I own a tandem and a wee lassie canoe, the latter of which weighs 20 lbs. As a result of a bad back, I’ve only used the lassie in recent years since I don’t need to put myself in the hospital by twisting myself around to load the heavy tandem on the top of the sedan. I’d love to get an Eddyline Caribbean 14, which is an SOT of 50 lbs. However, there are two aspects of car topping that are potentially problematic. The first, which might be OK, would be lifting the front end of the craft all the way from the ground. The second, and far more problematic aspect would be moving the kayak off center while transferring it from being held by me to resting on the car top. In case this isn’t clear, what I mean is that I can pick the kayak up. At this point, the center line of the kayak will be in the same plane as my center line. I then have to move my center line out of plane in relation to the center line of the kayak when loading it.
As for the first issue (picking it up) this might not actually be a problem. I might only be picking up 20 lbs or so worth of mass. If this is a problem, one solution would be to have an extension on the rope, so that I don’t have to squat all the way to the ground to pick it up. The problem here is that I can’t lift the craft over my head. Really though, this probably won’t be an issue. I’ll assume that I can lift up the front of a 50 lb craft.
The second issue is the real problem. I’ve looked at various roof-loading systems, and none seem to address this problem. It seems ridiculous to have to buy a trailer just to move a kayak, but maybe this is the way to go. Any ideas?