:40

Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 19:40
hey andrew,
i dont see a need for you to be buying any fancy roof racks and boat lifting systems. i have a standard steel roof rack. i bought some rollers with vertical bars on the end to stop the boat sliding over the side. this works a treat. i and my partner have no trouble lifting the tinnie onto the roof rack. i have a high roof troopcarrier so i have even higher to lift than you. the only time it is a problem is when i am on top of the roof rack and pull too hard and the boat travels too fast due to the rollers doing a great job and i almost go a over t.
if you wanted to make it a one person job it is also quite simple. buy yourself a normal boat hand winch and mount it to your bullbar. i would suggest you get one with cloth rather than metal winch cable so you dont scratch the paint on your vehicle. the winch combined with the roof rack rollers will make hauling the boat up a breeze. you can get jen not only to put the boat on the roof rack but she will have used so little energy and time she can even clean the fish.

peter
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Follow Up By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 19:51

Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 19:51
I don't have a very big brain so I was wondering if you have a pic that you could email me of your set up. My email is mcdfamilyatiprimusdotcomdotau if you do have pics. Also, where to you buy rollers like that - Jen has some in her hair but they look a little flimsy.

Andrew
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Follow Up By: Peter - Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 22:16

Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 22:16
hey andrew,
i do have some pics but they dont really show the set up in detail. but if you squint you can make it out.
go to this page on my internet site. you can just make out the rollers and vertical bar. from there follow the links to the western aus. pics. shows a front on pic.
as for buying the rollers i got mine from a roof rack manufacturer in melbourne. i dare say a 4*4 retailer or even a fishing/boat retailer may stock rollers.
back SA</a

Peter
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Follow Up By: Peter - Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 22:20

Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 22:20
oops,
so much for the link working.
here is the page address.
http://au.geocities.com/ozrattler/living.html

peter
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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 20:06

Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 20:06
Why don't you just buy a Cabin Cruiser and use that as a camper trailer. Problem solved...........................and then poor Jen won't have to work so hard.
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Reply By: pjd - Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 20:17

Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 20:17
the rhino rack is the way to go it may be a little dear but what price do you put on saftey !i wouldnt like to spend my holidays up north with a bad back and unable to do anything & being a tight RS wouldnt it hurt even more if you droped the tinnie on the 4x4 & did damage to it
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Reply By: Gajm (VIC) - Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 09:19

Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 09:19
Come on Andrew be honest, Jen wouldn't have a problem putting a boat on the roof rack, it's you who will struggle isn't it!?. As it's a Landcruiser I'd suggest a highlift jack, simply jack the vehicle up and over onto its side, then attach boat, and jack back onto the wheels.
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Follow Up By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 12:32

Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 12:32
Gee thanks Glen - How did you know I am a 4ft 6 midget??
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Reply By: Member - Geoff & Karen - Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 11:59

Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 11:59
Andrew, you know if you went and brought a Kanga Camper you could put your boat on the top of that. When you stop and set up for a night, you don't have to take your boat off the camper, it can stay on there.......................what a great idea.................lol
Guess who!
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Follow Up By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 12:33

Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 12:33
I thought you had to drive a Jacktheroo to have a Kanga camper
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Follow Up By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 12:33

Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 12:33
..........and thanks anyway Geoff for the answer!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff & Karen - Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 14:10

Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 14:10
It wasn't Geoff Andrew, it was mwa..................lol

Go them Kanga's
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Reply By: Bill n Di - Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 10:14

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 10:14
Hi Andrew,

Thanks for the nice plug on the Custom Boat Loader!

What a pity you aren't in WA - then we could build you a Research & Dev model! Even if your a Scot we built one for a mate who (apart from being an ex Geelong player - which try not to hold against him) is part Scot and part jewish - but he even saw the value in not having to buy a new ally roof rack @$1200.00, a boat trailer @$1500.00 and no more registration and upkeep on a trailer - so he was in front to start!

Did I send you a CD - (having a bit of a seniors moment here)?

I guess if you're young and strong lifting a boat on and off the roof is a cheap option, but for all the baby boomers out there that travel up the geratric highway seeking the sun, with the tinnie on top, usually only take it off once - and thereafter itremains as a roof ornament!

Our loader means 1 person can stand there with a finger on the electric drill and on and off it goes - that easily!

Anyway with a bit of luck it should be coming out in the Opposite Lock stores in a matter of a month or 2.......so keep your eye open.

BTW - what is in the background of your photo??

Regards,

Dian

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Follow Up By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 22:12

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 22:12
Hi Dian

You did not send me a CD though you sent me some email pics. How is it that you are having a seniors moment -didn't I work out that you were 19 years old..

And in the background of my Rig pic is my tinnie - needs a bit of rust remover but otherwise is ship shape and just waiting to be loaded up.

Andrew
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Follow Up By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 22:14

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 22:14
....actually I tell a fib ....that boat is not my tinnie but it is a wreck at Vrilya point on Cape York.

Andrew
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